Continuing with our featured Model Terrain Company of the Month, we look at some of the futuristic city pieces that GameCraft Miniatures has to offer. From the high rises of downtown to the future orient district, there is plenty of room to create the scene you are looking for. Most of you know that I’m a fan of large terrain pieces, be they tall or real estate hogs. Any thing that breaks up the skyline. So you may have guessed my favorite structure is the sleek high rise. It is sure to grab some attention.
There is a lot of great terrain out there and plenty that would fill up an entire game board with a fantastic sci fi scenery with an old orient twist. These main center pieces from Gamecraft Miniatures are a great place to start to create that table.
Lastly, we all want to see buildings that are functional besides cool pieces on our table top. Gamecraft Miniatures offers modular stackable sets. You want a sniper team on the 7th floor, you want to send in squad after squad into close quarter melee and follow them every floor after dangerous floor to try and remove that threat, you can do it with these kits.
Welcome to July and a new Model Terrain Company of the Month. This month we are featuring GameCraft Miniatures. I stumbled across them while looking for terrain for Robotech and instantly saved their website to my terrain list as I discovered all the other items they had to offer.
One of my favorite concepts for a game is SpaceHulk or a game set in a spacefaring vessel. Gamecraft Miniatures ‘Spacecraft Interiors’ is perfect for that. It’s completely modular too! I see this easily replacing my cardboard tiles of my SpaceHulk game. Most of all I like the simplicity of it. Many companies prefill the interiors with beams and other things that don’t allow scatter terrain and imagination. With all the great companies out there producing work stations, computer panels, etc., with the Spacecraft Interiors terrain you can load it the way you want the rooms to look. Not every room is a random hallway. I’m picturing barracks chambers, weapons firing stations, mess halls and all the other areas that make up a ships interior. The Gamecraft Miniatures terrain gives you the freedom to create those places and the structure to keep it all tied together.
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We close out June on a high note with our Model Terrain Company of the Month. The release of Armageddon was followed by the timely release of 8th edition and with it a whole new set of terrain to create intense backdrops for your table top battles. I’m talking about the Industrial Terrain that Games Workshop has released. One after another, these kits were lined up and knocking it out of the park. The grand slam for me was the release of the Sector Mechanicus Galvanic Servohaulers.
The modularity of these kits is crazy. If you want ideas on things you can do with these terrain sets go to www.GamesWorkshop.com or go to the Warhammer-community website. You could also check out Ray Dranfield on Twitter. He is always showing off creative new ways to assemble the kits.
June’s Model Terrain Company of the Month requires no introduction and with the release of 8th edition this month I thought the choice was all to clear. Games Workshop is the reason we are all in the hobby. Why we are members of 20 different Facebook groups and forums where we endlessly love to read about, write about, talk about and post pictures of the world they’ve created. I love that they have given me so many outlets inside the same hobby where I can express so many avenues of my creativity. Even more so that I get to share that with so many great people.
Like so many of us, my introduction to terrain came in old white dwarfs where I learned to make buildings from the Styrofoam that came in every squad box. I still remember when the new additions came out and we got all googly eyed at the new cardboard terrain. Then Games Workshop released a few books with even more ideas of how to tell a story on our table tops. I still have and reference these for ideas.
Games Workshop has come a long way in their model making and terrain. Not just what they have produced for us all to purchase in plastic and resin, but what and how they present it. Warhammer World is still on my bucket list and I hope one day to see it with my own eyes and personally thank Ray Dranfield and the crew for creating such awe inspiring works.
I thought it best to kick this whole thing off right and since we are a narrative based show, I’m going with a narrative theme. The Cadian Gate has fallen. A rift into the ether has torn the galaxy in two and the entire Imperium is exposed. The threat of chaos has suddenly and frighteningly become a very uncompromising reality to the average Imperial citizen. Defense Lines are being created, bolstered and re-bolstered. If you are to hold until re-enforcements arrive, you will need to stack up as much metal on metal as you can. Dig those trenches deep and stack those sandbags higher, because the flood of chaos is coming.
From the Wall of Martyrs to the humble Aegis line, Games Workshop has what you need to plan your defense. I have tons of this stuff and I keep adding more pieces to my collection.
We will have a Games Workshop terrain giveaway at the end of the month. The way to sign up is to like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on twitter @ngc40k.
Armageddon is everywhere I look these days. Danger lurks around every corner and from distant platforms. Densely packed terrain with a strong industrial vibe really helps set the scene. A great way to create that is with containers, catwalks and gantries. Carlos is putting together some exciting combo sets to get you started.
In the spirit of ‘Model Terrain Company of the Month’, Mechanical Warhorse is giving a kit away to a lucky listener.
We all now how important terrain is to the game. It is the stage to the story we are trying to tell. It envelopes our models and entices our imagination as we play through a game. It has come to be known as the 3rd army. In the case of The Narrative Guys and myself, it is more like our 4th, 5th and 6th armies.
I’ve already taken one step by creating the Terrain Index on our website. I plan to make it better, more user friendly and I have a huge list of companies that need to be added.
I’ve decided I want to feature a model/terrain company every month to let you all know what is out there. Show you what cool stuff they have and what they are working on. Maybe even get some insight from the creators themselves.
Kicking it off is Horizon Creation 3D. Founded in 2013, Curtis has taken his 3D printing company from nothing and built it into a household name. He was so kind as to give us a Tech Terrain Kit to give away. Pictured here are more of his awesome tech kits, great for Tau terrain, infinity, hive cities, power plants, etc. Where ever your imagination takes you.
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I will be picking a winner the last week of April.
Peter, you haven’t posted in nearly three weeks, where on earth have you been?
Well it all started several months ago when I was planning the scenery for the 2017 Apock Luck series. This years theme was Apocalypse Warzone Valedor. I decided this was the year I would up my game and really hit it. I started pooling in terrain from all over, Gamecraft Miniatures, Horizon Creation 3D, Mechanical Warhorse, Terrainify, to name a few.
I had been posting a steady countdown to the event on the 1houranight facebook group. It drew a lot of attention. It came down to the wire at 2am the day of when I finally said what’s done has to be it.
Later that morning, nearly 60,000pts of points was on the board. Even Kenny from the Combat Phase podcast participated. It was glorious.
Thank you Justin from Tucson for participating in our Rapidfire Giveaway. I’m sure we will see great pics of this glow in the dark Ghost Stone from Terrainify in use on the tabletop. While you’re at it, check out his band Apostles of Ale .
Thank you Terrainify for supplying a cool piece of terrain to give away on our show.
I’m hoping to have more events like this in the future from other great terrain companies out there. Until next time, have a great narrative game.
I used this video How to create rubble paste by EonsOfBattle for much of my base material. I had to scale it up a bit, but I think I have figured it out and it’s looking great. The idea was to create bases for those ruin corners that so many companies love to produce, but not attach them to the corners so you can change it up every time. I sized most of the pieces to the Urban FATMat.