Could you give me the dimensions of the buildings and the streets you've built? I've been trying to revive my citybuilding projects on Sketch-up, but on a smaller scale, so making architect styled cityblocks/neighborhoods that could potentially be used as interactive maps.
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Excuse the poor pictures (hard light is wiping out the colour tones), found some free time the last few days and cracked some of this out. More nerd time this weekend and every night next week hopefully.
These are my play testing minis now getting some paint. Units consist of 3 minis (So testing with 3 basic troop units and 1 veteran unit).
The Redcoat veterans are my sculpts, the troops are Victrix plastics (contacting them and doing some sci-fi/steampunk conversion packs for their plastics, they do metal bits, but this is another story that might not happen).
The boards are thick foam floor mat things I got for cheap (have about 8 of them to use). This will be used for a run down industrial area or abandoned space station, maybe even underground slums with shanty towns.
The building is a small storage crate with some minor embellishments. I have 5 of these, and they can stack up easily. This rusty colour scheme will probably be a base which I paint some more sci-fi colours over the top. Star wars and blade runner colour schemes will be used. The buildings wont be as wrecked as this they will be inhabited with interiors, probably a bar, a supply store and err I'll think of other things.
What are the odds I've finally taken some terrain to the stage where I'm relatively happy.
This is the first of 3 terrain squares with city terrain. The theme is kind of somewhere between steampunk and decopunk, this is the poorer steampunk district. The streets are filthy, hence no paving, probably covered in horse sh1t.
What you see here is the basic foundation, once painted up, cream and white (but ragged and stained and run down) I'll be adding the detail. Every flat surface above the arches and on the tower will have magnets affixed and hold some architectural decoration - right now I'm thinking eagle/hawk head light fittings and maybe some reliefs showing Imperial propaganda.
I also want some wooden buildings, like basic shanties or sheds, to scatter around the streets. Also thinking about market stall things, some statues, a fountain, etc. etc. The spare paved area will have a tower built for it.
Regarding the design, I'm riffing on the joy of playing necromunda and mordheim all those years ago starting in high school. The key thing was intricate terrain. Buildings take up large sections of the board so for me having all these arches and tunnels and stuff free's up the space on the ground, not to mention making for an interesting dynamic in games. (Necromunda came out about 17 years ago... fuuuck. I had two and think I still have the original books hidden in my nerd book box.)
My desire for good and unique terrain is really stemming from something I've picked up on various forums to do with game design (board games as well as miniatures). A general consensus is that people's interest in pricked by unique settings and visuals, and the rules are nearly always secondary, no matter how good they are.
Based on that, before I start advertising rules, I want terrain, miniatures and artwork to kick it off.
The next board will have a long viaduct like bridge with a train line on it. Also, on this board the large flat topped building will be a landing pad for a little airship.