Today we’re building the great looking Industrial Terrain Set from War Games Tournaments. We ordered one of these terrain sets as it looked ideal for use in sci-fi skirmish games like Necromunda and Infinity with its multi-level towers, walkways, and plenty of places to hide. The Industrial Terrain Set is laser cut from MDF and comes flat packed, it requires a small amount of assembly and then can be used to create many different industrial complexes to fight over.
Here you can see our Industrial Terrain Set after we had taken all the parts out of the box. All the parts are grouped together in bags or plastic wrap to protect them and make assembly straight forward. This is a large kit which will be able to fill a 4×4 foot table when put together, and is available for £50 (around $80) from War Games Tournaments on eBay here: Industrial Terrain Set on eBay or you can see the rest of their range here: War Games Tournaments on eBay.
This picture gives you an idea of all the parts in this set, there are absolutely loads so we should be able to create some interesting and varied battlefields for our skirmish games.
Taking a closer look at a few of the pieces we can more clearly see the laser cut details. We’ve also included a 28mm Warhammer 40k Space Marine from Games workshop in this picture for scale. We noticed at this point that these pieces of laser cut MDF have a strong burnt wood smell were the laser has done its job. We imagine this will fade in time, or be covered if painted.
Since all of the parts in this kit are laser cut from MDF, there may still be a few unneeded shapes that we need to push out of the main parts like on these railings. Its a very easy job, just grab a pen or similar object and press the unneeded shapes out. You might want to hang onto a few of the larger loose shapes as they can often make great disposable glue spreaders.
Also included in this set is a pretty decent instruction booklet which explains what all the various parts are for, how to put together the parts that need assembling, and some ideas/examples of different towers you can build. It also contains some good tips and hints to make sure assembly goes smoothly.
The platform uprights are one of the things that need assembling in this set. They come in 3 different sizes and each consists of two parts, the upright and a foot/base.
Firstly, make sure to press out any unneeded shapes using a pen or similar object.
Take one upright and one foot/base, and glue them together using a good wood glue (PVA). Standard PVA will take a long time to dry and get a good bond, so we used this this tacky version from our local craft store.
Here is one of the smallest uprights once it has been assembled, we have included a 28mm Warhammer Space Marine for scale.
Soon you will have a good collection of these small platform uprights.
The medium and large uprights are assembled in exactly the same way, you’ll end up with a collection of these sizes too, 24 uprights in total. As you can see from the 28mm Space Marine, we’re going to be able to create some large towers with this kit!
The second thing we need to assemble is the ladders, again these come in 3 different sizes. Each ladder consists of 3 parts; the steps and the 2 sides,
We’ll start with a small ladder, its a simple job of making sure there are no loose parts that need to be pressed out, then then gluing the 2 sides to the steps.
Again, you’re going to end up with a collection of ladders in small medium and large sizes (12 in total).
The last thing that needs assembling in this set are the walkways, there are 4 different sizes of these. Its a nice touch that these all have different details so there will be plenty of variation in the finished scenery/terrain.
Each walkway simply needs some railings attached to the sides with glue, here is an example of the shortest walkway with a 28mm Space Marine for Scale.
Here is one of each size of walkway with the railings attached, you’ll end with 14 walkways in total.
From now on, the rest of the parts shown do not need any permanent assembly with glue. This is great as it means we’ll be able to take apart and rearrange this terrain in lots of ways, and it also means that it should pack away into a small area when stored. Here you can see some of the main platforms for the towers, these are all etched with details to represent metal panelled flooring.
In addition to the platforms above, we’ve also got 3 other variations as shown here. This should allow use to create plenty of interesting shaped industrial towers to battle across.
To go with the tower platforms, we have a whole bunch of these railings. These should not be glued onto the platforms so that you can rearrange where the walkways and ladders connect to each tower. We also found it was handy that you could remove these, as it gives easy access to models hiding in difficult to reach places in towers. Below is an example of a few railings slotted into one of the tower platforms, no glue involved.
Now that we’ve had a look through all of the parts in this set, and have glued together the uprights, walkways and ladders …lets build some towers! This first example is from the instruction booklet included with the set and is for a small, single level tower. we will need, 1 square platform, 4 small uprights, and at least 1 small ladder.
We started by slotting the uprights into the corners of the platform, it all slots in neatly and feels relatively sturdy. After that we added the ladder and a few 28mm Warhammer 40k Orks for scale. We didn’t add any railings yet, but you could of course add those in the slots around the top of the tower too.
Now we’ve seen a small tower, lets build a huge one. For this we’ll need 3 platforms, 4 large uprights and at least 1 ladder.
You can assemble a large tower just like we did with the small one, with uprights in the corners and a ladder which this time we placed on the inside of the tower. Here you can see the small tower and our large tower with a couple of 28mm 40k Orks for scale, these should be great fun to use in skirmish games like Necromunda and Infinity.
In total you can build 6 towers using the parts included in this set, 2 with 3 levels, 2 with 2 levels, and 2 single level towers. The grey dot in the middle is 28mm 40k mini shown for scale.
Now that we’ve got our towers, this is what happens when we include the walkways and railings – wow! The walkways really bring this scenery/terrain set to life and allow it to fill a 4×4 foot table with enough terrain to play skirmish games like Necromunda well. Due to the modular nature of this set, you can rearrange the towers, walkways and ladders before every battle. In the last picture we have included some Warhammer 40k Orks for scale.
Taking a closer look at this setup, you can see there are lots of places for our gangers (in this case 28mm 40k Orks) to take cover and hide, this is an important thing in skirmish scale wargames.
Necromunda is one of our favourite sci-fi skirmish games ever, it came with some absolutely brutal rules, and the original plastic bulkheads and cardboard sheet terrain were great. Nowadays original Necromunda terrain is often expensive and difficult to find as it is no longer in production, and the cardboard pieces don’t always survive so well. We’ve struggled to find a suitable alternative for a while, but nothing has really captured the same feel as the original Necromunda Terrain …until now. Not only is the this Industrial Terrain Set an excellent fit for the Necromunda rules, but we found it actually perfectly compatible with existing Necromunda Terrain. Here you can see a tower from each set, connected by a walkway from each set, one nice things about the Industrial Terrain Set is that the walkways are a huge amount stronger and so wont bend under your metal minis!
After fighting out a fierce gang vs gang battle in Necromunda’s Underhive, you can take the whole Industrial Terrain Set apart to be left with the following parts. due to the modular design of this terrain you can then build a totally different layout for your next game, or even expand it with further towers and walkways as needed.
We were just about able to squeeze the completed Industrial Terrain Set back into the original box it was delivered in, which is by no means a big box – its just a little bigger than a ream of paper. That feels like an impressive feat for something that was taking up most of a 4×4 foot table a few moments ago.
Here at Graven Games we’re actually really excited about this terrain/scenery kit. It’s modular design all feels very well thought out, and it works extremely well for skirmish games like Necromunda where your average pieces of single level, line of sight blocking terrain don’t really fit the bill. Considering this one kit comes with enough terrain to fill a 4×4 foot table, it feels very reasonably priced, and its laser cut MDF construction means it should last a long time. Less assembly with glue was needed than we originally expected, and the fact that it can be collapsed down into a small amount of space for storage between games is also a huge bonus indeed. Let us know what you think of the Industrial Terrain Set in the comments below, and if you’d like to see what else War Games Tournaments have to offer, check out their eBay store here: War Games Tournaments on eBay.