Welcome to today’s review in which we are looking at a neat little set of handmade crates we found on eBay from user Karl7582. These handmade crate sets are a really useful accessory for 28mm sci-fi wargames such as Warhammer 40k, Necromunda, and Infinity, providing simple cover to hide behind or objectives to try and control. We find that simple terrain accessories like this are always useful to have access to, as they can be used in many ways in our games.
Here you can see the red crate set we ordered from Karl on eBay, it’s priced at £6 (around $10) for 10 handmade and hand painted crates, ready for use on the tabletop battlefield.
Each crate set includes 5 large and 5 small crates. The larger crates are around 4.5cm square and the smaller ones are around 3cm square. The crates are constructed from wooden blocks with card panels attached and then hand painted. Due to being made of wood, they have a nice robust feel and weight and we have no doubt that they’ll last a long time.
Here you can see some close ups of the different panels on the crates. The top and sides have a mix of panel designs, and the bottom of each crate is a single flat panel to ensure that these crates sit flat and stack easily.
In this photo we’ve included a 28mm Warhammer 40k Ork Boy for scale, as you can see, both sizes of crate are easily large enough to provide cover for infantry sized models, but are small enough that models could likely climb on top of them for a better shooting position.
Although we chose red, these sets come in a range of colours. Karl kindly sent us a sample of the different colours available with our order, and explained that these are hand painted with a mix of acrylics and emulsion paint dependant on the colour.
The great thing about a simple wargaming accessory such as this crate set is that they can be really versatile, and we can think of plenty of ways these will be used in our games. Firstly, a small collection of crates can easily be organised into a makeshift bunker, barricade, or corridor as shown in the picture below. Again we have included a Warhammer 40k Space Marine and a few Ork boys for scale purposes.
You’re not limited to a single layer of terrain with this, the crates have a nice weight to them so you can easily stack them and know that your models can safely climb and stand on top, adding a real 3D feel to your skirmishes.
Quite often we find our games involve defending and capturing objective markers. These crates are a great, simple way to represent these objectives, there are 10 in each set so easily enough for most missions. The photo below shows a Space Marine defending an objective from several Warhammer 40k Ork Boyz, for scale. The crate could contain an ancient relic, a powerful weapon, or anything else you can think of, and it can change with every game you play.
At £6 for 10, we think a set of crates like this is a great accessory for any wargamer. They’re durable enough to transport around, and can be used in a variety of different ways in your games. We also like the handmade aspect of these and consisting of solid wood, they have a nice feel to them. Arriving pre-painted is also good news, so you can use these in a game a soon as they are delivered. With their simple panelled design these crates will fit well in many of the games we play, especially Warhammer 40k, Necromunda and Infinity, becoming useful terrain or even objectives to try and control. Let us know what you think of this crate set in the comments below. If you’d like to see the other handmade wargaming accessories Karl has on offer, which include bunkers, ruins, and shipping containers, head over to his eBay page.