Monday, December 26, 2011

Ideas for Terrain Sets

I've been designing and building sets of terrain for my local game store, Great Escapes Games and it's been a great opportunity and lots of fun.  The only problem is that I've yet to build a set of terrain for use at home.  So, while I work on a Forrest Battle set for the upcoming Contest of Champions, I began work on a set that could be used in 40k.
After some initial sketches and a rough plan for number and size of pieces, I start off the building process by making a test piece.  The one pictured here is near completion with only the windows and door to be detailed.  There aren't any other in progress photos because I didn't think to take any...I'll try not to let that happen any more.  The concept came from Riddly Scott's approach to set design in Blade Runner - Retro Fitting.  I'll have several structures taken from various architectural periods and regions and then muck up the facades with bitz and gubbins.  It'll have an overall Steam/Diesel Punk feel but be well within the scope of W40K.

As for the Forrest Battle set:  I've completed the test piece.  It measures 6" x 9" by 5" tall.  The fallen branch was sculpted out of balsa wood, the broken tree trunk was sculpted from polymer clay. 

Here's a shot of the notes for the set.  As you can see, it's themed around the ruins of a forest encampment. The dimensions indicated are just a rough idea based on 25% table coverage.  After the test piece was done, I'm opting for many smaller pieces of terrain that could be grouped together to form large areas of cover or spread out to allow for more open play.  Smaller pieces, like the  6"x9" test piece, can be inter mixed with the existing terrain so several tables could benefit from the theme.  There will be one or two larger models with multiple levels.

To be updated....


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