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.


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.


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.



More to come on the Big Project.

As always, feedback is always welcome.


Mr. Kalidor



Forge World Imperial Fortress Walls Part III — January 24, 2016

Forge World Imperial Fortress Walls Part III

I suppose it is time for a brief update on my most ambitious project, which also doubles as the bane of my miniature-addicted world; The Fortress Walls. My time is currently being split between my AdMech force and this.

This has been a project of experimentation. First up we have the ‘steeples’ if you will. Both painted, although only one has been treated with an oil wash. I am uncertain if I like the final product and while I percolate on ways to revise or undo it should I come to a final decisions of ‘nope’, I have moved onto some of the other components.


Next up we have the main door which can comfortable fit a Baneblade through the doorway. I have settled on airbrushing Leadbelcher although I have run out of the colour in the meantime. Once replenished it will receive another coat, and I will mask out the eagle and then spray copper upon it to match the ‘steeples’.


The Walls and related components require some final details to be painted (such as control panels), before they will be ready for a Wash. I suspect I will keep it fairly simple and dry brush after the wash and with the exception of some extra TLC for the fine details, leave it at that.


I have yet to do much of anything with the small components such as Doorways, turrets and Hydra guns but their treatment will likely be similar. Some will likely incorporate blue to break up the various grey colors and to tie it better with my Astra Militarum themes that will be using grey and blue.

More updates to follow. Questions, comments, conundrums, and advice always welcome!


Mr. Kalidor


Forge World Imperial Fortress Walls Part I — July 15, 2015

Forge World Imperial Fortress Walls Part I

The Imperial Fortress Walls are no longer available by way of Forge World. Once upon a time they were one of two terrain sets for Warhammer 40K that represented the pinnacle of scenery (the other being the Anphelion Base). Cast to order, and insanely priced I long ago resolved that I would never possess one and happily moved on.

Approximately two years ago while scouring Kijiji for interesting Warhammer private sales a deal was discovered that was too good to be true. I stress too good to be true. So good in fact, that I was convinced it must be a scam. Knowing what I did of the model from pictures, I knew the likelihood of it being fake or recast was slim. This is likely because in my opinion to  attempt to recast this would be an exercise in futility and a complete miss in profitability.

So, this meant that it was either a complete scam or the real deal. Normally a scam is relatively easy to spot on Kijiji when one meets up to make the transaction, but as this particular item was over six hours away, it was impractical to meet up to review the item.

As such, a chance was taken knowing that it could potentially be a scam and I would never see my money nor this near mythical model again. Money was sent and fingers were crossed.

A few days later a large cardboard box arrived. It was bloated and deformed and falling apart due to the weight and volume of its contents. Opening the box with childlike glee the truth had become apparent. For a fraction of the retail price, I now owned a complete Imperial Fortress Walls set (almost complete, I had to buy a pair of Tarantula Turrets from Forge World to complete the set).

However this success was a mixed bag. To see the components in both quantity and size, and without any form of instruction, it appeared almost overwhelming.

The only container that could wash the resin adequately was a bathtub! When test built it took up the dining room table!

Over the course of years, the utilization of various power tools, equipment and supplies this project began to take shape but never ceased to be overwhelming. Admittedly, there were many, many periods where the Fortress sat untouched for months on end but as the light slowly began to appear at the end of the tunnel, momentum in assembly and lessons hard learned began to take affect.

Now the Fortress is assembled by section, primed and mostly base coated. Momentum continues to build and I will provide progress as progress arises.

As visible from the attached pictures, the dark coloured components are primed and the light grey components are base coated. It has been test fitted numerous times and many of the smaller detail pieces and armaments require priming still.

As you can see, it does not even fit on the table in the pictures, so alas a larger table will be chosen for the next updates. I will likely leave it at least partially section to allow for movement as needed.

If by some chance the gentleman out there that sold this ever reads it, I hope he knows how grateful I am to have been able to purchase this item which never otherwise would have been within reasonable means, and alas is no longer available.