Greetings Terrans, I hope all is well with you guys & gals. I have something a little different to show you today – I’ve spent the last week on a bit of a terrain kick & have a funky new skirmish board to show for my efforts! Now, as some of you know, I occasionally get to hang with Mark over at Heresy of Us. Mark is working really hard to get his business of the ground, making all kinds of weird and wonderful grim-dark pieces for 40K, and the terrain to game over. Mag Bellum is his flagship system – a series of 6×6 tiles that magnetically lock together, and that have these inserts that allow you to model terrain into the board, but then allow you to swap the bits out by modelling extra inserts. To illustrate this, here’s my new board:
And here’s the exploded view, showing all the component parts:
So just by buying more inserts, (available separately, very sensible money), I can use the same board but set it up for AoS, Frostgrave, Necromunda or whatever… The tiles themselves are the main (modest) expense, but they get reused, so it’s a great way to build a really good looking & flexible board in stages and without breaking the bank… and yes, the circles do work for Citadel trees :-) As an added bonus, I can fit this lot (minus the big buildings) into a shoebox!
Mark is also expanding this range to include indoor spaces – think Zone Mortalis, but with the ability to build up as well as out… IMO, this is a very cool system, and Mark is only starting to scratch the surface of what’s possible. Of course, like any small business, Mark needs exposure & sales!! To help with this, he will be bringing Mag Bellum to Salute this year, and I’ll be there helping him! If you’re there then make sure you swing by & say hi, check out the system, buy some goodies, etc. If you’re going or not, make sure you order up a t-shirt & help support Mark in making his vision a reality, and of course, there is always the webstore too!
And here’s some eye candy to tempt you even more:
Good old Imperial Sector ruins
Loads of raised spaces to explore
A nice view of the outskirts of town
Weird Jinmenju head-tree… picked this up in a kick-starter ages ago, plus a grim-dark ATM
A failed print from Mark’s rubbish pile – a great source of bits!
A colleague got a load of these coasters from Mexico as office gifts… One tap with a rock, and bam – perfect terrain :-)
A ‘Writhing Flesh Statue’, also by Mark, and available on Heresy Of Us
Not bad for a week’s effort, eh? I hope you agree that this looks the business, and I really hope that you might be inspired to pick up a few bits & do a board yourself – any questions, just drop them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer :-)
Anyway, that’s it for this post – I’ll be focusing almost exclusively on my Wolf Time project from here on in… I haven’t been idle in that regard – all the Power Armoured dudes are sculpted & undercoated, so it’s all gravy from here on in!
Looks like a really nice and clever system, really hope it takes off! Also, this means you’ll be easy to track down at Salute – see you there :)
Yuss! See you there mate – looking forward to meeting you finally!
It sure is a clever system dude, and I really hope it takes off too – Mark has sooo many good ideas in the works :-)
Oh maaaaaan I can’t believe I forgot this in all the hustle and bustle of Salute! :( Such a bummer, I managed to miss the Mag Bellum stuff entirely. What a fail on my part, would’ve been awesome to meet up.
Mate, no worries – it was a crazy day! I suspect we’ll be there next year ;-)
It’s a rain check for a year then :D greets from sunny Yorkshire, first hiking day starts right about now!
Luck sod ;-) Enjoy!
The Mag Bellum stuff really is a very clever piece of design and I like what you’ve done with it a lot. I’m very curious to see what else Mark has up his sleeve. Love that tree as well (working in the woods tomorrow though so I’m going to try and put it out of my mind now…)
Cheers mate, me too & yeah, I bet! That whole Japanese horror vibe freaks me the fuck out, (Grudge, Ring, etc), so the thought of that tree is disturbing to say the least…
Mate that looks awesome! Really glad you liked putting it together to and Salute should be a load of fun. Don’t forget to bring this master piece with you next week. It deserves a game and we can create a massive board by joining mine up with it :)
Cheers dude, I’m just glad you approve! Sure, I’ll bring it along on Sunday – what do you fancy playing? (so I know what minis to bring)
Looking forward to planning for April too :-)
Bring your Eldar. They can go up against my Black shields :)
Cool, will do
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Wow, more than interesting. That’s quite a well done work!
Thanks Suber – likewise! I’m really enjoying your Spaceport build :-)
probably not something I’m likely to buy given I do dioramas and not gaming but I must say the system looks great. I can see why you would be impressed and I hope it works out going forward. Very neat and clever.
Fair point mate, but yeah – fingers crossed that it does get expanded :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
They look great- a very clever system.
I look forward to seeing what else you do with it.
Cheers mate, me too! :-)
I like this system. Looks perfect for smaller scale games.
Me too mate – I’m pretty sure Mark had skirmish-type games at the forefront of his mind when he developed this… You’d need a whopping 96 tiles to make a 6×4 board!! :-/
That many tiles would be a bit counterproductive in terms of effort and the sheer logistics of handling it all. But for Skirmish/Kill Team/Warcry yeah it looks solid.
Great looking stuff here, Alex. Lots of good ideas!
Cheers dude ;-)
Impressive! Ideal scenery for necromunda as well
Cheers mate – yeah, Necromunda would be a great fit for this system :-)