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Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

Hi everyone,

We are a small start-up company trying to get into the wargaming terrain market.

These are our first steps but we already have some buildings to show and really big plans for the future, depending of course on the levels of interest from the community.

We are starting with SCI-FI terrains for 28mm scale - mainly because Infinity is becoming more popular within our gaming group - but the bigger picture will accomodate any scale and any period. Flames of War, Malifaux, Kensei, WH40K and even boardgames like Sergeants or Samurai Battles you name it. We want to be there to provide more spark for your favorite hobby.

One of our main goals is to keep all these nice buildings and terrain pieces at reasonable prices that's why at the beginning we are going to produce stuff from 3mm HDF and also stiff cardboard with different thicknesses, all of which will be laser-cut.



Our main page is still under construction but if you want to express your interest, comment or just to have a look what we're up to please follow us on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/zenterrain

Hope to see you soon in our e-store.

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Made in gb
[MOD]
Et In Arcadia Ego





Canterbury

Very nice.

Please do keep us informed as you progress

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Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut





These are very nice, but at the same time it's just more mdf/hdf terrain. You need to get something different out there other then said material. I want some sci-fi terrain with curves andd round edges on it instead of blocky terrain. Very nice looking though and you will need a low competitive price for these.
   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

I want some sci-fi terrain with curves andd round edges on it instead of blocky terrain.

Thanks for the comment overtyrant.
Although HDF could be quite limiting in it's use it is also very cheap and durable, we are planning more complex buildings with curvature / chamfers in the future.
We want to stretch this material to it's limits to keep the prices competitive.

Please watch this space for future releases.

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2014/08/06 11:22:11


   
Made in gr
Regular Dakkanaut




As time goes by lots of new small companies show up, that's very good!
Good luck and I'll agree with overtyrant, you'll need to do something very competitive price-wise.
   
Made in au
[MOD]
Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.






Under the couch

I like the designs, but would like to see some painted examples, if only to see how all those engraved lines look once paint goes over them...

 
   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

I like the designs, but would like to see some painted examples, if only to see how all those engraved lines look once paint goes over them...

Thanks for the comment insaniak - I hope you would be happy to know that the available models are in the process of painting by our talented buddy painter, so please watch this space...

As for the engraved lines - those aren't really engraved they are quite deep cuts which speeds up the process of getting the parts out of HDF, and I'm sure they will be clearly visible after painting over.

We have also realised that not all of you might want to visit the facebook page so I will post some more images of our products to get some more feedback from you.


Futuristic Chapel dims for scale comparison,


and the back of it.


Shipping container dims.


Finished product - part 3mm HDF part 2mm stiff cardboard.


Medical Bay dims.


Finished product.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
And two new buildings.


Military watchtower and modular fence dims.


Finished product.


Military outpost dims.


Finished product.

For more pics and description please visit https://www.facebook.com/zenterrain

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Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

We will be updating you also on what is in the works at the moment.

First update:


A crablike hoist for your shipping containers!!
With amazing movable hoist lifters and turning dome!!

And that's just the civilian version....

See you soon.

   
Made in us
[DCM]
[***]







That is quite nice - I eagerly await the opportunity to purchase one.

Or two.

Or three, or...
   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

More updates on what's in the pipeline...



Are your buildings too blocky and boring?
Upgrade them with that nice Conversion Kit.

   
Made in gb
Esteemed Veteran Space Marine




Sheppey, England

Military outpost - very nice!

Conversion Kit - must have!

Click for a Relictors short story: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/412814.page

And the sequels HERE and HERE

Final part's up HERE

 
   
Made in us
Insect-Infested Nurgle Chaos Lord





Oregon, USA

Nice looking buildings there.

Depending on prices and so forth i can see some of those making their way onto my battlefield

The Viletide: Daemons of Nurgle/Deathguard: 7400 pts
Disclples of the Dragon - Ad Mech - about 2000 pts
GSC - about 2000 Pts
Rhulic Mercs - um...many...
Circle Oroboros - 300 Pts or so
Menoth - 300+ pts
 
   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

Thank you guys for your comments - always gives a boost too work some more.

We aim to have our store at http://www.zenterrain.com up and running at the end of this month.

We are also hard at work to have as much stuff for you to pick from as humanely (dwarfly, orcly and elfishly) possible at the store opening.

