Obviously, there has been a bit of a blogging hiatus. I'm still here, just working at a workplace with tightly controlled internet so no blogging before/after shifts or on breaks... until my new tablet PC arrives anyway!
Anyway, my initial read through of the V3 rules for Flames of War turned up one immediate and serious issue - I was going to have to sort out my trees. For better or worse, Phil Yates et al have caught the 'True Line of Sight' bug. Now, we still (thankfully) have area terrain for woods and forests but aircraft can be hidden from AA by intervening trees! Now, my previous trees were over 4" tall and easily hid any and all aircraft,so something had to be done.
My answer was Everest Model trees via ebay. 60 trees delivered for approx $14.00.
They are wire trees (like the 'bottlebrush' pinetrees) so had to be based up. I have done mine on a mix of rows - to make treelines - and rounds, to be moveable trees for my area terrain wood.
I've opted to NOT put snow on them to make them more versatile. Jury is still out on whether this matches the base pieces for the woods sufficiently well and weather they and the roads (also with no snow) give too jarring an effect for the full table.
60 Trees got me off to a good start but I feel I need more...