Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Terrain Tuesdays: Fields


This week we visit the ever frequent, field.  Be sure to pick up the excellent BGWWII rules to get the most outta these rules.

Fields:  Fields are areas of open or enclosed land used for agricultural purposes such as the cultivating of crops, the grazing of livestock or other similar uses.  Fields can be of any size and found in just about any region of the world.  There are several different types of fields with unique rules used in BGWWWII listed below.
Special Rules:  Below are the special rules for various field types in BGWWWII.
Fallow Fields:  Fallow fields are fields that are used for the grazing of livestock or are unused due to crop rotation or for any other reason.  These fields are mostly devoid of vegetation with the exception of grass and some sporadic trees and brush.  Pieces in this type of terrain are considered open for sighting purposes and is considered rough ground for movement purposes.  Snow, mud, craters and other similar terrain features can be present on fallow fields so refer to those rules when appropriate.  Fallow fields are susceptible to the fire rules as normal.
Plowed Fields:  Plowed fields are fields that currently have crops growing in them or have been recently plowed for agricultural uses.  Plowed fields without crops are considered open for sighting and rough ground for movement purposes.  Infantry will also suffer a –1” of movement and wheeled-vehicles will move at ½ their normal movement due to the plowed earth.  Snow, mud, craters and other similar terrain features can be present on plowed fields so refer to those rules when appropriate.  Plowed fields are susceptible to the fire rules as normal.  Plowed fields with crops currently growing in them come in two types, short and tall crops.
     Short Crops:  This type of crop consists of newly sprouted plants or of crops comprising of 
     short plants.  These crops will act just as if a plowed field with the exception of an additional +1 
     cover modifier to any prone pieces within it.  Prone pieces will also be considered concealed for 
     sighting purposes.
     Tall Crops:  This type of crop consists of tall plants like corn and will be as any other plowed 
     crop with the exception that pieces within it are concidered concealed for sighting purposes.  This 
     crop will also provide an additional +1 cover modifier to pieces both prone and standing.
Modeling the Terrain:  Fields can be made by cut pieces of felt or mat found at just about any hobby shop.  An other alternative, is to use rows of lichen to represent crops or to just declare open areas of the battle field as such and mark them before the battle begins.  If you got a cool way to depict fields then let us know about it.

Fields ain't just for farming ya know, 
Brian

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