What’s in a scale

What scale? Any scale?

That is a most interesting question to answer with this product. The simple answer is that it works with any scale. On the surface this may seem like an odd answer, but the simple fact is that one of the core design goals of this product is to make sure any scale, not just the ones supported by Spartan Games, are catered for. So what does any scale actually mean? The floor plates and uprights (which are the standardised components of the Modular Terrain) are going to be designed to be scale-less and genre-less. Over time we’ll bring out themed uprights, but right now the prototypes you can see have a more industrial/sci-fi feel to them. What determines the scale is the artwork and detailing level applied to the card, wood, acrylic or resin that is used in the product. Let’s take the idea of a 1 square by 2 square simple rectangle of product, which is 90mm x 180mm in size. Add the uprights and slide in some 10mm scale artwork and you have a factory unit. Slide in some 28mm scale metal work and you have a shipping container. Change the artwork again and you have a 15mm scale sci-fi airlock. You get the idea…

Let’s take it a step further. Let’s imagine you’ve pledged a Bronze Pack and chosen the initial 28mm scale Sci-Fi artwork. Out of the box you have enough components to make a great multi-room bunker complex, or a cool set of corridors on a spaceship or space station. If you like the idea of ‘dungeon crawling’ – or sci-fi crawling as is more pertinent in this example – then you can have a squad of troopers working their way through a complex, pieces being laid down randomly or as determined by a pre-plotted map.

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But let’s imagine that sci-fi is just one of your hobby loves (and let’s face it, we’re wargamers so we love choice!) and your other passion is Zombie Apocalypse! Roll out the Gore artwork pack and add it to the SAME tiles and uprights. Suddenly you’ve now got a shopping centre or some other blood splattered setting.

But now it is time to go to your local gaming club and the guys are playing a Firestorm Planetfall campaign and the scenario you’ve selected is an Urban Assault – you’re going to need a bunch of buildings to fight over and capture. Roll out the 10mm Firestorm Planetfall artwork pack, and it is bye, bye Gore & Blood and hello New Proxima, a Terran Alliance city on the planet in the Tilsen System.

Okay, one final example. We’re working on an artwork set for what we call The Temple of Hades. In it you get a Bronze Level of plastic components, some stunningly detailed 40mm scale miniatures (come back soon and check out the photos of our cool skeletons!), 40mm scale artwork, a bunch of tokens and a set of Death or Glory skirmish rules. Suddenly the generic components easily rise to the challenge of supporting 40mm scale miniatures simply by adding new artwork.

So that’s it on scale. Our goal is to create a library of artwork that will allow a plethora of terrain solutions to be created; 10mm scale Sci-Fi, 6mm WWII, 28mm Scale Sci-Fi, 15mm Scale Sci-F-i, 28mm scale Victorian Super Science Fiction, 28mm scale Zombie Horror, 28mm Tunnels & Sewers, 28mm alien infested corridors, 15mm scale Victorian Super Science Fiction, 28mm scale WWII and the list goes on and on. But the core building blocks remain the same…

Note taken from Spartan Games website

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