In April of this year the very same lovely people at Amera let me have one of their Corner Ruined Buildings. I have to apologise to Amera for taking a shameful 8 months to get around to writing this review. The daft thing is that it’s a fooking massive bit of terrain so you’d think it would have been hard to miss…
For those that haven’t heard of Amrea and couldn’t be bothered to click on the link above: Amera Plastic Mouldings make wargaming terrain using vacuum formed plastic. Their aim is to strike the balance between detail, functionality and price.
The Corner Ruined Building is one such piece. For a start it’s massive. The model in the picture above should give you an idea of scale. This is both good and a little bad. Size is a funny thing when it comes to wargaming. Bigger is not always better as large terrain can dominate a board, hugely impact on the space gamers have to deploy in and often times it can’t be interacted with.
Although not perfect on the interaction front, the Corner Ruined Building has plenty of ‘base-friendly’ surfaces meaning it is something you can have a scrap over. It’s ideal for Mordheim or any other skirmish game, and because of the deliberately vague detailing (so you can add your own) you can even use it in sci-fi or historical wargaming which certainly helps on the value for money front. Not that it needs much help: it’s only a tenner. And it’s as tall as a Warhound Titan.
In terms of detail Amera aren’t going to be winning ‘shiniest scenery award’ but then again, they’re not trying to. The emphasis is on gaming standard terrain that’ll paint up nice, but also paint up quickly and you won’t wince when you hit the Submit button when you order. And considering every thing is single pieces of vacuum formed plastic, each piece is cleverly designed, well crafted and the level of detail is actually pretty good. Certainly good enough that you don’t need to stand the rock faces before painting them if you don’t want to. And certainly good enough to spend an evening scrapping over it and kicking your mate’s warband off the top-level to their dismay and your roars of maniacal laughter.
The plastic that Amera uses takes textured sprays and undercoat faultlessly – I’ve tried both – which means that if you fancy distressing the tower walls you can do so easily enough by spending a couple of quid at your local Hobby Craft.
But what it all adds up to is an awesome looking piece of scenery that’s robust – because nothing on it can break, takes paint and PVA well, can actually be used in a game both as something big and imposing and an objective and it won’t cost the Earth. Which is actually a little bit awesome.