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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Review of Systema Gaming Base-0 Container

Saturday, April 26, 2014

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The... sprue? Map? Board? What do you call these things?
Hello there! As promised earlier this month here is the first of three Systema Gaming Base-0 reviews. I wanted to get this done earlier, but as you know life has a habit of getting in the way. In any case lets start out at the smaller end of the spectrum and have a look at the Base-0 Container!

Ever sinze AT-43 produced their (now highly sought after) plastic containers back in 2006 it has been a type of terrain that has proved immensely popular with all kinds of modern and sci-fi gamers! I was actually quite surprised at how long it took until someone picked up on this great demand for containers and started producing something similar. These days most of them are made from HDF rather than plastic though so detailing is necessarily different.

All popped out.
At 12cm x 6cm x 6cm the Systema container is a little bit smaller than some of the other stuff out there which I actually find quite welcome! In general I go for the smaller pieces when given the choice as it makes it easier to puzzle together the battlefield I'm going for. The build is quite straightforward and to really start with the basics I first put together the small scatter terrain box that is also a part of the kit. It makes a simple 3cm square cube which makes for good cover for a regular 28mm model.

Rubber bands are good for this kind of job.
The container itself went together quickly and it almost felt like I could have done it without glue! The exact nature of laser cutting really does make for a perfect fitting kit. While the joints are visible they have been incorporated into the design which makes for a solid industrial look which puts it in a not too hi-tech/not too gothic zone which should make it work in a lot of different games. Mine of course, being primarily Infinity, but also Judge Dredd, MERCS and Deadzone (do I have too many sci-fi skirmish games?).

"Ah, good to have that nice solid container covering my back! I should be safe from that Cameronian here."
The ladder comes off and can easily be placed in different positions on the container and there are a few different alternatives for the printing on the side. The doors are solid pieces so don't allow for an open position out of the box, which is a bit of a pity, but that's me being picky.

Overall I think this is a nice solid piece of terrain that is versatile enough to fit in on most modern/sci-fi tables. While the design isn't extravagant it has a good utalitarian vibe to it. Oh, and the price isn't to be argued with! For €6 (~$8.30) each or €20 (~$27.6) for three of them plus a bunch of boxes you'd hard pressed to find something cheaper. Bottom line, I really quite like this little kit and I will be getting a bunch more!

Container+box+Guilang.

Hmm... now it just needs some paint. Currently have a can of armypainter green in the wardrobe. There are green containers in the real world, right?

Next up will be the Habitat Unit 2!

2 kommentarer :

  1. Thanks for the review! Have you dealt with MDF from other companies? I'm curious how they compare to one another!

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    1. Hey Greg! Glad you like it. More is forthcoming. :)

      As far as I can tell this is pretty much the same stuff I've come across before. When you cut it the fibers turn almost powder like. It's quite hard and durable and should last for quite some time if treated properly.

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