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FearAndLoathing12 Feb 2020 12:27 p.m. PST

Started building my terrain project for Little Wars 2020 It's called "Escape The Titanica!" The game, kind of in the "Aliens" universe, is set aboard the luxury space liner Titanica, which has been struck by an ice meteorite while cruising somewhere near LV426. All contact with the bridge and First and Second Class passenger levels has been lost. That means all you guys in Third Class are on your own, and the race is on for the escape shuttles.


I built the Titanica out of a file box.

All four floors nest inside for easy storage.

And slide out …

… level by level …

… to provide a kind of staggered interior view like maybe you'd see in one of them Osprey books.

The top floor (it's actually level 119 on the Titanica) features a variety of utilitarian rooms, including barrack-style accommodations, semi-private cabins, dining areas and a head. Around these parts, we like to call it Steerage.

The next level features a variety of auxiliary operations rooms (this one is the back-up navigation room). The long room with the caged floor over the colored tubes is the utility corridor. It's useful for distributing air, water, electricity … and aliens.

The third level is mostly stowage. There's probably a lot of useful gadgets in some of those crates …

… while the bottom level houses mostly reactors and other radioactive stuff, with catwalks to get you around the worst of it. Gets pretty hot down here. An ideal environment for spawning aliens. Also the escape shuttles are all (in)conveniently located down on this level.

The plan is to have four of these boxes, two adjacent to one another on end, with the other pair on the other end, all meeting together on the bottom level the whole thing will be 2.5 feet wide by 8 feet long. They'll be tricked out with dozens of figures crew members, service bots, passengers, and eight crews that will be vying for one of the four escape shuttles. Mostly Khursan 15mms.

Some construction notes: Floors are black foam core, with paper floors. Walls, stairs, equipment and other scatter are all from the venerable Ebbles Miniatures download site

https://www.genetmodels.com
I like them because they look great, are scaleable (I printed mine at 75 percent, slightly larger than the 60 percent required for 15mm) and are easy to assemble. But mostly I like them because they are absolutely free. Used glue sticks, rubber cement and low-moisture construction grade white glue to assemble (I've learned the hard way that my old standby, Aleene's Tacky Glue, is simply too "wet" and causes excessive board warpage.)


Anyway, I'll be running the Titanica game and perhaps a poor man's low-tech Space Hulk-type scenario at Little Wars. Hope you can stop by and play!
Little Wars

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

That is really cool! thumbs up

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 12:43 p.m. PST

Very, very impressive! thumbs up

Dave

PS: You are aware you are going to have to provide us with a many pictured AAR after the game, aren't you?

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 12:55 p.m. PST

Nice game layout.

The subject reminds me of:
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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 1:19 p.m. PST

Nice layout, quite clever too. thumbs up

epturner Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 1:49 p.m. PST

That is the definition of brilliant!

Eric

TeknoMerk12 Feb 2020 1:52 p.m. PST

Excellent build and storage!!!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 2:10 p.m. PST

Yes, we'll definitely need plenty of pictures of the finished ship and the resulting game.

Fantastic job!!

Jim

Micman Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 2:23 p.m. PST

Very Cool!

Legion 412 Feb 2020 3:32 p.m. PST

thumbs up

Stryderg12 Feb 2020 3:46 p.m. PST

Dude! That is awesome!

Slow Oats12 Feb 2020 3:56 p.m. PST

The spaceship makers of the future read that "the Titanic was a great ship that ran into an iceberg" and took it as an achievement. Deleted by Moderator

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 8:17 p.m. PST

Excellent! Perfect plan! Well executed! I love it

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 8:49 p.m. PST

Awesome stuff, but I think that we will need to see more pictures. Lots more. Really a lot.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 9:14 p.m. PST

Super cool.

Personal logo Schulein Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2020 9:51 p.m. PST

Outstanding!

Dn Jackson12 Feb 2020 10:38 p.m. PST

Very cool. Looks fun.

FearAndLoathing12 Feb 2020 10:53 p.m. PST

My buddy John has offered to shoot photos (as well as aliens) during the games, so I hope to have a decent AAR … for once.

Bezmozgu7 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 4:08 a.m. PST

Outstanding! Thanks for sharing!

bogdanwaz13 Feb 2020 4:26 a.m. PST

That is brilliant!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 6:04 a.m. PST

I don't need to be the fastest, I just can't be the slowest… "Let me grab this pipe, for protection. Let's GO!" Every man for himself…

Sounds like an incredibly fun game. I suspect it will be very exciting for the players. You may see the underbelly of our Human race. Cheers!

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 9:21 a.m. PST

Great on so many levels.

Get it? Many levels?

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 4:59 p.m. PST

Wow! Fantastic.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 6:24 p.m. PST

Get it? Many levels?

He really is leveling the playing field. wink

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 9:10 p.m. PST

Positively fantastic! Looking forward to reading about how the game goes, and seeing pics of all four sections of ill-fated Titanica! One question: Will there be a picture of what she looks like from the other side of the hull?

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