Friday, November 16, 2012

The Return of the Terrainiac

Below are some photos of the terrain I am working on for the club's next project - something called Dust Tactics, a World War Two alternative of some sort with a sci-fi component.  Not really my thing but one must contribute so I signed up to help out with the terrain.  These are just shots of the terrain in the rough.  A bunch of tree bases being coated with sand, a ridge line, and a river, only part of which will be used in the game - the balance allow the river to have varying configurations for other games in the future.
Above are the base boards for the river and ridge line all cut out and laid out.  From one end to the other it allows 18' of river and ridge line.  The ridge line is the T at the far end.
 A slightly closer in view that shows the two confluences designed into the system.  The closer one on the left has the extra one foot extender that allows the system to be either dead center on a five foot wide table or offset to left or right on a six foot table (the extender will be 'flow neutral').
This shot, above, shows the ridge line with options.  It can be a simple three piece ridge five feet wide or it can extend to six feet or be used by itself with the short add on piece (by itself above) and the two end pieces.  Then it becomes about a seven foot long ridge and can be placed at an angle or right down the center of a table.  That piece just below the ridge line is for an "artesian well" where the river gets its start.  Also, below the next piece (an island in the river) is an 8" section, there are three of these, one of which will be a ford.
 This is a reverse shot of the river and ridge.  And I will note here that the river has two curves in it, two pieces each that need to be used together.  So, the river can have confluences, fords, an island, curves, and even some straight sections.
 The above shot is of the 36 tree bases, includes six sets of "jig saw" bases designed to be used together but can also be separated and 9 independent pieces.  Need a long forest?  It's available.  Can put together quite a variety of forests with that set up.
 And this shot shows the baseboards selected for Mike's game, the Dust Tactics.
 And speaking of that 'devil', there he is with those pieces with the insulating foam glued on and the river sections carved out.  The ridge is just blocked in for now.  We had a time deadline of having this ready for a play test this weekend.   Once the play test is over, the river and ridge come back to me for completion prior to the first of the many outings Mike has planned for this convention game - four or more.
 Just a different angle.
And, last, a reverse shot where you can see the "blocky" ridge.  It will be a very different affair once I'm done with it.  As will the river, for that matter, since only the inner edge of the river has been sculpted so far.  Plus there's all those other pieces to bring into the mix.  Tempest fugit.

So, no, I've not abandoned the blog.  Just busy in other directions.  And may not be posting again until after the holidays - but you never know.

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