Trenches

Hardest Wargaming Terrain Ever

A few months back, one of the local game stores agreed to host a Warmachine Rumble.  These were going to be 35 point Steamroller games on the 30″ tables.

I decided that the store needed more terrain, so took it upon myself to make trenches for the 10″ tiles we already made.

Step 1 – Cut Trench

In Warmachine, the trench is a 3″x5″ tile that provides cover and prevents blast damage.   I chose plywood as my tile material.  In retrospect,  I would like something thinner than the 1/8″ thick ply, and just as sturdy if possible.

I cut these with a table saw,  painted with black and brown craft paint, and sprinkled with terrain flocking (mix of woodland scenics dirt and gravel).

Step 2 – Planks

The planks are thin craft sticks with the rounded edges removed.  I used a pair of vise grips to pinch and snap off the ends.

When you get a bunch of them snipped, place them on your trench base and glue with craft glue of your choice.  I used Elmers white glue.

Since I was going to have various armies with different resources, trenches and terrain, I played the wood panels horizontally, vertically, neatly and chaotically.   I mixed grey craft paint in with the black/Brown mix, and watered it down a bit.

As they are, they could pass as the bottom of a trench for the game.  But I want removable trench walls to really sell the illusion.

Step 3 – Trench Walls

In Warmachine,  the trenches not only need to hide the typical soldier, but Warjack, Troll, and other monstrous fighters should feel reasonably protected as well.  That means trenches should be dug deep, and because we can’t dig down into the table, we build up.

More craft sticks glued together for a panel perpendicular to a plank serves as the wall frame.

These are painted en masse with the same black/brown/grey mix as before.  Child labor helped make this go super quick, and gave the little buggers something to do on a Saturday.

Dap Fast n Final lightweight spackle formed the earth material.  Crayola air dry clay makes sandbags easy, and they fit fight into the spackle.  Sometimes the spackle wouldn’t stick to the wood, but a touch of glue held it in place after it dried.

Painted brown, tthen flocked with dirt mix and some grass for the final step.

They don’t look too bad, and end pieces help sell the illusion.

This style of trench can be used with or without walls.  The small rise can cause problems with some models, but generally works well for Warmachine.