Bob indicated in another thread on terrain: When our group does historical games, we try to set up terrain for the specific area of the battle.
I really struggle to like the terrain rules. I hate to see that stand in the way of my liking the game. As Bob indicates above, if you take into account the general rules for terrain such that you are not creating problems with the rules, historical battlefields or close copies of seem to work very for me.
With that in mind and with the idea that Ancient games are generally not known for their attractive terrain, I set out to build 8 terrain boards with varying mostly compliant terrain for use in the Chariot Tournament at Little Wars in March. The reaction was good, even if my plans for randomizing the use of them by player needs revision.
I also designed them so they can fit together and make bigger boards for Big Battle games.
I put some pictures up on the DBA Facebook page and at the link below As I inicated there, I believe Sue Barker says in her book that she encourages the use of nicer terrain boards and the modest size of the 2 foot DBA board should encourage people to do such terrain boards.
We did get more people stopping to look at the games this year over the prior year, so that was good.