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Thursday, August 8, 2013

GuadaComaCon and Paper Terrain


GuadaComaCon 2013 will be held on August 17th and I’m looking forward to it! This will be the first year I’ve attended this convention and I’ve signed up to run a couple of games.

First up will be a multiplayer Song of Blades and Heroes scenario where five objectives will be placed on a large map.  Four of the objectives are hidden inside four ruined buildings.  The fifth objective will be out in the center of the map and in plain sight.  Each ruin has a different terrain challenge inside for the players to overcome such as a bog, blade grass or a rope bridge.  Objectives will each have a random value in victory points.  The objectives take 2 actions to pickup and the team with the most victory point at the end of the game wins.  Game play continues until one team remains on the board.

In this game, the ruins will be large structures, dimensions 12”x 8”,  and I needed to find some simple walls with doors or openings.  There is nothing like that in my current inventory.

So, I went to the Wargame Vault and downloaded some of the fine Dave Graffam Models – Archway ruins.  These are high quality PDF files that can be printed on heavy paper and quickly assembled.  The images on these files are of top quality and can be modified to suit your needs.  Several wall textures are included such as red brick, grey brick, tudor house, and stone.  You can even embellish them with grime, mold, bullet holes, and rubble

I printed off the pieces I needed on some heavy card stock paper.  This did not seem thick enough for my use so I cut the paper walls and pasted them to a large piece of mat board.  Then, with a razor box cutter, I carved out the mat board and assembled.
The finished product looks very nice for a print-and-play terrain.  The best part about it is if I need more, I can always print more.  The printer ink could get used up if I print with the highest quality but I think the overall cost is much less than trying to build or purchase resin or plastic models for the same purpose.

Second, there will be a ‘Hordes of the Things’ tournament run by Blake. This will be on 60mm bases in a style he likes to call “HotT-Hammer” which is to say the figures are typically 28mm Warhammer fantasy figs placed on 60mm wide bases.

To put a spin on the standard tournament, Blake will allow a minor swap out of units between rounds.  Thus, I can take my usual army (The League of the Scarlet Falcon: 1-HE general, 1 MG, 1 KN, 1 Rd, 1 WB, 3 SP, 2 SH) and substitute in some other units, perhaps more warbands.  I’ve got more figures on the workbench for exactly this purpose.  Those guys will now go to the front of the line to get painted. 
Warbands in progress

Third, if there is time left and players interested, I’ll run my GURPS-Prime Directive game just to scratch the RPG itch.  This will be the same game I ran at ChimaeraCon 2010 with some improvements to the storyline.  Details of my GURPS-PD campaign can be seen on the Obsidian Portal website.

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