Here's what I discovered; the copper wires can get very hot and then begin to warp. At this point onwards they'll stop conducting heat efficiently. What I mean is that when I first use the 10-awg wire I was able to carve with it quickly. After several minutes it becomes a much slower task. I replaced the wire three times and was able to carve through three pairs of hill contours.
|I cut big blocks out of the 2-inch foam boards.|
I rushed the cuts by cutting deep about 1-inch
and then snapping the sections apart.
|I tried to maintain the cleaner machine-cut edges on|
pairs of sections. These will be used to create either
larger hills or to allow a section as an edge hill.
|I numbered my sectioned pairs and tried to savvy|
what a sample contour would look like.
|Here's one of the smaller single-section hills|
that I carved out. Its just 'okay'.
|Top of the hill. The idea is that I'd stack smaller|
hill sections upon the larger ones.
|Here's the first of the section pairs.|
|A close-up. Notice that I scored the edges of|
the hills with the soldering iron to simulate erosion.
|This is that same hill above my largest section pair.|
|Another section pair; a bit triangular.|
|The same triangular pair split apart.|
As mentioned before this allows the hills
to be placed upon the battlefield edges too.