So without further ado another update from our designers desk....



Military barrack / hi-tech tent

Also tonight (GMT time of course) we will probably have one of the buildings painted up so there will be another update today or tomorrow.

Cheers guys.

   
Made in us
Wraith






Salem, MA

Great looking stuff. Always good to see more companies entering the terrain business!

Warmachine/Hordes- Cryx Blindwater Congregation Convergence of Cyriss Khador Thornfall Alliance
Infinity- Haqqislam Warzone: Resurrection- Capitol Mishima Deep Wars- Ancients of Atalan

I paint things occasionally. Some things you may even like! 
   
Made in de
Death-Dealing Devastator



Tuebingen, Germany

Awesome stuff. I´d like the windows of the chapel in acrylics, please! :-)
   
Made in us
Fixture of Dakka






Funny, your medical bay looks exactly like the medlab I made for Deadzone!

"The Omnissiah is my Moderati" 
   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

Funny, your medical bay looks exactly like the medlab I made for Deadzone!


I hope you like it then...it was the first building we designed.

Awesome stuff. I´d like the windows of the chapel in acrylics, please! :-)


We plan to make upgrade kits for some of the buildings to replace details with acrylics - but this material ain't cheap - we're searching for supplier that can serve us small amounts of it (for starters).

Cheers guys.

   
Made in gb
Yu Jing Martial Arts Ninja





The Lakes

Brilliant stuff. Whilst there is already a ton of good terrain I would like to buy, the chapel and crab-robot have just gone right to the top of the list.


 
   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

Hi guys and girls.

As promised earlier and requested by some of you we can proudly present our first professionally painted buiding.

Do enjoy.





For more pictures please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/zenterrain

   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

Hi there.

After a period of inactivity we can update you on what's fresh on our side of things.

We've put together prototypes for Crab, Tent and Conversion Kit and will soon post pics of it.

Also there is going to be a military version of the Crab...



The stuff that is absolutely new is a basic resi building (which means it's going to be cheap - around 8€ a pop).



You will also be able buy it in packs of 3 (cheaper - around 20€ per pack).

Because you can stack them.






And if you go bananas - you can do something like this.




Please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/zenterrain and if you like what we do, don't forget to share.

   
Made in us
Insect-Infested Nurgle Chaos Lord





Oregon, USA

Nice

I need a few hab blocks for a good block-war/gang smackdown.

I play a lot of Necromunda so these may be just what i need.

Any idea when you'll have these available for sale?

The Viletide: Daemons of Nurgle/Deathguard: 7400 pts
Disclples of the Dragon - Ad Mech - about 2000 pts
GSC - about 2000 Pts
Rhulic Mercs - um...many...
Circle Oroboros - 300 Pts or so
Menoth - 300+ pts
 
   
Made in ca
Fixture of Dakka





Bathing in elitist French expats fumes

Regarding your poll, I'll give you the Zen answer:

I want what I want.

 GamesWorkshop wrote:
And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!

 
   
Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut




Louisiana

Regarding the poll: I can't answer that question. I thought about it, and I honestly can't answer it.

Simple buildings are great...when they are done well. A poorly designed laser cut building can look like a total POS.

On the other hand, I don't want to spend hours and hours assembling an overly complex building, and once a laser cut building gets up to the $50+ range, there had better be something special about it. Once the price point gets up that high (depending on the size of the structure and all) you're entering competition with plastic and resin buildings.

MDF terrain generally competes on price. It is fill your table terrain, not make everyone jealous terrain.

That said, your pieces look nice. The painted building is done well. Those pillars 'holding up' the balcony are going to get destroyed in storage though. They aint gonna last long freestanding like that.

With laser cut terrain, you've really got to use the medium well. One of my absolute favorite laser cut buildings is this building from 4Ground. The design that you have in the railing of your painted building is also a good example. It is a nice design element that works well with the medium.

It makes fantastic use of the medium. It assembles in about half an hour, it doesn't require painting, it looks great, it is unique, and it is cheap.

Obviously you won't be making buildings like that, but my point is that this type of building takes advantages of the medium's strengths rather than highlighting its weaknesses. This is what the best laser cut buildings do in my opinion. It doesn't make the piece structurally weak, it adds a nice aesthetic touch that is consistent with the overall theme of the piece, it isn't a detail that can be easily added in a different medium, and the slots look small enough to not look really wonky if you can't get paint onto all of the interior surfaces.

