Product Review – Acheson Log Cabin Ruin

By Joseph Forster

In my preparation for Raise the Black to be finished and delivered, I’ve been picking up some new terrain pieces to fill out my North American. In my web searches for 28mm terrain, I ran across the Acheson Creations website and I was pleasantly surprised by the range and focus of their products. I made a decent-sized order and I thought I’d post a few of the pieces here as I get them painted up.

Here is the Log Cabin Ruin piece.

This is a two-piece resin piece. I think the style is a little more chunky and cartoony than something you’d get from Firelock, but it’s very serviceable. The scale is slightly on the small side, but well within the acceptable range.

The resin feels a little plasticky and they don’t really say what their pieces are cast out of on the website. It might be some strange mix. But there’s enough detail and it’s easy to work with. There was a few little pieces of flash to clip off, but overall, it was a pretty clean model.

With half the roof and parts of 3 walls burned away, the model is pretty open for moving miniatures in and out of, but the top lifts off as well.

Resin pieces never match exactly, but this isn’t bad.

I painted this using Dexter Heide’s painting method he’s shared with us via his excellent YouTube channel. I primed it by hand with Folk Art black multi-surface primer, then used several layers of drybrushing for most of the color. I find this method works pretty well and is a very stress-free method of painting. It’s hard to make a “mistake” and you aren’t working with big areas that are all wet at once. No wet blending or anything like that. Start with black, then add increasingly light tones over the top using a medium drybrush.

Here you can see the scale. It’s a small cabin, but an OK size. Probably a 15×10′ structure.

After getting my browns and greys where I wanted them, I used many layers of Nuln Oil and Black Templar Contrast Paint to make it looked burned and charred.

It was kind of fun trying to accurately “burn” the house. There are two barrels and a large chest built into the miniature that could be used for objective markers in a game of Blood & Plunder.

I kept thinking of the burned cabin in Last of the Mohicans while painting this.

The overall style is very similar to the buildings in that movie.

You can find this miniature on the Acheson website right here for $12. Acheson prices are very reasonable! They have a subscription deal where you can get further discounts and a period newly minted mini at an even lower price! Acheson Creations also sells some non-damage cabins along with some Native Longhouses and Wigwams, Palisade Fort pieces, and a variety of other Colonial North American miniatures.

Here’s the non-burned cabin in its unpainted form.

I picked up a full wooden fort with bastions, several cabins, and some fun Indian structures. Look for some more reviews as I get time to paint them up.

I box of painting projects!

That’s it! It’s a nice little piece for a great price. Check it out if you’re interested in building up your North American gaming terrain a little bit before Raise the Black comes out!

Thanks for reading!

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