Monday, 25 February 2013

Cities of Death Stratagems

Things have been somewhat quiet on the scenery front for a while with the majority of my effort going into preparing for games at Warhammer World where all the scenery you'll ever need is provided for you.

Almost.

Mike and I, however, have played a couple of Cities of Death (formerly: Cityfight) games there recently. Whilst assembling the City was easily enough done using the splendid buildings available at Warhammer World, the CoD rules call for several markers known as "Stratagems" to highlight key strategic points in the game. These (for the most part) take the form of small scenic objects which I've depicted here.

Ammo Dumps
The Ammo Dumps are made from plasticard bases with a texturing layer of mesh or plastic applied on top, then battlefield accessories of either Citadel (large ammo crates) or Tamiya (all the rest - from a WWII set) provenance are added.

An Ammo dump

Another Ammo dump

Barricades/Sandbags
The sandbags are from a Tamiya set. The barricades are from a couple of small Citadel building models (which I think were taken from an Imperial Guard army box-set) and various bits & bobs added from my spares box.
Tamiya sandbags - a great model, but they take some building as each sandbag is an individual piece.
Barricades - Citadel buildings and bits from the spares box

The corrugated iron is just paper - comes on a large roll from your local craft shoft. Very cheap, but very effective once painted.
Comms Station
Built from a vehicle dozer blade (for the main antenna), some items from the "Battle for Macragge" boxed set, plasticard and a few bits of wire.

Very fiddly to make - lots of wire bending with pliers!

Worth the effort though as I think all the wires make this model work far better than if they weren't there.
Fuel Dumps
The Fuel Dumps are made from plasticard bases with a texturing layer of mesh or plastic applied on top, then battlefield accessories of either Citadel (large barrels, Fuel cells) or Tamiya (all the rest - from a WWII set) provenance are added.

Tank Traps
The top two sets of tank traps are built from some WWII Tamiya kits, the bottom is from a Citadel battlefield accessories set.

Tamiya WWII Tank traps

More Tamiya Tank traps

Tank traps: Never go to a Cities of Death game without them (unless playing against Tyranids, who don't have tanks, Eldar or Tau - those sneaky alien skimmer-tanks just float right over them).