Tiny Worlds’ Tank Traps – A Review

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Regular readers may remember back in August I did a review of the Jersey Barriers from Tiny Worlds Wargaming. I was rather taken with them. Not just because they were awesome but because they were awesome and an incredibly reasonable price – rather blowing the doors of comeptitors pricing models like a bunch of rampaging wargaming socialists. And bloody good for them because the disparity between some companies and others is baffling.

But I digress. So not content with producing some rather awesome barriers, Tiny Worlds have been busy producing three sets of Dragon Teeth Tank Traps. Factory fresh, slightly knackered, and totally stuffed – much like the barriers. And much like the barriers they’re rather impressive. Now one might ask how much gushing can any one man do over some resin tank traps.

Well quite a lot really because of the following reasons.

1. They look superb. As with the barriers, the tank traps graduation from new to annihilated is considered and reasonable. Nothing about it scream apocalypse weapon which is good because these barriers are designed for modern to sci-fi games. And the goods news is that they’ll fit in with World War II games as well. Huzzah!

The damaged and ruined sets also come with bases that you can place you tank traps on to make them look more scenic. This is way cool as it helps tell the story but it also means that you can buy other sets and swap them out – providing you don’t glue them down.

2. They’re immaculately cast. And I mean perfect. Not a hint of flash anywhere and no oiliness from the release agent. Underside of each trap is also completely level. The care with which these traps were cast is actually a bit mad, especially when you consider the price. A set of five teeth will set you back a measly £5.50. £6.50 if you want the way cool base. And why wouldn’t you? For a single shiny pound extra the bases look nice but aren’t so overwhelmed with detail that you won’t groan when you’ve finished your traps.

And, thinking about it, they can be the beginnings of a cool scenic/display base for a warband or some such. Added value if nothing else.

tinyworldtanktraps3. They’re versatile. And not just in the obvious sense. They’re designed to git on a sci-fi or modern game board, and as mentioned they also work with World War II and, wait for it, Fantasy. They can act as stone posts for chain fences, which, assuming you use real chains, make for a very flexible terrain piece. But thanks to the perfect casting and tidy geometric design you can create some fairly Elvish waystones. Granted if you opt for a damage waystone you’ll need to select those traps that don’t look obviously shot up. But even that can be explained away to a point.

Use one of the natty three slot bases, fill in the middle one and with a couple of sets of traps you can have a pretty cool looking High Elf gateway, magic portal…thing. Thinking about it further and with a steady hand you could fairly easily do something similar for some Necron structures.

The Dragon Teeth Tanks traps from Tiny Worlds are just brilliant. Simply designed, elegantly executed and perfectly casted. And for the price I doubt there’s a better set of 28/30mm tank traps on the market.

Tiny Worlds Previews Tank Traps

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Those excellent chaps at Tiny Worlds have sent me a preview of their soon to be released Tank Traps. I’d almost hazard to say this is a world exclusive. Go team!

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I’m a big fan of Tiny Worlds because they produce an excellent product at an incredibly good value price. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing their barricade sets and like the barricades, the tank traps will be available in shiny new, slightly knackered and completely buggered and are, like the barriers, cleverly designed to fit in with just about any modern or sci-fi wargame you care to shake a stick at. Available to buy in a week or two they’ll come in sets of 5 and I cannot wait.

 

Tiny Worlds’ Jersey Barriers – A Review

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So, whilst messing about on Facebooks (yes I know I used an ‘s’) the other day I spotted a page shared by a fellow #warmonger for a competition to win some concrete Jersey barriers from Tiny Worlds Wargaming.

Being a site that likes nothing better than to shine a light on companies fellow wargamers may have never heard of I immediately got in touch. And being the thoroughly nice buggers that they are, they sent me a set of the barriers to review.

And they looked a little bit like this…

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More to the point, when they’re painted, they look like this…

jersey_barriers_set3-500x500I think you’ll agree, they look awesome. But more to the point, they really are awesome. That lovely photo from Tiny Worlds‘ website is as perfect a representation of the quality of the barriers you can get short of owning some. And you should. Because they’re awesome.

It may seem odd to get all gushy about a set of barriers but allow me to explain. Not that you have a choice. Aside from being superbly, perfectly, crisply cast, the design is incredibly intelligent. These barriers would fit into just about any modern, near future, sci-fi, cyberpunk, or sci-horror 28/30mm game you care to name. There’s just enough normality in the design that they can fit in with a modern conflict game. Equally they have that touch of the sci-fi about them that they won’t stick out like a sore thumb on an Infinity board right through to 40k. But the beauty of it is that the chaps at Tiny Worlds understand that no matter how far advanced humanity gets, some shapes will just stay the same.

But that’s not even the best bit. The best bit is that the set of three has undamaged, slightly damaged and totally fucked barriers to choose from. Just to be clear that’s my wording, not theirs. And, again, the damage has been sculpted with great care. None of it overtly screams sci-fi. Nothing looks like it’s been melted or hacked up by a lightsabre. Most of it screams small arms and high explosives which is fairly universal stuff. And the stress fractures and spidering is just inspired. As is the crumbled corners and the impact craters.  It’s all just very expertly done.

Of course, there’s also the fact that because they’re so nicely done the effort required to paint them is minimal. A cheeky wash will highlight all the details. Not hacking, drilling, stabbing and filing to make things look worn. Oh no. Just paint. Simply. And quickly. And they’ll look awesome. And you’ll feel smug. And women will throw themselves at you… Okay maybe not the last part.

The nice thing is that a single set will tart up quite a lot of board. And the undamaged stuff you can put near base lines as the further away from the fighting you are the less you need to hide behind things. And because of the barriers’ universal design you can accessories other building kits easily enough and they won’t look out of place.

I’m really blown away by the quality of the barriers which only means good things for Tiny Worlds‘ other stuff. It’s all so crisp and lovely. And only £17.50 for the set. This may seem steep to some but seeing as the Aegis defence line from GW is £18 and made of plastic. And nowhere near as gorgeous.

The Concrete Jersey Barrier set is available from Tiny Worlds along with piles of other awesome stuff.