The shape of the terrain on which the real battles were fought played
an important and in occasions decisive effect on the final results of
the event. Therefore, the replication of the more prominent terrain
features of a given battlefield becomes mandatory. That representation
can be made in very different ways, from$ simple chalk marks on a nude
table to fully sculpted terrain.
I use a 2 x 1.6 square meters permanent wargames table covered with 5 x 4 = 20 terrain modules (40 x 40 cm). The modules are made from EPS and some have hills sculpted on and have become in many occasions the central feature of the battlefield. However, I have found more operative the use of flat (green or brown sprinkled) modules on which the terrain features: hills, rivers, roads, fields and buildings can be conveniently placed. and fixed semi-permanently. Both options are actually used in my battles.
In this section the ways to make terrain features are described. In general, 'bricolage' ('do-it-yourself') materials have been used and the techniques are a mix of internet-found tricks with (some) techniques developed by myself.
Use the techniques at your will and remember: beautifully painted and based figures do not see well on a nude wargaming table!