Category: terrain

City Planning

You can’t take to the streets when you don’t have any streets to which to take.  Before we can play the most cutting-edge and modern of wargames, Riot: From Watt Tyler to Watts we have to build a city worth peacefully burning to the ground.  Here’s my quick and dirty...

Riot: A Game Twenty Five Years in the Waiting

One of the projects that has been on my ‘to-do’ list for over twenty-five years is a good old-fashioned, downtown riot.  Something about the asymmetric nature of the conflict, the confined corridors of battle, and the fluid nature of the fight just screams for a proper wargame. Maybe it’s...

Fifteen Odds and Sods

Just a couple of quick and dirty terrain pieces completed over the weekend.  The jersey jersey barriers and skull mountian are from Rebel Minis. The skull painted up nice.  The barriers have a printed plastic feel with a striated look the takes some sanding to get a decent look. ...

Another War In A Box

Inspirational!  From poster Teardrop World over at the Lead Adventure Forums, check out this fun approach to a war in a box: This is just a peek – check out the full thread (link) for a lot more pictures with a lot more detail....

In the Pits

One of the nice aspects of the half-a-level pieces shown in the last post is that it gives you a chance to incorporate even more three-dimensional challenges.  Flat painted with deep pits shown in perspective are nice – need to do some of those some day – but nothing...

Half A Level Onwards

In the grand old D&D tradition, going down a level in Castle Meatgrinder means going up a quantum step in difficulty.  You won’t find black dragons or pit demons on level II.    One of the few sops to metagaming tolerated at my table is that understanding that you...

New Yan’qui Craftsman

 The dungeon just got in a big shipment from Fantasy Ikea.  Frankly, I’m doing everything I can to avoid building doors.  Still haven’t found a technique that I like yet. Sci-fi figure for scale. Everything you see here was made with popsicle sticks and hot glue. Click to...

Dungeon Construction – Paint on the Walls

Watching Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a fun, if trying*, way to pass time while slapping paint around on the tiles for Castle Meatgrinder.  The tiles were spraypainted earlier in the day, with some trepidation.   *Fun spy flick, but a mistake to put on a movie with...

Dungeoneering Tiles, Take Two

When last we met, I file-thirteened a pile of half-finished terrain consisting of a bunch of shoddy dungeon work.  This time out, I built a dungeon using my preferred materials, foamcore and balsa wood.  This time around, I used foamcore for the bases and balsa wood for the ‘walls’....

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Looking at my so-called city board, something about it always seemed off to me.  It wasn’t until this weekend, while cruising what I think of as the Infiniti terrain-porn* sites, that I realized what it was.  The board was too rural.  The earth and grass speaks more of suburbia than...