15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB225)

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB225) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain

Today I have the next of these Terrain unboxings of the Battlefield in a Box stuff I picked up recently. I think these will follow very much the same format as one another, since the point is really to give people a good solid look at what you get in the boxes as there’s not a lot out there aside from the glamour shots on the box and GF9 website when you’re looking around to see what you get and how it all looks.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB225) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain

Opening the box you get a cardboard sleeve….

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB225) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain

That contains a lot of little bubble wrapped parcels behind the packing tape…

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB225) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain

OK. Here we are. Not all that impressive at this point, I have to say.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB225) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain

Once laid out, they do cover a reasonable amount of space. Apologies for the bottom of the closest walls being cut off in the photo. They’re not perfect, and dareIsay, you or I could likely make something just as good or better pretty easily out of foamcore and/or thick card/mouinting board/etc -but, as I mentioned in the previous review, you’re paying a premium for something that’s ready to go – right out of the box. The smaller walls work perfectly as cover for infantry and artillery, while the larger walls work as blockers for line of sight. I’m actually just thinking now that the larger walls would also work for 28/32mm scale, so I might take a pic of a 28mm model alongside and slip it in later on.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB225) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain

The little well, surrounded by bricks is pretty nice, and would take a bit more effort to replicate, as would the gate. The whole set contracts to take up quite a small amount of space for storage as well, which honestly is a good thing. These are made of the same resin as the other sets I’ve looked at, and while I’m sure they’d be likely to break or shatter if dropped on a hard floor, they’re hardy enough for a games table, and the one that fell onto the (thinly) carpeted floor did just bounce with no issues.

The pieces are all textured in a simple coat of rough, textured paint that has been given a simple drybrush. There’s a small amount of variation in the finish between the pieces, which makes sense as they’re clearly the products of a prodution line – though it’s not something that bothered me. There’s also a small amount of warping, and you can see there’s a bit of wonk in them not all lining up properly, both in terms of not being perfectly on a 90 degree angle, or even just the edges of the walls being the exact same height. If these were sold as a plastic or MDF kit, I’d be upset, but as they’re a “Ready to go” product, I ironically have slightly lower standards, despite the price. Simply put, the hobby time I’m not spending to make perfect walls is time I’m spending working on more models. I do enjoy working on scenery, but to be blunt, I enjoy working on scenery that’s a bit more exciting than these pieces.

With a small amount of effort, these could be made to look a lot better as well, but the nice thing is doing so isn’t needed to get them onto the table for a decent looking game. Once again, I’m quite happy with these. I am actually considering picking up a second set so I have the versatility to cover a much larger amount of table space while remaining reasonably consistent.

14 thoughts on “15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB225)

  1. I wonder how long it will be until you feel the need to invest that “small amount of effort” and improve the look of them for your table?

    Thank you for the photos, and the review of them, and as said as a “ready to go” option they do work quite well.

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  2. I agree with everything you said. Not mind-blowing terrain but it more than serves its purpose. I’d agree that working on this terrain from scratch wouldn’t be the most fun task either. I’d say you spent your money well 🙂

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    • Thanks Kuribo. It’s not something I’d hate doing, just that there’s a lot of other things I’d rather do, so skipping it and being able to go right to the table works for me. I can always add more later, but the card stuff got retired the moment the box of terrain arrived. 🙂

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    • For sure. There’s also a damaged walls set that I’m yet to post up (soon, but minis first) that I’d have gotten another set of if I could find one as it’s a bit more versatile. I’ll probably grab another of these at some point, though. 🙂

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