A Miniature Odyssey

Miniature Gaming Reviews, Tutorials & Musings

Product Review: Sarissa Precision Chateau — November 5, 2017

Product Review: Sarissa Precision Chateau

I apologise for not posting far more often. In spite of the silence, my free time in the late hours of the night has still been hard at work. Stay tuned for another Chaos Renegades/Warp Cult update.

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In order to prevent myself from burning out on painting a massive army, that in spite of being customized, uses a limited palette of colour, I have begun dividing my time between the models and the continuation of a massive terrain table.

That has brought me to today’s review of the Sarissa Precision Chateau and Fountain. This has been my first acquisition of laser-cut scenery. My opinion of the concept of laser-cut scenery has historically been very low. Compared to the alternatives offered by GW, FW Realm of Battle tiles and (especially) the out-of-print FW terrain, laser-cut scenery always seemed to lack dimension.

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With that said, while scouring the internet for scenery ideas for the Big Project, I came across the Sarissa Chateau. It occurred to me that in spite of that low opinion, I had never actually even tested laser-cut scenery.  I discovered the Chateau and liked it’s somewhat gothic look. Being similar enough to GW, yet unique enough to stand out, I decided to order it along with a Fountain.

What I found surprised me. It looked good. It was reasonably priced. Most importantly… it was incredibly easy to build!

I type easy to build with two caveats; the stairs, and the addition of floors. First, the stairs were the only construction challenge. They were simply a pain. My solution ended up being tweezers and patience. This was probably the longest part of the overall assembly.

My other concern was that this is not modular to the point of adding more floors. More floors can be added, but require additional cutting. Having seen the final product I have decided to build another to add a floor to the building. Four floors is better then three. However, this will require modification for fit.

The end result, and first attempt at laser-cut added up to perhaps two hours worth of assembly. I imagine that that time could be drastically reduced once beyond the first-timer uncertainty.

At this point, the idea occurred to me which was seconded by my three-year old son, that this would become the capital estate in the Big Project. Alas, we have Kalidor Manor!

While I cannot speak for all laser-cut scenery, I am happy with the model produced by Sarissa Precision and recommend them as a supplement to the GW scenery purists.

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More to come on the Big Project.

As always, feedback is always welcome.

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor

 

 

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Organized Chaos: Renegade Catachan Kit-Bash 2 of 2 — September 13, 2017

Organized Chaos: Renegade Catachan Kit-Bash 2 of 2

The Auxilia Militia/Warp Cult continues to grow with the second and last kit-bash using the Catachan Jungle Fighters as a base. As with before ingredients from Cadian Shock Troopers, Arch Flagellants, Chaos Marauders and Genestealer Cults have also found their way into this project.

As a note, for those looking for an easy modification, the Chaos Marauder arms work very well with the Catachan Torsos.

The next rounds of Renegades will feature the Cadian Shock Troops as the basis.

In the meantime, enjoy!

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As always, questions, concerns, comments and existential dilemmas are always welcome.

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor

Organized Chaos: Renegade Catachan Kit-Bash 1 of 2 — August 28, 2017

Organized Chaos: Renegade Catachan Kit-Bash 1 of 2

As the Militia Auxilia of these Chaos worshipers continue to grow we find them joined by the first of two squads using Catachan Jungle Fighters as a base.

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In addition to the Catachan Jungle Fighters, components from Cadian Shock Troopers, Chaos Marauders, Arch Flagellants and the Genestealer Conversion kit begin to become more prevalent.

I have always wanted to paint Catachan Jungle Troopers but found that their ‘rambo-esque’ stature and look never fit with the Imperial Guard/Astra Militarum/Loyalist Militia that I intend from a visual standpoint.

However, using them as heretics removed that problem completely!

As a note, the arms for the AoS Chaos Marauders work quite well and naturally with the Catachan frames.

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As always, questions, concerns, conundrums and existential dilemma are always welcome.

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor