Sunday, February 26, 2012
Simple Battlefield Terrain
While I have been busy painting my new ACW armies I have been pondering what I will do for a battlefield. At home I have a box full of terrain such as buildings, trees, fences and even some foam elevation. Here I have none of that. Having my family mail it to me just does not make a lot of sense for the few times I will be able to use it.
Yesterday I was able to find a basic fabric store on one of our trips off base. With the investment of about $20 I think I now have an adequate solution that will allow me to bring some basic skirmishes to life without just fighting them on a table top. I secured a nice large piece of light green(2.5m x1.5m) cloth that will be used for the base terrain and is large enough to drape over some tables at the MWR building. In the limited time I had I also found some brown corduroy (fields) and dark green (wooded areas). Sitting in a box was also a pile of short brown shoe strings so I grabbed 10 which will do for fence lines. Last night I started to lay everything out and realized I should have grabbed another light brown color for roads. Oh well improvisation is the watch word for any gamer. I decided to cut up one of my older tan Army T-shirts a I now also have roads.
The only thing that that is currently missing is buildings. I am still pondering the idea of purchasing some 3D structures, but in the meantime I think some simple cutouts of cardboard will suffice to represent several structures and give a good flavor to break up the landscape.