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Epix Haven Walls


City Walls
Product #
walls
Manufacturer
Suggested Retail Price
$140 USD


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www epixhaven com Inactive Member writes:

Hello Bobgnar (and others), I am general manager at Epix Haven and very thankful for any questions and comments regarding our stuff! Would also like to thank Bill for his excellent reviews! (And I agree with Bobgnar that some figures would be great to show the scale).

But to your question of postage; we have free shipping! Our items are made in solid resin and thus heavy; that is why we have allied with Amazon to sell our stuff. As you may know, Amazon gives free shipping to customers who buys stuff with a value of over $ 49.

To your question what you need for a " reasonable sized castle". It all depends if you want a full Castle, just the front, or a L-shaped one against a mountain for example. For a good front we recommend 2 Corner Towers boxes, a City Walls box and a Gatehouse box. This gives a straight line and would cost $ 600 (free shipping when purchased through Amazon). The L-shaped setup would be same as the front plus another City Walls box and another Corner Tower. This would add an extra $280. USD

For the full Castle you can go with 2 front setups and then make it as big as you want with 1 City Wall box to connect the 2 fronts or more depending on your wish on size. I would also recommend adding our massive Battle Mat (40x80 inches) for $30. USD

Do not forget to invest in a big table as well as our terrain is massive! The front setup alone is 106cm (approx. 42 inches) across, with option for a larger one if more walls are used. We are working on a setup now with a complete City scenario, and there is not much limits then :)

Our Castle set is especially designed for sieges, though also our houses (Tudor, Stone) and Freestanding Tower could be a part of the terrain. We have also seen our Wall (which consists of three parts) been used as a low garden fence/wall placed independently around the board as low obstacles.


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Epix Haven successfully launched a Kickstarter that promised:

Miniature Terrain Created by Gamers for Gamers.
Prepainted resin miniature terrain, ready to use out of the box for RPGs and Miniature Games

Now their products have shipped from the factory, and they were kind enough to send us samples. Today, we're looking at the Walls set.

The Box

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Our package arrived direct from China. The shipping box looked pretty worn, but the contents were padded and protected: a cardboard 'briefcase'…

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…which opens to reveal foam padding…

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…beneath which are six large resin pieces, pre-painted. There are two sets of three pieces each.

The Wall Base

This is the largest piece in the set, and forms the bottom of the fortification wall. Here you see the 'outside' view. (And on the back right, the only chipped resin we saw – chipped between painting and shipping, as there was no broken piece in the box.)

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Here is the same piece from the side, showing there is a corridor within the wall (which might lead to some interesting skirmishes) and a portion of inner courtyard.

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Same piece, this time from the 'inside' view:

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These pieces have a felt-like lining on the bottom.

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Middle Wall Piece

This piece is designed to sit on top of the base piece, and provides the wall's second story. Here is the 'outside' view:

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The side view, showing the inside corridor (also note how the bottom of this piece will nestle into the base piece's corridor):

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The 'inside' view:

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Top Wall Piece

This final piece sits on top of the middle wall piece. Here is the 'outside' view:

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Side view:

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'Inside' view:

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The Assembled Wall

Stack them together, and this is what they look like from outside the fortress:

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Side view:

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From inside the fortress:

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But Wait!

Remember that the box contains two sets of pieces, so putting all six pieces together gives you:

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That's 18 inches of wall, a little over seven inches tall, solid heavy pieces, pre-painted and ready to game with.

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The corridors are slightly more than an inch wide.

Features & Flaws

This is a set that I think any fantasy gamer would love to game with! Whether it is 'historical' enough for your non-fantasy games is up to you.

I should be clear that these pieces have been designed to have some 'battle damage' or 'weathering' – those aren't mistakes or problems, those are features!

Here is another 'outside' view of the walls. These are apparently hand-painted, and there is variation in the way they are painted (for instance, which bricks are 'colored'). Also note that the wall sections differ slightly in height.

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In this 'inside' view, you can see that the courtyard is uneven. Also, I was surprised that the 'tiles' were not one-inch-square, which is standard in fantasy maps; you get eight tiles in nine inches, so each tile is about one-and-a-ninth inches or 28mm across. (Perhaps that works better with figures which are often on one-inch bases, giving them a little wiggle room.)

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The top pieces do not fit together well:

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The top pieces are also slightly wider than the other pieces, which will cause fit problems when you have larger walls.

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There are some resin 'bubbles' on some of the inside surfaces:

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In a few places, there was some streaking in the paint. I'm not sure if this is an artist's technique or some smearing:


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Similarly here, I'm not sure if these are highlights on the edges or painting accidents:

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Those were the only flaws I could find, and to me they are quite minor.

Next Time: A Tower!