Terrain Review: Dystopian Wars Flying Bases


A staple of Dystopian Wars (DW) v1 and v2 is the Support Aircraft Wings (SAW)/ Support Aircraft Squadrons (SAS), previously known as Tiny Flyers.

In DW v1 Tiny Flyers were simply an array of tokens, arranged in a specific manner. This made it tricky to move at times as most Tiny Flyer wing consisted of 5 bases.

DW v2 saw the creation of SAW/ SAS, essentially the same thing, and learning from the past, Spartan Games made SAS movement trays. This was a great idea, allowing 5 SAW bases onto a movement tray, along with space for a dice and tokens.

The one issue we had with this was the movement tray was still ‘on the ground’, even though it represented flying craft. After a quick brainstorm, and looking at the bits we had available, Troy and I thought of a basic design and then put it to work. The result is a magnetised, flying movement tray that we both quite like. It makes it easy to pick up and move around. The SAW bases remain stable and it looks like they are in the air.

Here are some WIP pics below. Now we were lucky that we had a lot of these materials left over after making flying stands for our Dropzone Commander flyers, but it should be possible to make a similar stand with the majority of bits on hand.

Materials:

– left over 40mm square, clear acrylic bases

– clear acrylic rod

– rare-earth magnets (3mm x 1mm)

– metal sheet (optional)

The various bits we used laid out, along with the movement trays in various stages of completion. In the center you can see a completed movement tray.

The various bits we used laid out, along with the movement trays in various stages of completion. In the center you can see a completed movement tray.

Method:

Assemble the base of the movement tray (insert rod into what will be the base piece of acrylic). For the top piece (which will actually hold the SAW’s) you can either use a piece of sheet metal for the magnets to attach to, or you can drill individual magnets into the top of the acrylic square. Both work equally well, Troy went for individual magnets, this retains the transparency of the clear acrylic square, where as I was short on magnets so used a piece of sheet metal. Due to this, I will need to paint up the top piece to make it look like sky/ clouds.

Add magnets to Tiny Flyer/ SAW bases and attach. The finished result is below:

Completed movement tray with SAW's attached. Easy, quick and stable. This system allows for any squadron size from one base up to five bases.

Completed movement tray with SAW’s attached.
Easy, quick and stable. This system allows for any squadron size from one base up to five bases.

Notes:

If I was purchasing the pieces from scratch I would consider making the top acrylic piece as wide as three SAW bases. This makes it a bit easier to position the magnets and arrange the bases.

I’ll provide an update of the bases once I paint them up so you can see the final effect.

 

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