My next project will be making some hex molds. However, I'm having a little trouble with the texture of the tiles here. Here's a photo:
These hexes are only 1" across from flat to flat. My main concern is that the texture should be useful for its intended purpose which is to be used for D&D for outside terrain.
But first, let me shed some light on the grand plan here. My intention is to start with rock textured hexes in sizes of 1", 1.25", 1.5", 1.75" and 2" measured from flat to flat. The 1" hexes would be used for outside terrain for D&D. I also imagine the same scale of miniature would be used for the 1.75" hexes, which is the size of "heroscape" hexes.
The 1.25" and 1.5" hexes would be used for Battletech scale in which a 1.5" tall robot would be the size of a 2-story house. I'm not sure about the 2" hexes, so I don't know if I will make the 2" hexes or not.
By looking at the texture, I believe that what I have carved would work well for the Battletech scale, especially when you see it on larger hexes than these. However, I'm not so sure that the texture you see here works very well for 25mm scale D&D figures.
I think the main problem is that it is not possible to create a natural looking rock surface in the "hex" format. With that in mind, the best I can do is to make the nicest looking rock surface possible. And I don't know what the nicest looking rock surface should look like. It's not a problem when you're trying to create floor tiles where you expect square or hex shaped slabs of rock. But you would not expect it outdoors.
Several people have also asked for grass or dirt hex tiles. I don't know what they would look like either. I would think that a plain flat hex tile with green foam glued to it would be more acceptable, in which case the texture is irrelevant. Dirt would be glued to plain tiles as well or perhaps glued onto these rock tiles, in which case no other hexes would be needed besides these rock hexes.
Another thing to bring up is that I cannot make the tiles rise and fall as natural ground would. Miniatures would fall over and you couldn't make a continuous slope out of separate hexes. All of the hexes you see here have several points around the outside edge that measure exactly 1/4" tall.
So back to my main question. What should 1" wide natural rock hexes for 25mm figures look like? Is there something better out there than what I have come up with? I feel that there is but I just haven't found it yet. While we're at it, feel free to discuss any other ideas for hex molds and textures for them. In the meantime, I will probably go ahead and use this texture for the Battletech scale hexes and start carving those. I think it works pretty well for that. But I just think there is something better out there for the D&D scale.