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Inside your mind, corrupting the pathways

I've not seen anyone post anything about these sets, and having just received them through the post from magical internet land, I thought I would post a review for your consideration. If you have any questions about the kit, please feel free to ask and I will answer if I can. Both kits are made from a pretty cheap looking (but still sturdy) silver/grey plastic which with the application of even the simplest wash/weather powder weathering can simulate rusty/dirty metal with minimum of effort. I've yet to paint these, but I would certainly recommend washing the pieces before painting to remove any mould release that might be clinging to the plastic.

First up, the Hexagonal construction set (large):





I can't even begin to tell you how many panels and clips you get in this kit - I've been cutting it out now for about an hour and still have about 50% of the kit still to do. Each panel appears to have a "technical" side (valves, wires, etc) and a plain side (tiles/rivets/doors) which means you get 2 different looks from a single kit - a great idea and adds quite a bit of interest to the kit.

There is very minimal flash on the panels (there was a very small amount on one of the panels, but that is it so far). A few of the clips have quite significant flash on but again it is pretty easy to trim and seems to be the same clips on each identical frame, though some are worse than others. Overall the clips with flash on are probably less than 5% of the total number (and there are about 6.7 metric butt-loads in total ). There are 5 types of clip which let you assemble panels in different orientations (there are 5 types of clip included, with plenty of each, though significantly less 4 way "X" connectors than other types).

When fitted together using the clips, each panel has about a 1-2mm gap between each other. The clips snap in place fairly solidly and easily and allow a small amount of movement in the panels (good if you make a structure which "should" not quite match up - you can get enough movement in the joints to get it all to clip solidly together).

The instructions, while small, are in colour which is exceptionally good as it shows how to create all sorts of shapes using panels and different clips (which are all coloured differently). Very handy.



Moving on now to the Biotoxin Plant:





Unlike the hexagonal kit, the biotoxin plant is not held together with little "clips", but using a kind of wooden flooring connectors. The floor plates are also different as they are constructed from 2 individual plates which clip together to form a much thicker slab. This also means you can choose to have panels which are the same on each side or, like the hexagonal kit, which are different on both sides. Again like the hexagonal kit, there are 2 designs for each plate, a technical or a "plain" design.

Just like the hexagonal kit, the biotoxin plant has about 4 million pieces, though unlike the hexagonal kit, each "component" (ie tube, drum, plate, etc) requires assembly from at least 2 pieces which all clip together relatively securely, though it is suggested that you use glue.

There is also at least 1 piece which requires some cutting before use (the large tank sections need 2 small slits cutting out so that it can be slotted into another component).

There are a large range of connectors to join pretty much any component to any other component, which is cool

The instructions for this kit are actually very good and show a few example configurations for building your biotoxin plant, as well as how to assemble each individual component within the kit, and also forming a few more complex shapes/designs with several components.



As I play with both kits, I will update this thread with my findings.

   
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//drool// those kits are awesome! Great review btw!

Might have to get some of these (prices depending..) but they look very interesting.. and as my terrain modeling skills are very much uber "meh" I really need to invest in some terrain kits at some point. But the models! The models cost soo much! Damn the price tags on those Leman Russ'..and those space marine battleforces.. and armies.. and monkey-wine-servants..and..oh wait.. er..

Yes, well, anyway, great review!

   
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Da Mekshop

Got a couple of the bio-toxin plant kits. You get so much for yer monies its unbelievable!

I spent days just clipping bits off and trimming! I'm now loaded with industrial bits for scenery and what not.

Awesome kits and only cost about a tenner iirc.

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Neat! I look forward to seeing some pics of the final product with some 40k minis!

Does the company even have a website? I can't seem to find a definitive list of all the kits anywhere...


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Hmm... nvm. This website, which looks like something out of 1998, seems to list some of them?

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Do they still make the Urban War set? Because I can't seem to find a US seller for them.
   
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Duke - I have no idea mate. My local is always getting new stock in, so I guess so in europe at least.

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The Urban War platform systems are really awesome.

I've used some pieces from the Platformer Construction Set to modify this Ork Trukk for Gorka Morka to carry more boyz:

   
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The Urban War sets are just repackaged and branded IMEX Platformer and Hexagon kits. You can get them from The Warstore. I have all of the kits from the warstore and their components are identical to the ones pictured in this review. They are a great value for the money. Highly recommended!

   
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IMEX is the company behind "robogear" as well, and there are a couple of terrain kits not for sale anywhere except Russia.

I've got a few boxes of these kits, and overall, I prefer the hexagon ones for simplicity of assembly.

They make good "prefab" industrial units (blast shields, small bunkers, scaffolding) and certainly change the look of a "too many skulls" GW CoD table.

I'm OVER 50 (and so far over everyone's BS, too).
Old enough to know better, young enough to not give a ****.

That is not dead which can eternal lie ...

... and yet, with strange aeons, even death may die.
 
   
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Anyone have pics of these kits with models for scale?

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Australia

Hey Chromedog, links please?

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Links to what specifically?

I got my sets locally through MilSims (through their convention sales, generally).

They have the hexagon and platformer sets as well as the "Pegasus Gothic" stuff on their site.
http://www.milsims.com.au/catalog/1300?page=1

I think I have a few pics of my stuff with gaming models on them. Let me search for them - I may need to upload them.




This is the platformer set that comes as part of the chemical plant/biotoxin plant (two sets of box art, same kit).

The panels are roughly 40mmx80mm and around 3mm thick when pressed together (for the platformer).

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I'm OVER 50 (and so far over everyone's BS, too).
Old enough to know better, young enough to not give a ****.

That is not dead which can eternal lie ...

... and yet, with strange aeons, even death may die.
 
   
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Da Mekshop



Kolath - Theres a piccy in the OP showing the Biotoxin plant scale also. Give you an idea of tank and pipe size.

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Oops, yeah, didn't think of that part, that one was good though, cheers!

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I can't get onto the sites at work, but I got mine through a re-seller on ebay. If you search for "urban mammoth" in google, they also sell the kits (think it is a UK based site).

Just for reference, I got both these kits for ~£31 (including postage). Though I will also get some money back through quidco (bwahaha!), which makes them slightly cheaper.

I'm sure you can get them cheaper elsewhere, but I actually recieved these in less than 2 days from ordering them. I will post the ebay seller when I get home if anyone else is interested. The only kit they didn't stock was the large platform kit (the biotoxin plant with more platforms and without the pipes).

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