I’m really keen on Operational Level Wargames at the moment and have a mind to write a set of rules called Deep Battle. I thought a good starting point would be with the table top. Get a table that looks like the kind of game I want to play, and use that to inform the rules. So I’m going to continue experimenting with Operational Terrain.
One of the ideas from my Experiment with River Templates for 4 Inch Hexes was to get a company to produce my river templates in MDF. Warbases kindly agreed to do this for me. They were brilliant by the way. Full marks for customer service.
I sent my Experiment with River Templates for 4 Inch Hexes to Warbases. I had created my templates in PowerPoint which is apparently not compatible with their laser cutter. So Martin, of Warbases, kindly converted my templates into a format suitable to drive their system. Martin also mentioned that they would keep these templates forever … just in case I want to reorder. All-in-all a great experience.
I initially ordered one of each template to check dimensions. Once satisfied with that I ordered a whole bunch. 12 of each I think it was. They came as one big laser cut plastic wrapped bundle.
Not surprisingly the MDF versions look just like my templates. Just, well, wooden.
I went outside and undercoated in black.
Then I went hunting for a blue to paint them. When I previously Made Wargaming Terrain Streams, I gave the water a base coat of Coat D’arms 207 Dark Blue. Well now I prefer using Dulux paints for wargaming terrain – it is much cheaper. So I popped down to my local Dulux shop with a sample patch of Coat D’arms 207 Dark Blue, and and asked them to make up a 250 ml Dulux TradeColour Sampler of this. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get an exact match. The guy recommended I go for a slightly lighter option … Venetian Crystal 3. I actually got both the Venetian Crystal 3 and the darker Venetian Crystal 2 to check. He was right, Venetian Crystal 3 was better.
I didn’t take a photo of the blue stage of the process but you can probably guess what it looked like. Wavy blue lines.
Then I put them on the hex grid to see what they looked like. I quite like the look.
At some time in the future I might consider texturing the MDF sections, adding water ripples, white water, rocks, and grass, like I did with my 6mm Wargaming Terrain Streams. But that can wait. For the moment I think they are fine.