I am always impressed by Brett Simpson’s Pacific War tables for Crossfire. He inspired me to improve my jungle terrain. More jungle will be useful for Burma, Portuguese Colonial Africa, and Vietnam. I made some steps before we played the Pick up game in Burma, but I wanted to make my tables even better. So I’ve been bolstering my crossfire terrain and now have Pagodas, rice paddies, Bamboo groves, boulder fields, rock fields, palm trees, ravines, depressions, Burmese houses, jungle undergrowth (not featured here), crests (not featured here) and cliffs (not featured here). Some of these I’ve posted about previously, and some are yet to come. Now, after all that effort, I wanted to know two things. Do I have enough jungle terrain to fill a table? Does my jungle terrain look good enough? So I got it all out and threw it on a 6’x4′ table. I can definitely fill a table. And I reckon the table looks good enough, not perfect, but good enough.
Here are a few top views. you should be able to spot the ravines, bamboo groves, houses, pagodas, watch tower, palms, boulder fields, rocky fields, rice paddies, rough ground, and hills (including rocky and wooded options).
Ravines are a new concept for me in my Crossfire games. Because I am building up forces for the Italian Campaign I had a look at some of the Hit the Dirt scenarios. And some of them feature ravines. Kind of like long depressions. So I made some. You can see a long ravine in the next photo, starting at the pond.
From a slightly higher point of view you can see the big ravine stretching across the table and branching at the further end. You also get to see some smaller ravines and depressions.
You can see that my ravines have area terrain templates inside them. These area terrain templates are integral to the ravine model but are treated as separate terrain features in Crossfire. They give the model structural integrity and make set up much faster. The area terrain inside a ravine can be any of the normal options: wood, rough ground, boulder field, rock field. The example has a bamboo grove (nearly impassable wood), palm grove (wood), and a couple of rough ground features.
Here is another view of the main ravine snaking away into the distance.
I did lots of ravine pieces. One of them is a pond. The idea being that either the start or the end of a ravine might be a pool of water.
I like the way the ravine has bends and curves.
You have seen my rice paddies before. I’m pleased with them but I think I will add a bit more vegetation i.e. rice sprouts.
My palm tree collection is growing. I probably have enough now. The thing that bugs me is not all trees in a jungle are palms. In fact palms form a minority of jungle vegetation. I lack other kinds of trees – something to work on.
My Bamboo groves appear in many of these photos, but I didn’t feature them specifically. Here’s one photo that includes a few clumps of bamboo.