15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – Ruined Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB229)

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Ruined Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB229) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Today I have the next of these Terrain unboxings of the Battlefield in a Box stuff I picked up recently. Once again, it very much follows the same format as the others, and even includes some copypasted text, 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 - Ruined Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB229) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Unlike the regular (undamaged) walls, there’s no taped-in card wraparound, these ones came loose inside, but at least they’re still bubble wrapped and have a cardboard shell.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Ruined Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB229) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

And here we are again. Doesn’t look like a lot of money, does it?

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Ruined Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB229) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Unwrapped, we can see that there’s a decent variety of pieces. Only two are dupes – the taller wall sections – while all of the short walls sections are unique.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Ruined Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB229) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

As with the undamaged wall set, once “expanded”, it actually takes up a good amount of table space. As our Tiger I shows here, the ruined gate offers a fair bit more “playability” than the closed gate. Aside from simply offering more variety and some cool combinations of the two sets, I like the idea of being able to combine the two to potentially house rule some rules for a “breakout” or “defence” scenario where either escaping defenders, or perhaps attackers need to breach the gate (or walls) to attack.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Ruined Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB229) 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Just like in the undamaged wall set, the little well, surrounded by bricks is pretty nice. They’ve given it some damage and instead of a clean blue the water is a muddy brown, which is a nice touch. Likewise, the ruined gate could be used for either impassable terrain, rough ground or you could even consider it clear ground for vehicles if you wanted to keep the aesthetic of a gate/archway while showing an open or cleared path.  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 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.

I liked the regular walls enough to (just this week) manage to get hold of a second set. Since more of these sculpts are unique, and the set contains more simple straights rather than “L” corner pieces, I think it’s quite a bit more versatile. If I can find a second set of these I think I’ll definitely grab another. I like these ones. A lot.

10 thoughts on “15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – Ruined Desert Walls (Gale Force Nine BB229)

  1. Another great review mate, and can see the combining to give a bigger footprint.
    When I was creating a wall set I had planned to do damaged versions as well so during games if a wall got blown up you could represent it.

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  2. I think this is a really nice set. Maybe the most useful one yet. The little details help these look nice on the battlefield as well. Thanks for sharing and keep the unboxings coming as they’re a good read!

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    • Yeah, I really do like this one. I need to take some more photos of these sets again soon(ish) with some different sized models (including 28mm/Warhammer/etc) for scale. There are SO many more unboxings to come. I’ve been amassing a decent collection of terrain for 15mm, a bit at a time, over the past few months.

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