Scale Matters Not

Well... scale matters some, but in the context of Imperial Terrain designs being used for fantastic games like Legion and ShatterPoint, you may be surprised at how well the same piece of terrain works for both systems.  This will be the first of a planned series of posts about how well various Imperial Terrain designs work for both game systems.  

There is a LOT of concern about scaling terrain designed for Legion size miniatures (~32mm) up for ShatterPoint miniatures (~40mm).  When we heard about the larger figures in the same galaxy we all love, we were concerned too.  However, we have discovered that the designs we've tested so far work fantastic in both games.

Right away, we'll point out something that may be controversial.  The miniatures in both games don't seem to be a consistent scale.  This is really evident when comparing primary characters in the two game systems.  SP figures look far bigger than their Legion counterparts.  However, compare some of the secondaries, especially your super smart droid leader - they're almost the exact same height in the two systems.  This is in no way a criticism - just an observation; we love the figures in both games and don't really care about the minor internal inconsistencies.  This observation sent us down the next path to look at how terrain interacts with the rules of the new SP as our new focus and not so much on the numerical scaling.  

Where we focused was on two primary issues:1) are terrain features tall enough to constitute an elevation change (greater than 3") and 2) are elevated features large enough to hold a 40 mm and/or 50 mm diameter base?

For starters, let's look at the Fractured City set.  This set is the first to have been designed after the release of ShatterPoint and was designed specifically to work with the rules AND the official terrain.  You'll find these modular city building designs to work perfectly with SP when printed at 100% scale but also work great for games like Legion, even mixing well with our previously released Dense City set.  Fractured City:

Next, we brought out the Forest Moon Village set.  This works perfectly for SP without any scale changes.  As a matter of fact, we played on the exact same terrain pieces that were used previously at several Legion tournaments we were supporting with tables.  The bridges and platforms can add a fun terrain puzzle if you choose to print both sizes.  The primary bridges all support 40 and 50 mm diameter bases; however, you can choose to add a few of the narrow bridges that only support the 40 mm bases to create terrain puzzles to solve, similar to the official terrain.  In full disclosure, we found one place where no figures can fit - it's between a small hut and fence on one of the elevated platforms.  However, if an objective token happens to land in this one spot, we already confirmed that a figure can get to within 3" of the objective from two sides to hold or contest the objective.  Forest Moon Village:


 We also play tested terrain from Cochin District Basic Set, and although it is one of our older designs, it's as if it was tailor-made for SP without any scaling.  The platforms and modular ingress point ladders work perfectly.  Cochin District Basic Set:

Finally, our first round of terrain testing with the new SP rules used the pieces from Villainy Village.  Again, these pieces printed without any changes to the scale were perfect for the game - met all the elevation requirements with plenty of playable rooftops.  Villainy Village:

We hope this helps with the terrain scaling issue; check back here soon for more terrain sets being reviewed with an eye toward scale.  As always, happy printing and happy gaming!

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