Germy's Amazingly Cheap Battlefield
This project has taken me ages to get posted up onto the website. Following
on from my Combat Zone project I wanted to do a game setup like the
old computer game "UFO - Enemy Unknown", complete with crashed
UFO, buildings, trees etc. Again the idea was to spend as little money
as possible. I already had the figures, the gaming mat and paper buildings
from my website. All I needed to do next was find something for trees,
fencing and any other scenic items I fancied.
Off to the Pound Shop!
Well not quite, the first thing I did was have a look round the garden
for something to make the trees with. Trees in wargames never work for
me, they either get in the way or they are hopelessly out of scale.
Take a walk in the woods and you soon see well established trees have
trunks a couple of feet across. Also for some trees the lower branches
are still 6 feet or more above the ground. In the garden I found the
dried up branches of a bush I had cut down the previous year. They were
perfect so I collected up a dozen suitable pieces. While collecting
the branches I also had the idea of creating some kind of timber yard.
So I cut lots of smaller branches up to make piles of sawn timber. Then
it was off to the pound shop. There I found some plastic mesh to make
the fencing, a bird house which I took apart to make the bushes and
a bathroom mat for a field. Which left just the UFO its self. After
quite an extensive search looking at various UFO models (all quite expensive)
I started looking at toy spaceships. But nothing was quite right until
it occurred to me that a frisbee might work. A quick Ebay search for
frisbees produced a perfect hit of a UFO saucer design.
The Final Result
Total spent on the table layout £6.38. Not bad and I still have
several meters of the plastic mesh to make the fences! I've produced
a series of articles on making each of the parts. Click on the pictures
on the right for the how I made the various scenery pieces. The game
its self was put together for my clubs Open Day 2012. Here are some
pictures of the game in action.
Aliens leave their crashed ship (Frisbee UFO and Heroscape Aliens
The town comes under attack (Alien miniatures from original Heroscape
Reinforcements arrive (EM4 Miniatures with Command conversion