One thing I wanted to work on was more period specific terrain for the NW Frontier while still retaining the abstract quality of the Bob's Portable Wargame Rules. I felt that my cork hill layers needed to be a lot more precipitous if the table was going to look anything like the Northwest Frontier of India.
I remembered a really cool idea for dealing with steep hill terrain that was on the now immortal "Major General's" website (by far and away the best gaming site of all time IMHO...) So this evening I got to work cutting some crestline profiles out of the scrap cork leftover from making the hill layers...glued them together so they stand up and can be placed to make "impassable ridgelines"on the normal cork hill layers. I think these ridge-lines will be impassable to colonial troops but the Pathans will be able to cross them by using a two initiative points to cross to the other side...that would reflect their better knowledge of the terrain and their legendary agility on the high slopes. All the cork layers have a the 2 1/2" grid drawn on but because the cork is dark it is barely visible...which to my eyes is a good thing as the grid is just visible enough to locate units but not too bold to destroy the "look" of the table.
|A large gathering of Afridi Pathans advance up the mountainous slopes to outflank the British|
|the Sikhs have their deadly work ahead...|
|Pathans gather at the foot of a large hill mass|
|mountains in the distance....|
|A new battle set up to be played tomorrow evening after work...I can't wait!|
|Pathans lie in wait...I need to dig up some Kipling in the meantime to get into the mood!...||I remember something like:||"Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains|
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.."