Saturday, February 18, 2012
Gamecraft Miniatures buildings
Well, as regular readers of this blog know, I've started in on a new project; a 15mm modern collection.
I've never been a guy who was really into the moderns. However, I've seen a few really neat collections recently that got me interested... and then I happened to see the new Gamecraft Miniatures MDF Middle Eastern buildings... and voila!
I ordered a whole bunch of buildings (and then, like any easy customer does, I promptly email the owner Allen and asked to add to my original order... I am a pain in the ass... ) to make up a small middle eastern city. I went with the laser cut MDF buildings, although he also has resin buildings and foam core.
They are just a really fantastic little product. They come in little plastic baggies with each bag featuring a full kit for a building. I ordered only the removable roof buildings; I want the interiors accessible. They do also have ones with the roof secured in place. The buildings fit together very easily, with little tabs and a touch of glue. I also got a set of interior walls from them; I wanted the insides playable, after all. The interior walls fit together very nicely. I even picked up a few sets of stairs, that are a bit of a pain to put together (one step at a time!) but are just awesome little pieces.
One note; you could TOTALLY use them with basically no work done; some even have bullet holes pocked through them, and exposed bricks. I would say you would just want to give the ends of the tabs a little rub or two with sandpaper to get rid of the darker color and you could absolutely use them as is.
I did have two small issues, one of which was resolved almost instantly (and the second of which will likely also be.) I did order some rather delicate balconies to put on the buildings, but unfortunately about half of them came a bit broken. I shot Allen a quick email and he immediately responded with an apology and explanation (must have used a softer piece of wood) and that he'd send me another set the very next day. He was super, super nice about it. Unfortunately I JUST unpacked the whole order (a week or two after it arrived) and noticed one piece missing. I am sure Allen will take care of it.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend the Gamecraft buildings. They are awesome looking, go together super easy, and cheap. The guys there are also super easy to work with and very nice:)
One last note; Allen includes a few pieces of candy in each order. I got some Smarties and a toffee. I know it is silly, but I love those little touches!:)