One aspect of miniature war gaming that shouldn’t be overlooked is the playing surface or terrain. Ideally this should be something that is functional but also adds to the enjoyment of the game. While building the tanks this has been something occupying the back of my mind.
There I was again, perusing the local hobby store and came across a whole aisle dedicated to kits of these Gundam things. “Gun-Damn! What’s this all about?!”, I wondered. Turns out these kits are models based on a Japanese anime TV series featuring giant robots or mobile mech suits. It seems quite a popular franchise in Japan, with 2014 sales figure for Gundam toy & hobby items of about 18 billion yen. In Japan the models and the hobby of assembling them is known as Gunpla, combination of the words Gundam and Plastic model.