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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?




Tutorial here


Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 4:11 a.m. PST

Interesting, thanks Armand.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2019 11:54 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


pfmodel08 May 2020 8:56 p.m. PST

I have created cork based terrain modules, which can be assembled as required. The system works reasonably well and allows me to quickly setup a game, from 2x3, 4x3, 4x6 and, rarely, 8x6 feet playing areas. This Video‌ contains details on that, as well as the creation of hills, BUA's, and other terrain features.

Mark 109 May 2020 12:31 p.m. PST

Many years ago I started carving up corrugated cardboard as the basis for my 6mm gaming terrain.

For a few years, just about any box that came into my home was attacked with an Xacto knife and cut into odd shapes. Sometimes the shapes were left loose, sometimes they were glued together.

I used these as the mat upon which I set my figures when I spray-painted new tanks and troops. So over time they came to reflect various military greens and dessert tans.

After some time I started flocking some of the pieces too.

This pic shows about the best that technique could deliver for me. Or at least, about the best I managed to achieve.

More recently (if 10+ years can be considered "recent") I have become a student practitioner of Mark Luther's (microbiggie on these fora) approach to game terrain.

Using his approach, my elevation pieces are placed under the game cloth, with pastels used to draw in various surface features such as streams or roads, and to highlight slopes and rough terrain.

On this dessert table, note the hard-paved road versus the dirt roads/tracks, and the ridge on the left side between this gun's position and the village in the distance.

Here is another view of the same table from the opposite side. The ridge is visible to the right in the distance (mostly due to the pastels, as the elevation is not obvious from this angle). Near the top in the distance, to the left of some agricultural fields, there is a small rocky gully. This is an actual cut-out in the elevations, more darkly colored, with some model RR talus applied (and held in place by some fabric shop spray adhesive).

I didn't have to remake any of my cut cardboard elevations. They all work brilliantly under the game cloths.

(aka: Mk 1)

Sparta11 May 2020 3:25 a.m. PST

Cloth over the hills is the way to go – looks brilliant!

pfmodel04 Jul 2022 3:41 a.m. PST

Creating terrain for a playing area has always been a major issue for me and I have changed my mind on what is best more times than I have had hot dinners. For 6mm I am currently pivoting towards standard sized mfd hills, felt on the bottom and placed on a flocked playing area. The size depends on your base size, but for 4cm wide 15mm I use a standard size of 5cm by 10 cm. For 6mm using 3cm wide bases I have standardised on 4cm wide my 8 cm long. I have other sizes, but I generally only need that one size for most of my games. Thinking about this I will probably do a video on hills for 6mm.

Gozerius04 Jul 2022 4:53 p.m. PST

That first post looks just like my failed attempt at a dessert for 4th of July!
Probably tastes better too!

pfmodel05 Jul 2022 1:18 a.m. PST

That first post looks just like my failed attempt at a dessert for 4th of July!

Actually now that i look at it i think you are correct.

pfmodel06 Jul 2022 9:04 p.m. PST

This thread has insired me to create a video on 6mm terrain, or at least the system i use.

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