by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ]
Polish company Basicks, among many battle bases, minatures and parts for miniatures conversions offer product line called Battlefield Resin Terrain. This product line includes miscellaneous product useful in easy adding high quality details to your vignettes or wargaming battlefield.
One of the products from this line is set of five treasure boxes – you can find the review of this set on our site. Now we have opportunity to present very interesting variation of this set: Open Treasure Box (5).
Set contains 12 pieces: five chests, five covers and two extra coin pouches with coins dropping out of them. Boxes, when closed, would be about ~24x15x13-18mm (although it differs a bit between the boxes).
Due to the small size differences and, above all, style differences between the chests it is rather not possible to switch the covers between the boxes. Each box has its matching cover.
Here is short description of each box with its cover:
1. Simple wooden chest with flat cover and metal hardware stripes. Inner side of cover has visible wooden slats texture. Inside of the box is padded. Chest contains mostly coins but also some box, jewelry plate and goblet.
2. Wooden chest with metal hardware, convex upholstered (or metal) cover and heraldic achievement on the top. Inner side of cover is flat – seems to be upholstered as well. Inside of the box is once again padded, it contains coins, chain, ewer and goblets.
3. Flat covered chest with celtic-like knot decorating on top and sides. In this particular case cover of the chest is not designed to be installed on hinges – it is rather “put on the top” type of cover. It is flat on the inner side. The box contains mostly coins and some object I, honestly, cannot identify (maybe it’s some kind of jewelry, maybe a container, a bottle of some kind).
4. Chest with convex cover carved with markings typical for Basicks’ Mystic themed line of products. Chest have metal hardware but the cover have only the carved ornamentation. Inner side of cover is flat without any additional details. This chest contains only coins.
5. Chest similar to the one described above, but with more convex cover also with metal hardware. Inner side of the cover is padded. In this chest can find a chest (we have to go deeper ;) ), jewelry, coins, goblet and something that, I believe, is censer.
DETAILING AND QUALITY
All parts are made of high quality grey resin. Parts are free of material errors like cracks and air bubbles. Delicate cleaning of edges may be needed, but it’s going to be rather cosmetic operation and not significant sanding.
Details are really nice – especially all the treasure inside the boxes is sculpted with great care of detail. You can actually see separate coins as a round, flat discs stock on a pile next to other nicely sculpted valuables. The same concerns the boxes – their ornamentation, padding and wooden texture are sculpted nicely and clearly visible. It should be pleasure to paint these items.
ASSEMBLY AND PAINTING
Well, when it comes to Basicks this is something new – we need to put some parts together before placing them on vignette. There is no instruction but one can easily match the covers with the boxes basing on the size and style, or, if any doubt remains, use the picture form Basicks website as a reference. The same picture is also great example how these boxes may be painted.
Covers come still attached to pouring blocks so some cutting and cleaning is going to be necessary.
This younger and improved version of Treasure Box set is definitely worth mentioning, buying and using. Although two of the five boxes have strong fantasy character and rather cannot be used with non-fantasy figures the amount of details presented inside the boxes is so big that even small reworking is not big price for the perfectly depicted treasures. If your main target are fantasy/wargaming figures this set is a must-have.
Great details, nice design and very nice quality of the chests are great advantages of the set.
Picture of painted set comes from Vendor's website.