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Miscellanous Tank Game Photos
How low can you go? British 6-Pounder anti-tank gun in 6mm, gun and figures by Heroics and Ros. Blurry photo by me.
Photos from the playtest sessions of the Tankbase game we ran at Historicon in July 1994. Note Phil the Mighty 386 computer on the desk in the background.
This was my first attempt at putting together a big terrain setup for a convention. The terrain hexes are from GeoHex, trees by Woodland Scenics, buildings by various makers, I can't remember who made the vinyl roads.
The vehicle models are 1/72 and 1/76 scale, a mix of ESCI, Matchbox, Hasegawa, and Entex. The figures are ESCI, Matchbox, Airfix, and Revell Germany.
The scenario we came up with for this demo game was a night attack by a few squads of US Paratroopers on a German position in a small town. Visibility was kept very low, only a couple of feet as I recall, so that the surface scale could be kept close to the figure scale. It was a fun game. I think the Americans won by a close margin.
These last seven photos are from a beta test of Tankbase in 1993. The terrain system is an experiment I worked up, using a bunch of rectangular slabs of packing styrofoam I came across that happened to be the same size, about 8"x10". I liked the way it turned out so I kept this as the core of my main terrain system for nearly ten years.
Close-up of the village. I must've just bought most of these buildings as they're not painted in these photos. Buildings by Skywave and TCS.
The game table in ASMOC, the ArmourSoft Massive Office Complex. We did well enough during the first year after Shipbase III was released to rent our own office space, with gaming area. For playtesting purposes. No, really.
This session wasn't so much an actual game as a systems test. We just threw a bunch of tanks on the table and started shooting everything to test the game system. Note the sparseness of the terrain.
It's hard to tell from the blurry photos, but I'm guessing this is just a mass of Panthers, Panzer IV's, and T-34/85's. Miniatures are 6mm (1/300 scale) Heroics & Ros and Skytrex.
I do like the way the geomorphic roads and rivers worked on this terrain system. Okay, so maybe it wasn't that pretty, but it worked really well and I liked it.
There's lots of cotton on the table, so there must have been lots of stuff blowing up. Isn't that always the way?
Last updated: June 11, 2016