Category: Making Stuff


How to Make Your Own Rubble Material for Stalingrad

Making rubble - tools

My big Crossfire game set in Stalingrad is going to require a lot of rubble. Although I’m happy with the sand I use for flocking, it isn’t chunky enough to be rubble. I needed something grittier. So I made my own. It is pretty simple. Brute force simple.

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Stalingrad Ruins from Warbases are Great Value

WarBases Stalingrad Ruins 5

Every time I order anything from Warbases I order a set of their 15mm Stalingrad Buildings. They are great value. For £7 I get two buildings that are robust, can be assembled in two configurations and, when used en-masse, give me variety of town layouts.

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I got four wargaming boards from TMterrain

Wargaming Boards Flocked Side 3

My current wargaming boards/mats/cloths are a bit of hodgepodge, including about six different types of battle board/mats/clothes – none of which I’m happy with. I’m still looking for the perfect solution and also see a chance to rationalise on a consistent approach and colour scheme.

I wanted to try building some wargaming boards with a wooden frame but it all started looking too hard for a carpentry klutz likely myself. Luckily Simon Miller of the Big Red Bat Cave suggested I have look at some of David Marshall’s work at TMterrain. I ended up buying a table from David

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How to Use a Big Ruined Factory Feature For Crossfire?

WT Ruined Factory Front

I picked up a 15mm Ruined Factory feature from Wargames Tournaments. Perfect for snipers perched on an upper floor. The trouble is that Crossfire demands that building are made up of regular shaped building sectors. Mine are usually 3″ x 3″. So what should I do? How can I use that big feature in Crossfire?

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Making Field Features for Crossfire

Carpet Tile Plain Sand 50cm x 50cm

Fields are the cheapest and easiest terrain feature to make for a Crossfire game. All you need are carpet tiles and/or door mats from a DIY store.

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How to get an Anti-Tank Ditch on a Flat Table

Anti-Tank Ditch

Stephen Phenow sent through a picture of his Anti-Tank Ditch. I think it is fiendishly clever in it’s simplicity.

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Modelling a Crossfire Depression

Platoon enters depression

One of the common Terrain Types in Crossfire are “Depressions”. But my table top is flat so how do I simulate a depression on a flat table?

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Want a replacement for Games Workshop Static Grass? Try Noch or Javis

I’ve been using Games Workshop static grass for quite some time and it has been a steady drain on my pocket. Now I’m thinking of covering large scenery pieces with my normal flocking technique including static grass. Using GW would cripple me. So I’m on the hunt for a compatible but cheaper option.

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Dulux Paints for Wargaming Bases and Terrain

Dulux Paints for Wargaming Terrain and Tables

I want to get a more coherent look to my wargaming tables with the bases of the wargaming figures, the terrain templates and hills, and the table itself all having a consistent look. When flocking my bases I’ve been using modelling paints but that is too expensive when painting big terrain pieces or the entire table. So I’m on the hunt for a cheaper alternative. 250ml Dulux TradeColour Samplers are the answer.

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15mm Shanty Town for the African Wars

15mm Shanty Town Sector

Another step forward in my Portuguese Colonial War project complements of ebay. I picked up a couple of “15mm Shanty Town” pieces.

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What to use for Crests in Crossfire

Crests as Low Hills

I’ve tried several variations on HTD Crests so I thought I’d share some of them.

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Making Wargaming Terrain: Streams

I am experimenting with using my 6mm terrain with 15mm figures on a DBA/HOTT sized table. The trouble is I’ve only got a small collection of 6mm terrain and this is from old Military Miniatures range crafted by Mark Strachan. I like the terrain, and the paint job by Gordon Roach, but Military Miniatures morphed into BattleFront and they no longer sell this stuff. So I decided to supplement my collection by making my own.

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Making Wargaming Terrain: Styrofoam Hills

I’ve been looking at making my own hills. Big hills to complement the smaller commercial hills I’ve already purchased. I knew I should use High Density Polystyrene which is otherwise called Blue or Pink Foam. But I was struggling to find that. Luckily, after a bit of googling, I found a good explanation of Styrofoam on Blue Foam, Pink Foam, Foamboard and Styrofoam.

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Generic Building Sectors for Crossfire

Most of my Crossfire buildings are generic 3″x3″ sectors of foam board on a cardboard base. Some are building complexes of more than one sector. And I’ve also done Triangular Blocks to give Diagonal Streets.

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Triangular Buildings for Diagonal Streets on a Wargaming Table

A while ago I played a Crossfire game called 2 Foot City. It was fought on a 2’x2′ cityscape. Since then I’ve played a few more games in heavily built up areas and they have all been on an assumed square grid. The trouble with a square grid is you only get streets that exactly fit the grid, i.e. vertical or horizontal, with no diagonals. Lately I’ve been wondering how to superimpose diagonal streets on my urban grid.

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