Back to the Pet Store #1: Desert Bluffs

Not long after I posted up my Pet Store terrain find back in December, Marouda, Pyro and Orez took a detour to the Pet Warhouse where I got that first one after grabbing something to eat. Orez came inside with me, and we took a look at what was on offer.

I’ll tell the more interesting story with the next post on this stuff, but I managed to pick up a few pieces again as they had a pre-Christmas sale going. I thought this was a nice, impressively-sized piece of terrain that allows for gameplay in, around, and even over the top of it. It’ll go well with yesterday’s Shardwrack Spines.

I really need to get a few more mats, as my only desert mat is this one. The texture is nice, but it’s also very plain.

I intended to post this up before Christmas, but after all the bullshit that December brought, I’m showing this piece now in January. While it does fit the month’s theme it doesn’t count as something that I’ve done as this is untouched, and as bought. Even though this is a desert-ey bluff, I’m actually quite happy to leave the plants completely as-is, as they add a nice bit of interest and colour depth to the piece, and makes it a bit Oasis-ey. Wonderwalls and Pet Barns FTW!

“Endor”-style scenery …from the pet store.

I actually picked this up a couple of months ago now, but as I haven’t posted for a little while, I didn’t get a chance to photograph it until last night.

I first saw this at the local pet warehouse in the Aquarium section a couple of months ago, but didn’t have the spare funds at the time. I went back a couple of weeks later and they luckily still had a couple of them left. Now, at AU$50, it wasn’t cheap – but when compared to scenery kit prices, both from local places, GW, GF9 and many others, it’s actually pretty reasonable for something that’s finished and ready to plunk down on the tabletop and go. It’s the sort of thing that will work perfectly on a jungle-themed table, in a deathworld kill-zone, and across a whole lot of themes and time periods – from Borneo to Endor to Catachan.

I think it looks pretty bloody good, actually. The bridge and cave also offer additional “playability” for many wargames, which is always welcome. Having a piece that can be interacted with by your troops is almost always preferable to something that simply acts as a LOS-blocker, after all! Though let’s face it – a great looking LOS-blocker is always welcome as well! Our Space Marine, Primaris Marine, Wookiee and Imperial Officer provide scale. I’ll need to get some WWII infantry painted up for these things. Maybe I can do some over Christmas..?

Sure, I could spend a lot of time going to town on it and improving it further, but I’d much rather call this thing done without doing anything to it at all and using that time and energy on other stuff that’s yet unpainted or unfinished. I’ll need to keep an eye on the aquarium scenery in the future for more decently-priced pieces that can just be dropped straight onto the table with little to no work.