Ship as 28mm scale board?

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I had a random thought of making a board for 40k or some such game. Possibly magnetising the floors and mini bases to have it as a crashed ship with ash desert around it. So i came to the BFG guys to ask what ships might be small enough to make a feasible board size?
 
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Even lowly escort ships are a few km long. Using a chunk / chunks of a crashed ship maybe a better choice. Maybe choose to model a hangar bay or a gun deck for example.
That assumes you want to fight in the ship and not around the ship. Otherwise some kind of system defence or transport ship would work well as pieces of a smaller crashed ship.
 

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Does the lore establish a minimum size a life sustaining ship can be? My only context for 40k space ships is the fire warrior computer game.
 
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Even lowly escort ships are a few km long. Using a chunk / chunks of a crashed ship maybe a better choice. Maybe choose to model a hangar bay or a gun deck for example.
That assumes you want to fight in the ship and not around the ship. Otherwise some kind of system defence or transport ship would work well as pieces of a smaller crashed ship.
A ship wreck as scenery is cool. And those photos too. At this time I was thinking of something more multipurpose. Like the same model could be a space adventure but then be placed on a board as a crashed but in tact ship or landed in a docking bay.
 
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Shipwrecking is the best way to go.

You can make multiple pieces that can be rearranged on the board and can be as big or small as you like, with scatter terrain made of bits of debris.

For 40k I would suggest making something like a hangar bay section as you'd want to be able to battle in a space that can both be open and filled with terrain to allow for vehicles and such. Perhaps make this up as a centre piece section thats 2 foot by 3 foot (massive) that can make up the bulk of the table space, and then have smaller sections to fill 1 foot by 1 foot or 1 foot by 2 foot spaces (to keep it feeling suitably massive) and fill a 4x4, 4x5 or 4x6 table fairly easily.

I'd have a conversation with @Draconic and @neil101 for advice as they can make some amazing looking terrain and give you some inspiration (Neil definitely aims big and hits the targets well! SO DEFO speak to him for advice) and you could probably make this project a reality with results that exceed expectations.

I love this idea. And making it modular means that you can have as much or as little on the table space as you need, whilst still leaving you a nice flat board to play on as well.
 

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Possibly magnetising the floors and mini bases to have it as a crashed ship

Not what you were planning but you could magnetise walls and upside down walkways so you can have a game in a mad gravity MC Escher painting.
I've never magnetised anything but I'm sure it'd be a lot of hassle and my comment doesn't help answer your question so I'll see myself out now.
 

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My Google Fu has failed me. I saw on FB some time ago a guy who built a multi level ship prow, as he also tried to scale from BFG. But I can't find it in or out of FB..
 

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Maybe I’m missing what you’re thinking of? Do you want a ship that fits entirely on a board or a modular ship interior?
A ship that can be placed on the table as a centre piece but also opened and has an interior. Maybe also robust enough for me to swing through the air whilst doing sound effects. This wasn't a well planned project concocted ages ago. It was a passing thought that I wanted to share. You know, a machination of my inner child.
 
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You're really looking at something in the scale of ship to ship or ship to ground vessel. That is if you are looking for it to match canon, you are of course free to invent any kind of ship you like, at whatever scale.
 

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For “small” sizes you’re looking at shuttles or fighter craft, but there’s not much to “open” for action to take place inside. @Draconic has an awesome one crashed into a Sump flow on his terrain board.

For double duty, I’d suggest finding an old toy/play set that lets you do both and then adding some stuff to it. Like an actual Millennium Falcon toy, where the back opens up to place 3” figures inside.
 

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For inspiration on small shuttles [and how big those can still be in this setting], have a look at the support vessels in Blackstone Fortress. Those are runabouts - ship's boats - smaller than escort ships [which themselves are still miles long] but still bigger than Thunderhawks [which are merely ordinance]. These too would really be "ordinance" in BFG, but they are dozens of times larger than a Thunderhawk, so could definitely make a viable "this ship IS a table and then some, over and through which we fight." Have SOME of the runabout on/as the table.

For wrecked "BFG ordinance" type ships, the link Tiny sent is good inspiration, likewise Terrain4Print over on Thingiverse might give a decent inspiration for ordinance-sized vessels:
 

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For double duty, I’d suggest finding an old toy/play set that lets you do both and then adding some stuff to it. Like an actual Millennium Falcon toy, where the back opens up to place 3” figures inside.
Speaking of which, my niece left this last time the family flew over. I question myself often if it is up for grabs as scenery.