Today we build the Base-0 HQ Unit from Systema Gaming, a company specialising in laser-cut MDF terrain kits for wargaming. The Base-0 range is a set of great looking sci-fi kits that would work well in 25-32mm wargames including Infinity and Warhammer 40k. This is the first part in a series of reviews we’ll be doing on the base-0 kits, eventually combining these modular kits together into an awesome multi-level battlefield for our games.
Below you can see the HQ Unit we ordered from Systema Gaming, it is priced at €28 (around $30). On opening up the Base-0 HQ Unit we have 6 sheets of laser-cut MDF, each about the size of a piece of A4 paper around 3mm thick.
Looking at the sheets you can hopefully see that in the top left corner they are labelled with A1 and A2, which make it easy to identify each sheet. These sheets are filled with some of the larger parts that make up the floors and ceilings of the completed building.
Sheets A3 and A4 contain some of the buildings walls, along with lots of the detail elements like the railings and doors.
Sheets B1 and B2 contain a mix of large and small parts that will allow use to finish off the kit.
To release the parts from the MDF sheets, you need to cut a few tabs with a craft knife. We found this kit to be accurately cut which made removing all the parts a simple job. In the first photo below you can see the complete pile of parts we ended up with after working through the 6 sheets. The second photo shows a selection of the parts included, and as you can see extra detail lines have been cut into some parts like the external walls and the doors.
We followed the assembly guide on the Systema Gaming website and ended up with what you can see below. We used PVA white glue and it was a simple job as a lot of the work is done by pushing the tabs into slots which have all been accurately cut. We chose to remove the windows on our buildings but this is optional, you can leave the shutters over the windows if that works better for your game system.
The largest part of the assembled kit is this building part. It’s slightly raised off the ground by some foundations (as are all of the buildings in this range), and consists of two large rooms plus an external storage area. We chose not to glue on the top piece of the external room so that models and items could be easily placed and retrieved from inside.
Here are some of the smallest parts of this kit, we’ve got doors for the rooms, a larger door for the external area, and walkway and ramp pieces.
Adding the smaller pieces to the building we already looked at you can see this is really starting to take shape.
On top of the main building you can add this ceiling to create a single story building.
You can also use that same part to create another platform instead of using it as a ceiling.
Replacing the flat ceiling, we can instead use the second part of this kit to create a second level to this building. A smaller ceiling/platform is also included to finish this level off, its really starting to look like an HQ building now.
Here you can see we’ve thrown in a few 28mm Warhammer 40k Space Marines for scale. These buildings feel like they’d work well in many sci-fi wargames and skirmish games, especially things like Infinity.
There’s plenty of room for miniatures to be places inside the buildings, and each room is easily accessible as the floors are all removable/modular.
You might not want a 2 level building in every game though, and that’s what we love about these kits, you can simply swap the floors and walkways around and create something totally different.
The modular nature of this kit is a lot of fun, it feels a bit like LEGO, being able to create many different buildings and layouts from one kit.
This is the first of several Base-0 kits we’re going to be building and this HQ Unit has got us excited. The modular nature of these kits is lots of fun, you can keep rearranging the parts into different layouts for each game. The kit is accurately cut which makes it easy to assemble, and it feels like you get a decent sized piece of terrain for your money. So far we’d highly recommend these, you can check out this kit and the rest of the range over at www.systemagaming.com