Monday, July 2, 2012

10-15mm Cornfields

I have just finished up a week of building some new cornfields for my upcoming series of Antietam games. In prior games, I was using plastic grass door mats to model my cornfields (see the Battle of First Manassas). I thought that the door mat approach was effective, but I was looking to take my Cornfields to the next level.

As you can see I used the Canadian Pine Stem method. To make these I used the basic process outlined on the Northwest Historical Miniature gamer’s page. You can see that here LINK. I also looked into using BUSCH plastic HO cornfields, but I finely decided on using pine stems because they were more cost effective. Like most everything else in this hobby, building these cornfields was very tedious. My first batch consisted of 50 1-1/2 X 1-1/2 bases. Each base has 16 stalks. The good news is I think they came out great and I can also use them with my 15mm figures. The bad news is that I need to do another 75 bases. Time for me to order more materials and get back to work.


  1. They look great Bryan. How long did you cut each stalk before glueing for 10mm? and did you use 12mm pine stems from This and That 4 Crafts as well?

    They really look the part and the painting is outstanding


  2. General Bt ShermanJuly 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Hi Duane,
    Yes, I used the 12mm pine stems. I got them from here: I cut them to just under an inch. I will probably put together a detailed process once I start the next batch.

  3. They look great, did you paint the tops? What did you coat the bases with?

  4. General Bt ShermanAugust 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Thanks, I covered the bases with sand then I painted them with Vallejo Flat Earth. I painted the tops of the corn with Citadel Averland Sunset.


  5. Thank you Bryan, they look great!

    I have some corn from BTC and it looks good until my troops get close because my figures are on a thin base. Do you think the process would work if the stalks were set in a mound of tacky glue instead of drilled holes in a thick wood base?