Mantic BattleZones …staircase? (June ’19 Terrain Challenge)

Mantic BattleZones, House Escher Necromunda Original

Yep, well, it’s not the world’s most exciting terrain piece, but it’s something with solid use, both in terms of gameplay as well as making table setups look a bit more …right. As you can see, they’re quite good for practical use. Those Escher models are also the old-school metals, so as long as the figures can balance towards the middle of their bases, they should be right due to the design of the stairs allowing for bases to “nest” underneath them.

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It’s a simple combination of two “triangle” pieces, as well as two “stair” pieces, glued side-by-side to make the staircase a little wider and more accessible to 32mm and 40mm bases. It was a bit of an trial piece to see if I should do more of the same type of thing

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Here it is alongside the Mantic Bunker I completed a couple of months ago. Because of the fairly small footprint, it can also be placed on top of other pieces to connect them to even higher levels, which I think will become more useful as I complete more pieces of scenery. I’m not sure how many more of the staircase pieces I have, and as I said, this did take two of them. So… Whattaya think? Should I put together another couple of these, or should I save the parts for more permanently integrated terrain pieces?

Finally Completed: A Mantic BattleZones Bunker

Back at the start of last year (2018), I finally dug out a bunch of my Mantic Battlezones sprues from one of their endless Kickstarter campaigns and put together a building. I next sprayed it a dark metal, and then ruminated on what next to do with it. This past summer (Christmas 2018/19 for us Aussies) I tried to finish it, but only got partway through, and so it wasn’t until April that I finally got it completed.

When I first showed this piece in it’s WIP-form back then, I also asked for thoughts on how to paint it up, and the overwhelming response as for a dirty, “underhive”-esque scheme, so in the end I went with a custom spray can of what I call “Necromunda Blue” – based on a swatch from the blue that was so predominant throughout the terrain from the original Necromunda release

The interior (which can’t be seen in these shots) was sprayed in a light, yellowy-green, before dirtying-up. Not that anyone will ever properly look at it The exterior of the bunker was hit with Plastic Modelling Company weathering spray to stain it and dirty up the crevasses, before being wiped off.

Slices of industrial-striped custom decals were laid down in various logical-seeming places before either the random drybrush-wipes of metallic or the weathering spray

A simple piece in the end, but the colours are neutral enough so that it fits an exterior battlefield in 40k or a hive world factory in Necromunda quite easily, along with other games in related genres and settings. Time to assemble the next one and see if I can get it done in less then two years!(?)

Analysis paralysis: A Mantic BattleZones Bunker

Awhile ago, last year, and inspired by some terrain that Dakka user “Nerdfest” had built, I decided to dig out a bunch of my Mantic BattleZone sprues from their various Kickstarters that had been sitting untouched in storage tubs for years at this point, and make something. So over a rather enjoyable winter afternoon, I put together this bunker-thing. Being winter, there was little point even thinking about spraying it, so I let it sit, though the bare, grey plastic version did get used for a few 40k games.

Once summer rolled around, I gave it a spray. Dark Metallic Charcoal for the outside, and a sort-of undercoat of white for the interior. Now, I’m not sure where to go next with this thing. Broadly speaking, I can see three main options:

  1. Drybrush it various shades of metallic, for a rather generic finish.
  2. Paint it in military/generic “boring” tones that fit into quite a few different games. Military greens, or the more generic Greys or Tans. With or without things like signage or stancilled numbers and letters and so on and so forth.
  3. Paint it in “industrial/hive world” tones. Like the blue-grey from much of the original Necromunda card terrain. Or shades of green, or rusty reds, or…? Kinda like the above, but with more “pop” and of course, things like heavy rust and hazard stripes.

Even within those, there’s plenty of choice, though. So again: Analysis paralysis. Whatever the final verdict, I’ll probably put together a smaller building (4 squares) to go alongside this one and paint it in much the same scheme.

Anyone have any good ideas?