Sci Fi Interior Boards

A while back I wanted interior terrain for quick and dirty guncrawls. Five years teaching TTGs as part of an After School Enrichment Program and running a Game Room impressed me with the need for durability, simplicity and playability. Thus these Interior Boards were fabricated out of insulation foam and MDF, with minimum fiddly, breakable detail, and a 1.5″ hex grid to speed up play. They’re configured to maximize re-playability.  Inexpensive resin scenics like crates, computer consoles, and weapons/fuel caches add even more variety.

Here’s some pix:

The four boards separated. Two 24" x 24" and two 12" x 24".
The four boards separated. Two 24″ x 24″ and two 12″ x 24″.
Sector Red 21
Sector Red 21
Sector Red 22
Sector Red 22
Green 21 has several inlaid screens and permanent computer stations
Green 21 has several inlaid screens and permanent computer stations
Green 22 contains power grids/generators
Green 22 contains power grids/generators
Resin Scenics on plexiglass. Bases are increments of 1.5"
Resin Scenics on plexiglass. Bases are increments of 1.5″

 

Very much a low tech Underground Secret Lab, these work with anything from WW2 to Sci Fi to Post Apoc. These halls have seen plenty of carnage over the years and are holding up well, considering.

Guess I’d better get building my Bug Hunt Corridors if I want anything Hi-Tech.

Fig in Storage Area with some permanent resin crates and lockers.
Fig in Storage Area with some permanent resin crates and lockers.
Permanent console with one of the moveable caches
Permanent console with one of the moveable caches
One of the permanent computer stations. Armorcast, IIRC
One of the permanent computer stations. Armorcast, IIRC
Ventilation fan and holo-console.
Ventilation fan and holo-console.

The hex grid/board game feel make these pretty popular, movement and weapon ranges suddenly super-simple. Rule mechanics fade and the game, with its mission and story, come to the forefront. Last week’s Game Night went incredibly smooth, in fact. So much so, I’m considering hunting down a hex mat on eBay now.

Anyway, ask any questions. I’ll post answers ASAP.

Have an excellent day.

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Latest Game night

Started a simple three-game linked scenario on Tues eves. We’re using old Cybertronic and Urban War Colonial Marines for the Terran Defense Force, and metal Eldar as off-world mercenary guilds. Both must fend off a generic Xenos invasion. (courtesy of some old metal Nids)

It was too dark for in-game shots but here are some from the Morning After.

 

Table set up with three objectives: Vital Data in the old lab; Air Defense Emplacement ; and Xenos Hive.
Table set up with three objectives: Vital Data in the old lab; Air Defense Emplacement ; and Xenos Hive.
A single corporate Rapid Response Team with Adjudicator is the only TDF force available at this time.
A single corporate Rapid Response Team with Adjudicator is the only TDF force available at this time.
Guild mercenaries were hired to bolster the TDF recovery operation. Here are Guild CBQ Specialists.
Guild mercenaries were hired to bolster the TDF recovery operation. Here are Guild CBQ Specialists.
Guild Marksmen.
Guild Marksmen.
Hive Guard, literally.
Hive Guard, literally.
Slitherers at the Air Defense Emplacement
Slitherers at the Air Defense Emplacement
Teeth with legs coming your way.
Teeth with legs coming your way.
Corporate troopers advance cautiously. No body = no death benefits. And the big Bugs have Acid Launchers.
Corporate troopers advance cautiously. No body = no death benefits. And the big Bugs have Acid Launchers.

As one of the Terran Defense Force players will be absent next week, and I’ve been reading the Interface Zero 2.0 RPG book, I’ll run a stand-alone, cyberpunk flavored Escort mission. (“All you gotta do is get the Principle across the table. How hard is that?)

The Alien Invasion will resume at our regularly scheduled time the following week. Take Care and have a great weekend.

Bug Hunt Demo Set – Terrain and Mech

Wanted to give an update with pix of some finished terrain pieces and the replacement Armored Combat Suit for the Terran force. Click images for larger versions.

First the Terrain:
These are JR Miniatures Ruined Research Station pieces and Armorcast Tech Walls mounted on MDF, along with styrofoam debris and bits. Limits the configuration but easier to store and set up. Armorcast is the usual excellent product while the JR pieces are more lightweight, like rigid foam, and a bit sloppier detail-wise. It’s fine for ruins. Nothing a bit of paint and flock won’t cover.

