Are We Learning Yet?

This blog was supposed to keep me grounded.  It’s called War In A Box for a reason – that’s supposed to remind me that I’ve got no space and that every game needs to fit into a tidy little box.  The spaceship I’ve been working on is super-kewl, but it is a clear violation of my own ground rules.  In an effort to get back to basics, I picked up a small tub for the express purpose of designing a Pocketmunda set-up – a full table of 15mm terrain (by which I mean a 2-foot by 2-foot square of terrain – that would fit into a small and portable case.

One exactly like this.  Note figure for 15mm scale.

Bear in mind that work on the big ship continues.  With a bit of free time and a need for better lighting to work on additional furniture (which looks great, but will wait for the final paint job before posting), I bashed together a few buildings for Pocketmunda.

Old almond tins, Christmas styrofoam, and various bits and bobs.

The plan was to fit everything onto old CDs for ease of basing and storage.  For once, I stopped progress early to check on the fit.  The results were…

Less than stellar.

That’s only four buildings so far.  You can’t fit more CDs in a second row, and there’s not going to be enough room for a drop cloth.  That’s unacceptable.  Looks like I’ll have to go with square buildings that nest inside each other in order to get enough buildings to satisfy that urban-decay look.

So that didn’t work, but let’s not lose sight of the important bit – this time, it didn’t work after 30 minutes of work, instead of after 30 hours of work.  That saves me mor ethen 29 hours of labor, and it saves my face from another epic palm slap.