Sunday, February 26, 2012

10mm Roads

I’ve had several people ask me what I was using for roads ever since I started to share my Civil War game photos. I will use this post to answer that question.



Roads are one of those terrain features that can make or break your battlefield, so when I decided to do my American Civil War project in 10mm scale one of the first questions I had to ask myself was “what will I use for roads”. As always, one of the first places I checked was the TMP forum’s to see what other people were using. Unfortunately, the most common answers were felt or sand. I was not satisfied with these answers, so I continued my search. While browsing the blog, “CHARGE! Civil War gaming” by Scott Mingus, I discovered a review that he did on 1” flexible roads from Monday Knight Productions. In this review, Scott included simple step by step instructions on how he enhanced the appearance of his roads. I had seen the unfinished version of these roads before, and I really was not impressed with them but after seeing how Scott was able to greatly enhance the appearance by simply adding a black wash and then flocking the edges, I was convinced. I have not looked back since buying my first set. What I like about these roads are: 1) They are extremely flexible. 2) The straight road section comes in 22” length; these can then be trimmed to any size you desire. 3) The road surface is 1” wide and in my opinion they look great with my 10mm figures. 4) The roads come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. 5) You can find these roads for sale in the dealers’ hall at most HMGS East conventions. The only downside to these roads is you need to store them flat or they will become wrinkled.








For more information on these roads, I recommend that you check out Scott Mingus’s review. I followed the same modeling steps that he lays out, except I used a dark brown wash instead of black. To sum things up, if you’re looking for roads to use with your 10mm armies I recommend that you give Monday Knight Productions a try.
Links
Monday Knight Productions

Flexible 1” dirt roads from Monday Knight Productions, By Scott Mingus, Part 1, Part 2

Some of my roads after being finished

My storage method

I hope this helps

-Bryan

3 comments:

  1. Hello Bryan - you kindly sent me details for your snake rail fencing on Pendraken site and now I have bookmarked your excellent blog.

    Back to the fencing - I see that in middle to later pictures of Fair Oaks that you are showing the fencing as destroyed - I thought they climbed over it? - as in film' Gettysburg' but clearly they did not - I bow to your expert knowledge.

    Please tell me you keep two sets - one made up and one of parts - I can't believe you re-make them each time some damned Yankee kicks them over!

    I am waiting eagerly for Pendraken to release the new ACW figures,,,,,,,,,,,,,meanwhile your battlefields will inspire me - thank you for sharing.

    Robert

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  2. General Bt ShermanJune 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Robert,
    I have a spare fence kit that I use to model the destroyed fences. I think the technique works quite well and it’s much better that just removing the fence from the table. I’m sure there were cases where troop climbed over the fences. To me it makes more sense to just knock them over.

    Yes, I’m also patiently waiting for Pendraken to release their new range. Hopefully it won’t be long now. I really need the Iron Brigade figures for the cornfield at Antietam.

    Thanks For the comments
    Bryan

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  3. Thanks Bryan - keep up the good work!

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