One criticism of Dropzone I've heard is that although the game is tremendously cinematic with it's towering 10mm cityscapes, it loses some of the theme when you start to focus on the terrain and debris in the battlefield, or rather lack thereof. Although it's possible that the Scourge operate a 'tidy desk' policy on a world-wide scale, using a few of their years in charge to focus on breeding bin-men and ladies to clean our dirty streets (ideas are sparking for a Scourge road sweeper vehicle; the Sweepressor), it is unlikely that even in this scenario all the debris would have been cleared, due to sanitation strikes and the like.
It's with this in mind that I am approaching the beginning of our preparation for Critical Engagement, our yearly summer tournament. The tournament may be in July, which is so far away the Daily Mail haven't even started scare mongering about this being the 'hottest summer on record' yet, but I would like to see the streets of Orbitalbombardmentonville strewn with the debris of war and years left behind. So, we had better get started on making some scenery then, hadn't we!
I unearthed this car barricade whilst digging through a box under my bed (as gamers we all have at least one of 'those' boxes, and normally lots of these boxes, full of limbs and guns and unfinished projects and general hobby gubbins) and decided it would be perfect for the scenery project. I had made the piece of scenery in the header picture as a display piece for my Oppressor to be waddling it's way over. It was going to look very cool, but then not for the first time my mind wandered onto other things and I never ended up finishing it. It's a miracle I'm still focused enough to blog to be honest!
I still had a scrap yards worth of N-gauge sized cars knocking about in another box, and digging in yet another box yielded me some plasticard sheets and struts, and so using measurements from the original piece of scenery set about building The Great Wall Of Car! The idea is to recreate the barricade of a particularly obnoxious Resistance Warlord, who doesn't agree with the idea of hiding from the Scourge.
The project is simple enough; cut a rectangle of thick plasticard out and glue two cars on top of each other, then glue the wall pieces to the side of them. A bit of battledamage is added to the vehicles and wall, and that's pretty much it. It gets a bit more technical with the corners and to make them symmetrical you have to do a bit of easy measuring, but it's worth the extra two minutes it takes.
Next time I'll be bringing you the rules I intend to use with this scatter terrain as well as finished pictures of the project!