Terrain for Interface Zero 2.0

In preparation for our upcoming cyberpunk RPG games, (both Pathfinder and Savage Worlds iterations) the tabletop miniature gamer in me demanded suitable 3D terrain.  Can’t have chrome and mirrorshade minis blasting away on mere gridded map tiles, can we?

So I went for a low cost, minimal labor 2 x 3 playing area using WorldWorks ‘Streets of Titan’ tiles and Plast Craft buildings. Added some posters, some scatter terrain, and it’s starting to take shape. There’s another pile of inexpensive Mantic plastic scenics in the queue, and I’d love to pick up at least two suitable vehicles, but it’s pretty much done. Let me know your thoughts.

Couple things I learned:

  • Paper terrain hint: get matt sticker paper (full sheet) for your printer.  Probably obvious to you all, (bit slow, I am) but it made the whole process far easier and cleaner.
  • Plast Craft Pre-colored Buildings  are pretty cool. Got mine at Miniature Market. Price is good, pre-cut, printed colors and details are crisp. Easy assembly with super glue, add some posters and scenics to taste, and you’re good to go.  Highly recommend.

Here are some pictures:

 

That’s all for now. Have a good week.

EDIT: 

CYBERPUNK POSTERS AS DOCX

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DnD characters and New Terrain

Our 5E DnD adventure began last Tuesday night with four intrepid comrades heading off to investigate the death of a mysterious stranger.

 

We have an Arab-flavored Paladin undergoing a crisis of faith, a Goblin Bard with a hording problem, an Fighter/Archer with a grudge, and a Halfling Rogue with a conscience. The evening’s shenanigans ended with the Rogue at the top of a dry well in need of a healing potion, the Bard at the bottom of said dry well, gnawing on a ham and ignoring the Rogue, while the Paladin and the Archer just loudly announced their presence inside the spooky farm house. Tune in next week…

 

Meanwhile, here is the Seer’s Hut for the upcoming SOBH mini campaign, The Fall of House Navratola. Scratch built from insulation foam scraps, foam core, coffee stirrers, and cardboard. Ranger shown for scale.

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I’m having fun gaming and making terrain. All things considered, that’s pretty good.

All for now.  Have a great day.

 

 

Free Terrain to a Good Home

 

Just Pay for Shipping.

Four Pieces 9″ x 14″ mounted on plexiglass. WW2-flavor ruins, change the posters and they could be any warzone or post-apoc setting.

Scratch built out of styrofoam, foam core, cardboard, I made these ages ago when I taught “Military Miniatures and Table Top Gaming” as a part of an after-school program in local middle schools. Sturdy for constant use/abuse, slightly oversized to make it easy to maneuver figs in and around, they’re veterans of hundreds of battles and have held up well.

They’re taking up needed shelf space and I figured it’s better to send them off to someone who will use them than them to collect dust. Figs are for scale and are NOT INCLUDED.

Comment here if you’re interested and we can work out a postage quote to your confirmed address.

 

New Terrain Piece

Saw this Star of Chaos bouncing around online late one night and thought I should do something with it. So…

 

A scrap of 1″ insulation foam, a couple hours with an X-acto, some house paint, and voila! an Evil Dias.

Mantic ghouls scrounged from my bitz box make appropriate Tormented and Damned climbing from the flames while a Reaper Bones skeleton on throne adds a dash of underworldly tyrannical menace. I might fuss with it a bit more but right now it looks like a good place for a final Boss fight for one of our mini-campaigns.

A couple more shots:

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NEXT UP: FREE TERRAIN TO A GOOD HOME

The White Monk’s Tower

“on we went, with every step a voice

whispering in our ears that this

was all folly…”

 

Our Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes campaign continued last week with our intrepid adventurers hiking into the foothills to locate the White Monk’s Tower. Rumors of treasure helped pull them on but a scroll hidden beneath the feet of the White Monk’s statue reveals the hidden passes to Storm Crag Keep – the lair of the Liche King.

Here’s some shots

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table with new terrain  piece- a nice Hirst Arts kit from an eBay seller
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Close up of the kit. My first time with one, so I’m grateful I picked ruins. 
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Lazarus Stern faced Jorek the Red. 
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Elf Death-seeker trying to ambush enemy.  Didn’t work out. 
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Elf Mage and Rogue watching the Death-Seeker run away with the scroll after almost having his death-wish granted. 
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Rogue tried for the treasure, but with three barbarian marauders on his heels, he decided he didn’t need the GP THAT bad. 
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“Stop chewing that gospel of Saint Udolf!”
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It’s been a long, hard road. Norbert the Novice is no longer a noob. 

GameMatz War Zone mat

At this stage in my life, I’m fortunate to be able to game with some great guys. We enjoy different games, campaigns, different genres as well as each others’ company. It may sound weird, but it’s a genuine blessing.

Because we play a lot of Post-Apoc and SF skirmish games, I took the plunge and ordered a high quality 4′ x 3′ mouse pad War Zone theme ProMatz from GameMatz.com. Not cheap but between the gushing reviews and the hankering for fun, great looking games, I figured it was worth a shot.

See below. Looks cool, eh?

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Well…

Shipping was fairly quick and the mat arrived two days ago, rolled up in a clear plastic bag. I unwrapped it right away and set it on my table. As advertised, it is solidly built – it’s so sturdy in fact, it still hasn’t quite laid flat on the gaming table yet.

Ruggedness aside, I have two reservations: 1. the mat is MUCH  darker than pictured. 2. the image is FAR MORE more grainy that anticipated. Now I hate to be ‘that guy’. I love supporting small businesses and so appreciate the global war gaming community made possible by the internet. I understand fabric might not accept the image transfer process the same as vinyl, but honestly… the mat I received is very dark and the details are not crisp. In fact, it kinda looks like someone used up all the black ink printing this one at a low resolution.

Will we use it? Sure. It’ll work just fine once I plunk down terrain and deploy some troops.  GameMatz offers variety of sizes, this one certainly fits our needs for skirmish games, and like I said, it is solid. But would I recommend it or buy again from GameMatz? Ahhh….

*sense that hesitation?*

Now YMMV – Their other mats/styles might suit your needs perfectly. But I confess, given the reviews and the price, I expected higher quality.

It gets THREE STARS. (not bad but not great)

 

Wire Cutter Test Pieces

With a ruined castle looming on the horizon of our SOBH campaign, I picked up a hot wire cutter off Amazon. I made two very simple  test pieces to get a feel for how it works.

It’s a very handy tool with loads of terrain-building potential. Nasty fumes aside, it cuts  1″ and 2″ insulation foam like a dream, and now that I’ve got some mistakes out of the way, the next batch will be that much better. Now I get to hunt down inspiration for the Storm Crag Keep – a very cool problem to have.

Next SOBH adventure Tues eve: “The Desecration of St. Cuthbert’s Abbey.” Have a great weekend.

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