Another TM advantage is the introduction of a 4" hex pattern on
the tabletop. This can greatly speed and simplify game mechanics. If you
are a naval gamer, consider creating a set of these beautiful ocean ¼"
(TM2) hexes. After mastering the basic "deep water" hex, try
painting shoals, sandbars and reefs after the Flexpaste has dried, using
tan or turquoise latex paint. Feather the edges with the deep blue. Once
dry, wash some deep blue over the shallows. Then gloss coat as shown.
Your captains now have some obstacles to contend with while battling on
the high seas.
Apply a coat of Woodland Scenics-brand Flexpaste to the entire surface
of the ¼" hex. Tap the surface to raise wave peaks with your
After the Flexpaste has dried thoroughly, paint the tops and sides with
deep blue interior latex wall paint. Again, allow to dry.
Add random foam and wave tops by drybrushing bright white hobby paint.
Coat the top of the hexes with acrylic gloss medium, available in any
craft or art supply store. Though it looks white, it drys clear and shiny!
This Royal Navy squadron is mounted on metal bases finished in the same
way. The final effect is much more impressive than a blue cloth ocean!