GHQ Terrain Maker hexes with rubber terrain pieces from Miniature World Maker in the left front and center.
Among my few regrets in my life was my short-sighted decision to sell off my collection of 300+ custom-made GHQ Terrain Maker hexes I finished in the 1990s. Making those hexes gave me hours of entertainment and pleasure, particularly on those cold Cleveland winter nights when the wind whipping off Lake Erie made it too treacherous to do much except stay home by the fireplace.
I used the hexes for many hours of gaming with my sons and friends, but in a poor decision during a mid-life crisis, I sold them and shipped them away. Every now and then, the urge hits me to place another order with GHQ and get back into the hex-making business, or to cut my own from insulation board from the local Lowes or Home Depot.
Back when I was into making and finishing hexes, I got to the point where I had beaches, plowed fields, islands, fords, streams, oat fields, wheat fields, sunken roads, hills, gullies, and many other terrain features to recreate just about any Civil War battlefield exterior to New Mexico or Arizona. I made all my non-hill and non-shore hexes two-sided (for example, with a road on one side and an oat field on the reverse). That saves space and doubled my collection at little extra cost.
At one time, I had a lot of the large 8″ hexes from GeoHex, but they were hard to transport to gaming conventions or that monthly game at the local hobby shop in Madison, Ohio. I switched to the 4″ GHQ hexes, which were much more portable, and frankly, they didn’t chip as easily or require as much maintenance.
On my website, I maintain a page with a few tips on making your own 4″ hexes (or any other size you wish).
Any Charge readers use a hex-based terrain system? Which one? What are your respective likes and dislikes for GeoHex, GHQ, and the other contenders?
Photos taken by Doug Rogers at the HMGS-Great Lakes convention, Advance the Colors, held near Dayton, Ohio, at the Holiday Inn-Moraine.