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PostSubject: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Mon 3 Aug 2009 - 21:22

A friend and mordheim compatriot of mine received a package from Croatia today, which he brough over so we could theorize on how to make the most of the contents and snap some pictures.

This is what he brought with him.

My hopes were sky high, but expectations were kept moderate. I needn't have worried though. With Tabletop World such a new company, and (AFAIK) this house being one of their first, I figured we'd have to live with a few start-up hickups. Not so. All my negative points about this kit are purely aesthetical ones, and superficially so at that.

Let's start out with a little show and tell!

Those wonderful stone walls is what's got everyone's mouths watering at the sight of these houses. The detail certainly didn't dissapoint. Crisp, sharp, no obvious bubbles that I could see. That white blob next to the Marienburger is a loose barrel that was included btw. You'll see more of that guy later on. I was a bit surprised the bottom floor came pre-glued together, so you have a sturdy base to build the rest on.
A bit cramped if you're planning on making an interior perhaps, but perfect scale for Mordheim. The walls are exactly 2" high.


Another pic, with the first floor on. No real guides on how it's supposed to go on, which is nice if you want to combine several kits for an even richer merchant's house.. but might leave you with balcony supports sticking out too far or something if you're very careless. I really like the simple and clean construction design. Very easily customizable.


Some of the accessories. The chimney was actually the only real letdown - that sandy texture really doesn't do anything for me (goes for the upper floor walls as well) and the top piping looks more like glue bottle caps than anything I perceive as accurate. In this picture, we've already shaved off some suspicious-looking vertical ribbing actually.


The moneyshot Very Happy
Very nice overall size in my opinion. The one big minus would be that a regular 20mm base doesn't quite fit on the balcony. The plan is to expand this one 5mm. I noticed it looks like the ruined coaching inn uses the same balconies, but the doors are open on that kit so it won't be as big of a problem there.

I could see no warping whatsoever, and the closest we come to any sort of miscast is the slightly chipped chimney top. Never before have I handled a resin kit that required so little prep work. Or well.. I'll report how that goes once we try undercoating this thing, but after a quick scrubbing with a dish detergent and water, the pieces don't feel greasy at all.

The roof design of the upper floor.. auxilary box? outbuilding? presented a bit of a stumbling block to our interior design ambitions. The final plan is to completely assemble the roof on the right-facing side (as seen on my pictures) and magnetizing the away-facing roof. Reports on that coming once we have progress to show Very Happy

Actually I'm taking way too much credit here. I'm just cheerleader/paparazzi on this project. Let's see if we can get him to speak for himself, maybe show some of his gypsy warband off as well.

Hope my ramblings have been a little bit informative. I might have gotten a bit overexcited and just needed to get this out here tonight Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 1:04

Thanks a lot for this review! I see what you mean about the chimney. Funny, you don't notice these things when looking at the incredibly painted finished building.

It's good to hear that the model seems to require little washing. I've had some terrible experience with mould release before.

This was their third building, by the way. The did the Medieval Inn and the Forge before that.

I look forward to the next instalment! bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 3:43

Amazing what not sleeping can accomplish...



And they´re Strigany, not gypsies.



Interior, upper floor, unfinished.



Ground floor.
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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 4:09

Coool!! It looks great! thumbsup

So did you extend the balcony? That archer seems to fit in there now.

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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 4:19

VERY COOL! Insomnia has its benefits; the exterior turned out GREAT. Nice choice of colors. I had been wondering what the second ledge was for & whether there was a way upstairs...NOW I know Suspect . Keep up the GOOD WORK! thumbsup

I'd wager that, if asked, "what's a Strigany?", the answer would be "a Gypsy". Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 4:45

Actually, there is no interior on the model itself, the stairs and floor boards are made from coffe stirers.
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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 4:55

HarryMason wrote:
Actually, there is no interior on the model itself, the stairs and floor boards are made from coffe stirers.

COOL! That makes it uniquely your own creation, AND all those coffee stirrers explain why you can't sleep Suspect . WELL DONE! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 5:00

Well done! And it's great to see how you can really improve the interior with the help of cheap coffee stirrers.
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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 11:02

Wow! I am jealous.
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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Tue 4 Aug 2009 - 11:44

Yet again another amazing building!!
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PostSubject: Re: Tabletop World's Merchant's House - Super quick review   Wed 5 Aug 2009 - 12:55

Thank you guys for such a great review, we are glad that our building can make someones playing experience a bit better. The way you constructed the interior is great. It shows how with a little time and effort you can make your own unique structure.

This is actually the first time we see on the net a picture of our product painted by somebody else. We really hope for more reviews like this one.

Thanx again for ordering our product, any question will be answered with joy.

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