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whitphoto30 Jul 2015 8:22 a.m. PST

My google-fu has turned up not much more then reviews of commercially available products for garden patches and crop rows, so help me out TMPers.

I'm looking to scratch build some vegetable patches and crop rows for my Bolt Action and CoC terrain. I have a couple welcome mats cut up to be wheat fields, but we tend to use those as full wheat fields that represent cover and rough ground. I'm looking to do some fields that will be purely ascetically, small crops that can be put down to simply fill the empty table and make it look better. I know I can use corduroy for empty fields, but I would like to put some small tufts of something in there to look like budding crops. Can anyone point me in the direction of a tutorial?

I'd buy something but A:I'm broke and B:I'd like to have enough for the club I belong to and we regularly have 3-4 games going on at once.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian30 Jul 2015 10:20 a.m. PST

I once built a Cabbage Patch for my Flintloque collection – it used to be available on Barking Irons Online – but has since been de-listed.

See this link for details;


Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2015 10:48 a.m. PST

I've made several fields/gardens: for wheat I used a plain tan bristle-type doormat, cut into sections roughly the same size as a section of infantry. Pieced together, they fill in the entire field, but any one can be removed and the figures placed in the empty spot to indicate they're crossing, or stopped. For corn (maize) I found an artificial plastic flower in a Michaels/ACMoore type hobby store that had stems/leaves that look remarkably like growing corn stalks. Drill some holes in wood/heavy mounting cardboard base and glue stems in place for a realistic cornfield. Don't know the name of the flower: I just keep checking every time I go into either store. for a garden, I found a bag of small flower (rose?) buds in the bridal section of Michaels/ACMoore again, which were meant as wedding favor decorations. With stems cut to size, painted green, they look like a healthy cabbage patch. They look passably similar to the cabbage in Tony's link above. All these are simple, easy, inexpensive, and look good. Just scour your local craft-type store in the flower and bridal sections for ideas. Hope this helps. Tom

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian30 Jul 2015 11:01 a.m. PST

I have just up-loaded the full article THE CABBAGE PATCH from Barking Irons Online to my Blog.

Details can be found here;



Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2015 11:10 a.m. PST

This immediately sprang to mind – looks like it may have been inspired by dampfpanzerwagon's link anyway – same technique.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian30 Jul 2015 11:53 a.m. PST

The toofatlardies article was way before mine. Although I cannot be sure I think this was the inspiration for my own cabbage patch article.

What goes around – comes around!


OSchmidt30 Jul 2015 12:22 p.m. PST

Use green "clump" lichen from a model Railroad scenery section and a hot melt glue gun. Put it on card, painted pasteboard or a felt mat.

The stuff is cheap enough you can renew it when it falls to pieces.

I do mine on 12" diameter (between parallel sides) hexes and use the same method. I however put up small hard wires as "sticks" for the potatos and vegetables. This prevents large stands from crushing the plants. The stands balance on top of the hard wires.


Brian Smaller31 Jul 2015 1:54 a.m. PST

I saw an article on a blog where the person used these tiny little 3-D roses made for scrapbooking as scale cabbages – just painted them. They looked fantastic. Been looking for similar product on and off for ages but not found any the right scale.

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2015 7:04 p.m. PST

uuuummmmm cabbage….

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian27 Aug 2015 12:31 p.m. PST

I just saw this and thought it was worth re-posting.

Cabbages made from rose shaped buttons!


Bill Slavin28 Aug 2015 6:17 a.m. PST

I made up these hay bits a few weeks ago. Not vegetable plots, but an easy way to dress up some empty fields, especially if you already have the welcome mats.


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