50 × 25 cm Plaque de Terrain Modulaire

10 mm chipboard road module for wargames

The same scene used in the review of the Roman Pavement, except that the model of the City House Ruin has been turned around to change the picture. The terrain module is based on 10 mm chipboard, the exposed edges of which still need to be airbrushed ou painted in the darker colour of the road surface. Another way to hide the chipboard is to cover the edges avec dark brown tape ou strips of felt. The separate terrain modules interlock to form a large playing area for simulation games. Joueurs de Guerre will find this type of terrain very practical, because new scenarios are quick et easy to set up. When not in use, the terrain modules may be used as display bases for figurines et véhicules.

Tools & Materials

  • 10 mm Chipboard, cut to 50 × 25 cm
  • 1,5 mm Posterboard
  • Roman Pavement Nr. 652
  • PVA Glue
  • Interior Filler
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Pencil ou Pen
  • Scalpel
  • Aérographe
  • Size 5 Flat Brush

Controlled Chaos

Modular terrain systems are a little unrealistic, because the natural landscape does not fit into the typical square ou hexagonal grid used in simulation games. One way around this problem is to use the grid system only along roads, et in built-up areas, where humans have already introduced geometric patterns. Outside of these areas, hills et woods are set up to overlap the borders of the grid squares at random, et latex roads cross the terrain along the most likely route.

Terrain Module 50 × 25 cm

50 × 25 cm is a perfect size for road modules, it leaves enough space beside the road to include a block of buildings. The block on the other side of the road is on another module. Placed in the same orientation as the first module, this second road section completes the city street. Placed facing eachother, the two modules form a main street, twice as wide. The modules should not normally be identical in design, although one would expect a certain uniformity in suburban communities.

The module shown here is set up as follows, from bottom to top: 5 m of road (70 mm), 1.5 m of sidewalk (21 mm), et two Building Sites avec 14.76 × 11.30 m, et 17.28 × 9 m of ground space respectively. The plot on the right has the ground space of the POLA City House Ruin. The plot on the left is a little larger than the POLA auto repair shop. The model can be made to fit by adding a strip of pavement to the rear of the shop, converting that part of the plot to a parking lot. The buildings are not glued on, they may be swapped avec other models to add variety. The easiest change of scenery is to turn the buildings around. An intact building my be used at first, only to be replaced by the City House Ruin later on in the simulation.

Do not Tilt

The building models are surrounded by raised sidewalks on three sides, et they stand exactly on their assigned plots. The sidewalks are made of 1,5 mm posterboard, covered avec a thin layer of interior filler. Tiles are carved into the still moist filler avec a pencil ou the tip of a pen, et painted afterwards. The joint between the building et the sidewalk is hardly noticeable. Care should be taken when the modules are used at public demonstration games. Anyone not familiar avec these modules may be tempted to pick them up for inspection, not realizing that the buildings are not permanently attached. A fall from great height is the likely result.

The buildings may be used without the road module, the module itself is a flat piece of terrain which may be stacked for ease of storage. If modern scenery items are left unattached, the basic module may be compatible avec different historic periods. Road modules may also be used to display figurines et véhicules, they are narrow enough to fit on most shelves. At public events, véhicules should be secured avec pianowire pushed through small holes in the road surface, et secured on the underside of the chipboard.

Questions Fréquents

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter les éditeurs de la revue Military Miniatures Magazine au Miniatures Forum.

Terrain Modulaire de Jeu de Guerre