Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Fields with crops

In an earlier blog post (Fields with crops) I showed you some fields that I made for use on my battlefields.

I have been working on adding more options for my agricultural workers and thought I would share the results with you.

I have added 4 variants.  All use the same carpet that I got at my local home improvement store.  It is sold by the foot and is 24" wide (I think).  I cut the carpet into 4"x4" and 4"x8" sections.  You can use whatever size you like, but I think these sizes work well for me.

Variant 1:  I just ran a bead of glue down the raised line and then sprinkled basic green flock onto the glue.  I ran about 4 inches of glue and then sprinkled, 4 inches, then sprinkled, etc.
You can see all 4 variants here with a unit of Razorbacks.
Varient 2:  I did the same thing, but with a brown static grass this time.  You can use whatever color you like.  I will probably do some with green static grass soon.

Varient 3:  I got some Woodland Scenics clump foilage for cheap.  It is the autumn colors, so there is yellow, red and two shades of orange in the bag I got.  I broke these into small pieces and glued them to the carpet.

Varient 4:  Same stuff as before, but I used larger clumps this time.  This could be more mature plants than the smaller variant or a different plant if you use different colors.  The larger clumps also are better at breaking up visibility depending on the scale you will be using these for.
Some Earth Force Marines from Rebel Minis advancing through a field. (variant 4)

All of these fields can be used in 6mm, 15mm, or 28mm games.  I play mostly sci-fi so I don't care about the oddly colored plants.  If you are more historically minded, then just stick to the greens and browns for your crops.

I hope this gives you some good ideas for your game table.

What else might make good crops?  Any great ideas for cheap supplies for more fields?


  1. Have you considered using the little Hors D'ovres toothpicks with the celophane streamers at the top. Spray paint them green highlight a little with yellow green and stick into the carpet for cornfields. You can lift out a toothpick and replace it with a soldier in 15 or 20 mm and it is perfect for a man crossing the cornfield. He gets the concealment he would get without having to drastically change your terrain piece.

  2. Not a bad idea. Do you think they would stand upright well? Maybe I would need a thicker carpet for that. I might have to give it a try though.

  3. "What do you think about those toothpicks with the frilly tops? I'm FOR 'EM."-Mitch Hedberg

  4. Great stuff, easy and effective. Thanks for sharing!