Another lovely delivery arrived the other day, this time of some round lava style bases I’m going to use for my Black Talon elite in Heavy Gear Blitz.
I purchased these from Daemonscape, a wonderful company you’ll probably recognise from my List of 15mm SciFi Stores. I have actually never bought prepainted minis or bases before but I’ll let you in on a secret: while I like painting minis I’ve never really enjoyed painting bases or terrain that much. When I saw the paintjob Daemonscape had done on these new resin bases I really liked the look of them and got in touch privately to purchase some prepainted in that style. I’m very glad I did because they were very affordable indeed and look great.
The regular store entry, here, is for unpainted versions.
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.
Just a quick post to share a couple of pictures of some concrete barricades/walls I’ve been working on to use in Heavy Gear Blitz. These are mainly for infantry to hunker behind, but they can also slow gears down a bit and add to the scenery in an urban or industrial map.
The barricades are from White Dragon Miniatures. For a low price you get good quality resin casts and 19 pieces, so definitely recommend these to anyone in the UK. They’re intended for 15mm but there’s nothing on them to indicate their scale so they can happily be used for 12mm, 10mm, or even 6mm. Very little work was needed to prep them, but I didn’t care about minor imperfections anyway. I added a little bit of battle damage myself with some drills and sculpting tools, gave them a quick prime and drybrushing, then quickly scrawled some graffiti on there. Doing neat or quality work is never really a focus for me when I’m doing scenery, because I feel as long as it gives the impression of urban walls at a glance it’s fine. I’d rather spend time working with the actual minis all things considered : ]
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.
A while ago I bought a set of buildings and ruins from ebay, user mikethomas85. They were very clearly made using a 3d printer, but the quality and design is definitely not bad and I’m pretty happy with them for Epic Armageddon.
Painting them involved a simple dark grey priming coat, a mid grey heavy drybrush, a lighter grey ligh drybrush then some added highlights. I also added some stains from a Vallejo smoke wash and bits of cork rubble and flock plus some green paint to represent moss.
I think they turned out pretty well. Here they are with a stand of Eldar Swooping Hawks (not painted by me) on a standard base for scale.
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