I've recently, in a state of inspired rage, spent some evenings at home madly putting together a good handful ruined, crumbled, burned down buildings, enough to fill out a full 4' x 4' battle mat. The plan is to start campaigning in the city of the damned some time next year, when it's all finished up and we have managed to gather warbands in our little local gaming community here in Copenhagen.
I have a technical question though, and I'm looking for some advice on what to do. Most of my buildings are three or four story houses, and I've constructed them with gameplay as the primary focus, trying to avoid all too narrow spaces, tight rooms and gaps that would make moving the miniatures around too cumbersome. Since some of our games might even be accompanied by a beer or two occasionally, we would like to get the full enjoyment of playing without knocking things down all the time.
So, to connect all the floors and platforms, I have put together a few dozens of ladders. My plan was originally to glue them permanently to the buildings, but for now I've sprayed them black and will paint them individually so they don't obstruct the painting of the inside of the buildings unnecessarily even if the fine motorics fail.
While I'm still leaning towards attaching them permanently to the buildings to encourage the use of multiple levels without having to take Initiative tests all the time in order to take advantage of the heights, I'd like to ask you about your experiences with this issue. It's been about twenty years ago since I played Mordheim last time, so I'm really not into all the mechanical and tactical details of the game. Would it spoil the strategic challenges of the game to have ladders permanently connecting the different floor levels? And of how much importance is the height advantage generally in the gameplay? My primary concern for leaving ladders out would be that battles would be fought mainly on ground if climbing buildings instead of using ladders doesn't prove to be worth the effort, and since I've now spent so much time putting together multiple story buildings, I certainly want everything to be used!
Any suggestions are highly appreciated.