Pegasus Hobbies have some cheap $10 snap-together farmhouses - a miracle in a time where everything with the word "terrain" in it doubles the price (and postage.)
I was actually pretty impressed by this kit and will be ordering more. It snaps together really easily and holds together so well I wouldn't bother to glue it, in order to have the option to store it flat if needed. Though the roof was a little loose until I figured out how to clip it in snugly.
It says "1:76" on the box (i.e. 20mm for us gamers) but does it work for 28mm?
This Infinity Mormaer does the "doors and windows" test. A little small, but close enough for government work.
From a "gamers angle" any scale issues are even less noticeable.
From the inside, the windows are actually at a good height.
This 1:48 Cromwell, whilst big, isn't too outsized. However it does grate on me slightly more than the infantry model. A 1:56 scale vehicle would doubtless "fit" better.
Whilst I'd be hesitant to use small 1:76 buildings (such as woodsheds or even smaller cottages), and they would be best in a vehicle-free game (I'm thinking my upcoming French & Indian Wars project), these farmhouses definitely support 28mm. I'll be buying more.
A flatter base like a washer or those flat Renedra ones would "fit" even better than the slotta ones shown which artificially "raise" the model about 20cm or so in "scale" terms.
MDF a.k.a. "Cardboard Crack"
What is with the price of laser-cut MDF terrain these days? It's more expensive than resin terrain now. A huge sheet of MDF is only a few dollars at the local hardware store, so raw materials can't be the issue. Perhaps the laser-cutter machines are powered by pure unobtainium?
Sarissa Precision is one of the more reasonable companies. But I bet I could make this $35 building from a $2.50 MDF sheet. That's a hell of a markup.
Heaven forbid they spray paint it first. Yes, it may look completely artificial and they only use the most basic of colours, but the paint they use apparently contains gold leaf. Or perhaps cocaine.
This 4Ground building has been
spraypainted lovingly covered in pure unobtainium. That's right - $155 for what is effectively glorified cardboard. I need to get a Kickstarter going to buy me a laser cutter. It seems like a licence to print money!
So despite the recent popularity of MDF terrain (and as someone who owns a complete Old West town worth of it), I''d like to "bust" a few myths...
Myth #1: MDF is cheap
Myth #2: MDF terrain is easy to store flat (it is surprisingly annoying to assemble and disassemble)