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stroezie23 Sep 2017 9:10 a.m. PST

Ok folks,
the Age of Tyrants kickstarter is about to start shipping the miniatures so I decided to start making some new terrain so I could use said miniatures to play some 6mm Urban War Clau Tactics / Necromunda style games.

This thread will document the construction of my new Necromunda style industrial board, the painting of the miniatures once they arrive and hopefully the games that will be played with them.

First though I'd like to give a shout out to Darryl Hunt of the exelent blog Daxio's Uneventfull Day. I totally stole copied his idea for Necromunda buildings and then used my trusty shrink ray on them😋.

Now, what did I build so far?
Lets take a look.


So , four buildings, four walkways and a platform, not to shabby.

I plan on doing two more buildings, one medium and one large, two more walkways without cover and three extra long walkways plus supports.

Here's a few pictures to give you an idea of the kind of setups I'm going to use them for, I threw in some random figures from my collection to give you a sense of the scale.


Another benefit of this construction method is that the smaller buildings fit inside the larger ones for easy storage.

Apart from the buildings and walkways I've also begun assembling some bits and bobs to build a few more industrial/machinery looking
pieces.
More on those next time.

well ok then just a teaser picture


That's it for now, as usual critiques, comments or questions are more than welcome.

Cheers,
Stroezie

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2017 10:11 a.m. PST

Great start. I look forward to seeing it all painted!

Legion 423 Sep 2017 12:49 p.m. PST

Very nice !

Twoball Cane23 Sep 2017 2:15 p.m. PST

Inspiring. Nice to see this project and teasers…please do update.

Michl Mauser28 Sep 2017 12:45 a.m. PST

Great stuff!


It's very nice to see all this self made constructions, very inspiring.


Looking forward to see some paint on the buildings.

Michael

stroezie28 Sep 2017 9:23 a.m. PST

Micromunda Wasn't Built In A Day…


…but the first stage is done anyway😎

I thought I'd share some more pictures with you so you can see/guess at, the materials before I blackbomb the lot.

First up the initial set of buildings and walkways

I also decided to spice up the buildings with some electrical wiring and some airfans.

These pilons are for when one walkway just isn't long enough.
I may end up putting some more greeblies on them as they are a bit plain looking atm. then again maybe not… we'll see.

Next some of the more industrial looking bits.

A large storage tank/tower

which can split into two smaller ones


and as I was taking the pictures it suddenly occured to me that if you put the ring back on it could also function as a landing pad for "Get to da choppa" scenarios.


a small storage tank, probably for some kind of strange bio-agent or something

A water recycling plant



and last but not least a few more generic pieces



Now, if the weather holds, I should be able to prime these during the weekend and if all goes well get some paint on them by the end of next week.

I will also begin texturing one of the place mats/boards with magnetic paint to look like a concrete floor and start looking into ways to weather the other place mat into a less shiny/ slightly rusty version of itself. (any and all tips how to go about doing this are more than welcome)

Cheers,
Stroezie.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2017 1:03 p.m. PST

Nice use of that clip of staples!

Legion 430 Sep 2017 5:50 a.m. PST

thumbs up

stroezie01 Oct 2017 12:17 a.m. PST

Well I managed to finish painting the buildings and walkways,
a little lick of paint makes all the difference don't you think? 8)



And of course I couldn't resist playing around with a quick setup to get an idea how things will look once to whole thing's finished.

I'm afraid the lighting has washed out the colors on the buildings somewhat, they actually look a lot more splotchy and rundown in real life, maybe once I tone down the glare from the board it'll show up better in the pictures.

I'd also like to add some posters/graffiti ,does anybody knows of a good source?

That's it for now, time to get to painting the industrial machinery and I've been thinking about maybe doing some modular canals to add some more depth to the board so stay tuned. ;)

Cheers,
Stroezie.

stroezie06 Oct 2017 3:28 a.m. PST

Well I finished painting the industrial/machinery pieces and the concrete floor.

It's finally starting to look like something 😁


Turns out the big tower is also ideal for showcasing minis.😎

Some judges escorting a convict are ambushed by gangers…

Well that's it then… the board is finished… right?

