Illustrations of Imperial architecture are pretty rare in the Rogue Trader rulebook. Yes, there's the fantastic spread of Helsreach illustrations as well as the Emporer's Palace, but for the rest of the book we only see glimpes of background shapes, walls, ruins or ductwork.
I was delighted to see Tony Ackland's brilliant unpublished* Rogue Trader townscape when he put it up on Facebook a little while ago. The image shows a backwater frontier town complete with rickety shacks, landing pad and an imposing block house festooned with gibbet, observation cameras and spikes.
*correct me if I'm wrong.
|Illustration by Tony Ackland.
The townscape is pretty close to the terrain set that I've been pulling together, so once again I roped Graham at Grimsforge in to build me a block house based on Tony's illustration.
|Midway through the build I asked Graham to add a removable top piece for the block house.
Graham did a fabulous job and created a lovely large and imposing building for me:
I decided that I wanted the block house to be a more ominous and imposing colour than my existing buildings, so I gave it a black and grey colour scheme that matches my Inquisitional commandos.
|If I leave the top piece off, I have a nice landing pad for a land speeder or small shuttle.
|Some wanted posters and proclamations evoke Tony's illustration.
|A removable gibbet as another nod to the original illustration.
|The top piece makes a nice viewpoint.
|The gibbet is a Wizkids piece that I added to a plasticard stand.
Very pleased with how the final building looks and looking forward to using it as an objective building to dominate a future game!
|I left one of the sides relatively blank so it can act as a street scene backdrop!