Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: Crescent Root Studios 15mm Middle Eastern City

As the awful wargames nerds we all are, we always are on the lookout for 'that' terrain to put down on the table that will really set it apart from the usual cloth grass and shoebox building affair we typically deal with.
Its not often that I am utterly blown away by a product to the point that I need to start rethinking everything I've taken for granted in hobby, but the new Middle Eastern city released by Crescent Root in 15mm presents precisely that problem. Combining ridiculously low price with extreme quality, its the pre painted buildings produced by this small company are phenomenal.


The first thing you notice when you get the buildings is that each comes in their own nice fitted boxes. Protip: DO NOT THROW THESE OUT UPON UNBOXING! They are excellent means to store the units safely!

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The first thing you will probably think upon opening the boxes is "Oh my, colors!". Yes, that's right, these babies are all prepainted. Not only that, but they are textured and cleaned up as well.

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Although printed on high quality MDF, the team over at CR have taken the time to spackle the walls, creating the ubiquitous rough, sandy texture found throughout Middle East architecture.

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Buildings are not simply painted in monotone, but come in a variety of dusky shades, with nice subtle weathering effects.

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Most come with their own city tile bases, further adding to the overall quality feel. They even have added bushes and undergrowth.

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The buildings are not simply urban dwellings, however, and CR have taken the time to add shopfront signs and even finer details like carved doors, window frames, shutters and archways.

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In addition, almost all the buildings have removable roofs and some are even multistory!

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Hell, there is even one that includes a side shade and removable palms.

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The city in total:

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One might expect to pay upwards of 500 dollars for a piece of art like this, but the CR guys sent it my way for just over 200 USD + around 40 shipping. For those of us who don't have copious time and patience to work on terrain , the deal offered by Crescent Root is a no brainer. I literally have nothing negative to say about this product and suggest if you are wargaming anywhere from South Asia to Syria, go pick up a bunch of these right now!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Multiscale Syrians

I'm back! Working on a bunch of stuff at multiple scales, including two parallel takes on the Syrian conflict: one in 28mm and one in 15mm, possibly because I have mental issues.

Having done a few 28mm infantry figs I thought I'd try my hand at a SAAF tank. Given their cheapness, I decided to pick up a Kitech T-72M off the Bayz.  Once thing I've always liked about this particular vehicle was the peculiar positioning of the smoke launcher on the front of the turret. Perhaps not the smartest engineering choice out there?

While some times feeling a bit more like a toy than a proper kit, once I got some paint on their I think it turned out fine.




This is a really big kit at 1/48, so a bit larger vis a vis 28mm infantry than in real life. I remember seeing one hauled back from Iraq at Benning and being wowed at how my chest was considerably higher than the deck. Teeny compared to something like the Abrams.

I also did up some SAAF infantry in 15mm using Battlefront's Arab infantry from the new Fate of a Nation range. Although the gear isnt a precise match to the current Syrian army gear (lack of K-pots and assault vests), I figure at this scale and with the correct paint job, they fit the bill quite nicely. I'll also mix in some flytrap factor infantry just to keep things interesting in the months to come.

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Compared with their big brother in 28mm -




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Also, something completely different, I did up a test vehicle for a Sci fi project I've had on the back burner for a while now. The idea is to make up a 15mm company of USCMC, Aliens style. This is what I picture as the future M1114, complete with twin smartguns.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

big terrain selloff - 20mm Mid east, 15mm European

Hey guys,

dropping a few odds and sods I no longer need, so let me know. Combined units = combined shipping + discount

15mm

Custom made modern Warehouse set with two abandoned buildings + 2 shipping containers - $50

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Miniature building authority power plant - $32

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Coniferous forest set (works for 15 and 20mm) - $50

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Crescent root village tiles (RRP $160, some OOP atm) - $110

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Crescent Root walled roads set (RRP $79) - $60

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20mm

Generic Middle East village set with 5 buildings - $70

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Large desert road set (each tile is 1 foot in length) - $40

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Not dead.....just working!

Hey guys,

Just a quick check in and apologies. Real life has been extra heavy lately. I had a milestone in my doctorate I needed to prepare for over the past week and my partner also submitted her own thesis so things have been slightly hectic!

Never fear, however, all business will return to normal soon and more pretty soldiers and reviews will begin to appear with regularity.

In the mean time, here are some dainty Iranians: