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I knew from the start that I preferred not to use the "poster" map (that comes in Deluxe Ogre for wargaming.

Ogre minis on the poster map

First off, the Ogre models are too large to fit into the map hexes. (The rules say to just count the front hex - but I don't like that...) And second, even though the basic Ogre scenario takes place in a flat (though cratered) landscape, I still think it would look more cool to play the game on something other than the map provided.

I also decided that I wanted to have a hexgrid. (Now it's true that Ogre can be played without the grid, but I was thinking to use this set as an "intro" for people new to the hobby, and I novices would find it easier to have the grid.)

So - I was looking for hex-gridded terrain, and the hexes needed to be at least 3.5 inches wide (the length of the largest Ogre model I have - the Mark IV).

Some of the editor's home-made sci-fi terrain

My next thought was to make the terrain myself. I've been a big fan over the years of styrofoam hex terrain (in the style of the Terrain Maker products from GHQ, although I mostly make mine from scratch). I already have some desert terrain, and it wouldn't be difficult to make more.

However, the styrofoam hexes can be difficult to store, they sometimes jostle on the I dragged my feet getting started.

Manufacturer's picture of finished Hexon II terrain

Then came Kallistra's announcement of their new product line - the Hexon II terrain system. (I don't remember Hexon I - I must have been sleeping during that part of the movie...)

Ogre models sitting on unfinished Hexon board

This looked like it was definitely worth a try - hex-gridded terrain, 4-inch hexes, durable, stackable for storage! So I chose to use the Hexon terrain system for my Ogre terrain board.


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