For my upcoming WWII game, I had to build some terrain that would simulate the Tunisian landscape. The terrain had to be portable, I am driving to Montreal and we are planning to play the game in a hotel room. I quickly got fixated on something in the mountains in the south western part of the country. I wanted a fairly simple but varied terrain that would not stress our first go at the Rapid Fire rules. I suspect that the North African dessert is pretty featureless and there would not be too many places to hide. The whole process was also a discovery for me in how to model a dessert terrain with some hills. I usually model hills into the terrain tiles, but this was not really going to be an option as the pieces had to be portable.
I started with some 2" styrofoam which I glued to 1/4" MDF board. I then used a hot wire to cut some gashes into the foam. This is what I got.
Terrain Mat guys, I applied some Woodland Scenics Yellow Grass and Earth Blend Fine Turf (to the right) followed by a dry brush of the Sable Brown followed by the Titan Buff (left).
The oasis comes from Architects of War and although it is for 28mm gaming, I think it will be fine for this 15 mm game. Still deciding on whether to put a little water in or not. It really is a very nice piece.