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Monday, January 23, 2012

Battlefront's new Desert Buildings Reviewed!

This is one of those reviews that can afford to be pleasantly short.

The summary is: these buildings are affordable, durable, and "game-able".  Oh, and they come pre-painted.  This is another example of Battlefront's Battlefield in a Box line coming out with a knockout product.

The buildings are spread across 2 boxes at $25 US each.  The first comes with both of the smaller buildings and the walls.  The second box comes with the large building and the well.  So you get a good amount of wall sections, 3 buildings, and a well for $50.  You'd be hard pressed to get all that unpainted- throw in the prepainting and it's clear that this is a hell of a deal.

Like all of Battlefront's previous buildings, these are a strong, sturdy resin.  These are more than adequate to last you many years on the game table.  Don't go throwing them at a brick wall when your Afrika Korps gets beaten back to Halfaya though!  I will say the roof piece of the long building I got was just slightly warped (see picture below).  That's not at all surprising with long, flat pieces of resin.  A little time under a hair dryer and it should be easy to straighten right out.

This is really the most important part in my mind.  These buildings are perfect for Flames of War.  They're designed around medium bases, removing any ambiguity about how many teams can fit in each building.  The roofs are likewise perfect size.

Honorable mention to the well.  I've long wanted a well piece for my little Oasis towns, and this guy fits the bill just right!

I don't love the color these come in- it's just a little too grey.  I would've preferred a more sand color, but this is clearly a nitpick that I had to reach pretty far for.  The grey doesn't look bad against my sand table, and it's definitely nothing a quick drybrush couldn't fix in just a minute or two.

The big building is built very smartly, and it all fits together just right!  Very nice.

So in conclusion, these are another knockout in a long list of great Battlefield in a Box terrain. Combine this with Battlefront's very complete line of desert terrain and you can put an entire table worth of terrain together without ever spending any time making terrain!  And all that without breaking the bank too hard.

9/10 Camels.


cbaxter said...

theses look awesome, i cant wait to see them up close

Hein said...

The buildings look great. Only negative point I can see is that I find the water in the well a little too blue, but that can just be the pictures.

jester_prince said...

... to buy or to make... time isnt really a factor for me but money is... but they do look fantastic.

zsavk said...

Those do look great! I wonder with Red Bear and Grey wolf out if they will do another production run of the eastern front buildings? I cant seem to find those anywhere.

SinSynn said...

Now if only we had some half-decent looking desert trees to go with these, huh?

Despite the color, these are really nice. Especially since they're designed to accommodate medium size bases of various number.
Really generic and lacking detail, though.

7/10 camels.

Hatchitt said...

Those looke awesome! I cant wait to get my hands on a couple of sets. Thanks for the great review. I hope the Eastern Front buildings come back and are also revamped to fit the minis. For touch up would you use the FOW paint line? Would you also use the Testors Dullcote? Suggestions?

W.DesertForce said...

I've had my eye on the Kerr&King desert buildings for months... the price is comparable, but these are pre-painted. I paint too slowly to spend my time doing terrain, so I've decided to get a few boxes of these.

indierockclimber said...

@Hatchitt- probably. I'd probably use Vallejo Dark Sand, and then hit it with some dullcote. I'm not sure though, the grey doesn't look bad against the sand really. Might give it a few battles and see.

Krone Enterprises said...

To Hatchitt and zsavk:

Take a look at this Battlefront video and you will see that Eastern Front Battlefield in a Boxes are in the future.

big-gazza said...
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big-gazza said...

They look great. Thanks for the review.

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