I’m no longer a big tabletop wargamer, many many years ago I played a lot of Space Marine, Warhammer and 40K. But for many reasons (probably a topic for another post some day) I’ve moved onto more “self-contained” and less time consuming gaming, such as board games.
However in a few weeks I’ll be having a game of Necromunda.
Necromunda (for those that don’t know) is an old Games Workshop skirmish game, sort of like Warhammer 40K, but fought with small gangs rather than massive armies. Now long abandoned by GW and sidelined in their “Specialist Games” graveyard. It’s great that it doesn’t need you to paint hundreds of miniatures, but it does require some tabletop features and terrain for your gangs to be scrambling and scrapping over. Necromunda is set on a hellish industrial “hive world”, untold billions suffer in massive, twisted, spire like cities, millenniums old, never seeing the sun, forced to exist in a partially-ruined, mechanized hell. So if you just picture Bradford, you’ll not be far off. I had some plastic terrain that fitted the bill, but I needed a lot more if I was ever going to recreate a 28mm scale version of Bradford in the far future.
I headed over to World Works Games. I’ve lusted over their beautiful looking cardboard, print-your-own terrain for a long time. Their Platform Command set seemed to be just what I needed for Necrobradford. It was only $12 and once you buy & download the PDF set you can print as much as you like (ink and card permitting!) I’ve never done this sort of thing before but fancied giving it a go – it even had Wife Approvaltm as she loves playing with cardboard and cutting stuff out.
So what did I use?
- Some 160gsm cardstock, designed for printers.
- Some 210gsm cardstock, not designed for printers but it seems to go through my HP Officejet without any problems at all.
- Glue. Various types. The Bostik Glue Pen was a disaster, the cheap “Craft Glue” seemed the best, applied very sparingly.
- Craft knife, with a nice fresh blade
- Cutting mat – so I didn’t destroy the dining table
- A nice new metal ruler. Essential, get one of these.
- Pack of cheap felt tip pens for edging.