As a fairly new company Multiverse Gaming Terrain asked for a few sites to review some of their products and I was lucky enough to be one of those selected to get some goodies to have a look over. With a couple of ranges designed for different scales of games (30mm and 15mm), I was excited to take a look at their Dark City 30 range as from the previews I had seen it looked perfect for the Batman Miniature Game 🙂
I received from them a couple of kits to look over. The Street Furniture kit as well as the Corner Apartment Building. Todya I’ll be having a look at and giving my thoughts on the Corner Apartment Building, but keep your eyes peeled in the next couple of days for the same on the Street Furniture 🙂
So without further ado, let’s take a look at how the building looks straight out the envelope it came in…
As you can see it looks pretty good detail and quality wise. It’s cut onto good thick MDF, which should mean a nice strong building once put together. The cutting itself is perfect, with a lot of the pieces just falling straight off the sprue and any others only needing the one cut with the old hobby knife. The one peice I was pleasantly surprised to see was the detail sheet…
This is cut from a thick sheet of card and gives some sections to detail the corners of the buildings as well as the windows and doors, something lacking in a lot of the other kits I have seen.
So far this kit is looking pretty good but let’s see how it goes together…
Construction took me around an hour to an hour and a half, and was a doddle. Each kit has a set of downloadable instructions available from the Multiverse Gaming Terrain webpage which are clear and concise. The only issue I had was an error in the way I constructed the top floor, meaning it won’t slot on properly without cutting off some pieces. This is an error that has been addressed with an edit to the instructions, but I would still make sure you keep an eye on this when building your own. It’s an easy mistake to make, even for experienced builders 🙂
Overall I found this to be an exceptional kit, definitely worth the asking price of 31.99 euro (around £23), in fact on reflection that price is stupidly cheap for the quality of this kit. As you can see from the images, the detailing is superb. The touches on the door, windows and especially the addition of the cornerstones (which hides the joins brilliantly) are a genius touch which I am certain will be ‘borrowed’ by other manufacturers in no time.
I also love that each floor separates easily but still feel secure when attached, as well as movable doors. It means you can move the action indoors, floor by floor, and add an extra dimension to your games.
In conclusion here’s some pros and cons of the kit:
Pros: Cheap; At only 31.99 euro (around £23) it’s a bargain.
High quality; The MDF is thick and the way it goes together means it feels very secure.
Detailed; The patterns etched into the walls are fairly standard, but the additional card details jsut add that extra wow factor.
Functional; It’s designed with gaming in and around it, and suit a variety of games.
Cons: Honestly the only thing that comes to mind is the roof construction in the instructions, but this has already been addressed and I think in part it’s down to my own error and excitement to get it together 🙂
Finally let’s take a look at it with a few miniatures, that’s what it’s for after all and it gives a good sense of scale…