Weeeelllllll….

see here's the thing…

while looking for inspiration I came across the exellent Yaktribe forums (some really awesome builds on there, check them out Link) and it turnes out in a hive you can go up, but you can also go down so…


Sump canals here I come !!!

The first nine tiles giving me the same size of board as the concrete floor (ie. 37x37 cm)

Ooohh I'm going to have so much fun detailing those canals…

Well thats it for now.

Cheers,
Stroezie.

Ps: does anybody know where I can get my hands on some 6mm venetian gondolas 👿

Michl Mauser06 Oct 2017 2:39 p.m. PST

HI Stroezie,

great work on the Micromunda terrain, I like your water recycling bassin and the storage tank best.

Is this little VTOL on the landing platform an ironwind Anhur Transporter? Looks very interesting….

The canal project looks very promissing, but no one wants to make a trip on them on a venetian gondola….


Best wishes,

Michael

Twoball Cane08 Oct 2017 6:55 p.m. PST

Great updates.

stroezie11 Oct 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

Work on the lowest part of my hive continues, I'm hoping to finish the building part somewhere around the end of next week and then it'll be on to the painting…


I've also started sculpting some fauna and flora to bring a little more life to my canals

Big rats and spiders, but nothing any experienced sump dweller can't handle



And some shrooms, one can never have enough shrooms ;)

I'm thinking of maybe doing some carnivorous plants and some kind of lurking sump-monster to, no idea what that's going to look like yet, suggestions are always welcome.

Cheers,
Stroezie.

stroezie14 Oct 2017 2:22 a.m. PST

I finished building my Nanomunda sump board!

I may have gone a bit overboard detailing the canals 8)

Here are a few more pictures so you can see the build before I blackbomb it.


And now it's time to start thinking about how I'm going to paint all of this.

I'd like to try and go for this look for the decking

Mine won't look nearly as good but hey "aim for perfection, settle for good enough" :P

If you know of any good tutorials for this kind of thing, please feel free to share, cause at the moment I really don't have a clue how to even start.

I think I'll experiment on a few scrap pieces first and see what's realistic for my skill level.
Hopefully I'll have something more to share with you soon.

Cheers,
Stroezie.

stroezie15 Oct 2017 1:46 p.m. PST

I had some spare time between trains at work so I started working on my first gang.
The minis are Dark Realm Miniatures Jungle Fighters.
There are only 5 poses so at the moment I'm just adding berets and do-rags to differentiate them somewhat, later I'll probably do some weapon swaps once I get an idea of what weapon loadouts I'm going to need.

Here's a pic of the regular gangers

So shotguns, sword and knife, sword and gun and grenade launcher.
I gave one of the guys with the grenade launchers a sword but I think I may end up redoing that as it did not come out quite as I had envisionned it.

I also did two heavy weapons, a heavy bolter and a heavy stubber, I included the original figure so you could see what they started off as.

After sorting through my leadpile I'm thinking of starting three gangs the Orlocks as seen above, Ratskins and house Goliath.
As I have never played Necromunda before any tips on a good balanced starting force for any of these gangs are more then welcome. It might also help guide me as to what figures to try and model so do feel free to chime in.

Cheers,
Stroezie.

Twoball Cane15 Oct 2017 8:12 p.m. PST

I played spyers …once they gained some levels they were tough to beat.

Looks awesome by the way

stroezie18 Oct 2017 7:56 a.m. PST

I finished my first gang, Orlocks.
Here they are in all their teeny tiny glory

And an other shot of them trying to score some sump cattle so they can start their own Hive Guys franchise and start earning some income :p

But trouble is a brewing in the underhive as rumors abound House Goliath is also looking to open up shop in the neighberhood.

I'm really having a blast doing these tiny conversions but after I finish these I think it's high time I got back to painting the sump canals.

Cheers,
Stroezie.

