We’re back with part 2 of our Base-0 wargaming buildings reviews. Last time we built and reviewed the HQ Unit, and this time we’re building both the Habitat Unit 1 and Habitat Unit 2 kits from Systema Gaming. These are laser-cut MDF modular terrain kits for wargaming, and suit sci-fi games like infinity and Warhammer 40k.
Below you can see the Habitat Unit 1 we ordered from Systema Gaming, it is priced at €26 (around $29). On opening up the Base-0 Habitat Unit 1 we have 5 sheets of laser-cut MDF, each about the size of a piece of A4 paper around 3mm thick.
Each sheet is labelled in the corner for easy identification, as you can see we have sheets E1 and E2 here which contain some of the larger parts of this kit.
Sheets E3 and E4 are much like the first two sheets which contain mostly large floor and wall parts.
Sheet E5 finishes of the kit with the internal walls and some of the smaller parts.
To release these parts from the sheets you use a hobby knife to cut through tiny tabs that are holding the parts in place. Because these sheets have been very accurately cut, this was an easy job and we ended up with the piles of parts shown below.
Picking out a few of the parts in the kit for a closer look, you can see we’ve got large wall and floor pieces that have a layer of detail etched into them, along with ramps, railings and supports that have been detailed with cut-out shapes. We chose to pop out the window shutter pieces in our kit, but you can always leave them in if desired to block some line of sight.
Using the assembly guides on the Systema Gaming website we were able to assemble the kit into several modular parts as shown below, it feels like there is a fair amount here which should give us several layout options.
Here are some of the smaller assembled elements, we’ve got some doors, ramps and decking that can be positioned in and around our buildings.
Here is the largest assembled part of this kit, a two room building with an external deck. This building is slightly raised off the ground with some supports, which matches all of the other buildings and platforms in the Base-0 range.
By adding some of the smaller elements you can see this is already coming together into something that will be really useful in our wargames.
Add to that a roof platform and we’ve got a finished building, but wait, there’s more to this kit…
Instead of using it as a roof, we can use that platform at ground level, and then add the other building included in this kit to make a 2 level building.
Here you can see our Habitat Unit 1 set with some 28mm Warhammer 40k Space Marines for scale, It feels like this will work well in sci-fi games like 40k and Infinity.
Of course, since this is a modular kit, you can keep rearranging the buildings, platforms and smaller parts for each game you play. Here is the same kit that’s been rearranged as 2 single level buildings. Not only can you rearrange the parts in this kit, but if you’ve got other kits from the Base-0 range, like the Habitat Unit 2 we’ll show you below, or the HQ Unit in our previous review, you can mix those all together in many different ways to keep your battlefield fresh for each game you play.
Below you can see the Habitat Unit 2 we ordered from Systema Gaming, it is priced at €16 (around $18). On opening it up we have 3 sheets of laser-cut MDF, each about the size of a piece of A4 paper around 3mm thick.
As with the first kit in this review, the sheets here are labelled in the corner for easy identification. This kit includes some parts we’ve not seen before like some angled walls and a small ladder.
Here we’ve removed all the parts from the wooden sheets using our craft knife, just as with the other kit this was an easy job as all the parts were accurately laser-cut.
Taking a closer look at a few of the Habitat Unit 2 parts you can see we’ve got some familiar platforms and walls, but also some new parts like a ladder and angled walls.
On assembling this kit with white PVA glue, here’s what we end up with. 2 wargaming buildings feels like quite a deal for only 16 Euros.
Here you can see a few of the smaller assembled elements of the kit including the ladder piece that can clip onto the side of any platform allowing minis to climb one level.
Here’s the largest building in the Habitat Unit 2 kit, its a decent sized room that comes with a small deck on the outside.
Here you can see we’ve included a few 28mm Warhammer 40k Space Marines for scale, a squad easily fits in this room and can fire from the windows.
Adding on the second building included in this kit, it’s a similar size but is a different design with its angled walls and windows.
Platforms are included that can be used a roofs for these buildings, completing the kit. As you know though, since these kits are modular, you can rearrange the parts as we have done in the second photo to create a 2 level building.
Now that we’ve got both Habitat Unit 1 and Habitat Unit 2 assembled, we can combine the modular parts into even bigger and better terrain pieces. In the first photo you can see we’ve gone for a selection of single level buildings, possibly a small outpost to defend or attack. The second photo shows just how different these layouts can be, combing the kits to make a large 4 level tower with connected platforms – its great fun playing around these parts even when you’re not using them in a game!
We’ve now built 3 kits from the Base-0 range, and are having great fun arranging the modular parts into different layouts for our games. We’ve got a few more of these that we’ll be building in the near future so keep an eye out for further reviews, and head over to www.systemagaming.com to see what else they have on offer.