This time I’m going to be looking at some Feudal period MDF terrain by Blotz, perhaps a company not as well know as a few others on the market. But none one that should in any way be discounted. Blotz covers a huge period of games with its high-quality MDF buildings and the huge array of laser cut acrylic tokens it does as well.
In this first review, I’m going to cover the Japanese Gateway and Japanese Wall the reason for covering both in one is because the kits are very small and it I’m going to talk about nearly the same things each time.
The kits as you can see from the images don’t look very complex but they are very well made and the designs are great as well. The Gateway actually has doors that open, it’s designed to work like that. The sections that are tiled, have a design cut into them so they will dry brush and as you’ll see look amazing.
When I opened the packets up I did have a bit of a panic attack as I couldn’t find any build instructions. But after reading the little booklet I discovered that it’s all online. For me, that’s great my painting area is often right in front of my Computer so it makes it easy to look at the instructions. During the painting stage I kept with the same styles of past pieces so that it fits in. It might not be traditional, but it suits the look of my little village just right.
The kit goes together very easy with two pieces making the thickness of the wall and then an outer element to hide the edges and add supports for the roof tiles. The gateway was something that I did a dry fit first as the beams are designed just right they slot in and are solid. So once I knew parts were going to fit I dropped a bit of Super ‘phatic in behind and slid the pieces into place. Between the glue and the fact that the set is perfectly designed it’s not coming apart. With a lot of the core pieces assembled, I added PVA to the bases and then undercoated it grey.
From this point on it’s the fun bit for me. The wood elements were painted using an emulsion paint from Wilkinsons called java Bean. I use the colour on all my terrain and it also helps hold some models together. Yes, it takes a little longer to dry but it’s not like I don’t have other bits to get on with. The stone bits that need glueing onto the walls I did in the same method as I have with other pieces. Using a sponge to stipple/drag the paint on, as with other terrain I use a mix of grey’s, Blues, Blacks and some Greens and Browns to weather the stone. For me it makes it look a bit more natural and I think the extra 5 minutes is really worth it.
The walls I used a few light washing of Vallejo Kharki to get the colour then added some desert sand mix to tone it down. Most Feudal walls would be as close to white as people could get it. But my village is a little out of the way and old so it fits my style. The tiles I really had to sit and think about colour wise for a few mines, others I have done have been a grey colour but I thought something needed to make a statement and why not this. So I used Vallejo Burnt cad red (70814), to which I added Flat red (70957) for a few highlights in random areas. Tiles are not all the same colour when you look at them and that’s what I was going for.
Once it was all assembled it was then a case of putting it all together and adding a few bits of flair.
The outside I’ve added clump foliage and some flowers to give the piece a less barren look and hopefully, it looks great. If I haven’t complemented them already I have to say the kits are great, easy to put together, dynamic and well worth the few pounds it costs to buy them. Next up is the Japanese House which from those kits I’ve seen built looks like a lot of fun.