Tuesday, May 26, 2020

IHMN: Some thoughts for the Beginner in Designing an Adventuring Company, Part 10b (Location, Location, Location)

The Lost City of Opar.

Finding a locale to have an adventure with In Her Majesty's Name is not difficult. When I started playing I just used the terrain I had. In the picture above, before I purchased "the ruins" from a pet store, you can see palm trees from a dinosaur children's play set, a statue from GW's The Lord of the Rings Strategy game, a stone wall from Warhammer, a stone bridge from Gale Force 9's river "Battlefield in a Box", and cobblestones from my Christmas Village layout!

Note the terrain in our very first game: Same palm trees, a rock formation from the same dinosaur set, wood bridge and river from "Battlefield in a Box" (purchased for WW II 15mm gaming), WH40K ruins, a WH40K cardstock obelisk, a water dish for a turtle, more LOTR terrain and a Play Mobile mine/rock formation.  The green felt outlined the trees - be creative.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I have not done any Victorian urban settings, but the kits and accessories that are out there are amazing. Jim Bob graciously allowed me to use his pictures and he did these figures, buildings and accessories and it gives you a great idea what can be done. Simply amazing work.

So where do my games take place?

1. Deepest Darkest Africa. Lost cities, jungle tribes, lost civilizations, evil slavers, and the Lord of Jungle. What more can you ask for. Here are some of the setups we did:

The Mission Station.

Deep in the Jungle.

 Lost Cities!
 Highlanders vs. the Imperial Chinese Army in a lost city in Africa?

 North Africa.

 Lost Worlds!

2. The Wild, Wild, West.
Add a Warhammer cardstock building, an old HO train, and boom! You are now in the Wild, Wild, West baby!

Burlap is great for arid terrain. Here I have used some scatter terrain, hills from "Battlefield in a Box", some old HO railroad accessories, and that ole standby the card stock Warhammer cottage.

Game in progress. Dang gum flying mechanical monkeys.

The Wild West is easy to do.

3. North Piddle (snicker), England. North Piddle (snicker) is a real, small civil parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, England. It is located at Piddle (snicker) Brook. North Piddle (snicker) is the location of the British Museum storage annex, some famous manor ruins, and just some strange goings on. Mr. Sherlock Holmes has been there more than once on a case.

On December 17, 1890 there was an earthquake in the region that "exceeded in violence any previous instance of seismic energy there within the present century".  The earthquake was preceded by a loud roar "as of thunder" or "a rushing mighty wind", and residents whose windows were facing north saw a "great light", which some attributed to a large meteor. The meteorite was carefully analyzed by both British and French authorities and they concluded that an extraterrestrial origin was likely. 

 The ruins of the the ancestral home of the Nightengale Family near North Piddle (snicker). Note the WH40K terrain pieces, Warhammer card stock ruined building, and the board from Hero Quest with accessories. The square grids on the Hero Quest board are 1 inch making movement easy.

The outskirts of North Piddle (snicker). Wait a minute is that a  . . . 

 What the . . . ?"  Yi Niu, greatest swords woman of China, discovers a strange structure as she races ahead as the vanguard of General Raglan's company in North Piddle (snicker).

The British Museum Warehouse Annex under the care of the "Caretaker".

Game in progress. The blocks are from a Build it yourself house kit my kids had.

The Caretaker.

The Cult of Doom (!) up to no good in the ruined cathedral outside of North Piddle (snicker).

4. India. When working on my second thesis for my MMAS I chose a subject pertaining to the Second Afghan War. Yep, I was hooked.

Ridges, scrub brush and the occasional Warhammer card stock castle tower.


More lost cities and temples! (Yes I use a lot of the same terrain throughout the world.)

 The Secret Temple of the Mad Guru (that's another aquarium piece in the background).

Another picture of the Aquarium piece.

5. Miscellaneous:

 The Wonderful Land of Oz.

 The Smithsonian Institute.

The Secret Underground Headquarters in an abandoned Underground Station of Dr. Fu Manchu. 

 Barsoom (Mars). Scrub brush scatter terrain, rocks and city ruins from "Battlefield in a Box." Desert "fungi" on the bases of the warriors and on some of the scatter terrain.

Remember, most 250 point games will take place on a 4 foot x 4 foot playing surface and you can probably use whatever you have available. Old trains, terrain from other games and that oh so valuable pet store. The only thing holding you back is your own imagination.
Next: Official Adventuring Companies I have used (and maybe some commentary!).

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