Like its taller cousin, the Mcrae’s Large Two Story House, the Large Village House (#5071) from Pegasus Hobbies comes fully pre-painted on both its exterior and interior, but also is sadly out of production. The Large Village House originally retailed for $30, but I found mine on eBay for $25. Even had it cost $40 now, it would be worth every penny and easily has the most value for its price of any prepainted miniature building.
The house measures 8″ by 6″ at its base and stands just under 6.5 inches tall to the top of its chimney. Like the Mcrae’s House, the chimney is the least attractive element consisting of sharp craggy “rocks”. The front and back walls measure 2.5 inches up to the roof’s eves. Aside from the chimeny, everything is painted to a uniformly high standard. All that the Large Village House lacks is some furniture and occupants for an adventuring party to rescue or terrorize. Its other obvious use would be in wargaming where you can comfortably move the battle indoors as it easily allows Large Warjacks to fit within, though how they would be allowed inside based on the size of the two doors or their Large bases is something to discuss with your opponent. It may be a slight stretch, but it could also serve as a European house in a 25mm WWII wargame too.
The Large Village House Has 2 Entrances Allowing for Quick Escapes… or a Flanking Manouver
I would love to have at least one more of these and even if it means competing against me on eBay, I would suggest that any fantasy or historicals wargamer snatch the Large Village House up if he or she should see one. Have a look inside at the house’s interior on my Youtube video for it below.
The Pegasus Hobbies Prepainted Gothic Rubble set contains three rubble pieces. The product is truly what you see is what you get and comes in a clear plastic container. The rubble piles lightly match their existing line of Gothic terrain; I still haven’t found a wall panel that matches the window section on the largest rubble piece.
I picked mine up for $10.99. Obviously from my post on Making Rubble, I have elected to make my own rubble, but if you don’t have the time to make your own (or the inclination), Pegasus Hobbies really comes to the rescue. I suggest hitting the rubble piles with a lighter highlight of grey mixed with white to really make them pop out on the table. There is a second set with different pieces. I think any more than two of each set on the same table would be too much repetition, especially in the case of the larger more distinctive pieces.
Among their many other prepainted offerings, Pegasus Hobbies enriches the gaming community with their Large and Small Cottages. The buildings are nearly identical except for the extended depth of the Large Cottage (about an inch deeper). The paint scheme is fairly dark with matte black windows. Both cottages feature an animal skin drying. The larger building’s animal is black and the small one’s is brown, if that matters to you. They are hollow on the inside.
The cottages are competitively priced on the low end of the scale. If you need a farm, hamlet, or village to defend or sack in Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Hordes, Warmachine, or any historical or fantasy game, these are perfect. I think they look only slightly out of place in a fantasy city. It is imaginable that they could exist in a poorer part of town where their thatched roofs would just be an accepted fire hazard.
If you are going to get two or more, I suggest getting one of each variety. Since they’re so similar, at least from a bird’s eye view you will have some slight increase in the visual appeal. If you have more than three of these, I think they will start to look odd when grouped together and at that point I would repaint one or two to make them stand out. By odd, I mean they might look like medieval tract houses instead of cobbled together from whatever stones were on hand.
The Pegasus Hobbies Technobridge is an elegantly designed snap-together plastic kit usable in both modern and futuristic wargames. The packaging boasts that it is over a foot long and they are being quite literal: at its longest it is 12 and 1/8thh inches. The internal width is just under 6.5 inches. Yes, a Baneblade can use it to cross a river or canal, and of course your troops can as well. They could get a cover save from the sides from the 1 inch tall railings. It comes almost ready to use out of the box, snapping together, and cast in a dark grey plastic. I am in the middle of painting mine, but even unpainted it looks pretty good.
If you purchase two of the Technobridges, the central bridge sections could extend the length of the bridge. You would need to use your judgement for how many sections could realistically span the crossing. Each central portion (not the ramp) is 3 inches of more bridge, so you could move up to an 18 inch bridge with another box, leaving two leftover ramp portions. I think it’d still be reasonable if the bridge were 6 or 9 inches longer, but extending it further without modeling further supports might strain the suspension of disbelief. Making the bridge wider would require a good deal of work.
Warmachine players may even be able to make use of it, but traditional swords and sorcery fantasy games or pre-1800s historical gamers will not find much use in it.
Another great prepainted product from Pegasus Hobbies is this blister of 8 wooden crates. 4 of the crates are hollow, but the other 4 have all six textured sides. They are on the larger side of the spectrum for use with 28mm or 30mm miniatures. They most likely are intended for use with 1/35th scale military models. The crates are made of plastic.
For an Inquisitor Scale 54mm model, they would also be perfect, but below I have used them in my Hirst Arts dungeon for Dungeons and Dragons, as well as for fantasy miniature games like Warmachine, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, or Mordheim. Do they have wooden crates in space? Sure. They could also be used in Warhammer 40K or Necromunda. I can think of at least one Necromunda scenario with gangs battling over crates and recovering what loot they can.
Size Comparison and Product Comparison with Hirst Arts Crates to come!
At the time that I shot the packaging (before throwing it away) I was using a different lower-quality camera. Editing the following three videos in iMovie would have further degraded the quality of one complete movie, so here they are unedited.
Pegasus Hobbies adds an excellent wargaming product in the form of its Pegasus Hobbies Oil Drums. The set contains 9 prepainted oildrums suitable for use in games such as Warhammer 40K, Dark Age, Infinity, Urban War, Necromunda or any other futuristic or modern wargame.
When buying from your FLG, you can see though the clear packaging, which is helpful to the consumer. One surprise is that what would appear to be a stack of three fuel drums side by side is actually three separate drums you can pose as needed. One of the barrel stacks with a yellow barrel has a radioactive symbol on the side, as can be seen in the Youtube video below.
The Pegasus Hobbies Oil Drums, Wooden Crates, and Wooden Barrels all have similar packaging and about the same price point. However for 28mm gaming, assuming you play both sci-fi systems and fantasy, I’d get these first if you were tight on money. I’ve seen plenty of battle reports with oil drums, but most battles can get by without crates or wooden barrels (unless you play a Dwarf army). These will add a little bit more of a kick to your scenery.
Pop these out of their case, set them up as a fuel dump, or as oil barrel barricades and you are good to go.