As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve become buds with the owner of this company, since he plays in the same store as the usual gang, so I’ll keep this terse. And flattering!
Thanks Chris! My my, this product is so good. Everything else in the world is crap and you should buy Top Down Terrain product instead. Why, I recommend you buy Top Down Terrain terrain before buying models to play with! It’s that good! Thanks for the endorsement, Chris, I can retire from blogging now.
Yeah, yeah, I’m not going to be one of those guys. I do want to say a few quick words about this little set, though.
One of the annoyances I’ve had about most—all—my scatter terrain is that it none of it is higher than Silhouette 2. This set is most certainly different. The vending and communication machines are fit for an S2 model to enter, and the transformer has one side high enough to fully occlude an S2, while its perpendicular side provides cover. The waste bins are your usual blocky cover plonker.
It’s a good little set for $20. Not cheap, but better than another fistful of chest-high boxes. If you’ve bought and liked something from this tiny company before, you’ll probably like this set for similar reasons. Lots of detail, attentive tactical utility, personalized decorations, etc. That’s not the real reason I was excited about picking this thing up.
The real reason that I was excited about this is, for months now, I’ve had an inkling to get into electrical hobbying. And I finally did.
I have learned the way of the electric scenery, and I can never go back.
The transformers were a natural fit for lights. I couldn’t figure out a good way to stuff a AAA in there, so I instead picked up some pricier watch batteries and watch battery holders, and fit them into the bottom.
Now, I don’t know that this was intentional, but the grooves in the acrylic panes of the vending machine…
…and the communication machine, naturally pick up light. The case is really tight, however, so I couldn’t figure out how to stuff lights in there, as a single unit. But I love this effect. So I have to figure out how to build a stand with a blue light mounted beneath it, with a fitting for these things to snugly drop into.
It really boggles my mind how productive wargames force you to be. A couple years ago, I would never have thought to pick up a soldering iron, and learn about volts, watts, and amp hours. It is definitely a sort of “scary” thing to break into, but I want to write this explicitly to any curious hobbyist reading: You could do it. I didn’t know shit a year ago. I still don’t know much about wiring. But this is doable. Easy, even. And awesome.
So, if anyone wants an article explaining the whys and hows of hobby wiring, I am inclined to write one, so let me know. I’ll probably write it anyway but I appreciate feedback.
Meanwhile, Chris and Nastasya of Top Down Terrain, here’s my feedback: Your stuff rocks.
I mostly like the look of this set. The transformer is a little forced for its purpose, and the “screen” of the communication machines is pretty bland, but it’s a cool set, and a welcome change over company after company blurping out hexagon lumps.
Instructions here were much better than on the first set I bought from these guys, but they’re still a bit janky. To any complex terrain builder out there, I’d recommend using LEGO sets as the paragon of easy instruction design. More clear would be more better.
$20 is a bit much for a scatter set, but most of the scenery I own is scatter, and this is by far the most useful scatter for Infinity that I own. So kudos.
Chris, man, I’m rooting for you. I hope your business does well.