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Confederate Soldier Inactive Member30 Oct 2015 2:13 a.m. PST

Hi Guys

Im new to the ACW period so along with painting an army i have started working on some American South themed terrain starting with some corn fields.

Check out my blog to see what ive come up with as id love to know what everyone thinks. I'm going for what i think will be the best blend of looks vs playability. I'm sure someone else has probably tried something similar but it's all new to me so any feedback is most welcome.

Dave Gamer30 Oct 2015 5:15 a.m. PST

Actually, most corn in the US is grown in the midwest (I live in Georgia and I don't see a lot of corn down here – not that we don't grow it down here). The primary crops of the South during the ACW were cotton, tobacco, and sugar.

That being said, your corn crops look nice – I've seen those stalks at Hobby Lobby and was wondering how they'd look on the gaming table.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2015 6:38 a.m. PST

I like the effect. Corn wasn't grown much in the deep south, but in the border areas like Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee it was pretty common. Also, corn was planted farther apart than it is today because everything was done by hand. That said, having plenty of open space in your cornfields is period correct.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2015 7:03 a.m. PST

Can't speak for the rest of the South, but here in NC
during the ACW small farmers grew a lot of corn for
horse/mule fodder, a little for human consumption.

That meant small corn fields, for the most part.

BIG tobacco fields, tho', during the ACW….

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2015 7:06 a.m. PST

Of course the border area (including Northern Virginia and the Valley) is where most fighting took place. All that corn bread and molasses had to come from somewhere. I'm sure there are others but Cedar Mountain and Antietam come to mind where corn fields figure prominently.

Confederate Soldier Inactive Member30 Oct 2015 7:53 a.m. PST

Thanks for the feedback guys, it's very useful. Smaller fields will certainly be easier and cheaper to do – at about NZ$50 for roughly 30 odd bases that should make an ok sized field. If i do that 3 or 4 times over i should be able to get a lot of use out of them. Now tobacco fields on the other hand is something i hadn't thought about but now hearing it it makes perfect sense. I have no idea at all what they look like so i'll have to do some research.

Confederate Soldier Inactive Member30 Oct 2015 7:55 a.m. PST

I've just put up part two which shows how i did the basing.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2015 9:29 a.m. PST

A very nice idea and tutorial. I particularly like the idea of using a base that is similar to the base of the troops.

Many thanks for sharing your methodology and also thanks for the link.

Ryan T30 Oct 2015 10:05 a.m. PST

Corn was a major southern crop both before and during the Civil War. In fact its production was more widespread than cotton according to the maps in the Atlas of Antebellum Southern Agriculture. And during the war farmers and planters were urged to switch crops from cotton and tobacco to corn.

A number of years ago I saw a cornfield at Antietam that was planted in an historical pattern. The corn was planted in furrows, but the stalks were staggered, giving a pattern like this:


ACW Gamer Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2015 7:37 a.m. PST

Ryan, you should write an article on it for me!

MSU John31 Oct 2015 4:02 p.m. PST

Everybody forgetting the Cornfield at Antietam? Those would fit the bill perfectly. Nice work!

wrgmr101 Nov 2015 11:45 a.m. PST

Those look great. I also like the idea of basing size by what your figures are done on.

Confederate Soldier Inactive Member03 Nov 2015 8:45 p.m. PST

thanks guys.

firstvarty1979 Inactive Member23 Oct 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

I LOVE the look of those, but if you are building a large cornfield, you need to use a different approach. link

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