Today we’re building the 28mm Farmhouse Ruin kit from Timeline Miniatures, a company who produce a range of wargaming accessories and buildings in 28mm, 20mm, and 15mm scales. The 28mm Farmhouse Ruin is a low cost kit designed for Bolt Action and similar WWII themed game systems, but we also think its got potential elsewhere in post-apocalyptic settings and even RPGs such as D&D – So many tabletop games make use of ruined scenery.
The 28mm Farmhouse Ruin kit consists of 5 sheets of laser-cut MDF, which come in a bag along with an instruction sheet. It’s priced at just £6 (around $9.40) which feels like good value for a scenery piece of this size.
The instruction sheet is single sided, and appears very basic. However, as we started to build this kit we found these instructions to be more than adequate as the kit is very well designed and was simple and fun to put together.
Here you can see two of the three larger laser-cut MDF sheets that come with the kit. These two contain all of the internal and external walls between them, and as you can see some of the external walls have some exposed brick details engraved on them.
The remaining larger MDF sheet is the base of the building, and measures piece is 158mm x 101mm. This piece is detailed with exposed tiles which will be visible inside the assembled ruin.
Of the two smaller MDF sheets, one contains the window frames, window sills, and door frame, while the other sheet contains debris that can be used to decorate and personalise the model.
As mentioned on the instruction sheet, all of the laser-cut parts on the sheets we just examined are held in place by a couple of 1mm uncut sprues. To release the parts you simply cut the remaining 1mm spots with a craft/hobby knife and the parts will easily and cleanly drop out of the sheet. Here you can see we have separated all the internal and external walls from the 2 larger sheets which took just a couple of minutes.
And here are the window and door parts, plus the contents of the debris sprue which includes fallen masonry and rafters. As the remaining larger sheet makes up the entire base of the building, there is no cutting needed there.
In assembling the 28mm Farmhouse Ruin, we follow the advice on the instruction sheet in starting with the 4 internal walls.
Here are the first 2 internal walls in place. They slot together and then into the base plate very nicely, this kit has obviously been cut very accurately. In the second photo you can see we have done the same with the other 2 internal walls, locking everything together. For durability we are gluing all walls in place with PVA glue.
Next we start on the external walls. You can continue to follow the instructions at this point, but we found that everything is so well designed that it is really obvious what is meant to go where, and since each part has a different size tab that fits into the base plate, you can’t really go wrong.
This model is coming together quickly, and the next thing to assemble is the chimney stack. This is made up of three parts which fit together and then lock into the wall on the taller side of the building.
The parts you can see here are the window sills, these slot into each of the 6 empty windows on the farmhouse with the rounded side facing out.
With the sills in place we can then attach the window frames to the inside of each window, resting on the sill and secured with PVA glue. The door frame can be attached to the complete doorway at the front of the building.
We’ve already got a pretty good looking model, but you can also add the pieces from the debris sprue for extra detail and to individualise this kit if you are using more than one in a game. These pieces can be placed however you like, you can even opt to not glue them in place and just scatter them on the model each time you play. The second photo shows our completed 28mm Ruined Farmhouse.
What a great little kit for £6, here are a few photos from different angles so that you can see all the details. This was a very quick and fun kit to build.
We can see a lot of uses for a kit like this. One as mentioned on the Timeline Minatures site is WWII themed games including Bolt Action, this would definitely work really well there. A ruined farm can be used in so many settings though, we can imagine this being used in post-apocalyptic settings, and Warhammer 40k players know all about fighting on battlefields filled with ruins. Also, as you can see in the photos below RPGs like D&D & Pathfinder can work well too. In the following photos you can see the 28mm Farmhouse Ruin along with three 28mm Fantasy miniatures for scale.
The completed 28mm Farmhouse Ruin is 158mm x 101mm x 100mm high, that seems great value at just £6. The kit is very well designed making it enjoyable, quick, and simple to assemble. Timeline Miniatures also sell a non ruined version of this kit, so you can swap out the undamaged building for this ruin as it gets destroyed in-game. To see this and the other kits Timeline Miniatures have to offer, head over to http://www.timelineminiatures.co.uk/