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Made in us
Anointed Dark Priest of Chaos






Regardless of setting, who doesn't love a good "dungeon crawl"?

Now imagine undertaking one in the violent and deadly grimdark universe of WH40K.

I have always had a soft spot for the "out of the way" locales in the WH40K universe: spacehulks, underhives, etc. and thus Zone Mortalis has always been intriguing to me.

Then reality sets in: FW Zone Mortalis tiles and accessories are [deleted] expensive!!!

Ok, deep breath and generate plan B: to build my own DIY modular ZM board.

Goals:

1. More modular

2. More personalized

3. enhanced variety of gameplay

4. Cheaper

5. Cheaper (yes I listed it twice)

Initial sessions where spent with pink foam working out general construction ideas. I've also worked out a design for bulkheads and created a 3'x3' surface.

I'll detail and break down some of these initial design attempts In later posts, but I've settled on the basic wall and bulkhead designs.

Also what is the most exciting is I've been able to pretty densely cover a 3'x3' ' surface with about $30 of foam which is less than ONE FW tile.


One thing that I find lacking about many of the commercial FW Zone Mortalis boards is they are all sort of the same and lacking in that "lived-in" aesthetic that brings terrain and games to life.
I don't just want a plain "minotaur maze", I want pipes and machinery and rooms that look like they have a function, etc.

Thus I am planning to build up a large supply of terrain items(machinery, pipes, barrels, etc.) to add cover, obstacles and visual flavor (with associated strategic variety).

An example (a rusty storage tank):




Updates to follow.

C&C welcomed.

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++ Death In The Dark++ A Zone Mortalis Hobby Project Log: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/663090.page#8712701
 
   
Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Wiltshire, UK

Looking great so far, I think it will look much better with all the additions than the FW version.

   
Made in gb
[DCM]
Tyrant of Badab






HATE Club, East London

I am excited to keep watching this blog...

Though my guards may sleep and my ships may lay at anchor, our foes know full well that big guns never tire. 
   
Made in us
Anointed Dark Priest of Chaos






 Fifty wrote:
I am excited to keep watching this blog...


Thanks Fifty.

I've been wanting to start this project for a while.

Long term the plan is to get it playable for a planned narrative campaign (Deathwing vs. chaos cultists)in the spring/summer.

Stay tuned.


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++ Death In The Dark++ A Zone Mortalis Hobby Project Log: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/663090.page#8712701
 
   
Made in us
Anointed Dark Priest of Chaos






Now that summer is here I plan to get cracking on this project again.

had an idea for some customized some ZM themed objective markers the other night:



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A vent terain piece:



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First wall test piece painted up:



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Messing about with incorporating the GW pipeline kits:

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