15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box – Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

Another quick prepainted terrain review today – it’s the Concrete Walls set from Gale Force Nine/Battlefield in a Box, though this time it’s got Team Yankee branding rather than Flames of War.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

This set comes with pretty good protective packaging, with the pieces in a custom polystyrene shell. I have a feeling this might possibly be older packaging as so much of the similar FoW stuff has been bubble-wrapped and taped, and we know companies are moving away from using unnecessary polystyrene (mine just went into the bin to save space). I’ll may look at picking up another set so I can get more table coverage with them if I can find one cheap, so if there’s any difference I may edit it in here.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

This set really doesn’t look like a lot of money, does it? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed when I got these out. Being rational, I guess the price on these is about 2/3 or less than the Desert Walls, though these are probably getting to the level of “may as well 3D print something very similar instead” Which is pretty much how I feel about things like Dragon’s Teeth.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

The painting on these is completely fit for purpose, though it’s also veeeeeery simple. As always, the biggest benefit of these is “Open box, put on table. Done!” So there’s obviously that.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

I decided to immediately add weathering to these, since they clearly would only take a few minutes to do. The wall in front/on our right is the unboxed wall, and on the left/behind is my weathered wall – overall drybrushed a less bright light grey to the shipped grey/white, heavy drybrush dark brown along lower/ground area, light partial drybrush a light khaki irregularly all over.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

And here they are, weathered and done and ready to be put away (after the monthly round-up, at least!) I didn’t feel that weathering these deserved their own post, so I added them in here to the review – and I guess they can also serve to show how easily they can be made a little less clinical.

16 thoughts on “15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box – Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

  1. Those are indeed very basic, but do the job. The weathering really improves them. Thinking about it, cutting some plastic card to size and coverign it with a mixture of filler, small stones, grey powdered pigment and PVA may yield a very similar, if not better result. Might take a tad longer, so I see why gamers with no time to build terrain would go for it.

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    • Yeah, in almost all cases for the simpler terrain I’ve picked up, scratchbuilding would end up with a much nicer result for those with the basic sklills to pull it off (and usually a lot cheaper to boot!) And of course, those with higher-level skills would do even better.
      The advantage to these, and what you’re really paying for is ease of use. It’s just a matter of where the time/money line is between making them ones’ self and buying them, and with these we’re getting towards my own line.
      Given how many models I have to paint, and 15mm being a new scale that I don’t (didn’t) own anything for, I’ve been on the “get something decent-to-good looking on the table” side, so I can spend the time instead working on the models. And I guess taking 10 minutes to weather something slightly overpriced is probably better than starting another never-finish project. Once I can reliably 3D print them on the other hand…

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    • Yeah, On balance – and after a couple of HO plastic kits I clipped yesterday – I’ll go with their value over unassembled kits, but maybe not over the 3D printed equivalents. I’ll have to decide that after getting some 3d printed ones. 🙂

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  2. Nice and useful – though they don’t really look like real life concrete barriers (not that I’ve ever seen anyway) – I guess in 15mm it probably won’t matter too much and you’ve done a good job painting them 🙂

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    • They really look closest to freeway barriers as opposed to walls or Jersey Barriers. They’re an odd design, though I can only assume they’re based on *something* from real life. Not sure what/where exactly, though….

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