15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186)

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186), 15mm, 1/100, 1:100, Team Yankee, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Today there’s another terrain review. I know that a lof of the readers here prefer painted minis (naturally!) I still have a lot of terrain to review here, especially given that when I was looking at purchasing these items myself there was little to nothing out there on many (most!) of them besides the box pics and official glamour shots. So it’s like a public service.

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186), 15mm, 1/100, 1:100, Team Yankee, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Inside the retail box, we once again have a fitted polystyrene tray for the three main of this set.Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186), 15mm, 1/100, 1:100, Team Yankee, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

…and when removed and opened up, we also have the two buffer stops hidden neatly away inside the building sections.

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186), 15mm, 1/100, 1:100, Team Yankee, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Once “assembled” we have the switching tower – which I know Kuribo will love based on his own posting history – and the two stops.

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186), 15mm, 1/100, 1:100, Team Yankee, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Reverse shot for completeness. I don’t have any 1:100 scale rail at this point, so I’ll just use the buffer stops as general storage of coal/rocks/etc – probably butted up against a building.

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186), 15mm, 1/100, 1:100, Team Yankee, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

Inside, we can fit a standard medium-sized infantry stand in each of the floors. No surprise there!

Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186), 15mm, 1/100, 1:100, Team Yankee, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

And finally the scale shot with some armour. As mentioned, I don’t own any railway stuff to scale, but I figure this building can also work well as a pretty generic one aside a factory, or a square of whatever type with an industrial-ish looking building next to it.

As always, I purchased this set from a retailer with my own moneys and have no incentive to say anything good, bad or ugly about them. I quite like this one – it has a nice inherent variety to it with the two floors being different colours and a different outer construction but still feels cohesive. Likewise, I also like the appearance of the roofing, which has a feel of both sheetmetal and asbestos(!) to it, again complimenting the industrial feel and the variety in the one piece. Like all of these sets, it could/would benefit from some easy weathering and some (more tedious) painting of the interior’s featureless black walls. It’s another one I can see getting done in the short-to-medium term, but even without it, this set was relatively inexpensive and while possibly not your first purchase, it’s still one I can recommend if you’re looking to add to an existing collection of 15mm/1:100 buildings.

14 thoughts on “15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box – Train Yard Switching Tower (BB186)

    • Thanks John! Yeah I think it’s scaled up a little over the true size of these buildings for gameplay purposes so you can fit the infantry stands in there. The opposite really of most wargaming buildings!

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  1. How dare you buy this and show it off on here!!! I worked hard to mess mine up and you haven’t done one ounce of work on this (outside of earning enough income to be able to pay for it, of course)! 😀

    In all seriousness, I think this is a really nice bit of kit and I think the buffer stops are a really thoughtful addition. I kind of wish they made one that fit Fallout better because I’d buy one and save myself a lot of hassle, if so!

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    • Oh, don’t be silly – it’s only the “critical, self-conscious eye of the artist” that makes you think your terrain is any less than it is! I’ll likely be updating these last two sets pretty soon for Dave’s challenge, though I’ve also got other things I want to complete that have been hangfing out on the desk for far, far too long…
      They do have a fair whcak of 28/32mm scenery, but nothing really like this – it’s all either fantasy, 40k or (more recently) Star Wars Legion-oriented…

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    • Thanks mate – I couldn’t find anything at all on most of these sets when I was looking at starting in 15mm, so I thought it’d be good to post up some pics to help out others int he future. 🙂

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