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.
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
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