This hill is something of a behemoth, at least for me. Its base is approximately 29" x 19". Working on it reminds me of a great line -- at least IMHO -- of Martin Sheen's Captain Willard towards the start of Apocalypse Now:
"It was a real choice mission, and when it was over, I'd never want another."
After this hill is all done, I still have a bunch of other terrain pieces to make for the layout (see previous blog entry), so I may simply not get done in time for the fast-approaching October 6th anniversary of the 1879 battle. If that's the case I may play anyway, on an unfinished/roughly improvised version of the layout... or I may just wait until I'm all done to convene the players, lay out the troops, and start rolling dice. Either way, the game will happen sooner or later!
One last note: this post does not include any pics of the finished product. In the past I've waited to post anything about building terrain pieces until after I'd completed them, so you could get the full story, and see what all the time and effort was meant to accomplish. I've decided to break with tradition, and put these pics up now, even though they end with a "Work-In-Progress". I sincerely hope that doesn't disappoint anyone reading this post.
With that being said, here are some pics of the building process. It's simple and straight-forward, though somewhat time-consuming. Kind of like putting a puzzle together, if there was no picture on the puzzle box. After cutting the Masonite/MDF baseboard and the base contour of insulation foam (in this case 1.5" thick), the main tool required is a HOT GLUE GUN...