Unboxing: Crescent Root Studios 28mm Series 2 Train Depot Review
I was looking around for quite awhile before I decided on which buildings to fill my game table. I searched through dozens of companies. One of the first that I saw was Crescent Root Studios, but I was hesitant on pulling the trigger because I didn't want to spend on pre-painted when I would have repainted it myself. When I first looked at Crescent Root's offerings, they had the 28mm Series 2 Farm. After about a month of hesitating to buy it, Crescent Root mysteriously pulled it from their store! Instead I settled with some of Verlinden's 1:48 German Barnhouses. I was disappointed when they arrived. They were tiny (more for scale modelling than wargames) and they were just facades (no back wall). I returned those an shot Mark an email asking when the Farm would be back in stock. I was told that the series would be redesigned at the end of July...
Sometime in early August, the new models went up and they looked gorgeous. Not exactly what I was expecting (I still want that Farm that is now OOP if anyone has one they don't need), but the new designs were perfect for my table. I ordered both of the big building sets fully intent on repainting them (more on this later).
After about 2 weeks, I got this package in the mail. All of the building parts are pre-assembled and shipped in baggies.
Contents of the building sets laid out.
Back to the part about repainting. Whilst unpacking, I realized that these buildings are actually pre-painted. That sounds silly, but most of the "pre-painted" laser cut terrain is just colored mdf. Crescent Root's offerings are actually "painted." The color variations on the ground and the roof were definitely hand painted one and they look great. There may be a few details I will add, but Crescent Root's model are now the only "pre-paints" in my entire collection that will not receive an entire repaint.
The only minor thing I noticed was that they replaced the metal pins on the original series two were switched out to tape. I don't plan to use the doors anyways and the new system works so I am not bothered.
First building "assembled." Assembled as in I slotted on the roofs and smaller parts to the building. No glue or snap-fitting requires. Assembly is as simple as stacking blocks. The building go together in less than two minutes.
Everything put together. I did have a tiny piece of the fence that broke, but quickly fixed it with Super Glue. Most of the big building parts are separate meaning the majority of the model can be broken down as scatter terrain.
Scale with some Bolt Action figures. Even a tank fits in the yard, these are actually bigger than I was expecting.
Scale comparison with a 1:48 Zaku II.
As you can see, just two building sets take up a good chunk of the table. The building in the background is from Sarissa Precision and the church ruins are Pegasus Gothic Church sets.
Bolt Action German infantry hold the buildings against an American assault.
Crescent Root Studios terrain was no doubt the best terrain purchase I have ever made. A little bit expensive, but worth every penny. You can get them here: