15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – Small Desert Houses (Gale Force Nine BB222)

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Small Desert Houses (Gale Force Nine BB222) 1:100, 1/100 scale, Battlegroup, What a Tanker Terrain

Another terrain review for you all today. I’ve got painted hobby stuff to show, but I still need to get out there and take the pics, so another 15mm terrain review is in order in the interim! This time for the Flames of War-branded Small Desert Houses set from GF9. Once again, the pieces come bubble wrapped inside the box, though there was no card “shell” around them this time.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Small Desert Houses (Gale Force Nine BB222) 1:100, 1/100 scale, Battlegroup, What a Tanker Terrain

The four pieces appear to be pretty hardy, with the small building having its roof inverted for shipping in the same way as the small Ruined Desert Houses, that are basically the same “model” of building. As you can see, the set contains two buildings rather than three, with one being a “double”-sized house of the same general type as the smaller ones.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Small Desert Houses (Gale Force Nine BB222) 1:100, 1/100 scale, Battlegroup, What a Tanker Terrain

Here we have the other side of both buildings, taken apart.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Small Desert Houses (Gale Force Nine BB222) 1:100, 1/100 scale, Battlegroup, What a Tanker Terrain

This shot shows what it looks like when we add the infantry – inside as well as on the roof sections of this piece.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Small Desert Houses (Gale Force Nine BB222) 1:100, 1/100 scale, Battlegroup, What a Tanker Terrain

And assembled to show the appearance with infantry, and a StugIII to provide scale.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Small Desert Houses (Gale Force Nine BB222) 1:100, 1/100 scale, Battlegroup, What a Tanker Terrain

And yeah – that’s it for this one. Once again, I’ll be leaving the conclusion paragraph from some of the previous reviews of these as it’s equally valid for this set, and when someone finds this review in the future while trying to find some info on these models it’s the pertinent conclusion.

Given the intent of this review, which is to provide some images and simple thoughts on a set that I was unable to find any information on online aside from box pics, I’m not going to “score” the set. I purchased them myself from an online retailer and they’re not exactly cheap, even compared to GW’s plastic offerings. For those with the time and inclination to scratchbuild or 3D print something, I have no doubt that you’re going to be able to create something better than this. I imagine Sarissa et al also have MDF kits of Adobe buildings that also look far better than these pieces. I’m personally happy with them, though – the no effort required, “open and play” nature of these for me really wins out, and that convenience is where the premium price for these comes from, as opposed to fine detail or sculpt quality.

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.

10 thoughts on “15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – Small Desert Houses (Gale Force Nine BB222)

    • Cheers Dave – that’s very much the plan. Of course with a few more kits it also gives you many more options on what you use and what you don’t rather than needing to use everything (or almost everything) every time you set up to play…

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    • Absolutely Roger – and in a cse like mine, going from no 15mm terrain (cardboard cut-outs) to “Open box, place on table, done.” makes a huge difference and lets me keep my focus on painting the models.

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