And Camels Too! CastleKits Pyramid Set | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 21 September 2008

The CastleKits Pyramid – all items pictured come in the set.

The biggest problem with Hirst Arts terrain molds is certainly not their quality, it is the amount of work required to get even a single building built with their molds. We have twelve or fourteen Hirst Arts molds and The WebMistress has put a couple of buildings together with them. They’re messy, time-consuming, and you need a ton of space to store the parts while building the remainder of the building.

Enter CastleKits, a small company that does the molding for you and throws a bunch of value-added items into the deal. In all honesty, this is the solution for me – the quality of Hirst Arts combined with a significant reduction in our time assembling them.

But  we’ll get to that part, first, lets take a look at what you get.

Nazis in the Nave: PaperTerrain’s 28mm Chapel | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

The PaperTerrain Model.

When we heard that PaperTerrain was publishing a replica of the St. Mere Eglise chapel in 10/12, 15, 20, and 28mm, we put in our order immediately, and prepared to shuffle schedules to fit it in as soon as reasonably possible. The cool thing about this chapel from our perspective is that it is just as applicable to other genres, even though it is sold for WWII.

We set out to build it with a little bit of everything. We worked out ways to brace the different parts, we sought advice from Scott at PaperTerrain, and we picked up a ton of materials to build with, then Don went to work with scissors, glue, and a ton of other items to put one of these together. All of our fantasy gaming is in 28mm, so that’s what we ordered, and what was delivered.

Witness To Destruction: Italeri Berlin House | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Friday, 01 February 2008
This well-made building works fine with a variety of figure sizes, but sadly it couldn’t save my butt in PBI

Italeri has a line of plastic terrain models designed for use with 20mm WWII figures. When John, a member of the local FLGS, mentioned his collection to me, it got me curious, and I went looking at the line.

The WebMistress and I don’t often game with 20mm or plastics these days. Occasionally we’ll play some Operation Overlord in 20mm, but otherwise, our plastic hordes remain in their boxes. But once we got a look at John’s finished Berlin House model, we saw a lot of potential for more than just 20mm gaming. So, in true Wargames @ Nordalia.com fashion, I picked one up along with the extra floor so that I could stretch it up higher. 

The box for the additional floor, showing the entire building.

Baueda Miniatures CAMA Terrain Product Line Overview | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 13 January 2008

Baueda has a large selection of terrain and basing products in the ancients space, so we weren’t surprised to hear that the company is moving into the World War II era. When the CAMA line of WWII bases and terrain first became available, we got our hands on six packs to give you an idea of the breadth of selection offered.


Because the CAMA Web site contains pictures of these (and many more) products done up with trees and static grass, we decided to paint ours up in mud and dirt without any obscuring decoration. Not that we don’t like the way the items on the Baueda site are decorated—we do. But we wanted to show you the amazing detail the company offers without covering any of it up. It’s likely that when we permanently place our late-war German platoon on these bases we’ll throw on some grass to add a bit of flare, but that’s not necessary, as you’ll see in the attached pictures.

Twisted Passages: Bendy Dungeon Walls Review | Print |  E-mail
Written by Bill Silvey   
Thursday, 13 September 2007
There's an old adage: "Well-made, fast or cheap. Pick two." With gaming products, this is a truism. For example, prepainted D&D minis are cheap (you can find some under a buck in buy-it-now eBay sales), they're fast (no painting time) but the paint jobs are often lacking, and they tend to be as rubbery as all get out.

When it comes to gaming terrain, you can generally either DIY with products like HirstArts molding kits or paper printouts you fold together, or you can go for expensive premade pieces from Dwarven Forge. When we heard of Bendy Dungeon Walls from Dark Platypus Studio and noted the price ($24.99 USD per set) we wanted to know if they had made the hat trick: Fast setup time, affordable, and well made.

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