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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next is a foamcore, balsa, and styrofoam building corner. Simple enough.
Last is a small fueling station made with a vitamin bottle and pieces from the bits box.
Here are some close-ups:
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:
That’s it for now. Back to NaNoWriMo and The Grim Fall.
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.
Made the mistake of spray priming the Chronoscope Bones figs. Lost some detail but they’re OK for demo purposes and rough handling.
Xenos forces coming next. Slow but sure and on a budget. Wish me luck.
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.
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.
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