Logain18 Oct 2017 8:04 a.m. PST

Looks great. Don't worry about gang composition too much. It's been a while since I've played but the basic 6 gangs and equipment are pretty well balanced. Heavy weapons were very effective, special weapons less so. Numbers are a big advantage, and weapon quality not as much, very few models have armor so weapons with save modifiers aren't as useful in the first five or six games.
Spyers ratskins etc are a little harder to balance.

stroezie24 Oct 2017 1:40 a.m. PST

And the sump canal board is done!
Over all I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
It was a bit of a compromise between weathering it and keeping the thing even enough for the magnetic paper to have enough flat surface to grip onto.
In the end I decided to sponge paint some rust effects on the tiles and use some washes to dirty it up some more. I'll be adding some more dirt, debris and general litter as scatter terrain later.

Here's the whole board put together

Which seperates into nine modular tiles

Here's a few closer pics of the sump canals so you can see the little details






I also managed to finish the second gang,

House Goliath (Wasteland Gangers/Warriors from Microworld miniatures)


The shanties in the background are from Angel Barracks and I have a few vague ideas of making some platforms for them to turn them into a kind of vertical favela, we'll see…

First though I want to do some scatter terrain as Necromunda, and imo skirmish games in general, needs lots of cover for minis to hide behind.
I already have a collection of the usual oil drums, crates and jersy barriers but I'd like to add some things more in character with the setting.
For now I'm planning to do some loot tokens, rubble barricades, exploding mushrooms and heat vents. (feel free to add any cool idea's you may have to this list.)

Ok, time to go stat out those gangs now so I can try to get a game on and who knows maybe we'll even see the ever elusive batrep show up in the future. :-[

Cheers,
Stroezie.

Michl Mauser24 Oct 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

Hi Stroezie,

what a fantastic project, the kanal looks smashing and also the gang comes out great.

Go on, I'm very curious what's next.
As I'm blocked with some fantasy 6mm miniatures I have no time to bring some paint on the scifi stuff waiting on the worbench, but your work will bring me back to future wars, soon…..


Michael

stroezie01 Nov 2017 2:06 a.m. PST

I have been told Necromunda needs lots of stuff for gangers to hide behind.
Ok then lets build some scatter terrain.

I started with a classic to get me going,
everybody has done the stack of pipes, quick and easy linear terrain what's not to like?
Next were a set of crates and canisters on pallets from Angel Barracks which I magnetised and put on some magnetic paper disks so they can be used as both scatter terain and loot counters.
The last items in this picture are a form of fungus that explodes when fired upon ideal for placing next to the previous loot counters.

Then I decided to recycle some of the offcuts littering my workstation into some rubble baricades.

For some reason only the Emperor knows tyres and cogs are stacked together in the underhive, but I thought it looked cool so…
The other items in this pic are my take on the ubiquitous Necromunda air vents.
Lots of fun/superglued fingers making these.

And lastly some slime pits to make running across those walkways a more interesting choice.
Oh and I almost forgot, I made two hills/risers, one of which you can see below to. The sides are also magnitic and the ladders are removable. I will be making some other stuff like stairs, ramps, terminals and junction boxes to attach to them to.

As you can see the board is filling up nicely

I have read through the Necromunda rules and have started reading Inquisimunda to.
I think once I've played a few games of Necromunda and gotten the hang of the rules I'll probably be expanding to Inquisimundan simply because there are so many cool minis out there and knowing myself it won't be long before I start looking at ways to bring them into my games.

So next on my to do list:
First make some measuring sticks, because at the reduced scale I'm going to be playing one unit of movement is 7mm so 28mm base move, thats a little finnicky to use a normal tape measure don't you think.
Then templates, again at the reduced scale, don't know if I'm just going to print them out on card or try something a bit more fancy, we'll see.
And of course, stat out my two gangs so we can start to rumble!!!

Cheers,
Stroezie.

stroezie03 Nov 2017 3:16 a.m. PST

I made some templates , a range stick and some counters, If all goes well I'll be able to get my first game in somewhere next week 8)

I decided to mount the templates on sticks so my fat fingers would be out of the way when looking to see which figures are under the template, at 6mm it gets a bit fiddely some times:p. As an added bonus they can also be used as close range range sticks.

Cheers,
Stroezie.

Twoball Cane05 Nov 2017 10:23 a.m. PST

Love the slime pits bubbles…so inviting ! 🤢

Legion 405 Nov 2017 3:28 p.m. PST

Just too frakk'n kool !!!!! thumbs up

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