The majority actions of the Great Paraguayan War were fought along the Paraná, Uruguay and Paraguay Rivers and significant parts of those waterways were surrounded by a web of swamps and marshes. Now long term I plan to make terrain tiles that incorporate swampy areas, but my terrain tile project is on hold until I can sort out storage in the garage, and that is dependent on constructing some storage in the garden for the garden tools and lawnmower and that is dependent on replacing the back fence and that can’t be done until the anti-bird nets are removed from the blueberries...and that won’t happen until at late-February, probably into March. So I needed to make some swamps that will sit on top of the table and I undertook to make a trial piece.
Like my woods pieces I want these swamps to be muti-purpose - able to be used in many theatres - with interchangeable pieces, some with palm trees and some with other types of vegetation and with the interchangeable pieces held in place by magnets. Again I chose to use 3mm MDF to make the first trial piece from and I clamped two 240mm squares and cut out the basic shape. Then from the top piece I cut out the swamp areas, leaving the outer edge as a sort of bank and leaving a few “islands”. Then I cut out the inserts and glued the top layer to the base