Making Your Own Wargaming Hills

I have wanted to do this for years, but haven’t had the necessary tools and have refused to pay the price for high end hobby tools to do the job. Inspired by AJ’s Wargaming blog I finally decided to try my hand at crafting my own hills.

I first made my own wire cutter with instructions I found on the web from pvc pipe and a model railroad transformer. This was a disaster, it worked sort of but wouldn’t hold temp for anything useful. Next I saw someone on TMP said they used a hot knife from Harbor Freight. So I ordered one of those and gave it a go. I have middling results as I have to make the cuts in one go, as it’s not capable of fine work and very much custom shaping.

I used 1 1/2 inch pink foam insulation, covered with brown paint from ACE and then Woodland Scenics static grass flock. I like the results, now I’m stuck on the last step of the process, insuring that the grass can take a beating. If you have any suggestions, please let me know

The following is my attempt at hills. I assure the hills are flat underneath, it’s the ground that is undulating, giving the impression that the ground and hills don’t meet.

Please comment with any advice you may have to improve the process.

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One Response to Making Your Own Wargaming Hills

  1. random guy February 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    This comment came in from somebody who used the contact form, who didn’t leave an email address. I thought it might be useful, so I’ve posted it here.

    Read your comments on hill making. I’m making mine using the same method. As a final step I’m clear coating them with a water based clear flat from Valspar. So far it appears to add some extra protection. The water base will not react with the foam. I’m also planning on re-coating them from time to time as they begin to wear. Then periodically having to re-flock them as well. Hope this is a help.

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