Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Does anyone actually use Buildings?
One of the changes in 5th ed 40K was the inclusion of actual solid buildings. They had existed in some form earlier in scenarios with bunkers, but 5th ed presented them as a regular part of the battlefield, along with the ruins, barricades, jungles and hills.
But I don't actually see them used (outside of Planetstrike), either locally or on tables I see across the web. Even intact or relatively intact buildings are normally treated either as ruins or as something impassible.
Why is that? Part of it is probably just people not knowing the building rules, but I think a lot of it is that it ends up just being easier to do without them. Since the buildings can be wrecked, ideally you'd want to either have buildings that can be disassembled to some degree to represent being wrecked, or extra ruins to sub in once the building gets destroyed. At a lot of places you're already struggling for everyone to have enough terrain to start with, much less having significant leftover pieces to substitute in.
For my own part, I have some intact things that could be used as buildings, but they tend to just get used as ruins or impassible. I have an actual bunker I made, but it never gets used. One of the buildings on my city board really should be an AV building, possibly even with two sections, but we almost never use it as such since it's attached to the section of table, making "ruining" it inconvenient to impossible.
I would like to see more actual buildings used, if nothing else because I think it would add some extra levels to the game. A few solid buildings on the table let an infantry force "mech up", gaining the protection benefits that tank armies already enjoy, and creates some places that vehicles simply cannot go. It also introduces the element of a potentially partly changeable battlefield - like a video game with a "destructible environment", it opens up opportunities and tactics by being able to remove or alter a piece of terrain and opening up new lanes of fire, etc.
Howabout on your tables/local tables? Do you see many AV type buildings, or is it all just ruins? For those who use AV buildings, how do you handle them when they get wrecked?