This post originally appeared in The Gamer's Cupboard blog, which has now died and is lying in the morgue awaiting either burial or cremation. I used to be an editor of that blog and whilst I'm not that bothered that most of my posts for it will be lost forever, there were two, featuring my reviews of the Battle Systems Urban Apocalypse Terrain sets that I wanted to keep, hence my decision to repost them here. The text has been slightly modified to bring it more up to date. I know that some of you will have already seen this post before. Please bear with me. But most of you won't have seen this post before, as the Gamer's Cupboard only had a very small following.
As soon as I saw the notice that Battle Systems were planning to
launch an Urban Apocalypse Terrain set project on Kickstarter in September 2015 I
knew I had to back it. Of all of the Kickstarter projects I have
backed, this was the one that excited me the most. As each new stretch
goal and add-on was announced I knew that a) I wanted it, and b) this
was going to cost me a fortune. In short, I wanted everything that
Battle Systems produced for this project. At first, it was just the city
scenery, but one pack would never satisfy my needs. So I ended up
ordering four full sets. It was cheaper buying the four together than four
sets separately. This was enough to cover an area 4 feet square. Then
the Shanty Town sets were announced and I saw even more possibilities. I
ordered two full Shanty Town sets. Just as the project was drawing to a close, Battle Systems
added suburban houses and of course, I wanted them. Combined with other
add-ons like the fire station, police station, art deco buildings,
diner/casino and loads of other scenery items I ended up ordering a whole load of goods. This was something I REALLY,
REALLY wanted. I could see my gaming hobby being transformed by these
Building card terrain and buildings is something I
have always been interested in. Indeed it first started in the late
1970's when I began scratch-building 54mm scale Wild West buildings. I
learned a lot from making them and that experience stood me in good
stead when it came to making 28mm scale buildings and scenery for my
zombie apocalypse games. I began making 28mm buildings in the early
2000's and started off by making contemporary buildings and scenery
produced by World Work Games. I then moved on to the catalogue of card
models from Stoelzel's Structures. I made loads of card buildings for my
zombie apocalypse games but in recent years I have slowed down
considerably. These new sets by Battle Systems were like a breath of
fresh air to me. They had everything I loved about card terrain -
interior details, detachable floors and roofs, made of thick card for
strength and durability, incredibly detailed textures and of course,
furniture and other scenery items to help bring a gaming board to life.
Plus, these had the added bonus of being quick to assemble with no
gluing required (although I do glue small items like furniture and
street items). And when you've finished your game you can un-clip them
and store everything away flat. Absolutely perfect!
This is just meant as a small insight
into what can be done with a few of these boxed sets. There were far
more walls and floors that I didn't use than those I did use. Plus you
can combine these sets with any of the other sets in this range. I have
just concentrated on a few pieces from one of the Urban Apocalypse sets.
Still to come will be reviews of the Shanty Town sets, the fire
station, police station, art deco mansion, suburban houses and lots
more, including mixing and matching sets.
My god, I am in gaming
heaven! My mind is filled with ideas of what I can do with these sets in
future games. Yes, I will be starting up a new All Things Zombie campaign,
starring Vampifan once again, but most likely with new supporting
characters. But before then, I will begin my long awaited
(well, for me anyway) Judge Dredd Miniatures Game campaign. I
have played many games of Judge Dredd using various rules sets including
a couple I designed myself. But they all used flat 2-D maps for gaming
on. It was always a dream of mine to play Judge Dredd using 3D terrain.
Now that dream can come true. Recently, Mega City one suffered
catastrophic damage, so much of it lies in ruins. This makes these sets
ideal for gaming in the "Big Meg". Even better, Battle Systems recently
announced that their next Kickstarter project will be sci-fi terrain.
It's due to start later in 2016. Oh joy! By combining the urban
terrain sets with the sci-fi terrain sets I can make a superb looking
Mega city One. I can't wait.
But, just think of what else you can
do with these sets. Just off the top of my head I'm thinking Heroclix
and/or Horrorclix, World War 2 city fighting, pulp fiction, 7TV2e style
games, cyberpunk gaming, like Shadowrun, for example. So many choices,
so many ideas. You'll be seeing a lot more of these sets on my blog, particularly in upcoming batreps.
news for those of you who missed out on the Kickstarter project, Battle
Systems now have all of the Urban Apocalypse Terrain sets up for sale
on their webstore. Here's the link to it - http://shop.battlesystems.co.uk/urban-apocalypse-terrain-8-c.asp