I tend to use the IM trenches as 'hasty' and the AD ones as long-term placement. Hopefully, the Acheson 20mm will fill in some of the need for a better hasty trench (ei one sided vs two sided AD/IM).
If I sand down the boards on the IM trench bottom so they're almost gone that'll increase the trench depth to 14.5mm, only 2mm shallower than the AD ones, but that's a lot of work. I like your idea of them being hastily dug better.
The dimensions of the pieces above are (forgive the mix of systems) 6 inches long, 12 cm wide. The walls of the trenches are 9mm deep (3/8") and the trenches are 34mm wide, to allow the rectangular bases in the trenches, or two rows of troops. Once we put sandbags on the trenches, that'll bring them to a height that will conceal the troops better.
I don't have any of the artillery pieces yet, but I am hoping the new owners of the molds will start producing them again soon. Can anyone post the dimensions of how I should lay out a battery of artillery in the trenches?
I saw an excellent example earlier in this threat of a bunker using the left over bits of a tank, an idea which I intend to steal/pay tribute to.
Tin Soldier's idea for fortifications was impressive as well, and I intend to borrow from him as well (see below):
Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Please let me know if by posting someone else's picture I have committed some sort of faux pas, and I'll happily remove it.
Relax. As you add some texture to the basic trench structure, Mother Nature will help. Minor irregularities and variations are part and parcel of earthwork fortifications. In fact, don't try to get things too smooth. They are never regular, level and uniform especially when they had to be placed hastily.
You will be amazed at the result.
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Any idea if Scott's paper trenches fit well with the infantry models? Looking for trenchs but don't want to break the bank for them.
I've gotten the whole range of his trenches and couldn't be happier. A couple of things I do differently - I mount all my MG units on square 40 mm bases and a few on 20 mm square bases. This allows them to fit well into any of the various paper or terrain trenches easily. I also break up a squad onto (2) 40 mm x 20 mm and (1) 20 mm square bases. This makes the 15 man squad fit more easily in tighter spaces, like trench corners and, importantly, bunkers and buildings. Go with the set if you have the funds as it gives you a nice mix of stuff to work with (including 8" wire & minefields - for those lobototon infested areas). Do Not pass up the inexpensive MG nests! You get a huge number that can easily replace your metal HMG squads and free those up for mobile reserves and mixing with metal units of infantry, etc. Don't overlook the Atlantic bunkers with the guns. Even if you don't use the open ones, the two with those "50 mm" guns can be noted as anything in size you want - the crews don't have to be seen or you can put metals in instead. You could call them AT guns for example - I do! When building the various pieces, a little reinforcement of some of the building types will make them less crush proof by players and you can certainly use other of his products designed specifically for AQ (lots of American buildings and his wonderful landing barges, bridges, trains, Fortress walls, gun turrets, etc.
I'm curious as well. You seem to be doing a great job with all of this. None of us can touch some of the premier modelers on this site, so don't sweat it, its working fine. I think the doors/hatches/etc. are all bits from other AD kits ?? Not sure on the searchlight, but the others look like tank stuff.
Here are some photos of the command towers I built to go on the AD trench bunkers:
Short tower for Company Commanders in front line of trenches. This one was originally built to use on a Command Tank. There will be two of these.
This is a brilliant bit of work! What are the dimensions for your tower, if it's not rude to ask?
And were did you get the doors and hatches etc. I'd like to build a couple of towers and would love to uses a similar design.
The dimensions of the basic trench are 104mm long, 77mm wide, with the middle trench part being 37mm at the bottom and 40mm at the top. The artillery trench are 100mm long, 114mm wide. The parallel trench part as above, the width of the gun trench part is 60mm bottom 70mm top. Hope that makes sense