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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kickstarter Watch 4 - Tabletop Hex Terrain Toolkit

Here is another interesting Kickstarter that I'm considering getting into; the Tabletop Hex Terrain Toolkit. Using hexes for terrain has interested me since the days of Geo-Hex, enough that my old gaming group and I figure out away to at least cut the basic hexes out on a radial arm saw with a couple of jigs to get the angles right. Our home made hexes were cut to maximize the quantity of hexes we could get from a 4'x8' piece of homasote (homasote is a fiber board made for soundproofing). I think our hexes measure 9 5/8" across. Later when GHQ came out with their version of hex terrain with 4" hexes I repeated the process with their style and used a band saw to cut the hills into the hexes.

This kickstarter obviously has its roots in the GHQ system. The difference being that this is a jig that will allow you to quickly cut the hexes out of a piece of foam with a hot wire cutter. Additional jigs will align everything so you can cut the various hill, river and edge pieces as well. I'm intrigued to say the least. Its a little pricey but not bad when you go out and price what it would cost to fill a board using GHQ's Terrain Maker hexes. There are also a couple of interesting twists to the process to help keep the hexes from shifting as you move your units across the table.

This system would work well with any scale of miniature and actually provides a lot of versatility in creating a board full of undulating terrain. Just keep in mind that it can take a lot of these little hexes to fill a 6'x4' board!

Kickstarter: Tabletop Hex Terrain Toolkit

Here are some pictures I pulled from the Kickstarter website:

Hex Maker, the basic pledge.

Hill Maker pledge. You get these jigs plus the Hex Maker jigs

River Maker pledge, You get these jigs plus the Hex and Hill jigs

Cliff Maker pledge, You get these jigs plus the first three sets.

Edge Maker pledge, You get these jigs plus the first four sets.

Base Maker pledge, You get these jigs plus the first five sets.

Pro Maker pledge. You get these jigs plus the first six sets.

Some examples of terrain hexes created with these jigs.

Examples of fully finished boards


  1. Oh, now that is just what I need, thank you!

  2. Seems like a great Kickstarter. I've been thinking about making a hex board for home use as it's so much easier to store compared to traditional stuff. Still a bit iffy if I'm going to back or not though. I've always been a bit hesitant to get hex terrain due to the edges breaking the illusion. Would need to figure out a way to minimize the effect.

    1. That's definitely an issue with it. I have found that after a while you stop really seeing the lines. They are ti disguise though.