Yeah here is what it looks like with 4 hexes. I think there could be space to have battles outcomes for both ant and centipede AND the timer. Obviously the attached drawing is REALLY rough (i just cut up the old one), but it gives you an idea of what it looks like. It only reduces the total number of sides by 4. The full size has 18 (and the smaller has 14).
A shape i’m interested to make is 3 hexes grouped together (1 hex is the pile), which has 12 sides. This shape would have 33% more interaction than the old shape. This shape would only have the timer on it. Maybe a poem about the seasons.