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WW1 in 10mm - trenches

I am toying with how to make the trenches for the 10mm WW1 project, and I might have come up with something that will a) be cost effective, and b) look the part.

As I want to play a Brigade/Divisional style game with lots of troops I will need to cut down on base sizes and have something that will look the part.

 At this stage I am thinking of using "Flanders Fields" for the rules. Each infantry base represents a platoon and is represented by three figures on a 30mm x 15mm base.

 To accommodate my trench idea, I have changed the base size to 20 x 20 mm, which is the same size as a command base for the game.

 This will actually allow me to use foam card to make the trenches, and keep them looking aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

 I will wait to get a variety of different miniatures before making the final decision, as I need to ensure all the figures that need to go in the trench will be able to do so, but I am fairly confidant that most things will work out.

 My intention is to make a 30 x 30 cm base tile, and glue two layers of foam card on top that have been cut out to make the trenches.  I can carve into the foam in no man's land to make shell holes, or build up if I so desire.

sample of trench concept

 I can make communication trenches etc without having to do anything too drastic, and it will still conform with the base sizes so as not to make the trenches look empty.

 By the time I add some sand bags and wire, I think the playing area will be quite acceptable.


Clint said...

seems like a plan.

Lord Siwoc said...

This could work. A lot of sand, make some parts partly collapsed due to a cannonhit.

cmnash said...

I'm very intrigued! Looking forward to seeing how you got on with this idea. I like the painted figs in the pic. What will you use for the bases? I was thinking about raw earth coloured basetex ...

Shelldrake said...

Cheers Colin - I am thinking of using laser cut ply from Fenris Games 2 cm x 2cm, with bigger for tanks, guns etc.

Once I get the bases I will use some form of filler between the figures and paint it an earthy colour.