In today’s review we are going to be taking a look at some recently released terrain pieces plus some Brass Etch from Secret Weapon Miniatures. We reviewed their Gothic Power Generator a little while back, so we know that they make some great looking terrain pieces for sci-fi wargames like Warhammer 40k, and we are hoping for more of the same! This will also be a first look into using Brass Etch for modelling.
Here you can see our order which comprises of 2 terrain sets, and two brass etch sheets. Each of the products comes in a bag with a Secret Weapon Miniatures header.
First of the terrain sets is the Scrap Yard – Barricades kit. This is a 3 part set, cast in a light grey resin and is priced at $19.99 (around £12.30).
Here you can see the three barricade pieces that make up the kit, each one measures approximately 4″ long, 2″ tall, and 1″ wide.
The first of the barricades is comprised in the most part from the wreckage of a 28mm half-track truck. The pictures below show the huge amount of detail all over this terrain piece.
Barricade number 2 contains more vehicle wreckage, this time from what appears to be a jet or a rocket, plus various other debris to make this into a solid wall. Again, the detail is excellent.
The last of the barricades is built from various metal panels, stacked many layers deep. As with the other barricades the level of detail is great and the casting is perfect, no bubbles or other defects anywhere.
These barricades look like they’ll fit in perfectly with 28mm sci-fi wargames, giving you 3 line of sight blocking walls that can be placed in many configurations. Below you can see a squad of Warhammer 40k Space Marines with the barricades for scale, they are well protected by these tall walls.
In addition to the barricades, Secret Weapon Miniatures have also released the Scrap Yard – Destroyed Tank. this is another 3 piece resin terrain set priced at $19.99.
Each one of the 3 pieces in this terrain kit represents one piece of wreckage from a large 28mm scale tank.
The first piece of terrain is the wreckage from the tank’s turret, its well detailed with hatches, rivets and remnants of the main gun, plus lots of little bits of debris around the base.
The next terrain piece appears to originally been the rear half of the tank, again it is wonderfully detailed on all sides.
The last piece looks to be wreckage from the front half of the tank, again there is an impressive level of detail here and should look great once painted.
Together these three pieces work well to provide cover on the battlefield and add some interesting terrain for your troops to climb through. Below you can see some Warhammer 40k Space Marines searching the wrecked vehicle for supplies.
We’ve also got some of Secret Weapon Miniatures Brass Etch to try out, and first up is the Raised Metal Grid Flooring. This is available for $15.00 (around £9.85) per sheet of 0.01″ brass.
The brass sheet contains 15 pieces of Raised Metal Grid Flooring.
Here you can see one of the pieces after it has been removed from the frame using a sharp knife. The back of each piece is etched along the fold line for easy manipulation and can be bent without tools.
These metal pieces can then be used in your scenery and bases, and make excellent flooring for sci-fi corridors and spaceship decks.
We also picked up a sheet of Brass Etch Extra Fine Mesh, again priced at $15. This sheet is 0.005″ thick to allow for maximum flexibility.
This mesh is particularly fine with each of the mesh lines measuring just 0.01″ wide. This sheet is great for cutting up into whatever shape you need for your conversions.
Here you can see we knocked up a very quick vent/grille for use on a vehicle using the Brass Etch mesh and a small amount of plasticard.
We can definitely see ourselves using Brass Etch in our conversions in future, especially on the Iron Guard Space Marine chapter we are working on. We are very impressed with the 2 sets of terrain pieces we received and are sure that both will be seeing regular use in our sci-fi wargames. The Barricades are great for blocking line of sight and fortifying areas, while the Destroyed tank will provide some cover add some difficult terrain to keep things interesting. If you’d like to see what else is available, head over to www.secretweaponminiatures.com.