Brett Simpson has been busy building up terrain and troops for North Africa using Crossfire. He is also experimenting with my ideas on Crossfire in the Western Desert. Brett has been sharing photos with me as he went along so I thought I’d share them more widely.
Brett textured and painted a 3′ x 4′ Desert Table on 9mm MDF. The first photo is the table setup for Brett first scenario: “Operation Desert-fire”.
Apparently it looks a little redder than it appears here.
Desert Terrain Template
Brett had a number of attempts at crafting terrain markers and templates for Boulder Fields and Scrub. One of the experiments was “tufts”. Brett liked the tufts but not the colour and would go for pale/dry for the desert.
Brett got his Palm Trees off ebay. Then then dry-brushed palm trees and added a wash to give more depth. I like the palms Brett purchased and ended up getting some of them myself – the perfect size for using with 15mm figures.
Brett made this feature as a rocky area, and thought about using the rules for bocage. I think it makes a great HTD Crest.
Boulder and Rock Fields
The rocks on the Boulder Fields are much larger, whereas the Rocky Ground has small rocks.
Brett’s Rock Fields are 4″ x 6″ with enough space in between the rocky areas to fit his stands. Each marker is just large enough to fit 4 squads/sections plus PC.
After careful considering Brett decided to use real rocks for his Boulder Fields. It doesn’t get much simpler – it’s all about finding the right rocks (and very easy for storage). As it happens I went the same way, although I paint mine. You can see a section of Rocky Ground directly behind the Boulder Field in the photo.
When making his first desert building, Brett went with a fixed roof. The rationale is that that stands placed on the roof could represent troops either inside or on top of the building, and still fit in with being able to be house 2 – 3 squads in a building. The tree, bush, and oil drums are just add ons for visual effect. Initially he had a base around the building but Brett was unhappy with the base and removed it. As it happens I did the same thing when I first made my generic building features; I had a base and then realised that no base was better for game play and more flexible.
Example shots from solo game
The remaining photos are random images from Brett’s CF table. He played a solo game to iron out various ideas for his scenario and to see how the photos would look for battle reports.
4 thoughts on “Crossfire in the Western Desert – Brett Simpson’s North African Terrain”
I like it. Very neat table.
Looks great and a good implementation to North Africa. It gives me some ideas 🙂
It does look great. Very inspiring. The big question is … can you get good Crossfire games? I’m looking forward to hearing more from Brett on his experiments.
Brett’s hard work and effort paid off. The table and terrain features look great! Thank you for sharing.