I always think one of the nicest things in life is when reality surpasses all expectation, and this was the case with the purchase of Crescent Root's Series 3 15mm WWII buildings which arrived this morning.
I had been eyeing their products several years ago, when they were manufacturing in resin, but never managed to get around to purchasing any at the time. After an interlude of what must have been a year or two, they have now returned with rendered mdf models.
I have to admit that mdf terrain has never been my thing as I much prefer the feel of a resin building, and I have an absolute pile of Grand Manner and Hovels which I hope to get to in the next couple of years, but these are beautifully executed and I now have to consider myself a total convert.
Of course, like a kid at Christmas (or the week before at least) I couldn't help but unpack the lot to see how they looked:
The set comes with a mat, which I had to touch to double-check was actually flat and without flocking. The three-dimensional effect is very convincing:
Each building is multi-layered and, while I'm not a huge fan of laser-cut interiors generally, these look great.
Best of all, if one purchases the entire set, every house comes with an additional section which allows the roof and top floor to be removed, and a damaged one to be substituted:
The other nice thing is that every building has a base with paving stones and, in some cases, a garden:
The detail is great:
And, possibly one of the most important points, they arrive pre-painted and beautifully packed.
All things considered, one of my best purchases of 2015.