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Zookie26 Jan 2023 11:16 a.m. PST

I like painting miniatures but for some reason I hate making and painting terrain. I have a lot a makeshift terrain that works well enough, a patch of carpet for a field. Cuts of felt to represent hills. But I'd like to make 2mm scale tabletop that looks really impressive and less abstract.

Any suggestions for 2mm scale terrain that can be bought off the shelf without breaking the bank? Or ideas that don't take a lot of time that look really good?

I have plenty of gaming mats, but I would like to be able to get some impressive looking 3D terrain that I could put together a 3x3 table at 2mm scale that could be a 19th century battlefield that would cost me no more than 100 USD and be ready out of the box or would take me no more than an hour or so to build. Any suggestions? (no structures required but would be bonus if possible)

Prince Rupert of the Rhine26 Jan 2023 11:21 a.m. PST

Irregular miniatures do 2mm terrian but I'm guessing you are in the US so postage might dent the budget.


Zookie26 Jan 2023 11:42 a.m. PST

I am mostly looking at natural feature. Like hill, forests and streams. I could probably paint up some buildings without too much trouble. It is the natural feature that I want to work on.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2023 11:49 a.m. PST

I have never found postage on Irregular's 2mm figures and terrain to be a serious obstacle, and they're usually shipped out promptly by air mail. I especially recommend the road/river sections and bridges.

If you feel a need to be creative:
Credible stone walls are easily achieved with card, matches and two or three shades of gray paint.
For hedges, use thicker "kitchen" matches, dark green paint and green flock.
Hexagonal nuts and a bit of card a bunkers--but more for WWII/moderns.

Monopoly houses work well, but are a tad large. I sometimes find smaller wooden houses in game shops.

Not yet satisfied with trees--Irregular's "large" 2mm trees are nice, but a tad expensive--but I found a roll of Christmas wrapping paper in various greens which will serve until I'm inspired.

In all cases, build large enough to handle comfortably--woods and not trees, villages or towns and not individual houses. I can't shake the feeling that one of my 2mm projects should probably have been a hex board with terrain to match.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2023 1:09 p.m. PST

While not premade, have you yet tried this?:

Buy a box (or more of various sizes) of tacks (the kind you hit with a hammer=wide heads). Take pieces of Woodland Scenics clump foliage and glue (white glue is fine) and simply press over the shanks of the tacks. Easier if you have already glued your tacks in position where you want the trees, say, on a strip used for scatter scenery. Trim to shape the trees with scissors to please.

Cost is whatever you have to pay for a a couple of boxes/packages of tack from you local home improvement store and bags of the foliage in colors you find attractive. Even the smallest package will yield you half a forest!

Hope this helps.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2023 1:15 p.m. PST

For hills, find the thinnest Styrofoam sheets (like 1/4 -3/8 inch), cut to whatever shape you desire, glue in layers from large to small in pancake fashion, bevel the edges with medium grit sandpaper, paint/flock and you just made more scatter terrain. An old way to make hills and how good they look depends on the amount of time you put into them. For 2mm gaming, I'd even permanently trees, hedges, etc. since being that small, layers of such hills in storage should not damage them too much , if at all.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2023 8:56 p.m. PST

Irregular's shipping costs are moderate in comparison to other UK sellers.

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