Tuesday 27 September 2011

A quiet day at home

For the first time in a long time I actually had a day when there was nothing that I actually HAD to do; instead I was able to CHOOSE what I wanted to do. So what did I choose to do?

Firstly I began work on the next batch of hill to go with my 'new' terrain boards. These are going to be twice the size of the hills I have just completed, and will be 15cm x 7.5cm. Some of them may even have two levels to them as this will give me lots of different permutations of hills that I can use.

Secondly I have been continuing the general tidy up of my toy/wargames room. Other than discovering another box of ASDA Jenga blocks that I did not remember buying (which means that I have the raw materials to make even more hills, should I need them) I have not found anything of particular interest ... other than a copy of RISK!

The version of RISK that I own is the one that has plastic 10mm-scale Napoleonic figures. On seeing them, I suddenly thought that I had the potential for a small-sized version of PW2 (a sort of 'Travel PW2'), but what really caught my eye was the map that is used to play the game.

I had forgotten that it was divided into areas, some of which correspond to individual countries or regions within countries and some that represent several countries grouped together. I have been trying to develop a map for my nineteenth century imagi-world, but so far my attempts have been fraught with problems and have – to be frank – not gone very well. The RISK map is very close to the sort of map that I envisaged for my imagi-world, and I have decided to use it as the basis for my map.

As a result, the third thing I have done today is to scan a copy of the RISK map on to my computer, and then begin the process of tidying up the image so that I can use it for my imagi-world map. This is proceeding quite well at present, and it looks like I should be able to start adding details to the map in the very near future.


  1. Are the new hills stackable? Could you make a 2 contour hill out of 5 blocks?
    I suppose that would off set the 2nd contour, out of 9 then?

    Would it be possible to make a big ridge by using the jenga blocks around the edges but leaving the centre hollow and then sandwhiching between basswood as usual?

    I'm looking forward to seeing the next battlefield.

  2. Ross Mac,

    The basic hills are designed to stack together to make different shape and height hills.

    I am making some that are two contours high at one end (all will be apparent when I take some photographs!) so that I can make some hills with sheer faces that are unclimbable.

    All the best,


  3. Hi Bob,

    Using the Risk map is a neat idea - I assume all the BC well known countries will be appearing - Cordeguay, Laurania, Maldacia, Dammalia etc.

    All the best,


  4. David Crook,

    You can be sure that all the 'usual suspects' will be there ... along with one or two new ones!

    All the best,


  5. Again I must say how much I enjoy this blog. Always inspiring to see how you re-imagine and re-purpose obvious (and not so obvious) materials to further your enjoyment of gaming.

  6. Paul Leach,

    Many thanks for your kind comments.

    As you would have gathered, over the years I have had a policy of 'That looks interesting; I'll buy it as I'm sure I find a use for it someday' ... and now that I am retired, I am!

    All the best (and keep reading!),



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