It’s about time we reviewed some laser cut terrain, and we’re starting off by taking a look at two pieces from Demo’s Laser-Cut Designs. DLCD is an American company specialising in 28mm wargaming terrain kits which are laser cut from various types of wood and board in an effort to offer a low cost and green alternative to plastic or resin terrain. In this review we will be looking at DLCDs Steampunk Factory and Antenna Tower kits.
The kits arrived as shown below, each one in a plastic bag with an informational strip along to top describing the contents and price, and displaying the DLCD logo.
We decided to work on the smaller of the kits first, the 28mm Antenna Tower. This kit is from DLCDs range of modern/near future 28mm gaming accessories and is available from DLCD for $12 (around £7.70) .
Inside the bag we found all of the pieces needed to assemble the antenna tower, plus the picture of the completed model, and a decent set of instructions explaining how best to put the tower together.
This was a really quick and easy kit to put together, we used PVA glue and had our finished tower within about 5 minutes of opening the bag.
The finished Antenna Tower stands around 8.5 inches tall and has a 2.5 square inch base. We think it would make a great objective to fight over in your wargames and in future we’d like to see DLCD make some additional accessories to go on top such as a radar dish or look-out platform. In the picture below we have included a Warhammer 40k Space Marine for Scale.
With the Antenna Tower complete, its time to start on the larger of the two kits. The full name of this kit is the 28mm 3-Story Steampunk Factory Ruined building front with balcony and no side windows. This 28mm ruined building is available for $29 (around £18.50) and is available in a couple of different configurations such as with or without windows & balcony.
The kit contents include, a picture of the completed kit, a comprehensive 4 page instruction booklet, a 5″ x 6″ birch wood base and…
1x building front, 2x side walls, 3x floors, 4x pieces to build the balcony and…
4x edging strips, 3x loose rubble pieces, 2x doors, and a whole load of steampunk details including window frames and corner edging. *phew*
We started our building by gluing the 3 floors into the building front using PVA glue and then gluing on the 2 sides.
Next up, we constructed the balcony and glued it to the front, followed by the doors and then the edging strips. The edging strips needed to be cut to size (we used a razor saw) which is mentioned in the instructions. After that we glued the whole structure to the birch wood base.
Then we added the first half of the steampunk details. We were actually quite happy with the look of the building at this stage and were tempted to leave off the rest of the details.
Here you can see we have attached the rest of the steampunk details, plus the loose rubble pieces. We have also included a 28mm Warhammer 40k Space Marine miniature for scale.
Here are our two finished kits side by side.
We are now big fans of laser cut terrain, they look great and were very quick and easy to assemble. They also feel quite durable and less brittle than plastic/resin terrain. We think these two kits from DLCD will fit in perfectly with some of the games we play, especially Warhammer 40k and Necromunda, in fact the steampunk building would make a great Adeptus Mechanicus ruin if painted in a red/silver scheme. If you’d like to see more of the DLCD’s range or order some of these for yourself head over to demoslaser-cutdesigns.weebly.com.