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alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2017 5:00 p.m. PST

Seeking inspiration for construction of the like of the Mons-Conde canal for Great War games.

I do not want to use irregular shaped river sections and wonder if anything is available commercially?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2017 5:33 p.m. PST

I know I saw someone use plastic (vinyl?) strips that I think were sold at hardware stores and were meant to be used as seals for under doors or between desks. I think the gamer cut them using a small hand saw on a mitre box.

Now I can remember where. If I see it again, I'll come back and post the link.


Vimy Ridge25 Feb 2017 6:37 a.m. PST

Alan Timecasts straight river sections might work.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 9:41 a.m. PST


Battlefield Terrain concepts could probably make you a set. He makes rivers but has done custom work before. Just ask for really uniform, straight rivers and done!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

Alternatively, a DIY idea:


Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 9:56 a.m. PST


A couple of questions.
1. Do you have issues with the edges curling?
2. You mentioned a gloss finish, what do you use?
3. Do these have to be stored flat?


alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 12:19 p.m. PST

Thanks for the pointers.

However, it is a more formal look that is needed: straight sides with a towpath on each side.

My own thoughts are to use different layers of coloured mounting board in decreasing widths: base layer of brown for the water in the canal, a strip of green on each side for the grass banks and finally a narrower strip of grey on top of the green to represent the towpath.

3 layers of mounting board will not be too high off the table top which is always the problem when recreating a water feature. However, unlike rivers, the top of the canal banks can indeed be higher than the surrounding land.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 6:51 p.m. PST

Hey Dave:

1. No. The trick is to spray the back side with hair spray. Give it a nice thick coat with the cheap stuff (I buy mine at the dollar store).

2. I use brush on gloss coat from Coat d'Arms. More just because I had it handy than anything.

3. I store mine flat. I think the flocking on the edges might crack if it were folded? But then I also made min in short sections – 10" or less – so a 9x12 box holds a continent's worth!

monk2002uk26 Feb 2017 2:06 a.m. PST

The Condé Canal banks were/are higher than the surrounding very flat land in many places. It would not be at all out of place to create them in the way you describe, Alan.


alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2017 4:35 a.m. PST


In terms of GWSH, what width should the canal be? My understanding is that the Conde canal was about 60 yards wide. Accordingly, in GWSH ground scale, it should be about 1" wide from bank to bank.

However, I might go slightly wider for visual effect.


monk2002uk26 Feb 2017 9:07 a.m. PST


Visual effect should be your main consideration IMHO. 1" wide will appear to be wider, however, when you see it over the length of the canal on table.


alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2017 11:03 a.m. PST


Thanks for the advice. The overall width will probably be close to 3", allowing for the bank and towpath each side.


alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2017 2:44 a.m. PST

CORRECTION: in fact the Conde Canal was 60 feet wide, not 60 yards, so 1" width for the waterway is probably overscale for groundscale. However, for 6mm figure scale, it should look fine.

monk2002uk27 Feb 2017 3:20 a.m. PST

That sounds absolutely fine, Alan. Keep us posted.


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