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Attackcamel07 Jun 2015 2:19 p.m. PST

What do you guys use for terrain for 1/2400 scale ships? I would imagine that islands and coastlines are relatively easy. But I have no idea what to use for harbor facilities or shore batteries… Do you guys have any products/ideas?

Sundance07 Jun 2015 3:59 p.m. PST

I believe one of the manufacturers makes harbor items, but couldn't tell you which one right off – wharves, cranes, dry dock, etc.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2015 6:04 p.m. PST

Navwar makes a small selection of 1/3000 harbor pieces.

Skytrex makes the Davco 1/3000 scale Harbor Accessories.

Irregular Miniatures makes a large range of 2mm terrain, much of which I find to be undersized and a reasonable fit for 1/2400. I bought most of scenery features appropriate for Age of Sail and decided that nearly everything with a "BG" code looks okay on the shore of a 1/2400 naval battle, but many of the features with "IKS" codes look too big (more appropriate to the stated 2mm scale, or 1/1200). I never bought any of the more modern stuff (railroads, trenches, tank traps, pontoon bridges, etc.) so I can't comment on it.

WTJ makes a variety of shore batteries in 3D-printed plastic and the old pewter 1/3000 range.

Microform Models offers buildings in various scales, including 1/2400 scale. Since this company's primary market is scale model makers (e.g. architectural models) I expect them to be true to scale, but I haven't ordered any, so I can't comment on how well they mix with any of the above items or 1/2400 scale ships, many of which are not very true to scale at all.

For bucolic countryside (woods, forests, farms, etc.) I would suggest scratch-building. You can make convincing forests and farm fields by just gluing varying coarsenesses of ground foam and sand onto shapes of cloth. Use thin cloth (not felt), and it will be able to conform to hills and valleys.

I recommend using very thin material for at least some of your coastline. In 1/2400 scale, anything steep rise more than a couple mm thick is a cliff. I made a bunch of coastline out of 1/8" thick vinyl floor tile, and the sections I sanded into gradual slopes made decent beaches, but the sections I left steep I drybrushed gray to make very convincing steep, stony escarpments next to my 1/2400 ships.

- Ix

Bellbottom07 Jun 2015 6:12 p.m. PST

Magister Miletum does these


Attackcamel07 Jun 2015 6:12 p.m. PST

Great info! Thank you very much!

Bellbottom07 Jun 2015 6:14 p.m. PST

Sorry that wasn't the link I wanted, but it does contain star forts and Martello towers further down the page, as well as the Trekroner fort at Copenhagen

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2015 6:31 p.m. PST

Those miniatures from Magister Militum are the old Figurehead range. I didn't mention it because it's all Age of Sail period stuff, but some of it can be useful. I made a very nice 1/2400 Vauban fort using Hallmark pieces which I've put into use as "the old fort" on the shores of WWI battles, and the lighthouse is timeless and adorable.

The only place I know you can still buy this line in the US is The Last Square.

- Ix

danielusa010614 Jul 2023 6:51 p.m. PST

To recreate shore pins, you can look for cannon or gatehouse models. These models are often available with details such as artillery, artillery structures slope and defensive structures.

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