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My first wargames were played using a green cloth spread over books and boxes to create height. This was not unusual for the time. The times are changing though, and for the better.
Tablescapes are a new entrant, from existing company Secret Weapon. Secret Weapon got their start in detailed bases and base inserts. Clearly they have always wanted to go bigger, and Tablescapes are the result. For this review I am only looking at the Forgotten City tiles. As a Kickstarter backer I received a set of 16 tiles; however 24 tiles are what you get in the retail release, enough to make a 6′ x 4′ table.
I photographed six different tiles out of 16 for this review. The tiles I chose gives a good idea of the complete set. I confess I do not have space to photograph a 4′ x 4′ area right now! I used some SAGA Anglo-Dane models to give an idea of how 28mm miniatures would look against the unpainted tiles. For larger models I used the Bones bone giant. Tiles were not clipped together for photography, so they are slightly mis-aligned.
The plastic tiles are sturdy. As this was not a retail release the tiles are simply bagged and the bags tapes together. Even so, there was no transit damage evident. For the boxed retail releases, damage would be highly unlikely.
With 16 tiles in the set, variety between tiles is important, while still remaining visually part of a complete set. Here Secret Weapon have delivered, with the tiles quite different to one another, while fitting together well.
Detail within each tile is crisp and clear.
The theme of the table leans towards fantasy, though Greek or Egyptian ruins are quite plausible, and I’d say some tiles could pass for Roman if you wish. The well of skulls would need to be filled in, but that’s one part of one tile and hardly overwhelming.
The height differences within the tiles are significant. Ruined pillars and other features create a varied terrain. For contrast I placed the base of Games Workshop’s Arcane Ruins terrain set on one of the tiles:
Looks nice. I painted the based a couple of years ago by simply using a large brush and some sepia wash over a white spray. My first thought with the tablescapes was to do the tiles in a gray with mud surrounds. However a sunbaked look with sand would work just as well.
Some of these tiles would be fine for a massed battle game. Others would work better for a skirmish level game (like SAGA!). All of the tiles would make a great display for a RPG scenario, if that’s your thing.
Secret Weapon have done a great job in the design, and congrats also to Wargames Factory, the manufacturer, for bringing these designs to life.