Sunday, December 21, 2014

Firestorm Planetfall - Scenery Box One Thoughts

Hi folks!

I just finished putting together Scenery Box One from Spartan, for Firestorm Planetfall, and wanted to post some (brief) thoughts on the set.

A few notes:

- I have yet to play a game. I rarely get to play anything TBH (so I don't know why I'm obsessed with terrain and scenery). I'm still working on my Aquan/Terquai force as well.
- These seem like a really great match for Dropzone Commander terrain. In the photos I'm using the street map and buildings from DZC's starter set.  I think of this as a forward command post or military installation on the edge of a city. Or something like that :D

Overall, I was really impressed with Scenery Box One. You get a lot of buildings in it, and they are fairly easy to assemble. Once build and painted (if you want. I consider that optional) they look really nice next to the Planetfall minis.They seem sturdy and highly functional, while still looking great. What I like about this set is it's a fast, economical and substantial way to populate your game table with (10mm) terrain.

I recommend superglue for these (That's what I used) - basically I glued the frames and then glued the card panels into place in slots etc.  

Paint wise, I found Tamiya Field Grey to be a terrific matching color to paint the (transparent out of the box) plastic frames.  Basically I spray primed them, sprayed them Field Grey and called it a day. I sprayed them on the "sprue" and didn't worry much about cleaning them up etc. Quick and functional while still looking great imo.

Things I maybe would have done differently:

- I'm less fond of the inclusion of the resin objective markers in the box. It seems like you would not need two sets of these, so if you want to buy another Scenery Box to add more buildings you are getting a bunch of resin pieces you probably don't need more of. And the thing is, that adds I'm sure a fair bit of cost to the box. If they had packaged those separately, the Scenery Box could have been priced more affordably than it already is (I'm guessing).

- There should be some instructions in there, or online (apologies if they are and I missed them). Eventually you can figure it out from looking at the images on the box and the manual, but it really wouldn't hurt to give some basic info on how these go together.

- Possibly the two sides of the card could have been a little more different in appearance, but this is a minor quibble.

With the caveats above, I'd rate the set a solid A-! Highly recommended (and I bet it would look great for DZC too!).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

More Planetfall Aquan Work

Finished some more Aquan tanks. Made some tweaks to the color scheme (mainly changing the yellow parts to a green color).

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Firestorm Planetfall Aquan Color Scheme

Ok, turns out I wasn't really feeling the Directorate tank I posted previously and now it's in a stripping bath.

I switched over to try out an Aquan tank. This uses a sort of dark candy blue finish for most of the body. It's hard to tell in the photos (I think) but it's quite shiny and metallic in nature. I think it looks killer in person although I'm not sure the photos are doing it justice. I think I like this enough to paint more of them in this scheme.

Base isn't finished, I intend to add fine, relatively "bright" green flock to represent foliage at the right scale. I think that will really set it off nicely.