Tuesday, 14 February 2017

But it was a bargain!

I need more Heroscape hexed terrain like I need a hole in the head ... but I saw a lot on sale on eBay and could not resist putting a bid in. I won ... and the parcel containing what I had bought arrived today.

In the box were 26 single hexes pieces (16 x Green, 6 x Grey, 4 x Sand), ...


... 9 double hexes pieces (4 x Green, 3 x Grey, 2 x Sand), ...


... 10 triple hexes pieces (5 x Green, 3 x Grey, 2 x Sand), ...


... 9 septruple hexes pieces (4 x Green, 3 x Grey, 2 x Sand), ...


... 4 twenty-one hex pieces (2 x Green, 2 x Grey)


... and 21 single blue water hexes.


The hexes are 40mm face-to-face, and this is is more than enough to allow me to create a set of portable hexed terrain that I can use with 15mm or 10mm figures.

27 comments:

  1. Good score! I have made two different Heroscape boards; one 9 x 14 to use with Command & Colors, the other is 8 X 8, to use with rules that uses chess boards, such as your Portable Wargames rules. I also bought a lot of Heroscape road pieces last week, which I will be using to mark rough terrain and villages.

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    1. What is a Heroscape road piece?

      Is it just a grey one?

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    2. Jhnptrqn,

      I already have quite a bit of Heroscape terrain, but this was being sold on eBay by a shop that raises money for a hospice in Hertfordshire ... where my Madonic Mother Lodge is situated. So not only did I get something out of it, so did a charity!

      My plan is to use this terrain - suitably repainted and possibly flocked - for small battles ... just as you have. I did look at buying some of the light grey 'road' pieces, but they were twice the price of the stuff that I bought AND there were only 5 single and 5 double hex pieces for sale.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    3. Jim Duncan,

      The Heroscape 'road' pieces are light grey in colour and have a sort of cobblestone effect on the top side. I think that they were sold as part of an expansion set.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. I have never used Heroscape - how does it compare with Kallistra's system?

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    1. Kallistra are 100mm across, Heroscape are about 40mm across.

      Kallistra are still in production, Heroscape is second hand (usually).

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    2. Kallistra can have both stepped hills and also slopes. Heroscape only stepped hills.

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    3. Thanks for that. The 40mm size is useful. Hmm......

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    4. Barry Carter,

      Jim has provided you with the answers that I would have given you.

      The small size of hex means that they work well with 15mm or smaller figures. They also take up much less space on the tabletop ... or even on a lap-sized tray top! Alternately you can create hexed battlefields that have approximately six/seven times as many hexes as an 8 x 9 Hexon II hexed grid would have in the same sized space on your tabletop.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    5. My problem is that I prefer to equate base size with grid size........so where do I get heroscape from!

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    6. Barry Carter,

      Look on eBay ... but be careful. There was one retailer selling single water hexes for ridiculous prices!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. I have a ton of Heroscape tiles, enough to cover a 6x4 for air wargames.

    I also use them for my Big Board Portable Wargame.

    http://jim-duncan.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/big-board-portable-wargame-modern-aar.html

    I hope to make the Big Board even bigger at some point in the near future.

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    1. Jim Duncan,

      If you ever want some more 21-hex Heroscape pieces, let me know and I'll see if I have any to spare.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

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    1. Conrad Kinch,

      Show me a wargamer that hasn't got an acquisitive streak ... and I'll show you someone who isn't a real wargamer! ;^)

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. From the pictures, I thought that they were Valentine's Day chocolates at first. Perhaps you could incorporate edible items in a wargame so that when the buildings are destroyed or the army units killed, they get eaten. Just a thought from a non-wargamer to expand the appeal of your hobby.

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    1. Steve,

      Not such a silly suggestion as it might at first appear!

      Many years ago the late Dr Paddy Griffith suggested using slabs of cake (I think it might have been sponge cake) to build the wall of a besieged wargames town. As the besiegers damaged the walls using artillery and undermining, so bit of the cake walls were eaten to show the damage. I don't know if he ever tried out his idea ... or if he discovered that when he did, the walls disappeared regardless of any 'damage'!

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. There was a wargame at a show in the north of England last year (might have been Middlesbrough or maybe Gateshead) that had small cakes as victory points. I'm sure it will be repeated this year.

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    3. Jim Duncan,

      That sounds like an excellent idea!

      All the best,

      Bob

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    4. When I see a display of cake tins of appropriate shapes my thoughts often turn to the edible Vauban fortress of legend.

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    5. Nigel Drury,

      One for COW perhaps? Mind you, we'd have to beat the attendees off with a large sticks! Cakes and wargamers seem to go together big time.

      All the best,

      Bob

      All the best,

      Bob

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    1. Tradgardmastare (Alan),

      I was pleased with my purchase ... but probably not as much as you are with your recent one!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  7. Bob
    As Harry Pearson says in Achtung Schweinhund, possibly my favourite quote of the book, that "you can never have enough of something you don't actually need ..."
    Enjoy!
    Mark, Man of TIN blog

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    1. MIN Man of Tin,

      How right he is!

      All the best,

      Bob

      PS. I actually fell out of bed laughing when I read his book! True genius!

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  8. For anyone looking at hexes in the 40mm - 50mm range, it may be worth looking to Warbases or one of the other MDF manufacturers. I have no idea how the prices compare, but the advantage of a fully blank tile (though not inter-locking) may be enough to tip the decision.

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    1. Norm,

      Thanks for the very helpful suggestion. I had thought of using some of the Warbase 40mm hexes for terrain items (e.g. Trees, Built-up Areas) that I can use with my Heroscape hexes.

      All the best,

      Bob

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