Recently someone posted a nice little Review of a japanese style hut from TTCombat, and as I took a look at their site and noticed the prices of the terrain….I just couldn’t resist and ordered all of their Eastern Empire Scenics Terrain stuff!
In this part of the Review of this Order, I will take a look at the Torii Gates.
The package arrived within 2 weeks and came in a perfect fit package.
The Torii Gates sprues themselves come in a plastic foil with a nice picture on the front, and the instructions on the back.
As you can see, assembly of the gates is easy enough, with the hardest parts most likely being fitting the 3 top sections together without too much of a gap, and adding the thick cardboard roof on top.
Yes you read that right, the roof is made of rather thick cardboard, which works very well, but forces you to be VERY careful with your glue, less you rip parts of it off with your sticky fingers or so.
I am not too big a fan of the rounded “bases” of the Torii as it’s kind of at odds with the rest of the design, but that’s just a minor thing really.
(As always, miniatures not included and only added for scale comparison)
Painted Torii Gates:
I keept the painting scheme simple as real Toriis in Japan are kept very simple as well (most of the time…), and I really like that style.
I didn’t have time to play a game with them yet, but I think the Torii fit to scale very well (for big Torii anyways) and they look great on the table!
(Sorry for the lower quality of this picture)
Obviously they’d fit into a traditional medieval setting slightly better, but they work just fine for Infinity as well I think.
I’ll split my Review for the TTCombat Terrain into two parts, one for Infinity, and one for the Kit itself.
For Infinity I’ll give this kit a 7/10, it’s easy to build, looks nice and does it’s job, but for Infinity this could have done in way more stylish ways, with Neon signs or whatnot (some Torii have signs on the middle part for example), but if you are going for a more traditional feel (like I did) this is still a very good kit and I’d recommend it for your asian style Infinity Table any day. If you are on a budget this might even be a 8/10 because of the sweet price 🙂
For a more traditional japanese medieval setting I’d give this kit a 9/10, it’s easy to build, looks nice and very authentic, and is easy to paint as well. The only thing to improve I think would be to use round poles for the Torii, I know that’s hard to make with MDF lasercutting, but when I was in Japan all Torii I saw there had round poles, and it takes away a little bit from the classic design to not have that.