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What do you guys use to represent a mine field? Specifcally mines from a space marine whirlwind. Right now I'm just using a heavy paper circle cut to appropriate size. It serves its purpose but looks are lacking.
I was thinking of getting some thin foam core board or something and modelling some type of ammo to represent the mines.
Anyone have any ideas?
Model lots of small impact craters with a small piece of ordnance in each crater. Mines are essentially exposives strapped to a proximity/pressure trigger so they could look like anything (especially if they're half buried in dirt from the impact).
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The best material I've seen used for Whirlwind mine fields is the foamboard stuff, used for making buildings. Cut it out to the correct size. Now you have a playing field to start working on.
Spray it with a light coat of any primer paint you have. After this, just get creative with types of materials, dirt, grass, rubble, gravel, what ever. For mines you can use the small 1" round bases like they are half burried in the ground. paint them to look like a mine. Also, what I've used for making a mine field for a dangerous terrain piece, are the X's from a sprue of bases.
When you get bases, square or round, the are attached together with an X piece of plastic. Remove the bases, clean up the X, and paint it to look like a mine. Lay a few down on the base you made.
Can use body parts and such too, or weapon lying about. Just try to keep it from being to off level. What I mean is, keep in mind that during a game, models might be moved across it, and you don't want them falling over.
I am fortunate that I have access to a whole cabinet full of old, unwanted tape backup cartidges. Inside when you open them are lots of cool wheels and gears that I have found fit all kinds of scenery uses, from old tank wheels to mines and things of this sort. I have a few bags of the pieces seperated out, and am implimenting them among my wreckage on my CoD board and it's terrain pieces.
If you don't have access to this kind of thing, use stuff around you. It's amazing what you can pull out of a broken VCR or CD player.
A music CD is the exact sixe of the large blast template. makes a perfect base. Texture with wood glue and sand, add mines made from pieces of cardstock cut into circles with a hole punch. Prime and paint as desired.
Quick, easy, cheap and looks good when done.
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I have yet to make any, but I'm hoarding old "free AOL" CD's for this very purpose.
They're actually a HAIR too small... but close enough that you won't care... and your opponent won't likely mind that you're losing a small amount of real estate on the mine field.
Craters can be made easily enough with wood putty (I HAVE done this on a CD).
What to use to repersent the mines is kind of up to you.
I suggest using SMALL mines.
Now, you can get these at Forgeworld... but that's pricey!
I'm betting that you can get small decorative rivets or buttons of the right general size & shape at a fabric store. Maybe larger sequins, too... glue them with the cup facing down & you have your general shape... a little sand around them to make them look submerged & blammo!
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I actually just make a basic base with 1 floating mine on it to mark the center of the field, and anytime someone passes by I place the blast template over it . It's less to carry arround easy to produce, and far easier to place on varied terrain. And oh, how people try to avoid them like the plague. heehee.
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Scarab Swarms make excellent mines. Just cut the legs off and embed them in sand and you have a fairly even surface for enemies to walk over. Or leave the legs on and give them the appearance of scuttling spider mines.
I'm also one of those free CD hoarders, amazing how many you can get together from newspapers, pamphlets and from places next to the checkout in at least a few supermarkets. My CDs are for moveable city pieces such as turrets and trenches however =]