Saturday, April 15, 2017

Shadow War: Armageddon - Sector Mechanicus Terrain

I got my copy of Shadow War: Armageddon yesterday, and because our usual Game day got cancelled this weekend, and I can already put together Kill Teams for half a dozen Factions from my collection, I've been getting stuck in to the Terrain from the box*. This is a really cool Terrain line. I actually got kind of overwhelmed by all the possibilities and just put together the half-dozen structures that they give directions in the box to get a feel for it. Once I get some more cash saved up, and the rest of the line gets released, I'm going to be getting several more of these kits (mostly the ones with lots of gantries and walkways), and getting way more creative with them.
As you can see, while this isn't really enough Terrain in the one box for a proper table, it's quite a lot. I actually kind of wish I'd thought to pull out a couple of larger Models to give a better sense of scale for that shot. The walkway could actually just barely fit a Rhino, and a Land Raider easily has both horizontal and vertical clearance underneath.

I do have a couple of minor issues with it, not in and of itself, but just as it relates to other things. More specifically, the walkways are all raised in ~5" intervals, which means it doesn't really match up with either the Sector Imperialis kits or old Necromunda Terrain. It also means that most Models in SW:A, having a Move value of 4, can't make it up a level in a single regular Move. Similarly, when using them for regular 40K, it's going to be really hard to move a Unit up or down in a reasonable amount of time without getting dangerously clumped up, especially if there's also Difficult Terrain involved. In both cases, you can call Wobbly Model Syndrome, and I think I might actually have to make some markers to hook on the ladders for where Models are, but it's still sort of frustrating.

I also plan on using a bunch of Necromunda bulkheads I have around and some plasticard to make some mid-layer stuff to interlace with it, and make it easier to get from one level to another in a single Turn. Combined with the frankly ludicrous number of Munitorum Container sets that my group has, and we should be able to mitigate those issues quite a bit. I'll probably also pick up a set or two of Promethium Pipelines at some point, since we've got some Haemotrope Reactors, and it's a bit sparse on ground-level cover, but once it's all together, it should make for some awesome tables.

Actually, that reminds me of something else: That big platform and walkway structure up there is actually three separate chunks that are held to each other using some of the clips that come on the sprues. You can't really see it, but the tank/pipeline/smokestack arrangement sort of in the middle is also two parts that just pressure-fit together, which pretty much any of the pipeline sections/attachments can do, so it's pretty easy to keep it modular and get some really different setups every time. Can't wait 'til next weekend to actually play on it!

Until next time, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

*Side note: The box for this thing is hardcore. I've used less sturdy boxes to ship stuff halfway around the world. Definitely keeping it around, just for general storage. It's nicer than a lot of the plastic tubs and such that I have for a bunch of my stuff.


  1. I was wondering how it fit with the other buildings, sad that they didn't make them compatible. I hope that they bundle it up into a mega box for the holidays.

    1. That was a bit of a bummer. A big mega bundle with a decent discount would be awesome. I want a ton of this stuff.

  2. That terrain piece does look amazing. I guess you would need a few of them to fill up a whole table. I am sad that I could not get in on the box at release. Hoping for another run.

    I am still running paper Necromunda terrain on half my board. Good idea with your use of the bulkheads and plasticard.

    1. What you get in the box would be pretty good for covering a 2x2 section. So yeah, looking at like another ~$400 to really fill out a 4x4 with just this stuff.

      I would just be using the cardboard stuff that the bulkheads came with, but they got water damaged when my basement flooded one winter, and the cardboard wasn't salvageable. So I've just had a bunch of the bulkheads sitting around waiting for a project.