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Kirasu: Have we fallen so far that we are excited that GW is giving us the opportunity to spend 58$ for JUST the rules? Surprised it's not "Dataslate: Assault Phase"

AlexHolker: "The power loader is a forklift. The public doesn't complain about a forklift not having frontal armour protecting the crew compartment because the only enemy it is designed to face is the OHSA violation."

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Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

Any idea when you'll have these available for sale?

We are aiming to open our shop by the end of August / beginning of September and will let you know as soon as everything works ok.
once a laser cut building gets up to the $50+ range

We're not going to be even close to that. That why at the beginning we want to use MDF/HDF/stiff cardboard. For example the hab should be around $10, if you buy in a bundle of 3 it should be around $27.
Honestly I think the highest price point we are going to get is around $35.
MDF terrain generally competes on price. It is fill your table terrain, not make everyone jealous terrain.

Yes we understand that but we strive to make nice buildings for a reasonable price, so you get the best of the both worlds.
Those pillars...aint gonna last long freestanding like that

That's why we make prototypes first - the final building will have some sort of strengthening around those pillars.
One of my absolute favorite laser cut buildings is this building from 4Ground

Yes that is a nice building but I wonder about transportation and storage though, it looks a bit on the fragile side of things.

As they say in latin 'de gustibus non est disputandum' so everyone has they favorites.

Thank you for such a long answer it really helps us to get better at what we do. I urge everyone to post such in depth thoughts, we want to involve you in the stuff we do. Remember we are gamers as well.

Soon we will post the pictures of barrack model which is our most detailed to date - and as it was a prototype it took couple of hours and swearing to assemble - that's why it got a complete overhaul.
It looks almost the same as the prototype but will be much, much easier to assemble. We will post pictures of the new design along with the prototype.

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Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut




Louisiana

I was worried the 4Ground building would be fragile as well, but at 20 bucks I figured it was worth a shot. It is more delicate than my other buildings, but it holds up remarkably well.

My terrain tends to get put through lots of abuse. Between drunk players and frequent setup changes/transportation the terrain pieces take quite a few knocks. But that's fine in my opinion. Terrain is for playing, and if it gets played with, it is going to suffer some rough handling. It is inevitable. You should be able to drop a terrain piece on the floor, pick it up, keep playing with it, and fix it later with some glue.


Kirasu: Have we fallen so far that we are excited that GW is giving us the opportunity to spend 58$ for JUST the rules? Surprised it's not "Dataslate: Assault Phase"

AlexHolker: "The power loader is a forklift. The public doesn't complain about a forklift not having frontal armour protecting the crew compartment because the only enemy it is designed to face is the OHSA violation."

AlexHolker: "Allow me to put it this way: Paramount is Skynet, reboots are termination attempts, and your childhood is John Connor."
 
   
Made in us
Dakka Veteran





Hampton Roads, VA

Terrain like yours make me excited to play infinity again.

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Love's Eldritch Ichor

Blood is best stirred before battle, and nothing does that better than the bagpipes.

 
   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

Terrain like yours make me excited to play infinity again.


Thanks, comments like yours makes me want to design more cool stuff for you guys.

Anyway it's time for the promised pictures (well some of them at least).

Here is the prototype barrack.





And here is the redesigned model.





We have also done the conversion kit which can be used with our HAB 1 models.






   
Made in gb
40kenthus




Manchester UK

Great stuff, hopefully an easy inexpensive way of filling an infinity board!

I'm also looking at Drop Zone Cmmndr... Any plans for kits at that sort of scale?

Member of the "Awesome Wargaming Dudes"

 
   
Made in us
Kid_Kyoto






Probably work

I might pick some of this up for a 40k cityscape. Normally I'm not a big fan of MDF terrain, but I really like what you have going on here!

Assume all my mathhammer comes from here: https://github.com/daed/mathhammer 
   
Made in pl
Regular Dakkanaut




Poland

Thank you for all your comments.

As for
Drop Zone Cmmndr... Any plans for kits at that sort of scale?

We do have long term plans to go into most popular scales (I think maybe only 6mm is outside of HDF cutting possibilities) so please stay tuned.

   
 
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