Most of my 28mm terrain is pretty rural, and this works fine for WW2 games. Mostly I play 28mm moderns with Osprey’s Black Ops rules, which are all about espionage and irregular warfare. So I need more urban and industrial terrain. So behold, the offices of some dodgy sounding outfit called Spamco:
This is a kit called the “Distribution Office” from TT Combat. There’s also a larger kit called the Distribution Depot, and this one can be built either as a standalone building or as an annex of the larger depot (as shown here). Because of this the fourth wall where it joins the larger depot is optional when you build it. If you wanted it is probably possible to build this kit so that the wall can be taken on and off as you like, but I found it was quite a tight fit and wouldn’t be easy to remove during a game. I just glued it in.
Overall, I’m very happy with the whole external shell of this kit. It went together easily, and includes a sheet of greyboard detailing which covers all the main corner joins. Regular readers might recall that exposed corner joins on MDF kits are one of my pet hates. They just really bug me. Happily there are very few on this kit, so they don’t require any extra work to hide. As well as hiding the joins, the greyboard parts around the windows and doors add a bit of depth to the model. Even the roof is ok, which is often a weak point on MDF kits. As a nice little bonus the roller door on the ground floor actually slides up and down too. So top marks for the exterior for TT Combat, especially in a kit that only costs £9! You can pay more and get less from other MDF terrain manufacturers.
The interior is a different story though. This is clearly a two level building, but for some reason known only to TT Combat they’ve not included the floor for the upstairs. All you get is an open framework where the floor should be. Great for access to the ground floor, not so good if you’re playing games where models are going to move into the building. So if that’s a priority to you then you’re going to need to add the upper floor in. Obviously that’s not hard, it’s just a rectangle of card or MDF (remember to leave a slot at the edge so that the “roller” door can still raise up). I included a quick little staircase made from a sloping piece of MDF onto which I’ve glued a zigzag of card for the stairs. It’s not going to win any beauty prizes, but it’ll normally only be seen from the top anyway.
Also included on the upper floor is a bit of “furniture” in the form of some computer server racks and desks. These are doing double duty: first of all they can work as objectives for games like Black Ops, and secondly they act as a handle for taking the upper floor out to place miniatures the ground floor! I’ve 3D printed these, you can get the files from Thingiverse: Server Racks, Office desk and laptop. The servers were an existing design that I’ve re-scaled for 28mm, while the desk with the computer was two separate designs that I combined in Tinkercad. The desk was already miniature scale, but the laptop was designed to be printed much larger. This to me is the real beauty of 3D printing for wargames, you can take digital models that you like (even if they’re not the right scale) and combine or resize them and make what you actually need. I’m still learning the craft of getting good prints at miniature scales (these came out slightly wonky, but not in a way that’s really obvious), but I’m finding the printer a really useful addition to my hobby tools. There’s a real learning curve there, but tons of great info available online to help climb it.
To decorate the outside I’ve added some signs printed onto normal paper, and some graffiti that was printed onto decal paper to get that “sprayed on” look. All of that was just downloaded from the internet.