Thursday, April 7, 2016

Terrain reference: Northeastern United States

I hope today's post will be of use for anyone making terrain. It is really just a bunch of photos, taken in various seasons, from the Northeastern United States including Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York state. Pretty much a large part of the regions involved in the French & Indian War, American Revolution (American War of Independence) and a bit of the American Civil War.

All of these photos were taken by me while either out hunting the land, hiking or on my own property. I imagine most of it looked the same during the time of the above mentioned conflicts. I hope you might be able to use it for a resource for making trees and foliage or as a painting guide.

When I was looking around to find ideas for my own terrain projects, I realized it could be hard at times finding decent, non-tourist type photos. Let me know if this helps and if you have a blog think about sharing photos from your own area. You will be surprised how useful they can be to other wargamers. These are in no particular order. I have used the captions to make any notations I thought you might find useful.


A small footpath trail, Connecticut

Frostgrave anyone?

Traprock worn down along the Metacomet Ridge. The Metacomet Ridge, Metacomet Ridge Mountains, or Metacomet Range of Southern New England, is a 100 mile (160km) narrow and steep fault-block mountain ridge known for it's extensive cliff faces, scenic vistas and microclimate ecosystems. These type of trail systems can be found all over the northeastern United States and were the early roads of Native Americans and trappers and traders alike. It's also great because a trail access point is only a few miles from my home. 

Yes, sometimes our small rivers and streams do freeze completely here.

To set games in this region you don't need many raging rivers, but you will need at least one small stream or river.

One of the Teenage Spies out on the Metacomet Trail system.

Metacomet Range, Connecticut

I often use smaller scale forts even when I am using my 28mm figures. When visiting some of the old historic sites, you will find that you often have to duck your head when entering. The structures are not big at all, especially outposts, early homesteads and settlements or trading posts.

The woods, New York

Woods, New York

Woods, Massachusetts

Stream, Vermont
Notice that we don't have many 'blue' streams around here. You can't go wrong with very dark blues, blacks and browns when making water. 

The Salmon River Falls, a 110-foot waterfall located in Oswego County, New York. The falls are about 50 miles from the old Fort Oswego/Fort Ontario historic site.  Learn more here. 

The top of the falls and the small stream that feeds it.

The view from my deer blind. I image you could be ambushed pretty quickly in this type of terrain.

My own wooded piece of paradise.


One of my favorite hunting locations but also a beautiful example of the typical terrain found in the woods of New England.

Looking to the left from the photo above.


  1. Magic landscape and you are going to. Need lashings of trees

  2. Really good research what a magical landscape

  3. Thanks Mark. Hope it might help others. Now get out there and get me some pictures of your local pub and the surrounding village!

  4. No blue streams? What sort of alien world is this?

    1. Haha, blue in the typical wargame sense of what is available out there. Nothing a bit of brown paint can't fix though.