A few years ago, I created a 15mm model of parts of the battlefields of South Mountain, a now rather obscure part of the Maryland Campaign. Approximately 240,000 visitors a year tramp the nearby battlefield of Antietam (and more than a million tour Gettysburg), but a fraction ever take time to visit South Mountain, where D.H. Hill’s men delayed much of George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac for an entire day, giving time for Robert E. Lee to concentrate his forces and select ground for a defense.
I created the 15mm layout for a wargame I did at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and Library in Fremont, Ohio, and then replayed the game at various wargaming conventions (Hayes was wounded on South Mountain leading the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry up the slope near Fox’s Gap).
Click to see several photos of my finished layout as the Rebels (Garland’s Brigade and others) struggle to defend the area around Fox’s Gap and the lower approach to Turner’s Gap (Colquitt’s Brigade). The Iron Brigade is just off the last picture to the left, heading for the Georgians.
I offer these photos as examples of my efforts at creating terrain, although I pale in comparison to the masters such as Doug Kline and others. Still, this gives you an idea of what can be done with some time, effort, and very little cost. I sank perhaps $25 into the entire terrain project, mostly for bulk flocking. The boards were free (scrap from when they built my house), and I used base paint I had laying around. The figures (Old Glory, Musket Miniatures, AB/ Battle Honors, Stone Mountain) are based for Johnny Reb 3. I painted many of them; Larry Reber painted the rest.
Photos are courtesy of Mike Reese. Click on each thumbnail to bring up a larger image with much more detail.
What do you think?