Puddle, mire or just a lake

2011-06-19 Khaiell

A swamp and its family and relations are rarely seen and that is a pity as they offers interesting strategic challenges. Seem to favour static armies with a lot of guns where in fact it can also become a deadly trap if the enemy manages to outflank you?

Picture described below
Unpainted swamp
Swampy pond

A mire cannot be tiny. Otherwise it will be just a dirty spot on your gaming table. The right diameter is about 12 inches.

1. Start by creating a www.wargaminghobby.com/article/terrain-bases-20.html (base) of the right size. Watch out for the cardboard warping syndrome!

2. Put a layer of plaster-like putty (filler, spackle or whatever it is called in your country) around the edges of the pond. The layer must not be to high — just a couple of millimetres to mark the edges

3. Fill the pond with water following my guidance on how to make realistic water

4. A swamp has to include several treacherous patches of grass and semi-stable muddy ground. Draw their edges with a marker going for natural, rounded blobs

5. Paint all those non-watery areas with thinned plaster or filler to matt them

6. When the areas are dry, paint them green

7. Cover the non-watery areas with static grass and make it dirty with earth-coloured paints

8. If you really need to you may glue some brush bristles as reeds. It looks great but I don?t recommend it as the bristles will break easily in transport and will make moving units cumbersome

See the pictures as separate pages: Swampy pond * Unpainted swamp

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