Join us as we check out the M.T.S Shipping Containers and accessories from Scathach Games, a UK based company specialising in laser-cut terrain for games like Warhammer 40k, Necromunda, and Infinity. Scathach Games contacted us a while ago asking if we’d review some of their terrain, and kindly sent over the products below. First we’ll have a look at the parts included in the various kits, and then what we can build out of them. As you can see below, they’ll definitely be handy for modern and sci-fi skirmish and wargames.
Each of the kits we received came with a set of simple and clear instructions, letting you know what tools you might need as well as how each of the parts fit together to assemble the terrain piece. This is the instruction sheet for the smallest type of Shipping Container from Scathach Games, labelled as X1M.T.S-C on their website.
These are the laser-cut parts that will make up the smaller shipping containers. There are 3mm MDF parts for the main structure, and some thick card/greyboard parts for the layers of detail.
Similar instructions and parts are included for the medium sized container kit which Scathach lable X2M.T.S-C
The largest container kit we’re looking at today (X4M.T.S-C), also comes with similar parts, they’re just longer!
We started by building 2 small M.T.S Shipping Containers which you can see here, with a Warhammer 40k Space Marine for scale in the second photo. You can choose to build these with opened or closed doors, so we went with one of each..
A few minutes later we were able to assemble both the medium and large sized containers too.
One of the best features of these containers is how well they stack and lock together. They should be really useful as line-of-sight blocking terrain pieces even for taller models like Imperial Knights once stacked like this.
In addition to the containers, we’ve also got stairs and platforms to further extend what we can do with this terrain. Here’s the instructions sheet covering both the stairs and platforms.
These photos show the parts that will soon make up the platforms and stairs. Many of the parts have a fine grid pattern laser-etched on them for detail.
Here are the assembled stairs, theres a narrow and wide version and as you can see the spacing between each step is perfect for slotting in miniatures bases. On a few of the steps the grid pattern resulted in some tiny bits of detail breaking away on the edges, not a major thing as this is where steps would naturally wear anyway, but frustrating if you wanted brand new looking steps.
The platforms are really useful as toppers to the shipping containers, they fit nicely and lock into place due to the clever design.
Combining all the elements of these kits you end up with something pretty awesome, a very customisable and modular collection of scenery for your games. This can be arranged in lots of different ways ensuring that the battlefield is different each time you play.
We’re big fans of modular terrain for our wargames so that you can change things up each time you play, just to keep things interesting or so that your battlefield fits into a particular storyline. These kits are all available separately or as an M.T.S Starter Set for £15 (around $21.50) which feels quite reasonable for the 4 crates plus stairs and platforms. The styling of these is quite generic meaning they’ll easily fit into most games, we personally plan to sue them for Warhammer 40k, Necromunda, and Infinity. If you’d like to learn more about Scathach Games head over to http://scathach-games.myshopify.com/