I came across a listing of these 28mm resin building kits from Kobblestone Miniatures on Tabletop Gaming News a few weeks ago and thought they might integrate well with my Great War project. I contacted the owner/sculptor Bill (who was very helpful in explaining his products) and ordered two row house sections - one in idyllic condition while the other suffers from severe battle damage.
Each section of two buildings currently costs $50 to $65 USD, depending on design. Shipping was quick and the parcel was well-packed, with the components arriving without any damage.
Once everything was unpacked I was immediately impressed by the overall quality of the castings. None of the pieces needing much more than a very light sanding and a warm wash to rinse away any release agent. All of the components fit flush, had very little pitting and had no discernible warping or misshapen elements.
As I mentioned above each row house section depicts two buildings and so has two separate front and rear facades and two roofs. In addition, the undamaged section has two sidewalk sections while the shelled one has various bits of rubble which is a nice touch. Bill was also kind enough to add a couple plant pots, barrels and two elevated sections. These components fit onto a core box-frame that seems to be made of MDF which has already been primed grey.
|Impressive options: All of the components for the two row house sections.|
|One set of the battle-damaged facades...|
|....and the other set.|
|The balcony is a separate casting, allowing for greater detail.|
The core structure has both a floor and roof level but does not feature a second floor. While I think it will be relatively easy to att a 'second floor' to the frames I found their absence a bit strange for such an otherwise so well-thought out design.
Bill tells me that he will be releasing more facades and roof components to reflect a wider range of architecture (I am particularly interested in getting the 'stepped' rooflines common to many older Belgian buildings). He also says that in the near future there will be three story buildings released with more interior details. His range currently covers Fantasy, Celtic, Medieval, Mediterranean and European/WWII. I understand that Middle East is on the books along with a wide assortment of mods for the buildings (additional window designs, awnings, doors, stairways, cobblestone streets, etc).
|Photo showing the roof components.|
While the models are not particularly inexpensive, and the absence of second floors is a bit of a puzzle, I have no reservations recommending these to anyone who desires high quality buildings that have the flexibility to 'morph' to taste. All in all an excellent product.