“Shack Me Up” Towers – Fogou

I painted some lovely pieces of Fogou post-apocalyptic terrain, and took some photos.

I had a lot of fun painting the Fort Hardknox release in 2019. As a knock-on from that I was offered these pre-release items at a reduced rate from Fogou if I assisted with promotion of their Kickstarter by painting them.

The terrain itself is fantastic and I have no qualms whatsoever about recommending it, or recommending the supplier. Regardless, it is best to mention that this set was partly subsidised. I’m sure that anyone reading can make their own mind up about the terrain anyway: the visual aspects speaks for themselves I think.

Vertical trailer parks, as seen in the 2018 movie “Ready Player One”, which I thought would be a tedious nerdy reference fest, but turned out to be a very entertaining nerdy reference fest.

As the world population grows, the various places where humans live take up ever more space and start/continue to expand on the Y axis. Science fiction, and particularly post-apocalyptic and dystopian sci-fi, take these concepts and extrapolate.

Shanty towns and slums made out of waste materials from industrialised humanoid living feature visually more often in big budget Hollywood sci-fi than they used to – off the top of my head I can remember Bladerunner 2049, Ready Player One, District 9, Elysium, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok as examples of some variation of the theme or other in the last decade or so – which inevitably means that toy soldier enthusiasts want to represent those sorts of scenes on the tabletop.
Enter Fogou “Shack Me Up!

A multi-storey shanty in India.

Verticality in toy soldier gaming is a comparatively rare thing. It unquestionably improves the look of a gaming table, making the game feel far more three dimensional, but often at the expense of practicality. These chunky, solid and stable pices make the weirdly appealing visual of scrap shanty town possibly on the table with minimal effort and high modularity. I figured that they would be an excellent addition to my scrap town terrain as soon as I saw them.

The intergalactic garbage strewn planet of Sakaar, as seen in the “Thor: Ragnarok” movie.

The Shack Me Up towers jig together in a simple and stable way, with some really pleasingly designed storeys that connect the three different sizes together. Those variations really add to the look, stopping the towers from looking too consistently monolithic without compromising the simple/robust assembly principles.

As visible below, storeys are supplied with an interior ceiling/floor, making the terrain interactive for those who want more individual heroics on the table, rather than simply some line of sight blockers (not that there is anything wrong with that either).

Part of the reason that I took on this project was that I knew exactly how I would paint it, and I could gauge how much time it would take, based on actual experience painting similar. I even wrote a blog post including a step by step of how I did it on previous items, so for info about painting these, take a look at that guide.

Always worth mentioning is that these items are ready to paint out of the box: there is essentially zero assembly or clean up. I don’t hate assembling kits – kind of a dumb hobby to be in if I did I suppose – but I have to be in a certain right frame of mind to do so. If you can relate to that feeling, then you will appreciate why taking terrain out of the box and spraying it within minutes can feel like a lot of time saved.

I thoroughly enjoyed cranking these out as fast as I could. I havent used them in a game yet – my gaming is currently all fantasy pirate based, more to follow – but they will look the business in all sorts of games and settings.


13 Responses

  1. Excellent stuff mate, these are so appealing & (almost) infinitely useful. I reckon you, Jon & JB must have a whole district between you!

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    • These buildings are a fun design, and something that I definitely didnt have any visual equivalents of in my terrain already, so they really do fill a few requirements. Useful for all sorts of things. I expect that they would be useful in “The Wolf Time” for example.

      I have played on Jon’s terrain and JB has played on mine, but we havent ever had them all in one place. I dunno if they would gel together visually, but maybe that would actually be the point.

      I’m glad that you like the paint job, thanks Alex!

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  2. Love the verticality these have – and on a tabletop it will really pop!

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    • I’m very much looking forward to setting these up with a load of other terrain soon, but the game room is out of order for a while. Hopefully I will get some games in around them before 2022.

      Thanks for the feedback Mark!

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  3. Great work on these models! I love the look you’ve given them with the various bands of colors going through them. Always happy to see some verticality in terrain.

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    • I’m glad that you like the different colours going through the terrain Hobbs. I’m always going for theatre, rather than realism, as is pretty obvious visually I think.

      The idea of buying, assembling, preparing and painting a tables worth of terrain that is a homogenous brown grey is very unappealing to me these days. The terrain can have a bit of colour without it stealing the spotlight from the miniatures I think.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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  4. Very cool – great stuff!

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  5. I just saw JB’s pieces on his blog and I say it again here, they are beautiful. The Gorkamorka nostalgic in me wants tonns of these!

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    • I’m 100% with you on the GoMo vibe Suber, I love it ❤

      I plan to add the Citadel Mekboy Workshop and Kill Team Octarius terrain to these in an identical colour scheme, with exactly that sort of vibe.

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  6. The best shanty Business District in the Sub Sector. Very nice!

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  7. I have a Fogou beehive. Quality buildings for sure.

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