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31 Aug 2019 8:35 a.m. PST
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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 10:35 a.m. PST

Regardless of the miniature scale you play or game scale, what terrain is your favorite to game in/on?

1) Destroyed city/ ruins
2) Built up area/ undestroyed urban area,
3) Woodlands, rolling hills, forrest,
4) Under-city/hive, spaceship interior, (close confines)
5) Desert, wastelands, badlands,
6) Tundra/ frozen
7) Jungle, other heavy foliage,
8) Alien terrain/ unusual (Tyranid, etc…)
9) other, fill in.

The Epic Gamer08 Jan 2019 11:21 a.m. PST

I'm partial to desert, but only because it matches most of my bases.

Whatever we use, I like scatter terrain that can be arranged in multiple ways rather than static pieces.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 11:25 a.m. PST

It really depends on the scenario.

Other options:
Operational Space Ship
Enemy Space Ship
Derelict Space Ship
Victorian London
Mega City One
Austere Outpost
Antediluvian Past
Gas Planet
Underwater Colony
Volcanic Planet

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 11:40 a.m. PST

Generally mixed terrain for big battles: 2+3+9

9) Littoral beaches/waterways

For skirmish games:

10) On board spacecraft derelict/otherwise

For VSF Imperial Skies:

11) Ocean with some coastline/islands

Valderian08 Jan 2019 12:01 p.m. PST

Desert, woodlands, hills and ruins.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 12:01 p.m. PST

1 ruined cities or desert

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 12:41 p.m. PST

Woodlands with some buildings/ruins

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 1:06 p.m. PST

Oh, I forgot "a quarry in Wales". :)

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 1:25 p.m. PST

Blasted plain with glowing radioactive craters
Derelict space hulk interior
Not yet derelict spaceship interior wink
The cold, dark vacuum of SPAAAAACE!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 1:59 p.m. PST

28mm are mostly based a gray/black which will pass for urban ruins or ship decks, but urban ruins is what I have. (Ewoks, of course, get grassed bases, and home court advantage in woods.)

5/6mm are geared for temperate zone countryside.

Calico Bill08 Jan 2019 3:23 p.m. PST

2 & 3

Capt Flash08 Jan 2019 3:36 p.m. PST

Destroyed city or alien jungles for 28mm sci-fi.
For historical and fantasy, then it's rolling hills and woodlands.

Lion in the Stars08 Jan 2019 4:20 p.m. PST

28mm Infinity: City. Have plans for a spaceship boarding action.

40k: industrial ruins.

15mm: desert or mountains.

6mm (Robotech): Either city or space.

Legion 408 Jan 2019 4:30 p.m. PST

I have a lot of options, but I try to avoid big towns or cities. GW's predilection of MOUT is not my idea of a good place to fight. Just like in the RW.

A little vill or hamlet here and there is fine with me !

I do like ancient [alien] ruins though … and alien flora …

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 6:03 p.m. PST

The cold, dark vacuum of SPAAAAACE!

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 8:25 p.m. PST

Whatever terrain that is being used I only have one requirement.

There needs to be lots of it, so that fields of fire don't cover the whole board.

This is far to open.


These are better:



Though they still could use a bit more terrain.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 3:25 a.m. PST

1 & 2 mostly.

Legion 409 Jan 2019 8:42 a.m. PST

Mithmee +1 thumbs up

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 9:30 a.m. PST

Depends on the scenario, of course. In general, I feel that terrain only belongs on the table if it's going to make the game more interesting.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

Mithmee +2!!!

tnjrp10 Jan 2019 12:40 a.m. PST

Depends on the game of course. I think over the years the majority of games we played tended to be in a mixed terrain shown in these Mutant Chronicles: Warzone Resurrection pix:



Those look to be on a little sparse side as we lugged the terrain to a local con and there's wasn't awfully lot of it available, but that's the overall style.

Legion 410 Jan 2019 8:25 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jan 2019 2:03 p.m. PST

If kaiju counts as scifi, add gingerbread cities to the list …


Legion 411 Jan 2019 7:17 a.m. PST

Got to do something with all that leftover gingerbread !!!!

Covert Walrus18 Jan 2019 2:29 a.m. PST

Edges of urban areas, small towns, special facilities ( Power ponst, military outposts, mines and so forth) and research facilities interspersed with avariety of terrain are my choice.

There has to be something there worth ccoming into conflcit over, that's the main thing, so I guess it's a case of scenario-driven terrain.

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