Materials The Space Combat section of the game prevously used a black, commercially available “space” hex cloth with a 40mm of so hex but we have sinceupgraded this with a customn mat from DeepCut Studios. The game uses 1/100th to 1/144th scale craft for this part of the action. The UFOs come supplied with small bases which have a directional element (ie that are pointed from one direction) which – as the ships themselves are (or course) circular (as befits a flying saucer) helps when one is trying to determine which way they are facing so we have retained the bases that come with the models. The Interceptors – having got landing skids – come packaged on a neat, black plinth which looks dandy but is no use to game with. These have been stuck on to Games Workshop clear bases. The SID comes with a black, cradle style base and we have retained that in use. Were one to wish to do this part as, say, a demonstration game and could afford to spend a bit more money (perhaps twice as much) one could do the game in 25mm using the Product Enterprises models, though – by the time you had enough UFOs you’ll be selling spare Interceptors on e-bay as you only get one UFO with each Interceptor. Though, they look mighty fine in themselves and – at around £35 to £40 a pop for both models – it is still a proposition worth considering. You’ll need a bigger hex cloth (we have a 75mm hex one just in case) and stronger stands buy – other than that…. For the Sea and Air Combat we run a blue strip at the end of the space table - Earth below the atmosphere. For the land based action, we had intended to use the 1/144th scale Mobiles on 75mm hexed green cloth and built some hexed lake areas (sheet plastic and some Heki, water effect rippled plastic). However, the lates incarnation uses 125mm MDF hexes which are deployed in a random fashion to generate a forest on the fly, as it were. If one was to wish to do this in 25mm or so, Product Enterprise’s Mobiles would probably be ideal but the set of 4 required will cost you £150 each or so. And you’ll need bigger hexes (we have a 6 inch hex cloth as used in Slammers games if we chose…)
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