Warmill is a UK-based, laser-cut terrain design team and, if you’ve not heard of them before, you really should check them out. Very much the hipsters of the laser-cut world, they’ve been making wargaming tables pretty since 2010, long before many of their competitors even existed.
They are also unique in the market place in that their products tend to be very considered, you’re not just buying pretty boxes here, as well as incorporating a unique sense of humor.
This review is going to cover two products from their range which I class as scatter terrain. Scatter forms the little details on your board, the park bench here, the dumpster there, which not only give character to your playing area but also tactical options. As I am presently putting together a new table for Infinity, scatter is especially important.
Fauxliage Planters with Holotrees – £23.99
There are two versions of the Fauxliage planters, one with just the MDF planters and the other with planters and acrylic cut trees. The acrylic option is noticeably more expensive but I thought they would be an interesting addition to the feel of the table plus give me the option to block line of fire with the pieces so went for those.
What’s in the box:
Each set includes nine planters of various sizes; three large, two medium and four small. The exterior of each planter is thin, laser cut MDF, which comes pre-colored in a grey and off white. This is, for me, fantastic, as, once built, these guys are ready to go. You don’t need to do anything more to them, they look awesome as is.
The holotrees are good quality green acrylic, see-through and fairly tough.
If there’s one point to note on the construction, it would be to thoroughly read the instructions. They look simple, so I just scanned over and got building. You’ll find that each sheet contains pieces from one size of planter, great so far. The problems come in when you realize that that there are subtle size difference in some of the pieces which, upon close inspection, you can see on the instructions, but not at first reading.
The issue only came to light for me when one planter had big gaps on it’s corners. Thankfully easily fixed, but I would recommend taking your time putting these together and dry fitting, even though it doesn’t look like you’ll need to.
With that niggle out of the way though, these go together beautifully. You will need to glue the exterior pieces, including the acrylic cross pieces.
On the table:
For 28mm miniatures, these provide partial cover, so your guys can still peep over the top of them if needed. So, if you’re looking for a product which completely blocks their view, this isn’t it!
The range of sizes and shapes adds a great flexibility to how you can use them. However, the acrylic holotrees are a bit of a pain. My plan was to leave them loose and un-glued to make them easier to store and reduce the chances of them getting damaged. By not gluing them they have a tendency to wobble and fall out as they’re quite unstable. I think I will probably use some blu tack to resolve this, but it’s worth noting if you’re planning to pick these up.
Despite the instructions and the wobbly trees, these are some of the best pieces of scatter I’ve had on the table top and would highly recommend them. They’re well designed and have a lot of character for your games.
The set of nine is enough to cover quite a noticeable area of your table as well, but I will probably look to get a second set for my 4’x4’at some point in the future.
Garbage Geezers – £8.99
Small but effective, this nine pack of futuristic trash cans is a simple but effective addition to a gaming table.
What’s in the box:
There are nine, almost identical trash cans with each set. They have a simple acrylic backboard which have a variety of messages on, but aside from that? They’re all the same.
As before, they have pre-colored MDF on the outside, meaning that once built, you’re ready to play. With typical Warmill flare, this is done two tone so that it has a lot more impact than you’d expect.
Same again with the instructions, this time the issue is that the interior is made of an MDF net. The front and back of this net are different sizes, with the small at the front. If you get this wrong, then the acrylic sign on the back drops a little too low. But, again, once you realize this, you’ll be fine with doing them all.
Another criticism lies with how you’re advise to fit the main external cover. This is supplied as a single part which you’re advise to glue at the front then roll the internal net over it:
I found that when doing this it placed too much strain on the small joins at the back of the piece making them fray. It was easy to fix, but I would recommend rolling until the can is on it’s top, then do the rest by hand to have more control and avoid this issue.
That said, when you get in the flow, these go together quickly, easily and well. They’re a quick build and end up looking a lot better than their build time would suggest.
On the table:
Again, for 28mm, they don’t completely cover the mini, but do provide a good amount of cover. They are perfect for small pieces of scatter to break up space or add some variety to your table.
At the price they’re sold at, coming pre-colored, in a set of nine and pretty simple to put together there’s a lot to recommend with this set. As with the Fauxliage, the instructions require careful attention, but with that done these will be a great addition to any sci-fi/ steampunk table.
So, there you have it, our first reviews of Warmill terrain. Overall, I am really impressed and, despite the small issues with the instructions not being as fool proof as they could be, I’d highly recommend them.
In the coming weeks you’ll see the next step when we review the monstrous S.L.A.B city terrain set, so keep your eyes out for the review when it arrives.