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TheCommandTent Inactive Member10 Aug 2018 11:10 a.m. PST

Recently picked up one of those coir doormats to make some fields. I want the fields to be as versatile possible and I am a little stuck on what size fields would be best to cut the doormat up into? I mainly game in 15mm and 28mm. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 11:19 a.m. PST

It's not the scale of your units which matter, but the frontage of your units, and how your rules handle terrain. My advise would be to shape fields--or any terrain, actually--so that troops are half in and half out as seldom as possible.

Gaming time is too precious to be spent on whether the 55th New York is 54% under cover or only 47%.

ChrisBrantley10 Aug 2018 12:08 p.m. PST

Although not truly square, the wheatfields at Gettysburg and Antietam were roughly 1000 feet in length as well as width according to the Civil War Preservation Trust maps. If you take that as a rough guide and use the ground scale of your rules and you can come up with a visually and historically appropriate size for that era/geographic location. For example, at the 1 inch = 50 yard ground scale for Johnny Reb III rules (in 15mm scale), you'd want a field that would fit within a 6-8 inch square template (but not necessarily cut to be square).

The Tin Dictator10 Aug 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

I cut a couple of those door mats up for fields some years ago.
I cut each mat into six roughly equal "fields" that measure about 9"-10" square. They work fine for 15mm through 28mm games.

TheCommandTent Inactive Member10 Aug 2018 9:11 p.m. PST

Thanks for the input!

gunnerphil11 Aug 2018 7:05 a.m. PST

One friend of mine did them in 4" squares. The idea was they could form fields of different sizes, and as unit moved through them could be romoved, and do away with the tank on top form field

CSherrange13 Aug 2018 5:06 a.m. PST

I have mine cut into 4x4 inch sections, and with rows cut in to fit bases, so troops don't stand on top. Tanks still do however.

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