Ruined Lab 1
Ruined Lab 1

Ruined Lab 2
Ruined Lab 2

Next is a foamcore, balsa, and styrofoam building corner. Simple enough.

Building A corner
Building A corner

Building A corner from the front.
Building A corner from the front.

Last is a small fueling station made with a vitamin bottle and pieces from the bits box.

Fuel Station 7
Fuel Station 7

Here are some close-ups:

Safety first? No. Safety OFF. Sedition Wars and HF figs. Part of a salvage crew.
Safety first? No. Safety OFF. Sedition Wars and HF figs. Part of a salvage crew.

Levi Nekh. Captain of the "Angry Rabbit", a  Torres Mk5 Heavy Freighter favored by pirates, smugglers, and salvage companies.
Levi Nekh. Captain of the “Angry Rabbit”, a Torres Mk5 Heavy Freighter favored by pirates, smugglers, and salvage companies.
Still  searching.
Still searching.

I have several more pieces planned.

Second, after posting the Bug Hunting crew, sho3box kindly recommended Mantic’s new strider suit for Deadzone, as opposed to the Dreadball fig I modified. I’m glad he did. The difference is significant. Nice model, reasonable price, clean casting, easy assembly with different weapon and cockpit options. What’s not to like? Here are some shots:

Flamer and chainsaw? The new Strider is perfect for bug hunt missions.
Flamer and chainsaw? The new Strider is perfect for bug hunt missions.
"Here buggy, buggy!"
“Here buggy, buggy!”
Bug stompers advance
Bug stompers advance

That’s it for now. Back to NaNoWriMo and The Grim Fall.

Thanks and Take Care.

Demo set – Part 1

Posted previously about the opportunity to run an “after-school enrichment class” on table top gaming. I’m scheduled to make a presentation and run a demo for interested students in early December, so that’s very cool. Figured I’d run a straight up Bug Hunt for the demo game. Here are some shots of the first phase of the Demo Set. Reaper Chronoscope Bones marines, a GW pilot from the BfM set to act as the Scientist, and a Mantic Games piloted armored suit for Heavy Support. All from eBay.

Section Five Rapid Intervention Team. "Sorrel's Stompers"
Section Five Rapid Intervention Team. “Sorrel’s Stompers”

Made the mistake of spray priming the Chronoscope Bones figs. Lost some detail but they’re OK for demo purposes and rough handling.

In the ruins of the Xenos-biogen  facility. "Damage looks self-inflicted. What happened here?"
In the ruins of the Xenos-biogen facility. “Damage looks self-inflicted. What happened here?”

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Mantic and GW comparison shot. Tiny soldier piloting that thing?
Mantic and GW comparison shot. Tiny soldier piloting that thing?
Terrain so far. Some bought at clearance, some scratch built, some combo. The Heroquest hive thing was only $8.
Terrain so far. Some bought at clearance, some scratch built, some combo. The Heroquest hive thing was only $8.
Close up of some of the boys.
Close up of some of the boys.

Xenos forces coming next. Slow but sure and on a budget. Wish me luck.

Game Night 8/20/13

A root canal kept me from creating any kind of narrative for a Bet Rep, but here are pix from latest game night. Bloodied my friend’s Haqq force. It was a close battle with hefty body count. The Haqq pulled off a win first time out though.

Restricted Area: Missile Silos
Restricted Area: Missile Silos
Launch Control Bunkers
Launch Control Bunkers
Battlespace from Haqq deployment zone.
Battlespace from Haqq deployment zone.

Once again we used out “Cleared To Engage” house rules that let you slot in any figs. nothing new or deep, they’re designed for fast, fun, pick-up games.

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Haqq Mono-bikes: cool, fast, fragile as hell.
Haqq Mono-bikes: cool, fast, fragile as hell.
Stand-off
Stand-off
Xeno commander with a couple pets.
Xeno commander with a couple pets.

Pictures from test game

Tues eve my gaming buddy and I play-tested Command and Control rules for our home brew skirmish rules. Table was still set up so I snapped some pictures while the light was still decent. Sedition Wars, Reaper Chronoscope and Urban War figs for the human forces while the Bugs were represented by Reaper and GW ‘Nids

Reaper Chronoscope Nova Corps led by Sedition Wars fig
Reaper Chronoscope Nova Corps led by Sedition Wars fig
Scout and Assassin in cover
Scout and Assassin in cover
Buglies!
Buglies!
Face off
Face off
Three-on-one
Three-on-one