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Rating: Posted On: July 2, 2009
You know, this is a great looking set but, unlike the reviewers for Chunky Dungeons 1.5inch, I just haven't got enough of this built to make it work.
- I think I've been spoilt by sets like GothicWorks that can get great dungeoneering scenes to the table much faster, and find I'm spending my time on those instead.
At some stage I want to come back and build enough to get going properly with this, as it really should reward the extra effort.
So, my initial rating:
Usefulness: 2 - I use some of these bits occasionally, but I need to build a heap more before I can use them on their own and realise their true potential
Looks: 5 - this is a good looking set that conveys that sense of dungeon solidity really well
Construction: 3 - So far I've this a bit too slow going
Extensibility: 5 - this is an incredibly versatile set (like I said, I just need to get enough built to get started)
Overall: 3 - this set looks like it rewards more patience that I have to give it right now.
I may come back and re-review this one day when I get some more built - until then a few other sets that are calling me.
Hellworks 3: Celestus Pravatis
Rating: Posted On: July 2, 2009
Now this is one great set. Warning: larger shelves needed.
I'm in the middle of building a small, armed space trader (using the non-horror version of pieces) with my 9 year old son and this is coming along great. The set contains everything we need (and more) and is eminently configurable.
We knocked up a crude layout for the ship and started by building the cockpit. My son's cutting out the pieces adn help with the construction while I'm doing all teh fiddly bits. In just a couple of short sessions we've built the cockpit, including glazed windows and sliding doors and have most of the engine room and tail of the ship constructed.
The results look great, and the modularity of the set has made it really easy to put it all together. The biggest problem we've had so far is realizing we don't have a shelf big enough to hold the end product. So we've cut back the scope of our design - which has proved remarkably easy to do with this set, and will probably end up hanging the result from my son's ceiling. (Future plans after this ship are some 6" square modules that can be added and interchanged to give different ship configurations.)
Only one niggle so far: the set is designed for 3" wide corridors, which is too large for many designs. This causes problems a) with doors, which are too wide for 1" corridors and are not aligned properly for terminating 2" corridors, and b) the corridor textures have have great looking edging, one side of which gets lost when cut to 2" resulting in an imbalanced look.
Pros: Everything needed to put together a detailed space ship in horror and non-horror versions. Excellent modularity
Cons: 3" corridors are just too wide for many designs.
My rating (out of 5):
Usefulness: 5 - very modular set for building space ships for gaming scenarios
Looks: 5 -
Construction: 5 - simple, fast and very effective; easy incorporation of transparencies for windows and view ports where desired.
Extensibility: 5- - This set is modularity plus. Looks like it can incorporate material from the two Firstlight sets, but I haven't tried that yet so can't be certain. An extension set would be very welcome, but I'm not entirely sure what to add - probably more exterior options and better support for multilevel ships.
Overall: 5 - a really flexible, easy and rewarding set.