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olicana19 Sep 2021 5:47 a.m. PST

Just posted a simple 4 player scenario for a Wednesday night Ilkley Lads game on my blog. It's for a To the Strongest Crusades game.

Thought I'd post so you can have a laugh at my square hills and funny looking streams.


Scenario notes and more pics here:


One of the saracen player's troops


cavcrazy19 Sep 2021 6:09 a.m. PST

That looks like a game I would enjoy very much, square hills and all.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2021 6:32 a.m. PST

Would be perfect for my colonials. Looks smart to me.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2021 6:47 a.m. PST

Makes surveying much easier, I would assume. Really, it looks great!

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2021 7:06 a.m. PST

We started many years ago using square/rectangular terrain pieces that looked nowhere as nice as yours.
I wouldn't fret about them…they are lovely wargames terrain pieces that even the worst rules lawyer would have difficulty arguing over!

ChrisBrantley19 Sep 2021 8:03 a.m. PST

Nothing wrong with old school terrain. Its what got me into the hobby. :-)

Acronim19 Sep 2021 9:09 a.m. PST

It looks very nice, but the poor fish will need traffic lights XD, XD (n
o jokes now, very handy to play)

Stryderg19 Sep 2021 9:19 a.m. PST

Looks better than some of the terrain I've used.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2021 9:34 a.m. PST

Looks great and very practical!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2021 10:33 a.m. PST

That's a great looking "To the Strongest!" board. I'm envious.

And your troops are fantastic!!


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2021 1:23 p.m. PST

Nice job. I don't laugh at squares, and I don't laugh at hexes. I prefer a freer-flowing board, but it depends a lot on what sort of player you are and who you're playing with.

Go with what works for you and yours.

Legionarius19 Sep 2021 2:02 p.m. PST

Very,very nice, and functional. TtS is the gold standard for Ancient rules and it perfectly. I use similar terrain butfo for a more irregular or oval look on the hills although they fit my squares. Obviously a brilliant table with expertly painted troops. Cheers!

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2021 2:10 p.m. PST

Laugh, absolutely not! I am one of the respondents who wish we could have played in your game.

As far as the "square rivers" go, I believe even in antiquity the region was transected with canals. I am more than prepared to believe the look is authentic.

Well done.


olicana19 Sep 2021 2:11 p.m. PST

Thanks guys, though a titter was expected.

As is the case sometimes, people want realism. I play toy soldiers. I'm old enough and wise enough not to dress it up further than that. Consequently, I'm quite happy to play a TtS game on a grid and stylised terrain makes that soooo much easier.

Obviously, as a Yorkshireman, there was the added bonus of still being able to use the square hills (turned upside down) as spacers under my green cloth.

As stated, two for one, when I do a few more stream turns for other game systems.

John the OFM19 Sep 2021 6:31 p.m. PST

Actually, it reminds me of Tactics II, which was a good game before the hex Nazis took over board games. grin

forper2320 Sep 2021 4:10 a.m. PST

LOL. about 4000 times better than my terrain tho

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2021 5:18 a.m. PST

Great looking game.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2021 6:57 a.m. PST

I'd play on terrain like that, with gusto. Only thing I find unusual, is the 90-degree turns in the river -- found your explanation in your other thread, with the link to your tutorial. I'm a gamer/crafter. I know all about compromises for playability, and other reasons why things are not "realistic."

Playing on uber-realistic tables, with mini's that would place in nearly every competition everywhere, are games I would rather not touch -- literally! Figures, and terrain pieces, often get damaged during handling within a game. I do not want to be that guy. Been there, done that, hated to game with the owner ever after, for fear of what I might do while handling his toys…

For these reasons, my terrain is durable, over realistic. When my mini's get damaged in a game, I take it in stride -- I expect it to happen, so I plan to make repairs, as needed, afterwards. I consider it a badge of honor: my toys were played with, not left sitting on a shelf, collecting dust! They have been put to proper and good use. I am not into painting for the sake of making artworks. I want to game with them! Cheers!

HMS Exeter20 Sep 2021 7:44 a.m. PST

Wadi ya goin on about? When my group started gaming we used the fibrous egg cartons, split, upended and painted gray as hills.

You're doing fine.

John the OFM20 Sep 2021 1:09 p.m. PST

Egg cartons….

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