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advocate11 Oct 2021 1:42 p.m. PST

Snake fencing is pretty iconic for AWI games, but are their alternatives or do I go with that?
What other pieces of terrain say AWI to you?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 2:16 p.m. PST

Stone fencing in New England fields. The farmers insist that the fields "grow rocks" in the winter. You can't destroy rocks, so fences are the obvious dump off points.

Saltbox houses cry out AWI.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 2:20 p.m. PST

Taverns, Churches and wells as well

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 2:44 p.m. PST

Go to thingsfromthebasement
They have at least 4 suitable buildings, more if you scan all their ranges. There is also North Bridge at Concord. These are available in both 28mm and 15mm.

Also go to Sarissa Precision, North America historical range.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 3:31 p.m. PST

TRE Games also has some really nice building kits
link in 15mm and 28mm – Really love the covered bridge

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 3:36 p.m. PST

AWI terrain is very much a matter of regions. New England is stone fences. South of the Mason-Dixon is snake fencing. Does anyone know how early Pennsylvania went to "cow high and pig tight"? New England is salt box houses, Pennsylvania is stone "Quaker fashion," tidewater is plantation houses--and slave quarters--and the frontier is log cabins.

I'd have to go back and work a bit on taverns and churches, but I'm pretty sure Episcopal churches in the Tidewater didn't look much like what the Presbyterians were using further inland--or Quaker meeting houses in the Delaware Valley.

Depends on what else you game and what parts of the AWI you find most attractive. A lot of the northern and western stuff can do double duty for the War of 1812, while some of the southern terrain will serve equally well for the ACW.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 8:01 a.m. PST

It can grow a bit complicated then, like "Asian" villages😁.
Do we have all we need in 15mm?
Looks I have to collect little stones on walks, to sink into cement…

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 8:09 a.m. PST

Here's the easy way to make stone fences or walls.
Get fat craft sticks, tongue depressors. Lay a thin bead of Gorilla Glue (the foaming polyurethane type) down the middle. Pour FRESH cat litter (do I really have to say that?) on top of it. Then go to bed. This will take a while.
Next day, shake off excess cat litter. Repeat if necessary. Spray paint gray, drybrush, flock, etc.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 10:09 a.m. PST

I can ask my friend the neighbour's cat.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 10:22 a.m. PST

I said "cat litter" because the shape of the particles is rather shelf-like. Like fieldstone. grin
But you can use aquarium gravel or model railroad ballast if you prefer.

T Corret Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2021 12:31 p.m. PST

Remember, in the South, fences were to keep animals out for the most part. It was only in the early 20th century that free range was stopped. So fences around crops, not pastures.

TangoOneThreeAlpha13 Oct 2021 12:05 p.m. PST


Brit here wargamming AWI, what exactly is a 'saltbox house'?

Cheers Paul

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2021 12:13 p.m. PST

It's a house that has 2 stories in front, one in the rear.
The roof peaks over the front, and runs down directly to the rear.

It's typical of New England.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2021 4:26 p.m. PST

For battles in Pennsylvania, you will want a Quaker meeting house. They are fairly ubiquitous in that state.



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