Looking at Mantic’s new Terrain Crate offerings, the Military Checkpoint and Compound, I started to think how cool it would be to have a long wall built from these kits. Why? I’m not 100% sure.
I’ve always loved castles since visiting some of the great Welsh castles on holiday with Mum n’ Dad when I was a nipper, so that’s a factor. Cool genre imagery like the bug attack on the base in the film Starship Troopers, the walls of Mega City One in 2000ad and the huge wall blocking in the people of Racoon City in the first Resident Evil film all spring to mind too.
I was idly browsing on E-bay later on the same evening I’d been looking at the new Military sets and unexpectedly found one of the old Fortified Sectors at pretty much RRP, including the P&P. I snapped it up! It arrived just before the Bank Holiday weekend and I spent a good few hours on Saturday and Sunday contentedly clipping off and cleaning up the pieces and planning what I was going to build.
I originally had in mind a four foot wide two cube high wall, with one central gate, but quickly realised that the gate section would look lost with the wall being the same height. A three cube high gate just didn’t quite look right and would be a bugger to store, so after a good few hours of building I had a wall:
Here’s some Enforcers to give it a sense of scale.
I realised around midnight on Sunday (I was happily clipping, filing and gluing away whilst enjoying some ale) that I could actually stretch to a six foot wide wall.
The Fortified Sector comes with three double cube sets of gates. I’d originally only wanted to use one of these in my build, as I thought multiple gates just weakened the fortified look of the structure. However… by using both sets of gates I would only need to find another four cubes-worth of wall.
Rummaging around in my box of assembled-but-not-painted-yet structures, I found several parts I needed, especially the elusive tread plate style half cube walkways (which I wanted all along the wall sections), so at 1am in the morning I was breaking apart old builds to get the parts I needed.
I had pretty much all day on Monday as hobby time and as I was used to what I was doing by now, after a heckuva lot of clipping and filing off and old connectors from my old builds I had a six foot wide wall:
And it’s when I was looking at this that I had a eureka moment! I’d decided to use the wall pieces that fit along the diagonal of a cube (they came on the ‘Urban Expansion D’ sprues) to pad out the last two cubes worth of width I needed. I’d realised that I could finally use the odd shaped- tread plate walkways with them and thought the fat they angled back from the wall looked a little different. Hang on a minute! If I built two more, then I’d have four corners and that means I could create a…
walled compound! AKA a Space Castle! (heh). I was blown away by how this looked. I hadn’t even considered making an enclosed compound when I started this build, and if anything, it looks even better than the four or six foot lengths of wall. The Enforcers help show just how big this compound is!
Sadly, with the gate sections being wider than the walls, at six cubes wide as opposed to four, I can’t incorporate them into the walled compound, as I’m two individual cubes worth of wall short… Curses!
Although I can just about fudge it by plonking the walls atop one another… Nah, doesn’t look good enough. I’ll just have to use the gates for the four or six foot walls.
So, here’s a look at everything I actually built that comprises the six foot length of wall or compound. (NB all of this did not come solely from the Fortified Sector set – I cannibalized quite a few other buildings to get the parts I needed to do this).
Here’s a close up of the gates:
And from the rear. I really wanted to build this as one piece, but decided to split the build into two, at the centre of the gate’s arch, as a six cube-long build is problematic fme to store. It irks me that the top of the gate isn’t quite level as a result, but I can live with that.
I originally intended to have railings running along the back of the first floor of the gate houses and along the walkways on the walls, but realised that it wasn’t very practical, as it would mean models on 40mm bases (Enforcer Peacekeepers, Plague Stage 2As etc) would no longer fit onto the walkway. It would be aesthetically pleasing to me, but again, I can live without for game play’s sake.
I’m really pleased at finally putting to good use some of the huge number of these little buttress pieces I have. They really fit the fortified look and save the ordinary connectors for use elsewhere:
I think the satellite/radar dishes look fun glued to either side of the gate house walls.
I wanted to keep the doors so that they could be removed, so decided to glue each of the two door sections together with some kind of brace. I had several broken railings from pulling apart kits the night before and thought that they would pass as a kind of sophisticated interlocking mechanism, as well as being just wide enough to practically secure the two halves of gate together. So more clipping, trimming and filing later:
I do need to add one of the little buttress pieces to each side of the door though to help them stay stood up. All three door sections love falling over and clattering as loudly as they can. (grr).
Here’s the front and back of the four cube ‘solid’ wall sections:
I really wish I had been able to use the same type of urban tile all the way along the bottom of each wall section but simply didn’t have enough of any one tile. It doesn’t really matter at all, but little details like that, where I know I could have done better, do irritate me. I do love the effect the angled braces at the bottom of the wall look, though. I had a bag with dozens of these in as I’d never really found any proper use for them, but they came into their own here. They look like they belong on a fortified structure and they serve the practical purpose of keeping each free standing section of all stood upright, even with miniatures on the walkway.
Here’s the other section of wall, that incorporates the other gate sections
And here’s the angled corner pieces. Makes me happy to finally put those angled bits of tread plate walkway to some use:
You can see just how hey work here:
And although I think they’d require some form of special scenario rule, the walls can fit on a standard Deadzone board in a variety of ways:
Now all I’ve got to do is get all of them painted.. (agh!).
Thanks for reading, folks!