Sorry for the double-post here, but I just thought of something else that might be a stunning set piece.
I was playing Destiny and was in the Moth Yards, then it hit me... a rusted out old plane fuselage! If you found an old toy, you could use the wings and engines and what not as line-of-sight breakers and elevation-styled terrain pieces. Getting to fight through the interior would be really awesome as a player, but in order to make that work, you would have to probably figure out some kind of 2.5D terrain solution, as maneuvering minis through the body of the fuselage would be next to impossible.
Yeah, maybe even something like a drink cart that they can use as mobile cover to move up the aisle behind - complete with bottles of booze that they can use as impromptu Molotov cocktails to hurl at the baddies (as well as some Nuka Cola goodies, perhaps)!
Maybe there could be something in the cockpit that they need to get and they have to start at the rear, near that tail, and work their way forward. But, naturally, some other group has already taken up residence inside, so it's teeming with baddies. You could even have a big old gnarly mutant, wielding something appropriate to the encounter (like stuff found on the plane or in people's luggage - like a bundle of golf clubs all bound together to form a wicked haphazard mace, or a whip made from some of the internal wiring.
Genius! I like the ideas. That's one thing I need to get, bulk minis on the cheap of mutants, bandits, and some primitive robots. I'm looking in to picking up a few hirst arts molds for some modular floors and walls for the vaults.
Yeah, you might look into HeroClix (and Reaper's Bones line for flesh-golems and/or their Chronoscope sculpts) for mutants - things like Hulk, Thing, Abomination, etc. Since they are bigger than humans, you could also probably find no shortage of "strong man" toys that could fit the bill.
I also had another idea to go along with the plane thing. Traps. It would be a perfect place for some nefarious traps. One of my favorite traps of all time is a two-parter:
The first part is that the party gets sprayed with some kind of mysterious liquid. It isn't bad, but you have to sell it... or else they'll suspect something. You could have this liquid simply impose a temporary penalty to attacks because of the distraction of it and/or they got some in their eyes. Or you could have it deal and extremely small amount of damage as it irritates their skin. Whatever. The second part is to have a baddie (or a second part of the trap activate) throw fire at them. And that's when the terrible true nature of the liquid becomes apparent, all too late. It was an accelerant, and now that pitiful little fire that the baddie hurled at them becomes an enveloping inferno of personal hell. And in this instance, you already have the perfect thing built it - jet fuel!
Deadly trap! I'll have to check out the hero clix if they are reasonably cheap I might just go that route. I feel like I can get by with 8 mutants, 8 soldiers of various classes, and a lot of oversized bugs.
On Ebay, search for "HeroClix lot". This will usually lead you to a large amount of the things for relatively cheap. You can't be quite a picky about what you may or may not get this way, but it's one of the best ways to get bulk. And the best thing is... it doesn't matter if they're all messed up. I re-base any of them that I use anyways and, even better, with them being mutants... you can easily turn any damage to the figure into damage to the baddie himself!
Cold beer was made out of tin solder and the H2o is out of some brass wire. The solder was super easy to bend however extremely fragile. The brass was nice and tough but too many mistakes will lead to breakage. I'd go for floral wire. I'd like to see someone with an airbrush take a shot at making the back lighting.
I need to come up with some sort of modular mats and some how get broken road pieces incorporated as well. Not sure what to use that's big enough for the scenes I'm going to set. Anyone know of any way to create road pieces well?
A gamestore that I used to frequent here locally had several wargaming terrain tables set up that had some fixed features on them. One of them that always fascinated me and that I found particularly clever was a section of raised highway, broken and ruined. They used roofing shingles for the asphalt - the kind that is little tiny rocks on tar paper. It looked absolutely brilliant!
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT