Entrenched

Warmachine and Hordes are tabletop games, played with figurines across the hallowed 4×4. Players frequently spend hours, days, weeks, months, painting their armies to achieve an aesthetic result they’re proud of, and for many the game is less about rules printed on cardboard rectangles than it is about having the opportunity to display their army, to see it roll across the table like an unstoppable juggernaut (yes, even the non-Khador players) of art. Of course, this visual tableau isn’t just made up of little toy soldiers. The table itself is a key feature, be it flocked, textured, or even a mat, and then there’s the terrain.

Forests, water features, buildings, walls, hills, and more – how these are represented on the tabletop can dramatically impact the gaming experience, and for many players it can become a struggle finding  balance between in-scale realism and practicality. Anyone who’s tried to perch their heavy warjacks on an angled slope up the side of a hill can tell you that realism comes with risk. Vendors such as Lost sponsors Broken Egg produce beautifully rendered 2-dimensional terrain that you can lay flat on your table and have your models move over without any risk of overbalancing and damaging the models, but in true characteristic fashion, Privateer Press wants to help broaden and improve your gaming experience as well.

trenches02

To wit: Forward Trenches

The latest addition to the Battlefield Accessory line gives us three Trench sections and two corner pieces with very low vertical profiles, while still possessing enough depth to add flavour. These particular accessories are a huge boon for theme force players in MkII (and presumably in MkIII) given the number of themes that allow players to add additional trenches to the board. Hello, Gunnbjorn, would you like somewhere to set up your Thumper Cannons?

trenches04

Now, there’s not a lot more to be said about trenches – they’re flat, they’re detailed, they’re easy to transport so you can bring them with you as your army requires (or just so there’s something extra terrain-wise), but I will add this: I like my models to have high contrast and nice, bright colours. It could be my old-man eyes, my love of 80’s-90’s animation, deep-seated psychotic trauma that I’ve otherwise blanked out, but…

trenches01

This took me about 20 minutes, and is pretty much spot on for the aesthetic I enjoy. Imagine how it’d look if it was done by someone actually talented at this sort of thing? 😉

Battlefield Accessory: Forward Trenches is a May release from Privateer Press to spice up your tabletop. Seek shelther in your FLGS or preferred online vendor and dig in.