Command and Colors/Samurai Battles Part 1

After 2 months of anxious waiting my game mat has arrived.  Above is the Hotz Mat's Command Mat   It is a 36" x 57" felt mat with 4" hexes and flank lines to go along with Command and Colors: Ancients.  I wanted to convert the game board over to a miniatures game, and am working on making terrain tiles.

My first attempt at a river was using GHQ's Terrain Maker system.  I used a 1/4" tile as a base and then cut another to make my river channel.  The affect works nicely with the other terrain maker system, but I find that it is too tall on the felt game mat.

I also cut down some 1/2" tiles to create hills.

I was rather unhappy with them overall, because they are too think to look good on the mat.  Then I discovered the 4" wood hexes from Gamecraft miniatures.  They are in the basing section, which is why I assume they are slightly more expensive than the 6" terrain tiles he does.  That said, they are precision cut and fit my mat exactly.

My first attempt at a lake hex.

Plain hex
Added latex paint

I am trying to recreate all of the terrain tiles from the Zvesda Samurai Battles game and the Command and Colors Ancients boxed sets.  (Only in green instead of tan for CC:A).  I thought about adding more thickness to them, but I want to keep them relatively thin so they are reversible.  The river for example:

Can be flipped over to reveal a ravine

I tried to do some fo the farm tiles, but I am less than thrilled with how they turned out

Damn my infernal meat paws!

My hand is not steady enough to do the lines and it looks amateurish.

I have tried to do some hills by gluing Styrofoam to the hex and carving it out, but I am not getting the affect I desire.  Any ideas out there in Internet land?



  1. The tiles look great! I'm doing something similar with my CC:A board in 6mm. Hex tiles were purchased from Litko. For hills, I'm leaning towards two levels: base = one hex tile; elevation = one round tile affixed to the hex base. Of course, reversing will not be an option.

  2. I think they look fine as is; given the nature of the game and grid, they are always going to look like Hex tiles no matter what, because that's the nature of the game/grid! (I used a table with 3" hexes for 25mm miniatures for many years).


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