Look under the Hills

The previous post received a comment from Simon Miller suggesting that I could achieve a more rounded look to my new hill building by using non-slip (gripper) carpet pads over top the fractals before placing the felt covering. This seemed such a great idea I decided to experiment.

I have several small rolls of gripper material (which I use for many of the surface features in other games I do) so I decided to test the concept.

First build a quick fractal framework:

Roll out the gripper material:

Cover with felt:

Test with heavy move stands:


And let’s put a couple of stands on the slopes between levels (OK – some deformation BUT the level lines are still maintained):

So – I’ve pretty much got rolling hills again AND they hold their shape – Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Simon mentioned in his comment that the gripper holds the felt in place as well. The other big advantage is that it does an equally good job holding my foamcore fractals in place. Nice!

So this will be my new approach for rolling hills (a 5′ x 7′ roll of the stuff is now on order). In a few cases I may want the sharp bluff look and I will simply omit the gripper layer.

As a solo gamer stuck in an area were I am viewed as an eccentric (a lovable one I think but an eccentric none the less) I don’t have much opportunity to get new ideas and suggestions except for various on-line forums. This approach is often hit or miss so once again, Simon, thanks!

I should also mention (for the few who don’t know), Simon is a very well known wargaming blogger, entrepreneur and rules designer who can be found at: The BigRedBatCave. Heretofore, he has concentrated on Ancient and Medieval wargaming (the “To The Strongest” rules family is his). In collaboration, he is about to publish, “For King and Parliament*” so I will now have a chance to try his “diceless” system!

* I almost put a “(sic)” after the title because many may think it should read “OR” not “AND”.  I call it clever marketing!  During the “Wars of the Three Kingdoms”, nobody was actually fighting against the king, at least in the beginning.  Just as American rebels initially said they were fighting against George III’s evil counselors, the same sort of fiction was put forth by the early Parliamentarian forces.  Even after the first major battle in late 1642 – with the king at the head of HIS army ON THE OTHER SIDE of the field – the idea was maintained (or at least the general concept of kingship)!

Out on the Celtic Fringe where I play, the Scottish Covenanters (the de facto government of Scotland), who had been at war with the king since 1638, had on their flags (in various formulations), “Covenant, KING, Country”.

In Ireland, which had been in full rebellion since 1641, the Kilkenny Confederation (the de facto government of Catholic Ireland) not only had King Charles’ crown and cypher on their flags but the motto (in Latin) “Long Live King Charles”!

So “AND” seems more than appropriate.