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First Look: Battlefront's Rural Roads


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

5th picture shows the underside, it's painted black.



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10 April 2020page first published

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

Today, I'm taking a look at Battlefront's Rural Roads set, from the Battlefield in a Box range.

Rural Roads

This is a heavy package, about 15" by 8", a thin cardboard box over styrofoam padding.

Box contents: styrofoam

Slicing the tape apart means that the piece of styrofoam can be removed…

Roads revealed

…and there sit the roads, in their styrofoam cocoon.

Contents

There are six road sections, individually wrapped, plus a small ziploc bag of flocking material.

Top and bottom

The top of each piece is fully painted, while the bottom is black.

Roads comparison

According to the box, each set contains six unique roads pieces: four straights (3" x 12"), and two slight curves (3" x 13"). Having compared several boxes, I can say that you always get six unique road pieces, but that the pieces vary from box to box.

Soviet vehicles on road

The box doesn't say what these roads are made out of – something stiff but flexible. They are about ¼" thick.

Truck on road

These roads are, of course, sold for use with Flames of War and meant for use in WWII gaming. The tread marks on the roads mean you wouldn't want to use them for any earlier periods. You could use them for modern or sci-fi gaming, if the tread sizes don't bother you (most modern vehicles have larger treads). The tread marks also make these roads specific for 15mm scale.

Soviet tanks on road

One thing which the box does not adequately explain is that the roads do not come as pictured on the front of the box – they are not flocked. (They are shown unflocked on the back of the box.) They supply the flock in case you want to flock the road edges yourself. I'm not sure if the little bag is enough to flock all the road edges, but I haven't tried it, so maybe it is.

Soviet tank on road

If you're feeling ambitious, you could get out some tan paint and cover up the factory drybrushing on the road ends so that it's not so obvious where pieces butt together.

All in all, these seem like sturdy road pieces to add to your terrain assortment.