In a rare but ultimately futile exercise of willpower, I actually put the Test of Honour Scenery Set (paid link) from Sarissa Precision back on the shelf after I first picked it up in the Warlord Games booth at GhengisCon 41, which was held Feb. 15-18, 2018, in Aurora, Colo.
Sarissa Precision is a U.K. based supplier of laser-cut buildings, bases and other wargaming accessories, while Test of Honour (paid link) is a samurai-themed skirmish wargame produced by Warlord Games. I actually purchased a copy of the Test of Honour core game last November, but to my shame I still haven’t opened it yet. (Time being a finite and often ill-managed resource with me, this happens more than I care to admit.)
Since I already had Test of Honour at home, as well as a few other samurai-themed rulesets, I figured it would also be handy to have some feudal-Japan-style buildings. Obviously you can always make your samurai clans duel in the ruins of a desert fortress or a European-style village, but it’s not very thematic.
My concern was that I had never assembled and painted a detailed MDF terrain set before, and the thought of magically transforming the stack of tightly packaged MDF sheets into an elaborate watermill, along with an arched bridge and two rice huts, seemed a little daunting. (Particularly given the mountain of unbuilt and unpainted terrain I already have.) So I pondered for a long minute and then slowly put the Test of Honour Scenery Set back on the rack. With some regrets.
Later that evening however, Lynn said, “If you want to buy that samurai village, I’ll build it for you.” Well then, that changes everything! So I returned to the Warlord Games booth the following day and bought the Test of Honour terrain kit, along with a large MDF stanchion building kit for Beyond the Gates of Antares. Because if you’re going to be bad, why not fully commit?
Anyway, Lynn was true to her word (as always) and she did an admirable job assembling and painting the myriad of little laser-cut MDF pieces in the Test of Honour Scenery Set. Fortunately the kit was very well engineered, with clear instructions, so the construction process was actually much less formidable than we originally feared.
Because my actual Test of Honour miniatures still remain unpainted (sigh), we deployed some old Heroscape samurai figures so you could see how the completed buildings look in the midst of a ferocious tabletop skirmish. We like to think it’s a quaint little Japanese village that Lord Toranaga himself would be pleased to conquer.