by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ]
Basicks added new product to their Battlefield Resin Terrain line. It is Machine Gun Trench.
We were lucky to receive the base for a review the same day it appeared in Basicks store – although it is without final blister (Basicks is still in development as a very fresh company) we review it as a “in box” (blisters are going to be typical for this kind of products, you can see sample picture of Basics products packed in their blisters on one of the photos).
Base shows fortified gun position built of sandbags. Name of the kit may be a little bit confusing since it is not a trench in a strict meaning of this word. Fortified position is protected from three sides with the back opened for crew entry. Sandbags are supported by wooden planks dug into the ground. Plates are also used in order to harden the soil inside the fortification.
Water canister is partially dug in the ground inside the fortification right next to the shovel laying on the ground on the right side (looking from the entry side). Small wooden box rests on the very edge of fortification. On the left side there are pliers lying on the ground and a map/document bag placed on one of the sandbags.
Some of the sandbags are damaged and sand is leaking through the bullet holes.
Look of the tools suggest WWII period, but base itself may be used actually with anything from 20th Century to fictional future era.
Base comes as a one, quite big piece of resin. It is about 113x85mm wide and 27mm high. I find it closest to 1:35 scale (you can see comparison with 1:35 scale figure on the pictures). Area inside is big enough to actually fit machine gun crew or even a mortar team (once again check the picture with sample figure).
No assembly is needed and no painting instruction is delivered with the kit – I believe that painting planks, soil and sandbags does not require any instruction.
Vendor does not precise what is the scale of the base – I find it to be 1:35 or very close to it. It is hard to use it with figures of other sizes due to the fact that many objects making strong scale reference are placed on the base. Bigger figures would look like a giants, smaller ones – like a toys. It does not concern tabletop battlegaming figures, because battle terrain scale must be rather functional than accurately represented.
Details and quality
Kit is made in high quality grey resin. Texture of soil is very nice, so I may say about the wooden boards and chest. It may be a little “oversculpted” but thanks to this fact it will be very easy to paint the details. Canister, pliers, shovel and map bag are also nicely sculpted with all edges sharp and crisp. Texture of sandbags is not even, visible in some areas and almost none in the other, but it has no negative effect on my final rating (rather lack of additional few points). Sand leaking through the holes is a very nice touch but it also seem to be a little out of scale.
Casting is flawless and no cracks nor holes were spotted.
Definitely an interesting base. Obviously it is not as versatile as many other Basicks bases but this is not its purpose – judging it only as fortified fire position it totally fits it’s function. Kit is designed in a way which allows to use the base as a fully stand-alone or as a piece of bigger diorama. Tabletop wargammers may find it very useful as well since it is sturdy and easy to carry.
Recommended if only you have matching figures.
Pictures of painted base and blisters come from vendor’s website. Painted figure is not part of the set – it is used for size reference only.