Wednesday 16 November 2011

WW2 Terrain making in action

Found this great picture on the web today, brilliantly realistic looking terrain making from the past. The caption with the photo below.

"Photo by Marjory Collins. A “camouflage class” at New York University, where men and women are preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry by making models from aerial photographs and work out camouflage schemes, 1943."

Still looking into making micro terrain for a 2mm set up based around Bob Corderys great Portable Wargaming rules. I'm hoping to make a completer wargame in a box, with all terrain, soldiers and rules contained within the box. Not sure what sort of box yet, I'm still looking for inspiration in the box area. I have some Irregular miniatures samples of their 2mm range which look ideal for the project. The above photograph perfectly illustrates the type of effect I want to aim for. Great inspiration/reference.


Andyroo said...

Take care - 2mm can get addictive as can be seen at

I do love the layout and would give a lot to play on the board!


Milo Burgh said...

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing..

mekelnborg said...

Yes, it is nice, and even outside the 2mm inspiration it's nice to see any color photos from that time.

A cigar box is of stout construction and has a nice brass latch on it, while not being too spacious inside as to height. You don't really need it to be especially a tall box after all.

If you can get some jewel cases made for CDs those work, if not the micro thin ones.

Consider bulletin boards for the terrain boards, since if done to that level of detail it would be kind of permanently set for a certain battlefield, and the wooden framework would act to protect a certain few millimeters height of terrain when stacked sideways for storage.

The model railroaders always had an advantage in permanence of their terrain, because they don't change from Gettysburg to Waterloo to El Alamein with theirs.