I know some people were sceptical about Moon Base Klaisus when it was first released by Games Workshop: A cardboard gaming mat? What will the quality be like? Will it be good value for money?
Personally, I don't have tonnes of hobby space, certainly not enough to easily store a whole Realm of Battle board. For me, the description of this product was quite appealing: it can be stored in quite a small space, it's easy to transport, I don't need to spend more hours painting it than I am likely to play on it, it comes with some scenery and you don't need to use the whole thing.
I'll try and give you a bit of a review in no particular order.
The scenery itself easily slots together and is pretty firm once you've slotted it. So, if you wanted to store all of the scenery with the board in the box, I'd suggest not gluing it together, it would all easily fit in the box then. Once it's glued, the bigger pieces won't fit. I've got a separate scenery tub so I've stuck mine
It folds out from roughly A4 size to I to 3 foot 4 inches wide and comes in three sections to form the full 5 foot 6 inch length. It is fairly self-supporting but I'd suggest making sure you don't place anything heavy on the bits that are overhanging the table edges.
I can probably see myself using two of the sections for most of my games as we tend to play fairly small games of an evening. Any games that need a bigger board will probably be played at the LFGS.
Comparing the scenery with the more recent Necromunda pieces, you can see that the details and overall thickness of the pieces are chunkier. But overall I would still say that the detail is great. These pieces are built to last and survive heavy use over a long period of time.
Additionally, you'll be paying them less attention in a larger game of 40k, where they really are just the backdrop to your game, where as in Necromunda, the scenery is part of the game, there are fewer models, the scenery will receive much more scrutiny.
As I said earlier, the wall sections slot together and fit quite snugly, so there is no real reason to glue them together if you want to store them in the box with the board. AND they are made from brown plastic, so in a pinch they are already good to go!
Overall I would give this product a strong 9 out of 10. It's good value for money, it's good quality, it comes with a lot of stuff in the box. I personally wouldn't have any suggestions for improving it but I can imagine some people might be miffed that it is not a full 6x4 board. But, again from a personal point of view, I left '6x4' as a standard table size behind sometime last year when we started playing smaller games of 40k and Shadow War: Armageddon on 4x4 boards, which I preferred. I like this and I would recommend it.
What are your thoughts?
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