Another easy-to-make Apocalypse Strategic Assets guide from EmperorsWrath! This guide is an extremely simple way to create markers that can be used to define where your minefields are.
When thinking about how to create a minefield I carefully read the description on page 188 of the Apocalypse rulebook. The minefield is six inches wide and thirty-six inches long, but can be a single minefield or two eighteen inch fields or three twelve inch fields. At this point I could see three issues:
1.) Size: I definitely did not want to have to build that many, not to mention the difficulty in storing and transporting a three foot long minefield.
2.) Material: what would the representation of the minefield look like? Given that any army can take minefields they would look different depending on who created them. Again, too many possibilities.
3.) Layout: if I created static rectangular minefields then they would have to be placed only on level terrain and could never go over a hill or into any other type of terrain.
The solution to these problems was to create signs to mark off the boundaries of the minefield. Only twelve were needed to fully represent one, two, or three minefields. One sign in each corner does the trick.
The materials for the signs can be picked up at your local crafts store: wooden shingles, wooden craft picks. Alternately you could use plasticard to make the signs look like sheet metal. Plasticard is also the right choice if you plan on using decals to create the markings since the shingle surface is nowhere near flat enough to take a decal.
Simply take the shingle and cut it into four pieces. The original shingle size was about one inch by three quarters of an inch, which was too large for the marker. Then take a pick and cut the fat and pointed ends off, leaving a sign post that is about an inch and a quarter long. Glue the shingle to the post. This does not have to be perfect, and actually looks better if it is at a bit of an angle. Make each sign a little different so that they don’t look too exact, some a little shorter, some more crooked, etc. You don’t need to use PVA or wood glue, just use CA glue and an accelerator to speed up the job.
Once the sign is done you can glue it into a round slotta base. Glue it at an angle as shown in the middle picture below. This is done so that it can be viewed more easily by the players and looks better on the table. Fill in the rest of the slot with thick CA glue and spray it with accelerator to instantly cure it.
Paint the sign to match the material you are trying to simulate (wood or metal). Paint the markings or use decals. Add base material to match your terrain. Spray with sealer such as Testor’s Dullcote and you are done!
Now you have a minefield that can be placed anywhere on the table. Yep, the minefield can go right into those woods or over that hill. Best of all it take up almost no storage space whatsoever and took very little time to make.
Hopefully you have found this article helpful. Go ahead and experiment, it is surprising what you can create in just a few hours.
Have fun and good gaming!