Topographic Art

I’m on a bit of a scenery kick at the moment provoked by the discovery of Amera and they’re excellent plastic terrain – the review of which can be read here –  and I’ve since bought the Dreadstone Blight terrain piece from the Games Workshop for use in Mordheim. I’ve even painted, yes painted, a resin cottage I was bought almost a year and a half ago for my birthday.

Since making the decision to get a Necromunda campaign going amongst the chaps I’ve been looking at things that would work well as Necromunda scenery, my original stuff having long since gone in the bin because, well it was crap. I’ve got an abundance of the new plastic multipart scenery from the Games Workshop and it is thoroughly excellent but Necromunda needs to be more than buildings. It’s gantries, towers, heavy industry, sewers, generators, pumps etc etc etc.

There’s no shortage of scenery out there. And there’s some real treats too like Micro Art Studio; a Polish company that are producing some quite tasty stuff. Aside from some pretty sexy scenic bases and some green stuff moulds, they do quite a bit of resin and hardfoam scenery that really is quite nice. I’m not totally sold on the value for money side of things but there’s no denying what they produce looks good and they’re probably the only ones doing it to such a high standard.

But the real treat was the re-discovery of Ainsty Castings. These guys have been knocking around for ages and it’s a company a mate of mine has thrown hundreds of pounds at over the years. I can say categorically that the quality has come on in leaps and bounds.

For one thing there’s no shortage of industrial looking sets  and, considering it’s resin, for a pretty reasonable price:

This ‘Flameblade’ compound is £45 but for an awful lot of barricades, a shack and a couple of other bits. From what I can see the detail is there but in a nice little touches rather than overly fussy sculpting. At the end of the day it’s the models cowering behind the barricades you want to be paying attention to.

Overhead piping is something I never thought I’d see in a wargame beyound sprayed McDonalds straws (other straws are available) on the side of coke cans and Pringles tubes. It looks like a cracking set and it lends itself to the narrative and feel of Necromunda wonderfully. £40 might make you wince but it’s quite a decent amount of resin in the box and by the looks of things you don’t have to stick the pipes down which gives it some flexibility.

The final set that really caught my eye is the Silos. Not a lot to say here other than they look brilliant and add something extra to the upper levels of the game – i.e. sweet sniping points but narrow gantries making camping a risky business should you come under fire. They look nice and robust too which makes me feel happier at the thought of trying to store them. At £30 for the set it’s actually pretty good value as they’ll occupy as much as space as a couple of sets as a Games Workshop Manufactorum kits bit offer something a bit original, albeit without the choice. But, to be honest, sometimes you don’t need your scenery to be multipart and dripping with detail. And as you can see there’s enough detail to have some real fun with this stuff.

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