In the next product review you’re going to be impressed by BP Laser‘s Building 14 or as it’s more commonly known, the Diner. As you’ve already seen, BP Laser are producing some pretty amazing laser cut MDF terrain for science fiction wargames like Warhammer 40000, Infinity and so on.
The Diner is a throwback to a simpler time when it was safe to eat out. I can’t help but look at it and instantly start thinking about a rain washed street straight out of Blade Runner!
The Diner, like the Multi Use Building, is brilliantly detailed and shipped in it’s component pieces. PVA glue is used to stick the MDF Diner together.
The thing that stands out most about the Diner is the extensive use of curved surfaces. As you know, BP Laser are one of the first wargame terrain makers to use “living hinges” in their scenery. From what I have read, the “living hinge” can be a tricky thing to get right. If the maths behind it is not accurate, they can be extremely fragile constructs. Let me assure you, BP Laser got the maths right. The wall sections on the Diner and the other curved surface are quite resilient. I wouldn’t want to bend them all the way back on themselves, however, they are definitely hardy enough to bear a dry fit construction and also a fair bit of, it’s-a-solid-piece-of-wood-and-yet-it-bends cool factor.
The Diner is another solid piece of line of sight blocking terrain. The cooling fans, billboards and towers offer excellent cover opportunities for snipers or placing that pesky TO Camo blip with a bit of cover. Did I mention that you can take off the roof? Well, on top of great sniping positions, the roof can be removed to offer good cover behind the serving counters.
Assembly instructions for the diner can be found online and like the Mutil Use Building, it took about an hour of fiddling around to do a dry fit and figure out where and what to glue. Unlike the Multi Use Building, this time I had help from Mister Nine, who took a lot of delight mucking around with the Diner and checking out the details. Mister Nine was easily able to figure out the slot-and-tab assembly of the Diner too.
As you can see, painting is really where it the Diner starts to stand out. By using spray paints and air brushes you can achieve some pretty amazing results very quickly.