Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Building the Underhive - Preparing for BOYL '15

In spite of playing wargames since the late 1980s, I've never actually had a decent set of terrain. Most of my gaming hasn't been at home; either at friend's houses, events or wargaming stores; so I've never needed it before.

All that changed when I decided I'd run a game at 'Bring Out Your Lead '15', the third annual Oldhammer event, being run at Wargames Foundry at the end of July / start of August.

 

My plan for the game is a simple one - to run a multi-player game using the first edition Space Hulk rules. I've transplanted the setting to Necromunda, replaced Terminators with hired guns and genestealers with rioting underhivers. The basic premise is that 4 players will play a squad of hired guns who are required to escort a VIP to safety. 2 other players will use the rioters, who have to stop them.
 
I had already decided that the cramped corridors utilised in Space Hulk could make for a very restricted game. To give the game more room, I decided I was going to base it on a large square gridded table. To this end, I brought in the services of Sarissa Precision, who quickly produced me a set of 16 laser cut board tiles for a very reasonable price. The tiles are covered with a 30mm grid, with the addition of 5-6 detail squares just to add interest.
 
One of the 10x10 tiles.

All 16 tiles laid out, with a small amount of terrain.
With the board in hand, I started assembling some terrain to use on it. The crane, containers and crates were used at BOYL '14, but I needed a stack more terrain. I pulled together a host of buildings, walls, fences and scatter terrain from Mantic, Wolsung, Ainsty Castings and others. The sample set up below shows around about 60% of the terrain I hope to produce for the final game.



My hobby time has pretty much been filled with assembly and painting of terrain over the last couple of weeks. Below you can see a couple of photos of the WIP queue!



And this is what I'm aming for. The shacks below are MDF from Wolsung, as is the green wall in the background. The open metal fence is made from pieces from the Mantic Dreadzone kits.


Tanks from Ainsty, walls and hut from Wolsung, chain-link fences scratch built from car mesh, strip wood and plastic I beams.

I'm trying to produce a good result with a few shortcuts. Adding details like this sign helps 'conceal' the rougher round the edges bits!
 
The fence line.

Primed and ready for painting. More Wolsung shacks, walls and market stalls.

More Wolsung shacks, an Ainsty building, and Mantic Dreadzone buildings.

I have total of 81 terrain elements to complete ahead of the game, with 45 now done. Still to finish are:

16 board tiles
4 shacks
6 hab units
3 walls
1 lift
6 market stalls

Oh, and I have to paint around 40 underhive rioters...

Wish me luck!

15 comments:

  1. this is madness, the most beautiful kind of madness. wonderful stuff here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks JB, madness is probably the right word. I should have stuck with doing a game which required no preparation I think ;)

      Delete
  2. Kind of wish I'd signed up for this game now! Keep it going pal, your almost there!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're always welcome to join in - I suspect we may have a spare place going on Sunday morning :)

      Delete
    2. If timing works out I'd love to, keep me in mind!

      Delete
  3. Impressive work. The finish that you are getting is lovely.

    I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into this in August :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers Paul. I'm taking a leaf out of your book - the overall effect is the important element, rather than having everything painted beautifully. En masse it should do the job :)

      Delete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow, ambitious and great looking project.

    Are you going to add stuff like posters and graffiti? That sort of secondary detail seems to add a lot to setups... and printing out a page of little posters is much faster than painting!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Posters, more signs and graffiti are all planned eventually, once I'm certain I can get everything finished to game with before BOYL ;)

      Delete
  6. That scenery looks fantastic and will be a real crowd puller when all put together. I've now got a belated green light to go to BoYL 15 so looking forwar to seeing it up close, even if I am too late to join in with the game.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome to spectate Stuart, and if we have a slot come free, you can join in :)

      Delete
  7. Really good. Did Sarissa do the tiles specially for you?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I described what I wanted and they made them up for me.

      Delete
  8. Very nice indeed. Looks like Ferograd has suburbs.

    ReplyDelete