Friday, November 9, 2012

City Boards

I've been developing a city board for my new campaign.  I wanted something simple to build but modular.  I like the look of some of the boards I've seen on other blogs - especially Vampifan's excellent terrain - and wanted something like that.  This is what I came up with...
I used World Works Games Streets of Legend Terrainlinx. They look great but are a bit of a PIA to cut and assemble so I simplified it.  I decided to make some 12"x12" pieces, some 12"x6" pieces and some 6"x6" pieces.  I decided not to use the fiddly connectors and just glued the printouts onto foamcore.  It turned out ok and didn't take long.
This shot is upside down from the first for some reason but you can see how the pieces break into parts.  The only problem will be if someone bumps the table and everything shifts.  To minimize this I will set up on top of a fleece blanket to help hold things in place.  Eventually I may insert some tiny magnets and metal bits on the edges of each piece to hold everything together...we'll see...

For now I can make a decent 3'x3' table and have enough extra pieces to have a bit of variety.  Eventually each piece will have a front and a back side to add even more variety.

I've also been working on more city terrain to fill the board and built a couple more cars from World Works Games.  These two sedans are from their Mayhem Traffic set.

These two shots give you a sense of scale.  They are pictured with some Hasslefree survivors and a mix of Wargames Factory and Victory Force zeds.
And here they are by themselves.  These are good models.  I did the trick with the dowel for the wheels again, which makes these builds a lot easier. (See here).

That's it for now. I am getting characters set up to start a new campaign in ATZ:FFO. I still need to build more city terrain but hopefully I'll get some games in soon.


14 comments:

  1. Your terrain boards are very good and making thmy em double sided makes a lot of sense if you're not using raised pavements (sidewalks ?)
    Your vehicles make minelook they'vebeen put together by a five year old - (note the jealousy)

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    1. Thanks, Z. I decided to not do raised sidewalks. The perfectionist in me thinks maybe someday I will build a 3D board like that but for now these prints will do. Thanks for the encouragement about the cars. They are fiddly to assemble but I'm satisfied with the result.

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  2. Your boards have got me thinking. It just might be the way to go for me as well. Excellent idea and execution! Nice one mate.

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    1. Thanks, Clint. It was dead easy and looks fine for my needs.

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  3. Vampifan approves! I also make most of my Streets of Legends tiles in batches of 12" by 12" with a few 12" by 6" and a few 6" by 6" tiles. I do use the holes and connector tabs but very sparingly. Already I can see that you have a lot of variety with what you've made. Big thimbs up from me, my friend.

    Oh, and your two cars look excellent. Good use of edging, by the way. What can I say, but full marks!

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    1. Thank you, Sir. Full marks from Vampifan is high praise. For edging my models I bought a full set of artists markers. Lots of color variety and good points for getting all the white edges covered.

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  4. Very nice looking boards there mate and very simple to do as well as having the option for multiple layouts. Cool idea!

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    1. Thanks, Brummie! I appreciate the encouragement.

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  5. I empathise with the PIA aspect as I have had a number of failures with the GW rodways.

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    1. Yep, sometimes keeping it simple is the best. So far I am enjoying Stoelzl's stuff. It is excellent and fairly simple to build.

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  6. Excellent work! The roads look awesome :D

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  7. Very nice monk of iron. I've had the same ... issues with that d*mned terrainlinx nonsense. I was intending getting lengths of thin dowel to run down each side of my layout to trap the pieces in place ... if I get anywhere with that plan I'll post on it.

    Boards and cars are A+

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    1. Thanks, Nash! The Terrainlinx seemed like a good idea in theory. I like the modularity of it but it is such a pain to build each piece it just wasn't worth it. If someone gave me a well made, complete set...that'd be awesome! Although even then I'm not crazy about the thin walls and the way the sets fall apart at inopportune moments. I'm interested in what you're considering with the dowel rods. Not sure I understand what you mean but I'd be glad to see it if you do anything with it. Thanks for looking in here.

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