As someone with no discrenible talent for art or DIY the
building of terrain for wargames is somewhat beyond me. It was with
delight when I discovered, a few years ago, the idea of printable
buildings with which to set the scene for Wild West shootouts or the
forces of the White Hand assaulting Helm's Deep. My latest acquisition
has been much more bucolic but is again pressed into service as the
scene of bloody warfare.
There are three sets for Riverside Farm, the farm and farm buildings,
statues ruins, and the third set is scenic additions.
Farmhouse and outbuildings
Fields (inc scarecrow)
Spring and Spring house
Ruined walls and Statues
One thing I have always liked about the buildings is the
simplicity of the art. They don't drain the ink from your printer nor
do they distract from the actual piece being built with all sorts of
two-dimensional fripperies pretending to be 3-D objects. This set has
more colours and detailed textures than the last set I made but still
manages to retain the essential simplicity of design that makes
previous sets so attractive. The only drawback is that you can
sometimes lose the light grey fold-lines once you've cut your pieces
out but thankfully the fold points are usually self-evident so it isn't
really a problem .
The actual build is reasonably quick, even given my general
clumsiness and my use of light cardstock and watery stick glue, and
effectiveness and it is possible to build a good amount of the set in
an evening or two. The glue is a bit of an issue. Bases are supplied
but they curl up after the glue is applied and the building stuck down,
so perhaps you can find a better way of sticking them than the
Pritt-stick I used, or you can stick the base to a thicker bit of card
that won't curl.
The bridge had a tendency to bend inwards so that the bottom
of the bridge side was wider than the top so I made some bracing from
scrap card and glued it under the brige where it couldn't be seen. This
has kept the bridge pretty straight and strengthened the build.
The ruins are slightly tricky, the walls are folded over so
that you have an inside and outside and so take a lot of care, and then
you have to cut out the windows and doors, but even me, ham-fisted as I
am, managed it by the sneaky trick of paying attention to what I was
doing and it works well. However not one for someone who doesn't like
working with sharp pointy things.
All in all, apart from my traditional complaint about
Microtactix sets that they should label each sheet with what that sheet
is, which they don't and is a problem if you print off a load at once,
the only thing this set lacked is curved section for the river. Given
that tiny niggle I am happy as happy can be with these. I quickly
assembled more than enough terrain to provide dress the field of battle
and provide maneuver problems for the troops. Huzzah!