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Doc Yuengling08 May 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

I got my first batch of Crescent Root Studio's 28mm series 3 buildings which are really a European range. They look great on the website. I was able to pick colors or finish on the buildings, to add bases, or walls to the sets.

Mark Neimeyer from Crescent Root, emailed a quick response to my order, giving details and turn around time. He responded quickly to any further questions I had in response. Crescent Root Studios has found a niche, in catering to people who prefer ready-out-of-the-box terrain. It is a small production unit much smaller the likes of 4Ground, for example. As with that, and ordering choices of color, or additions, there is a queue is generally a few weeks long. It is worth the wait. And the customer service is great, which goes a long way.


I received an equivalent of 13 buildings, with walls and such for a small village complex.

The back story of Crescent Root Studio is that it is a family-owned and operated company which started production in late 2003 making foam-based models, switching to resin in 2005. I have just a few of the older models actually. They are now making laser-cut models using a variety of materials. They make 15mm, 20mm, and 28mm terrain. They design, and fabricate the buildings from concept to production.

The buildings I received appear as laser cut MDF, pre-painted, with a 3D effect, and are actually painted with differing tones which add a level texturing that add a surprising depth to the models. I had to drag my finger across the roofs of the buildings to let my brain acknowledge that they are smooth, as there is definitely a depth in the finished look. I do not need to paint or add anything to these models. They look as good in my game room, as they do in the pictures on the website.

They are high in detail, and come almost completely assembled for an out of the shipping box use. No gluing, or assembly taking hours as with a laser cut MDF building or other laser cut terrain. And to my preference, priced better considering the work I do not now have to do. Literally, I took them out and set them up in a few minutes. All of them.

The 28m scale fits very well with the plethora of pre-painted and painted resin buildings that I have, but without the weight.

I will definitely be purchasing more of these wonderful models from the different lines, and they will augment the models I have now.

SGT Yuengling

Private Matter08 May 2017 10:11 a.m. PST

I agree with SGT Yuenling's write up. I have bought a number of their buildings. My favorites some that they don't seem to make anymore, which is shame since they seemed even nicer than the latest versions. That's saying a lot since their newer version are probably some of the best on the market. The older series could be dismantled for almost flat storage which the newer buildings don't do. Still, I would highly recommend them as well.

I am setting aside funds to by their church, churchyard, and ancillary building complex sometime this summer.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

Just back from RECON 2017 in Orlando and one of the vendors there was Phalanx Consortium

They had several of the older Crescent Root 15's and I believe 28's on display (these are the resin ones). They dont stock them but show them for the gentleman who Mark sold the molds to. If you get in touch with them they should be able to hook folks up looking to fill out the older line. All the buildings on display were unpainted and I do NOT know if they offer a painted version like Mark did.

ChrisBrantley08 May 2017 12:06 p.m. PST

They seem to be temporarily (I hope only temp.) closed, but the Art of Wargaming acquired many of the Cresent Root resin ranges.


and status info at:


45thdiv08 May 2017 1:44 p.m. PST

I purchased some buildings from theartofwargaming after the website first went up. The product was not up the the quality that Mark offered when he sold them. I got warped models with lots of sloppy castings. Like they were poured in a hurry and pulled from the molds too fast.

They may be the same molds for the models, but the same quality is no longer there.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

When you say they look good with other resin buildings, do you mean to specifically say that these buildings look fine with MBA buildings? I have a ton of MBA and could use some more modern (19th, early 20th century) buildings to go with the large Renaissance/Medieval collection.

hocklermp508 May 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

I have quite a lot of their Mid-East range and agree totally with the review above. I had resin buildings and some styrene model buildings from several vendors and wrote Mark about how they painted theirs and what colors used. He got back to me right away and it turned out to be a surprisingly simple method with readily available paints. I was sure I would never get the "depth" of the lightly textured "weathered" walls and roofs but it turned out to be very doable. Some I got a bit too light and others a bit dark requiring some rework. That said they go together very well. Mind you they're made from hard resin, MDF, and styrene plastic railroad models. The range is 28mm, the resin models are 28mm, the plastic HO from Walther's line which tend to be of structures large enough to work with new doors and raised foundations or other add-ons that make them to 28mm scale. The Crescent Root buildings are lightly textured with a very fine sand Mark said was used for sand blasting. A friend gave him a 5 gallon bucket he said would probably last a lifetime. I used Citadel ochre colored "Glade Grass" I got a small tub of from a package deal some years ago of woods, hills, and a temple. It took very little to get the same effect CR gets with fine sand.

Doc Yuengling09 May 2017 5:13 a.m. PST

Crescent Root does not do resin casting anymore. I believe it sold of the castings long ago.

Presently it sells prepainted laser cut MDF, mostly assembled, out of the box ready to use, quality models.

Doc Yuengling09 May 2017 5:19 a.m. PST

I have quite a large collection of many manufactures to include Snap Dragon, Monolith, Hovels, 4Ground, with mainly MBA buildings (50 or so) with sometimes two of the same building, for the 28mm European range, or Carentan buildings, so I am looking for more choices. The models at Crescent Root Studios, are good quality and about the same scale as later MBA ranges, or close enough for me to use them together on the gaming table, and they are both out of the box ready to use. I will be using them together. Both are high end for quality and preprinted ready to use, though they are of different materials; so to some extent it is an apples and oranges comparison.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear the recasts so bad. The one's they had on display looked fine but am sure they took pains to cast them up nicely for display.

Ferozopore21 May 2017 4:01 p.m. PST

They look very appealing. Are they based on prototypes from a particular area-Italy, Germany etc? Or are they 'general purpose'.

Twoball Cane21 May 2017 5:46 p.m. PST

I have a ton of the 15mm stuff for my sci-fi town of shishkabaob…..and a few of the 28mm buildings from them.

Class act and 100% reliable.

Douglas Nelson18 Nov 2017 7:20 a.m. PST

Trying to get onto the website. It says enter Username and Password.
What is going on?

TRUgamer18 Nov 2017 7:36 a.m. PST

Just tried myself and I get the same thing. Not sure what's going on… perhaps website maintenance?

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2017 9:10 a.m. PST

Have the same question….whats going on?

GReg BRad20 Nov 2017 2:50 a.m. PST

Me too!!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2017 8:40 a.m. PST

Top quality at a good price!

TRUgamer21 Nov 2017 4:51 a.m. PST

Seems to be back online…


Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 7:29 p.m. PST

great stuff !!!!

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