Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven – “Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed” – Review

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

The last set for a little while from my Dungeons and Lasers Woodhaven Kickstarter pledge. This set has four sets – two sci-fi and two more fantasy-themed.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

A bit of an odd way to do them – both will work for 40k-ish gaming, but the stone ones don’t work so well for more tech-oriented sci-fi, even Necromunda, and obviously the sci-fi steps aren’t going to be super useful for fantasy and D&D players. They’re fine for me since I play across genres, but it’s still an …interesting way to lump them together.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

The kit comes with two of each, though opening the kit up and clipping them off the sprue shows that there’s not a whole lot to either type.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

The fantasy ones are a lot more substantial when compared to the sci-fi ones. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed by the sci-fi steps.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

The sci-fi stairs also had a consistent sinkhole at the base of the stands. I dropped some “Extra Thick” Tamiya Plastic Cement (aka Sprue Goo), and later scraped away to make them somewhat even. I did my usual stippling of AK Easycast Texture Medium to add texture to the stone of the fantasy stairs.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stairs: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed" - Review

My verdict? The sci-fi stairs are a disappointment. They’re small and not especially stable. Even for a game you’d want to blu-tac them to whatever they’re being attached to for that game, and they don’t have the “perch a model on them” gimmick that the Wooden Town Stairs Set had. The fantasy stairs are unexciting but solid, and by far the better model from the two types in this set. If you can get these cheap – and have use for both types – then by all means pick these up, but keep your expectations quite …reserved and you won’t be disappointed.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven – “Stone Bridge” – Review

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

Another model from my pledge from the Dungeons and Lasers Woodhaven Kickstarter. This one I painted last Sunday, though the preparation took a bit longer with the mould lines and assembly and texturing and priming and drying time. and all that.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

The kit is made from two simple sprues, and is designed to integrate in with the Archon modular scenery sets. I didn’t want to spend a billion dollars on their terrain, so I mostly just got accessory-type stuff, like the stairs I’ve been showing recently as well as this bridge. The sets I did pick up from the pledge were ones I felt I could easily turn into wargaming ruins, because trying to make actual buildings with these gets real bloody expensive.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

You can also see here that the gaps between the flagstones is pretty huge. One of the downsides of using 3D models and 3D modellers for everything. They’d either need grit/texture applied to those gaps or if you’re lazy like me, weathering powders to stop them looking terrible. Due to needing to integrate with their other sets, there’s also gap on each end of the bridge. I could have plugged them, but those aren’t too bad once the model is painted.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

I also don’t see that as particularly more immersion breaking than a model with brown dirt and foliage walking on the stone bridge – and this way I retain flexibility in case I change my mind in the future or whatever – also time vs effort vs “good enough – get the thing on the table!”

Once assembled, the bridge is fine. The stones are pretty smooth, so if you’re keen to do something about that – as I was, then…

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

There is indeed a solution.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

As with all of the other bridges I’ve posted recently, this is another tiny thing that really would only cover a stream or creek.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

I actually think it’s work better in some ways on a 15mm table than a 25/28/32mm one. Even that “jump” to the edge of the bridge would be negligible if bumped up against one of the Battlefront Roads.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

Oh, I also painted the underside that will probably never be seen. So I may as well post it up here… Interestingly, the Dirty Down moss turned out much, much darker on this model. Perhaps the varnish hadn’t fully cured? I’m really not sure.

My verdict? It’s actually pretty much the same as the one given for the stairs shown so far. I think the Kickstarter price for this bridge was fair, and also truthfully about as much as I’d be willing to pay for it. It’s pretty small and that limits its effective use and versatility, though it can still have a place on the tabletop in a lot of cases.