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swammeyjoe13 Mar 2019 1:46 p.m. PST

Ok, so I've started building some 28mm hedges for WW2 Normandy.

For bocage, I'm using green scouring pads (the off-brand from my local supermarket is a very natural green) flocked with Woodland Scenics green turf and glued to a brown painted wooden ruler. I'm planning to add clump foliage to the sides (hoping to get some sort of "grassy berm" effect) and glue some trees on. I -think- these will end up looking nice. I cut each scouring pad in half so they are around 2in tall each, so somewhere around 10-12 feet tall.

Historically, was bocage this tall fired from/through? I've done some checking on Google Street View and it seems like it varies now where some of the tall hedges are "loose" enough that someone could push through and some would need to be gone around or I guess over. Any good reads on this sort of thing?

Looking at Street View some more there seems to be lots of hedge like terrain that's roughly man height. Tall enough to block LOS beyond, but short enough to be able to shoot to/from and cross. Aka wargaming dream terrain. I'm thinking of replicating my process from above but simply using 1in pieces of scouring pad instead of 2.

Thoughts?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 6:23 a.m. PST

Try folding and gluing the pads lengthwise to get your shorter height and a better thickness. You can also use scissors to make the tops more ragged. Here's a couple of posts on how I did that:
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GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2020 4:13 p.m. PST

Also if you grab a couple of pliers and pull the sides out to tease them to add some depth.

Simo Hayha01 Oct 2020 10:09 p.m. PST

hedges vary in height. many seem almost impassable even to infantry. some certainly were, even for tanks.

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Supreme Littleness Designs02 Oct 2020 4:33 p.m. PST

Derek has five posts on bocage, including modelling bocage:

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