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Hey everyone. Some of you may remember me doing a crazy 40K train show display last year. I had a couple of threads showing my progress and the final thing. Well a year has passed and I’ve decided to get back into 40K now that my degree is over.
I have decided to use the trench board I made and modify the other boards I made and make a large modular board of a Mechanicus research fortress under siege.
Here is the trench board I have to start with:
This is a Mechanicus tower I had from the display that I am going to adapt for the fortress:
This is a rough plan:
The idea is to modify the other 3 boards I have that are the same size so that they all sit next to each other and the profiles match. This will involve some cutting up and remodelling of my existing boards. They are basically only polystyrene sheets with thin wooden sides cut to profile as supports.
My main inspiration is the Siege of Vraks display that Forgeworld did for a Games Day.
My Dark mechanicus and renegade guard army will be attacking whilst my marines/guard and loyal mechanicus will be defending.
Work will start tomorrow and I am hoping to get a lot done this weekend. Anyone got any ideas or pics of what my Mechanicus fortress could look like? I’ve got a manufactorum set and plenty of foamcore, card etc to use and I want to do something fairly detailed and substantial.
I seem to remember a cool fort in a Gaunts Ghosts novel that the Tanith got dropped into the sea in front of. I’ll go through that novel and see if there are any good ideas.
I believe the story you are talking about is 'The Armor of Contempt' One of the ghosts newest recruits get sent in a conscript style platoon to assult a fortifided city. Plenty of epic titan battles and such, good read.
Anyway for your board my suggestion as based on the story would be to have a big entrance style ramp leading up to the tower, bigger then the one you have penciled in. To acompany that bigger butress wall with plenty of gun ports and platforms. Im talking earth shaker emplacements and super flamer thrower towers to watch the ramp.
Thanks Guant, good ideas.
Here's another sketch:
Its just a basic plan. I tend to just modify my design as I build and think of cool shapes.
The wall must be really tall and I will definately be adding gun emplacements. Earthshaker guns would tend to be behind it but I will put lascannons on there. I hadn't thought of flamer towers at the entrance. Thats a cool idea that I will be using.
I'm gonna start early tomorrow morning. Now I have the motivation to get up before 11am!
Excellent stuff! I can't wait to see it when you are done!
Definitly more imposing. Dont be afriad to model a huge chunk taken out of one of the wall skirts either. Incoming artilery from off board locations would provide a good reason to model that. Glad to be of some help.
AND something I thought of after rereading part of that Gaunts Ghosts book last night. Why not have a working communication system at the wall. I can provide you with links to people who make sound decoders. Think about it: model the speaker towers on the wall and around the gun emplacements, install a speaker or two under the table, now have a 60 second loop of a commisar yelling oaths of faith urging the troops on, gun fire in the background, and the screaming of the guardsmen as they return fire and are fired on. Sound adds a whole other dimension to static displays like this.(Im a "professional" model railroader, make things as realistic as possible is what i do)
Not much has happened on the boards though. RL issues get in the way, plus the fact that i have to clean my workroom up before i can really do anything. 5 years of accumulated junk tends to pile up.
What i did find is 3 large partition boards like you get in offices. They are wood framed covered in thin MDF panels and fabric. I pulled the fabric off and they are perfect gaming boards! They are 1.5 metres by 1.33 so a reasonable size. Im going to build the landscape up over them instead of using my existing boards.
Its too much work to modify existing textured polystyrene and wood boards. The trenches will sit at one end and i will make a piece that blends them into the new terrain. Im thinking of doing the craters, hills, defences and fortress on separate pieces so they can be moved around. This is a gaming board not a proper display after all. 3 boards means can make a gaming surface that ranges from 2 metres by 1.3 to 5 metres long.
Hopefully will have proper updates and pics in the next couple of days.
I've been reading this novel, 'storm of iron' about the iron warriors seiging a massive citadel on some planet and [spoiler deleted] but the idea of a massive trench warface terrain would be pretty cool I think, as long as it still offers protection to both sides when they advance and is not totally biased and room for tanks to traverse.
I always loved that massive table you did so I can't wait to see what you do next!
HOw about, since a Mechanicus facility would be technically very well designed taking inspiration form that master of fortress design Vauban?
You could adopt something for the pointy star type design, with its outer defenses and ground level buit up on the insdiee to be level with the top of the wall. There is a lot to be siad for the terrible precision interlocking fields of fire and KIlling zones of his fortresses, designed as they are to leave no blind spots or safe cover.
Last edited by matus; December 1st, 2008 at 14:26.
Thats a really cool idea Matus, but theres something else you said that got me inspired.
I know I’m supposed to be building a fortress here but after looking at what space I have available and some of the other research I've been doing, I really want to make a board that is a Mechanicus facility that’s under attack.
The trench board I have will be connected and I will possibly build the fortress at a later date. I am planning on using the trenches for a small 400 point game that leads to a larger game on the main board.
So it’s gonna be built on 2 of the 1.5 by 1.3 metre boards I have. They fit the space I have nicely. I am going to texture the boards with sand etc and paint it to be dirty and grey. The buildings and factory structures will be built on separate pieces so that the whole thing is modular. I really don’t have the room for a static display that I will get board of not being able to change it. This way I can add and modify the boards as I want.
The idea is still the siege of Acieris, just a further on part, like inside the walls of the fortress.
I found a great article on building some cities of death terrain at the From the Warp blog:
++ FROM THE WARP ++: Terrain piece: Part 2, Cities of Death
This has provided me with inspiration. I have also got great ideas from reading the Ravenor and Eisenhorn books and Dan Abnett’s descriptions of under hives etc. There was also a good part in one of the Soul Drinkers novels detailing a mechanicus facility interior.
Updates to come this weekend of my progress,
Any ideas, let me know.
ah do you mean building a Mechanicus facility board, then at a later date building some impressive walls and inserting that so your table goes:
board of trenches | board of no mans land | board of fortress walls | board of Facility
How do you imagine your facility looking? Would it be a large factory complex, a skittari training camp, a titan legion depot etc? I've always loved the idea of a hidden mechanicus research facility.
The last campaign I played was set on a world where the population had mysteriously died after a hidden and illicit research facility into psychic pariahs had gone wrong and produced a pulse of negative force energy (corny I know, but it made for a fun campaign). I ended up just making the facility out of a few imperial buildings and bunkers with trapdoors in their floors surrounded by trees, but I always imagined a compound with a few buildings surrounded by a modest defensive perimeter but with an entrance to a larger underground facility, sort of like a cross between the SGC at Cheyenne Mountain and the training camp in starship troopers