The vast majority of most boards are made of ½" thick hexes (TM1). They
are used for fields, flat roads, townsites, woods and orchards. All you
need are two cans of interior latex wall paint: one a light tan color,
and one medium green. The tan paint is the "dirt" and the glue to hold
the grass in place. For grass, use a moss green colored sawdust. To make
different fields, substitute ground foam (such as Woodland Scenics) for
the grass. Roads can be tan (dirt) or a grey (paved). In either case,
allow the road to dry before continuing.
Rural roads have ditches. Following the instructions in each TM1 pack,
draw pattern with a pencil and then "dig" ditches with a hobby
Paint roads and ditches with the light tan latex paint. Allow it to dry.
Areas treated this way will have no grass cover. Paint sides of hex green.
In TM, tan paint is used as the adhesive for the grass. Paint the rest
of the hex top liberally, and while the paint is still wet
sprinkle with green sawdust or ground foam. Allow to dry. Use white
glue and ground foam for bushes, especially in the ditches.
Finished flatland hexes: roads and fields, all done using these simple
techniques. Tree material is included in every TM pack.