The Too Fat Lardies' Chain of Command rules uses jump-off points from which gamers deploy their troops on the tabletop. It's an excellent idea which speeds up game play. Typically the JOPs are represented by small items of scenery. I made some in N-scale for my VBCW gaming, but I think they can also be used for NW Europe.
We have, from left to right, two shattered tree trunks, a scarecrow, a roadside Calvary (for those areas controlled by the Anglican League!) a rocky outcrop, disused well (for a unit's version of Private Pike to fall into), a fallen tree, and a compost pile complete with pitchfork. I might add a few items of a more urban nature later.