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Neilad21 Dec 2017 8:38 p.m. PST

I've recently been looking at improving some of my terrain, in particular making some cornfields and enhancing my wheatfields. For Wheatfields I currently use coir door mat but in singular large pieces. I had planned to cut these into much smaller rectangles to allow sections to be removed as troops moved through them. Similarly I was planning on doing the same with the Cornfields.

There are plenty of examples of this approach
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Its always been a struggle in the back of my mind, that with the more symmetrical approach its difficult to cater for units that may move through the area at different angles to the way the rectangular bases are arranged.

What I've seen more recently though is games where the bases have been used in a less uniform approach and just having sections based on circular or non-symmetrically bases and just placed in the region of the field which allows more freedom for moving the troops in and out of. There is an image of a game in the RFF rule book also done this way.

Cornfield examples

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Wheatfield examples
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I know in the end I'll need to do what I think will suit me but I'm interested to get feedback for others who have or are using either approach and what they see as the pros and cons to each.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2017 9:07 p.m. PST

Beautiful examples all!

I wish there was a way to represent the crops flattened, as in after the troops pass over it.

If they are flattened, you would have line of sight if you had to do an about face to deal with a new threat, wouldn't you say?

Dan

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2017 7:10 a.m. PST

it also about cost. The Corn in the last picture is 7-9 per stand for the stacks. Astro truff is cheaper. Also Find some of the small x-mas tree decotartion and cut them up for stalks. They are hughly discounted now and after Christmas.

example

https://imgur.com/a/3Rwdf

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2017 9:20 a.m. PST

I'm currently building (planting?) cornfields for 28mm, and opted to go for the assymmetrical to make it easier to clear out a beaten path at whatever angle. I'm planting them on strips that are ~1.25" wide and varying lengths ~3"5".

I'm using the JTT Scenery O Scale corn (they also make HO), planting 1 stalk every 1/2" Gives a very nice look. Could be planted a little closer for a more realistic density. Could be stretched out a little further for economy and still look OK. I found the 1/2" spacing to be a good balance. I got (11) packs of the O Scale and that will cover about 12" x 18" of field

It's a little pricey. But this is a major scenery feature that covers a lot of table top area, so I am happy with spending a bit more to make it look really fabu. I'll have photos when its down. All the bases are fully prepped and drilled, planting and flocking is next.

Best online price I found was at Advantage Hobby: link

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2017 11:37 a.m. PST

I think for wheat fields the way to go is just to have "the field" tall / textured enough to look like wheat but low enough that troops can still be placed on top. stuff like teddy bear fur and the like.

for cornfields: I went with round bases with Christmas pines. I wrote a tutorial on the blog

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have a look why not?

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