Scales, miniatures, scenery etc.

In designing this campaign and the setting I have thought a lot about the ergonomics of game play. By “ergonomics” I am talking about the ease of setting up a game, being able to resolve a battle within a few hours and not needing to spend an obscene amount of money in order to play.

Playing Area

3'x3' urban gaming mat from Deep Cut

3’x3′ urban gaming mat from Deep Cut

I have recently purchased a 3×3 mat from Deep Cut Studios. I like how it represents a major intersection in a neighbourhood. Most battles will take place in an area like this. It has the advantage of being used on medium to large single tables ( like dining room or kitchen table) and it makes it easier to place dense terrain. When a scenario is written up it will often feature a set up area like this. If players wish to go bigger they just need to get a bigger mat or playing surface and add some peripheral terrain.


I am using a variety of various miniatures while designing this campaign setting. In Uncivil war players can make their own faction from scratch or use one of the games factions to form their units. Personally I’m happiest with Spectre, Empress and Project Z are my current faves since they have numerous figures that fit nicely into what I have in mind.

I do have it in such a way however that almost any miniature could be used. Say for example you have some WWII figures, simple solution a group a WWII re-en actors has banded together since they have automatic firearms. The only real limitation is that the miniature has to generally represent what it is equipped with.

The 28mm scale seems to be the best overall and I would recommend using 20mm round bases. The spectre rules call for this and it is easier to up base than to down base.

To up base just put you 20mm based figure and stick it to your 25mm round or square base with some tape or magnetic base. Then if you need to go back to 20mm again it is easy to do.

Hades Saints Bikers.

Hades Saints Bikers.

Carlists from Empress, different paint scheme.

Carlists from Empress, different paint scheme.

Some of Spectres offerings

Some of Spectres offerings

I finally plan on making the extra gaming materials easily printable and portable. The game will use various cards for strategic level turns and for scenario building.


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