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Transport Platform / Summoning Mound Review

In this post, I review Crucible Crush’s Transport Platform for Black Sun. Interchangeably, I may refer to this terrain piece as a Summoning Mound. Crucible Crush made this cool piece of terrain for their game 28mm Black Sun. The idea behind the terrain is that that soldiers in their game would use it as a gateway into the alternative world of Black Sun. Hence, a Transport Platform.

Honestly though, this piece of terrain will work with any setting where you want to incorporate magic. In Sci-Fi, it is a teleport / transport platform into a strange alternate reality. In Fantasy, I could totally see this mound being used as a power circle or as a summoning circle.

Now, let’s get into it and examine this piece of terrain by Crucible Crush.

Disclaimer: Crucible Crush gave Must Contain Minis this piece of terrain for review purposes. While I accept review products, I am in no other way compensated for my posts and reserve the right to give positive and negative reviews.

Painting the mound

You may recognize this mound from just over a year ago. It was part of my Birthday haul from 2019. Now, is a good time to show the completed piece. Below is how it started.

Black Sun Portal Terrain for 28mm Gaming
This very large piece is a prototype gate portal for Black Sun by Crucible Crush. The terrain piece is made by Six Squared Studios and of a good size.

I primed the mound with white Gesso and painted it using craft store paints. This one turned out really good!

28mm miniature terrain painting summoning circle - WIP
The terrain piece after round one.

Above is how I finished the mound. I showed the piece off on Facebook and got various feedback. The main advice was that the center of the model is too clean compared to the rest.

So I tried to jazz that up with some blood effects. I figured, let’s try making the rune symbols bleed into the middle of the circle.

28mm miniature terrain painting - WIP
Using blood effects, I tried to make rivers of blood run from the lettering to the center of the model. That didn’t work so well.

The rivers of blood idea did not work out, so I repainted the top. I then decided to make the runes glow red without going for the blood effect. That worked better.

I posted the work to Facebook again and the suggestion came to add terrain materials to this painted piece. So I did…

Adding Terrain Materials

So I went in and added some static grass, flowers and scenic coal (as dirt) to the model. Here are pictures of the finished terrain model.

The center of the summoning circle / transport platform with flowers around it.
The center of the summoning circle / transport platform with flowers around it.
Magical ruins
A straight on shot of the stairs to the top of the mound.
28 mm Terrain review - summoning mound - magical ruins
A top down look.
Terrain review - summoning mound
Looking at the mound from the side. It painted up really well.
Terrain review - summoning mound
The back of the mound. Looks awesome to me!

Now, let’s view the model with some figures on it.

Scale comparison shots

Below I have the mound with some 28mm miniatures to give you a sense of scale for this summoning mound / transport platform.

Anyone into Conan and the serpent king? 32mm Cthulhu line miniature on a magical teleport stone
The mound with a serpent man from RAFM‘s Cthulhu line. The snake man miniature totally reminds me of the Cult Leader in the old Conan movie.
28mm magical mound with a Frostgrave Soldier
Speaking of Conan, this is a Barbarian I made with the 28mm Frostgrave Knights box set. It reminds me of the henchmen that worked for that snake. lol!
28mm Gaming Terrain - Oathruin - magical circle
A look of the platform with some 28mm Living Dead Peasants by Fireforge Games.
Summoning mound with 28mm zombies
A top down look. On these models, I used 25mm round bases.

To me, this is a very flexible piece of terrain. It could be used for a large number of settings. That said, it is built for Black Sun. As such, let me tell you a bit about that game.

Black Sun

Black Sun is a 28mm Weird Vietnam War Skirmish Miniatures game. In it, you play in an alternate dimension where Cthulhu horror elements mix in with the soldiers of the Vietnam War. If this sounds like something you are interested in, check out this starter deal below.

Black Sun Starter ruleset package
For my American Readers, $129 Canadian is about $99 American at the time of this article. Image from the Crucible Crush Webstore.

The Adaro miniatures that this starter comes with look awesome. I own some of them myself. They are basically Deep Ones from the Cthulhu Mythos.

Adaro - 28mm Deep One miniatures with AK-47s
Deep Ones with AK-47s! Image from the Crucible Crush Webstore.

I love those models. Also included in the line are many terrain pieces. Of which, this mound is one of them.

Crucible Crush Resin Transport platform - teleport stone
The Resin Transport Platform / Teleport Stone. They certainly used a lot of basing material in their version of the model. I opted for paint with just a little bit of materials instead. Image from the Crucible Crush Webstore.

This Summoning Mound / Teleport Platform sells for $18 Canadian. That is just under $14 American at this time. A pretty cool piece of terrain for sure.

Wrapping it up…

Thank you for joining me in this 28mm terrain review of a transport platform, or summoning mound, by Crucible Crush. Special thanks goes out to them again for giving me this product for review.

In this post, you saw the model unpainted and a bit of the process I went through painting it up. You also saw the model with 28mm miniatures and learned about the Black Sun Miniatures Game.

Before signing out for the night, I want to let you know that Crucible Crush is busy on Kickstarter with their Flint and Feather Contact Campaign. If you like their stuff or want some 28mm French or English miniatures from the time of settling America, this campaign is worth a look.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

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