Thursday, February 5, 2015

Battlefield galore!

  In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war!!!  Apparently, there's so few trees and so little grass that those wars are being fought over that (which, funny enough, would be very counterproductive).  Most of the games that I've played have been over 'green fields with woods and hills'.  Soooo, my Ultramarines are fighting Chaos marines on the way to Grandma's house?  C'mon now...

  Having finally caught up on all my schoolwork and even crushing my new classes, I found myself with time to hobby.  As y'all saw, my Orks got slapped together, and I've even built more of that.  But that's a later post.  Because I didn't want to wet a paintbrush and begin that arduous process, I decided that building some more models would be in order.

  Better yet, I pulled my buddy and primary opponent into it.  Wanting to focus on another game right now (which may or may not be a little of my fault), I roped him into some kind of hobbying with this.  More than anything, we're excited to actually play somewhere other than the rolling plains of central Asia.

  Now, I do have to disclose that another of our gamer buddies had played a game at the workshop (that Space Wolf player that I mentioned before) and DEMANDED that we get all the city ruins built and play some City Fight games.  Having everything for so long and doing nothing with it, added to my frustration at 'not the future' battlefields, meant that I only had one response- 

Challenge Accepted!

  All credit to the building above.  This was my buddy's first ever experience with these models and he decided to go hog-wild with it.  I look up from my work and he's got jackhammers and rock-drills going and ridiculous amount of plastic bits and shavings flying all around the room at his attentive machinations.  And it all came down to a building that will be very useful and is downright exactly what these sets are for.  I've seen some GW staff members put these things together in ways that make Frank Lloyd Wright wonder.  I'm actually impressed that my buddy went so crazy on this...

  These two ruins are just typical ruins.  I built the second one just for the balcony.  Every other ruin I had was multi-level, but none had balconies.  And I really just wanted one.  But the building below, now that one is going to confound players for years...

  I build this one out of extra door panels (making double doors on either side AND a single door between the buttresses), and just wanted an excuse to build another LOS-blocking terrain piece.  There's a landing halfway up, but no door to get there.  There's a battlement up top, but no hatch to get there.  There's not enough room inside for this to be anything other than a 'small building' at best, but I think it'll just be an impassible terrain piece.  So how do I explain that insane design?  

  Um...  It's the broom closet for the janitors.  You know, the janitors that scrubbed that big SM statue in the plaza?  Yeah, that's it.  Broom closet, for really tall scrubbers!  Yeah...

  After building all the ruins, I can now say that I have enough to make a legitimate City Fight battlefield.  There are six ruins and two 'buildings' (although they're not really).  I even have a ton of bases that I can put them on.  I'm still deciding on that as those base-boards are strangely-shaped.  But we'll see when I start the 'finishing' on these things...

  Funny enough, the next day saw me putting together then Vengeance Weapons Batteries.  Why did I have those?  Well, one day I was at the shop and had some allowance money burning a hole in my pocket.  But GW hadn't put out anything that I wanted that day, so I figured I'd spend that money on these just to beef up my Planetstrike terrain kit.  After reading the rules, I think that decision was even better than I realized.  Vengeance Weapons Batteries are boss! 

  I must admit that I love me some GW terrain.  Not only is the game fun (so much disagreement on the interwebs these days) and the models are great, but their terrain stuff is awesome too!  I have had this lying around (and two boxes of materials for home-made terrain) for too long and I needed to use it.  Now that I have it and can play 40k on actual '40k' battlefields, I don't need my 'green' terrain anymore...

  This will be donated to the shop and give the guys up there a chance to play on 'good-looking' terrain rather than the old, busted stuff they currently have.  I've had plans to overhaul that collection for a while, but being employed prevented that.  No more of that employment business, so it begins!!!

  You know I'll post more as I get these painted and possibly based.  Until then, let me see some of the terrain stuff you've been working on and, as always, Happy Hobbying!


  1. The GW building kit is so intimidating when you first open it...but it gives you such freedom to create. I think it's one of the better kits they make, because you can come up with the wildest ideas. My local GW created some massive bridge between two giant buildings using it. Just awesome. Love what was created here! Such great terrain!

    1. That's what I'm talking about! You open up that box and you see just panel after panel after panel. How does that become ruins with balconies and such? It can definitely be intimidating. But a little trial-and-error (and maybe some bloody fingertips) sees the greatest stuff evar coming out! I think these kits really introduced the 'terrain market' the way it should have been.