15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – House Extensions (BB167)

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - House Extensions (BB167), 15mm, 1:100, 1/100 buildings, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, Team Yankee

I still haven’t had the energy to photograph any new painted models, but the good news is that Marouda and I did manage to get a bunch of stuff cleaned out and consolidated – and I have been painting regularly and completing models. I’ll have photos of new stuff up by next weekend, so in the interim, I’ll have at least a couple more of these terrain reviews that I photographed months ago. This one follows on from all of those building sets, and is effectively an expansion pack for them.

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - House Extensions (BB167), 15mm, 1:100, 1/100 buildings, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, Team Yankee

Inside the retail box, we have a blister tray, much like those from GW’s kits of yesteryear once they phased out the polystyrene trays…

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - House Extensions (BB167), 15mm, 1:100, 1/100 buildings, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, Team Yankee

…and inside, you get this line-up of little building-ettes! And also a small monument.

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - House Extensions (BB167), 15mm, 1:100, 1/100 buildings, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, Team Yankee

Instead of lining them up, we’ll go straight to the money shot so you can see how they work – simply butt them up against an existing building, and you’ve got a bit of added interest that also works well if you want to have these buildings set out with a little more distance rather than in a street row. They’re still pretty close together here, though that’s for the photo, though they really do make them into more convincing large detatched houses to my eye.

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - House Extensions (BB167), 15mm, 1:100, 1/100 buildings, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, Team Yankee

And in a pretty sweet touch, when I was faffing about trying to figure out how I would store them, I found that they fit inside the larger buildings quite nicely.

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - House Extensions (BB167), 15mm, 1:100, 1/100 buildings, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, Team Yankee

In fact, the entire set disappears inside the larger buildings that I already own without a problem. I do like this!

As always, I purchased these sets from a retailer with my own moneys and have no incentive to say anything good, bad or ugly about them. The painting on these is fine and matches specific parger buildings from the BFIAB range, though if you lack a certain building, repainting these little lean-tos would be a doddle. As with the full buildings, adding a little weathering/drybrushing will really make a difference on these, which I will do at some stage at the same time as the larger ones.

I really do like this set, and IF you already have a few of the full-sized buildings and want an aesthetic upgrade to them, I have no hesitation in recommending these as a purc

hase. If you want them to add to other buildings, for example 3-d printed ones, I think they’d also work pretty well, though at that point you’ll have to (re)paint them to match your prints, so that might lessen their value slightly. For me though, this was a set I saw on the storefront over the period of time when I was purchasing the larger houses, and had a “well, maybe one day, but I need actual buildings first, but I guess they could be alright” kind of attitude to them. Having gotten them I’m quite glad I picked them up, and they do go a long way so there’s also no need for a second set – which is also good in a lot of ways!

17 thoughts on “15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – House Extensions (BB167)

    • Thanks Mark – hoping to have some models ready for Europe soon. I’ve got some primed/basecoated but have been fiddling with metal infantry to finish the DAK lately instead….

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  1. They appear to be an effective addition to give more character to the main buildings and to differentiate them from each other. They are probably designed as additions to buildings in villages or back gardens of towns, rather than in the heart of the city. Is it expected that military units enter them?

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    • A good summary, though it’s important to remember scale and the amount of buildings that would be needed to represent even a small city at this scale – most “towns” on the tabletop tend to be about 2-5 buildings at best when you think about it, which is below even a small village in realistic numbers. At 15mm rather than 28/32mm it requires even more to fill a table.
      As for their uses, they’re too small for troops to enter, so their use is primarily aesthetic, though they can do a small amount of LOS-blocking as well to restrict or remove some long, straight lines of fire depending on the overall layout.

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  2. These look well thought out to me and like a handy upgrade to the houses you’ve been showing off recently too. You should have plenty of options for your WWII games I’d say! 🙂

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    • Thanks Kuribo – that’s the plan, though I also have a good selection of modern armour as well. I’ll eventually get around to putting up a post of my musings on playing Team Yankee/Moderns in the near future, since I’ve got some thoughts for discussion…

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