A composite image formed in my head of a generic inner city urban area that wasn't just row houses with backies and the odd corner shop. Using the Pub from the Metcalfe Low Relief Pub & Shops as the centrepiece - renamed The George, "a wretched hive of scum and villainy" - I envision a nucleated high street junction with a couple of streets leading off, providing a Hollywood style urban back lot for Geezers, Winter of '79 and the odd Zombie game.
Phase 1 of my new 'manor' will be created from off the shelf Metcalf buildings; with a little kit bashing here and there. For instance, two sets of PO205 Low Relief Pub & Shops will allow me to give the George a second facet and an extra shop and a Post Office. The Three storey tenements and two storey shops will be easy to construct and allow us to play a game or two centred around this small area. Rememeber that we are talking individual/character skirmish games - mostly shootouts and blags.
Phase 2 Extend layout, add a Bingo Hall converted from the Metcalfe or even possibly better, the Superquick low relief cinema kit.
Phase 3 Inspired by Maff's setup during our last Geezer's inspired game - a removable viaduct with railway station entrance, bus stops, lock ups and an arches garage - home of Don's Dodgy Motors. Extra shops with flats above and 3 storey tenements as required.
East Whittington 'Manor'
Not to scale
I could mix in an old warehouse with the 3 storey shops/flats - maybe turned into a dodgy club or strip joint? Another option would be to swop the relative locations of the viaduct/arches with the tall shops/flats/tenements proposed on the left hand side of the board. This will turn the area behind the Bingo Hall into a seedier district. I'll play with those options once I've got the buildings for phases 1 and 2 completed.
I did seriously consider the Scalescenes downloads but they have to be printed, then cut and finally glued to card before assembly whereas the Metcalfe kits come printed and pre-cut. Less versatility yes, but Metcalfe are less fuss, have less chance for error and should be a quicker result on the table. And more importantly, more likely to get of the ground. I can pick up the Metcalfe kits this week.
So, I think it will work without becoming stale. What do you think?