Review- Warmill Security Compound
Warmill is one of many new companies manufacturing laser cut mdf terrain products. They have an impressive assortment of scenery and gaming accessories at reasonable prices.
Laser cut MDF scenery is kind of the “new kid in town,” as there are so many companies offering it now. I’m sure we will continue to see more and more companies offering MDF scenery as it is a cheaper and faster way to get your foot in the door.
I’ve been on the fence about MDF for a while now. As with anything, it has it’s good and bad points, but for me the main thing I don’t like is the way the connection tabs appear on the final product.
Due to the nature of MDF the tabs often appear in areas where it distracts from the final appearance of the model. Which brings us to Warmill. Their scenery is impressive and
the company plans ahead and does their best to hide and intergrate all of the connection points.
The Security Compound is one of the latest offerings from Warmill. It is the first in their Street Wars series.
The set is designed around the Infinity miniatures game, but will work with any 28mm game system.
This set is composed of resin, acrylic, and MDF. The acrylic pieces on this product really stand out. I have never seen this before, and it is what first drew me to Warmill.
The laser work is well done and really captures the feel of the Infinity universe.
The Security Compound set is comprised of 82 pieces and is pretty straight foward to put together.
There are 8 long fence sections and four short. They are both built similarly.
The laser cut is well done and most of the pieces will easily fall out. Should you need to you can tease out the parts with your hobby knife. For particularly hard areas you
can scribe the back of each sheet.
Find the appropriate size resin foundation pieces.
Add a dab of glue to it and insert the fence posts.
Each long fence line measures 7″X3″, and each short fence line measures 3″X3″.
The watch tower is composed of 7 pieces.
Start by gluing the ladder into the base.
Then glue the front wall to the base.
Next insert the two side pieces and glue in place.
Finally, add the foundation pieces.
The finished tower is 2″X6″.
The gate is comprised of 11 pieces.
Start by gluing the front face of the gate to the sides.
Next add the top piece, and the foundation pieces.
To make the sign holder glue the two brackets with the back support piece.
Attach this to the top of the gate.
Insert the sign of your choice, do not use glue so you can change the signs at will.
Along with one acrylic sign, Warmill gives you a full set of mdf signs.
Slide in gate door to complete the piece.
The finished gate measures 4.25″X 2″ X 3.75″.
The processing center is my favorite piece from the Security Compound set.
Here, I show you how to assemble it, but it is best to paint the parts separately and then assemble it.
Start by finding the two back wall pieces.
Insert the acrylic sign onto the posts on either side of the front wall piece (the one with holes) and glue in place.
Glue the side panels to the two back wall pieces.
Glue the foot bases to the side panels.
The Menu Board
Glue the L bracket pieces into the middle supports holes.
Glue menu board into support brackets (use white glue to avoid hazing).
Attach the menu board to the outer support holes.
Glue touch pad holder into place.
Glue in touch pad and palm pad (use white glue to avoid hazing), and attach the model to the base plate.
Add the roof.
Attach the process center sign (use white glue to avoid hazing).
The finished process center measures 4″X3″X2.5″.
Building the Security Compound was fun and easy to do. The entire set can almost cover a 2ftX2ft area, and there are a couple of different configurations you can make with it. This will be fun to use in any post apocalyptic or futuristic tabletop war game. I recommend picking up this kit if you are into futuristic war gaming. It looks so different from any other kits out there that you are sure to have something that many gamers will be envious of. I’m looking forward to future releases by Warmill.
Some tips about working with MDF.
The wood will quickly absorb any paint you apply to it. The wood may swell and the wood fibers may rise. To prevent this, you can seal the wood first with a wood varnish.
There will be a lot of left over wood sprue from your kit. These will be great to use if you are into scratch building terrain.