Necromunda: Underhive – Terrain Guide 2
The first guide for Necromunda: Underhive proved to be very popular. Because of that, I have put together a second guide. There has been a Kickstarter started since that guide, and a few new sets that have come to my attention. This is a game that I get to start playing after Christmas. I’m really looking forward to running a game in the underhive of Necromunda. This is the second guide. The first one can be found here. You can view the Necromunda terrain Guide as well.
The Ground level – Battle Mats
I’m a fan of game mats, and the Parched Earth game mat creates a great base to start your build on. I’d imagine the earth in the bottom of the hive city is parched and lifeless. That is a great place to start your table from.
Building the structures or running through the Underhive.
My favorite part about Necromunda is building up. You need Gangwar to take advantage of the 3D nature of the gang war in the Underhive. This is what I am particularly excited about, with creating a bunch of terrain for this game. In my previous article I talked about 5 current modelers that have amazing models ready to decorate your table with spectacular results.
This article is going to start out with terrain that is perfect for (and in one case, resized for) the Underhive board game. Printable Scenery has resized a wall and column from the Gothic Spaceship Wall to make them the right size for walls on the underhive board. When you go 3D with Printable Scenery, you are going to want to look at the Industrial Walkway Ladders and Blast Shields set as well as the Gothic Sci Fi Floors. Finally, if you want to get those two sets plus more walls, sand worms, and several other items, pick up the Gothic Sci-Fi and Walkway Bundle. I do have a number of items from Printable Scenery, and there is a reason that their terrain Kickstarters tend to be the #1 funded Kickstarters for 3D Terrain. Their stuff is terrific.
I originally got into 3D Printing about 9 months ago. The first Kickstarter I backed was the Warlayer Kickstarter. One thing that I thought was awesome, is how good the scenery would look for Necromunda (I wouldn’t know that Games Workshop would be reissuing the game in 6 months). Now, Warlayer has their second Kickstarter in their store, called Orbital Drop. In my opinion, the Warlayer terrain is the best terrain set out there to bring Necromunda to life and Orbital Drop exemplifies this. From chemical vats that are designed to have tea lights put in them to create flickering hazards to pipes that can form walls and partial cover to walls and other structures like full walls, equipment, and even half-destroyed terrain. If you missed out on the previous kickstarter, he is offering a discount on it, if you order both together. I don’t know of any other terrain that gives you this much amazing looking terrain for so little. If you want to get a great feel for this terrain, check out this preview video. If you want to learn more about the process of making terrain and games he plays, check out this interview with Andrew Askedall.
Corvus Games Terrain makes a Sci-Fi corridor system for Necromunda. These are OpenLOCK c0mpatible tiles with a very Gothic look to them. You could easily create an Underhive board with these, or use them to create corridors in your Gang War scenario. I just became aware of this modeler yesterday, and today he has released his first set of STL files via the Imperial Terrain Website. This set includes over 20 pieces of terrain you can print. I think I would use the Magnetic OpenLOCK clips for these terrain pieces.
This is another new arrival on the 3D Printable Terrain scene, Kraken’s 3D Print Workshop. He’s been posting in various boards for a while, but this is (I believe) his first release. These can be used along side the Printable Scenery pieces above to give your Underhive board a bit more diversity.
This is the only real part that has the same information from the first article. I have a number of curated collections over on Thingiverse. One is dedicated to Necromunda, one is dedicated to sci-fi scatter terrain. The Modern collection has barrels and other items that would work well. I even have some resources like tools to help make painting easier. I’m always open to other suggestions on what to add to the list. Remember, too, you can tip the modelers on Thingiverse if you really like their work.
In my previous article, I talked about using audio to help set the mood of the game. While Plate Mail Games is my personal go-to when it comes to audio for games, there are a lot of other resources out there. I have put together this Pinterest board that features a number of great resources to pipe some music and sound effects into your game room. This is a generic list, so not every link is perfect for Necromunda, but many are.
Further resources to help you get 3D printed models
I get asked regularly, what is the best printer. The real answer, is it depends. I put together this guide to help you learn about 3D Printing and what printer you should buy and other resources. While this guide is great if you are interested in picking up your own 3D Printer, Terrain Foundry and Archania’s Workshop, LLC are great for those that are not interested in getting into 3D Printing, but want 3D Printed terrain. There are other resources, but these come highly recommended to me, and has most of the major terrain modelers available.
This ends guide two. As I hear of other great terrain for Necromunda, I will put together yet another guide.