More scale agnostic terrain

Hello duckfans!

Following up from the barricades I posted previously, here are some more terrain pics. I haven’t felt motivated to finish any actual models recently, but painting terrain I hold myself to a lower standard and that’s been better better for relaxing recently.

I finished off the pack of barricades from White Dragon Miniatures. Plenty of graffiti which was fun to do and didn’t take much effort to look about right. I’ll use this as scatter terrain in 6mm, 12mm, and 15mm on any map where I can justify some big blocks of tatty looking concrete.

Then I quickly slapped some paint on a 10mm scale objective marker from Firestorm Planetfall. These objective markers are really great. Sadly Spartan Games went out of business, but you can still find the objective markers and terrain packs out there on the secondary market. I believe the Firestorm range was purchased by Warcradle Studios, but they don’t have a webstore.

Finally I painted up some OKI Corporation modular terrain from CP Models (originally from Angel Barracks, but he recently sold his 6mm range). Again these will work in 6mm-15mm just fine. I decided to go with a sort of Halo Covenant purple paint scheme. I’m imagining that these are prefabricated fortifications that a highly mobile force can just drop in when they need them.

Pictures after the jump!

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Dropzone Commander Cityscape

A few people have asked me about the Dropzone Commander Cityscape terrain, which is unsurprising because I’m fairly evangelical about it. In my opinion it’s the gold standard of easy and affordable urban terrain for new players. Obviously it will never be as aesthetically pleasing as good scratch built terrain or expensive premade stuff, but for the price it can’t be beaten. I might do a full review at some point, but for now here’s what I was asked about; suitability of the buildings at different scales.

Read on for pics and a link to the best place to buy it.

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15mm Sci Fi – Tavshar colour scheme prototype

Have just been working out the colour scheme and basing scheme for my Tavshar from Loud Ninja Games (https://www.alternative-armies.com/collections/loud-ninja-games-15mm). The model, a Tavshar trooper, was really nice and a pleasure to paint.
 
The scheme I used was a lot brighter than my usual style – nice to step outside my comfort zone a little.
 
The pictures I took sadly don’t really do the paintjob justice. It isn’t amazing or anything but it’s one of my better efforts and that doesn’t show up too well on my rubbish phone camera.
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Review: A scattering of scatter terrain

One of things that has most improved my wargaming experience and brought me pleasure in recent years has been using some aesthetically pleasing terrain. When I was young I played with whatever standing in as terrain – pringles tubes, books, bits of cardboard – rarely painted and usually quite visually jarring and immersion breaking.

I cannot stress how much more fun it is to see nicely painted minis battling it out amongst some nice looking terrain. I don’t have room for a proper gaming board in my flat and I don’t play at any stores or clubs currently, so what I really need is modular and scatter terrain. I’m also, truth be told, not terribly fond of constructing and painting terrain – I want to keep it as simple as possible while still looking nice.

With that in mind here’s a review of some terrain boxes I recently purchased with the long term plan of building up a nice martian-esque landscape for playing Heavy Gear Blitz and 15mm Sci-fi

The products are:

Hoodoo rock formations from Warlord Games

Battlefield in a Box: Badlands Tors from Gale Force Nine

Battlefield in a Box: Rocky Outcrops from Gale Force Nine

All three sets are available in the UK through ebay and various retailers. Prices vary, but the BiaBs tend to be each a bit over £20 and the Hoodoo around £12.

Let’s see some pictures then!

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List of 15mm sci-fi miniature stores

I’ve spent quite a lot of time researching and rooting out the various suppliers of 15mm scale sci-fi miniatures, mainly in the UK and US. This is as near to an exhaustive list as I can provide. I will add comments on each site over time and probably put up some reviews of products I’ve purchased (though I haven’t bought from all of these sites by any means).

The comments about each range are of course just my opinion. Please form your own by visiting these excellent sites!

It’s worth noting of course that 15mm scale varies somewhat between sculptors. It’s supposed to mean an average human is 15mm from toes to eyes, but what is considered average varies and some sculptors go with a more ‘heroic’ or exaggerated style. For this reason I generally prefer alien ranges, especially as I intend to use my 15mm miniatures for 12mm scale (1/144 to be precise) gaming in Heavy Gear Blitz, where 15mm humans would look extremely strange!

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