Creating the Battlefield #5 – UFO Interior

I’ve finally managed to finish my modular UFO interior. To say I made it out of card, superglue and magnets, it took a surprising amount of time to finish. Why a UFO interior? well when you’re designing a game based around invading aliens, at some point you’re gunna want to assault a UFO!

I initially started looking at various websites for 15mm scale interiors and not really finding a lot. There were plenty at other scales, mainly 28mm, but 15mm seems to be a new-ish trend. I did however find really cool looking corridors and rooms by Game Craft Miniatures. After creating a wish list of what I realistically needed for a scenario, I took a deep breath and paused in shock as the total bill would come to around £250. Anything above £100 and I start asking myself hard questions, in this instance one was “how often am I going to use all this?”. Given I had no idea how often I’d play my Figure 11: XCOM rules I decided that I could simply make what I wanted using Game Craft Miniatures terrain as inspiration.

In the end it was pretty much a direct copy with some extra wall supports to not only prop up the card board, but also to add some cover for the players to use. All told, it cost me less than £30 for the card (I bought more than I really needed…).

Creating the Battlefield #5 – UFO Interior
The full layout. Plenty of corridors and rooms for various functions that a GM can choose. Being modular as well, you don’t have to lay the whole thing out but instead let the players “discover” the ship.
Creating the Battlefield #5 – UFO Interior
A close up of a corner piece as an example.
Creating the Battlefield #5 – UFO Interior
Action shot 2. …That’s because the alien crew are focusing their efforts on these poor buggers on the other side of the ship!
Creating the Battlefield #5 – UFO Interior
Action shot 1. XCOM operatives find resistance fairly easy in this part of the ship.
Creating the Battlefield #5 – UFO Interior
The target, an Ethereal commanding the ship and crew from the “bridge”.

In hindsight, would I do this again? Only if I wasn’t sure how often I’d use this. It took surprisingly more time than I had anticipated, time which I could have used on other hobby projects, or even spent on painting the laser cut terrain from Game Craft Miniatures. The only negative would be coughing up many £££’s!

All that said, seeing the result and the full layout was really satisfying! Whilst I know I have yet to paint this and add furniture, I know that folk will enjoy the scenario I have planned and fighting their way to the “bridge”!

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