Didn't quite know where to post this, but I figured this was as good a place as any.
I have always been a fan of the campaign to link the various 40k games together. This past weekend I went out and purchased from my FLGS the single copies they had on the shelves of both Mighty Empires and Planetary Empires.
I'm working on a 40k universe campaign system, one that can be played from a "High Lords" level of play (very grandiose and concerned only at the sector and sub-sector level), a very abstract level of play that doesn't really involve miniatures at all. But the real fun comes in when the players can alter the "depth of focus"; systems can be fought for in the inky blackness of space by playing Battlefleet Gothic games, and landings on enemy held planets can begin using the same; Planetstrike games can be played out to secure the beachhead; Aeronautica Imperialis games can be played to establish air superiority; large battels can be played either as Epic 40k or Apocalypse games; smaller firefights can be simple 40k games; scouting missions can be played out using the Patrol scenario; clandestine missions of sabotage and assassination can be played out using Kill-Team, and even smaller-sized missions can be played using either the Inquisition or Rogue Trader RPG rulesets.
That's the goal, anyway.
To help facilitate the process, I need a starting point to work from and around. So I will be starting with the Planetstrike level of play. I'll be using the Mighty Planetary Empires set to create the world we will be fighting over. With the combined sets, I have 96 tiles (most of them are double sided) to create the continent. I also have the tiles to serve as templates in case I want/need to make new and different tiles.
Anyway, I have been busy for two nights painting the tiles I have. I thought that I would share the pics of my progress so far.
These are all the tiles assembled for easy picture taking, and to give me an idea of how much space they take up. The painting is almost complete, with just the detail work done to the spaceports and the little buildings and whatnot that are included in the sets
A couple of close ups. These are really easy to paint, and I am very happy with how they came out. Just for the curious, no the rivers aren't flowing with blood; the soil has a very high iron content, and it shows up as iron oxide in the water.
Okay that's the official explanation. The real reason is that I didn't want to make the water blue or green...too boring and too Earthly-natural for me!
And here is the whole thing flipped over so you can see the other sides of the tiles. The mountains and the spaceports are not double sided. Aside from the detail work, I still have to paint the edges of the tiles in the creamy off-white I have in mind for them, and then a final clear top coat to keep the edges from getting too beat up during use.
I might consider starting a blog here on the progress of the rules making, but it might be better if I put that somewhere else on the web. We'll see.