Accessory Assemblage for One Hour Wargames.

OHW games are played on a 3′ x 3′ square so it was logical to buy a battlemat of that size (pictured in the header above). After shopping around a bit I choose this one from urbanmatz.com. I am very well pleased with it, it being of very good material and excellent color palette and design. I was also impressed with their service. I ordered shortly after Christmas (2016) and received it only a bit more than two weeks later, in fact I received it a couple days before they had told me they would probably ship it!

In the time before its arrival, I assembled four (two Napoleonic and two ECW) armies from old 25/28mm figures I had in storage AND made all the other accessories I would need for play.

I’ll do a post or two on the armies at some later point but first the accessories. I did not want to invest much time (the armies took enough) on this task plus I tend to like a toy-like aesthetic for many of the things I do. For me the game really is the thing. Cheap. Cheap is also good.

I first made a 3′ x  3′ (in four 1.5′ x 1.5′ sections) out of sheets of foam core laminated together. This provides a very light and portable surface that can be placed on any small table to support the battlemat. I glued rigid plastic tubing on the edges to hold thick acrylic rods to keep the edges from bending even if the board is extended beyond the edges of a table.

In going through the OHW senarios, I decided that four basic hill shapes would cover all of them and only Scenario One required two hills of the same size and shape giving five hills total. I made them out of foamcore using two levels as in the OHW maps. I used a photo of the battlemat that was on order and tried to match some of the pattern and color palette with tube acrylics:

hill-modules

The rest of the terrain needed (except the roads) are made up on 4″ x 4″ x 1/8″ birch plywood squares. I did an inventory of all the scenario maps and ran up an appropriate number of each type.

For doing the woods I bought a few packs of roughly HO scale pine trees (billed as a Christmas trees) on the day after Christmas. They were REALLY cheap. The ground cover was made from light green Select Grip latex shelf liner:

woods-modules

After an extensive excavation into the eaves of our garage I found some of my old (Heljan) HO building to use in constructing the town modules. I have since made some extra blank ones also to accomidate any of my 10mm buildings when using that scale. The paving is made from grey self liner (as above).

town-modules

The roads are 1′ x 1.5″ strips of the brown shelf liner. The mottled green squares will do double duty as either marsh or lake ( OK, weed-choked lake). The rivers are obviously painted on and two extras were needed to make the fords required in some scenarios:

river-marsh-lake-road-modules

That left only a couple of bridges and I decided that I could get buy with using the ones I use in my 10mm games. They are actually not scaled and were sold on Amazon as suitable for outdoor fairy gardens. I don’t know what that means exactly but I like their looks.

After playing a very rough test game I decided I also needed markers to keep track of who was shooting and who was attacking (both of which can be flipped to indicate that all the necessary resolution has been performed). I usually use cotton wool for shooting (it looks really good in photos) but I decided on a cartoon cloud instead).

ohw-marker

I ended the flurry of quick and dirty work by making a measurement stick and putting together a kit containing dice and various other markers (de rigueur for each major rules set in my world of wargaming).

I managed to pump all these stuff out over about a week, working on it a couple hours a day. It’s not diorama quality but it will serve.

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