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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 12:31 p.m. PST

Nice job.



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C M DODSON25 Sep 2020 1:52 p.m. PST

The corn looks a bit like Tasma corn and is very effective.

The fencing unfortunately is not typical of the time.

Snake, post and rail along with picket style were, with variants the primary types.

This is a good source.

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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 1:53 p.m. PST

Really clever.

Sounds like a densely packed cornfield would be quite expensive though. This side of the pond we call this maize and the Waterloo battlefield has plenty of it now (it is only for feeding animals over here). But it struck me it is physically impossible to walk, even a few yards, through a modern field of this stuff. Rape seed head high is murder, but this has massively thick stalks and beats jungle hands down.

(Edit) Meant to comment on the very expensive (for the farmer) modern fence too! CMD beat me to it by one minute…at least you know we are reading your post.

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 3:03 p.m. PST

You can buy as many as you want. link

They make all kinds of good stuff.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Sep 2020 9:08 a.m. PST

This side of the pond we call this maize

This side of the pond, too. That's a Taíno word.

This side of the pond we call this maize

It depends. If it is cultivated, no problem. If you let it grow wild, it's no worse than any other tick vegetation. They actually won't grow as close together as some other plants, say bamboo. You can push your way through them, but you do end up blazing a trail of broken stalks.

Again, if you're cultivating it, you won't plant it such that you can't walk through to harvest – especially in an era where you harvest it by hand.

I make my own corn stalks with twist ties and space them with this technique. It doesn't make them visually as tight as they would be in real life, but it recreates the function of rows where you can easily move your figures and interfering terrain if you want to go crosswise.

C M DODSON26 Sep 2020 9:26 a.m. PST

Hello Mr D.

This is what I will be using and it's brilliant .


Also cheap so you can do proper fields without breaking the bank.

My Antietam post has full details regarding Civil war maize fields and referees to the TMP discussion thread which was extensive.

Hats off to the forgotten legions blog site.

Best wishes,


Pan Marek26 Sep 2020 9:43 a.m. PST


Good find, but I've never seen that brand in the US. And right now, shipping from the UK is heinous.

I used "mini" sized artificial fir tree, cut into short lengths with tan flock on top. Looks good on the table.
AND, cheap!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2020 12:07 p.m. PST

Glad you like them boys.


Kelly Armstrong27 Sep 2020 10:21 a.m. PST

Hey I got Tango'd! :-) Pics from my blog. Fences are generic and not for any particular time. I just need players to recognize they are "fences" and for me they are easy to build. The corn stalks are 2" O scale corn stalks are from JTT, trimmed just a little bit and pushed into drill holes in MDF.

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2020 6:24 a.m. PST

Kelly, nice job!

Sweet [corn] game table. ;)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2020 3:20 p.m. PST

Good job Kelly!…..(smile)


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