'Saving Tommy Atkins' or 'Great War Terrain on a Budget'
(Dave Parker and Nigel Gould)
As a starting point we looked at the superb terrain used by the Lardies themselves:
Whilst this gave us some ideas, we wanted to start from the basics and went back to the manuals (literally). Of the dozens of books we consulted the 4 shown were undoubtedly the most useful.
|The raw materials for the base boards (2ft square chipboard).|
|As we planned to build the trenches from inexpensive white polystyrene sheets, sold as insulation material, we needed to build a wooden frame to protect the edges.|
|Framework with trench outline.|
|As many of the trenches would have the same trace, we created paper templates to help drawing out the trench outline.|
|To cut out the polystyrene we built two hotwire tools. One handheld and one table mounted jig.|
|The first trench line.|
|To protect the exposed edges of the polystyrene we lined the trenches with tile adhesive.|
|Two of the boards were designed as strong points. One a fortified wood and the other based on a small farm. Here we see the farmhouse cellar set into the polystyrene.|
|The farmhouse in place.|
|The fortified wood. Plastic pipes mark the eventual positions of the trees.|
|Two boards have inserts that are designed to lift out, so that a variety of terrain features can be added. This one incorporates a crashed plane.|
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