Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Weekly Update - March 2nd, 2016 - Part Three: Scales and Furniture

The TRE Games furniture line -
TRE Games, the IKEA of gaming?
And a second comment:

Michael S February 25, 2016 at 10:11 AM
I couldn't find their furniture on the website... it looks like that is true 25mm compatible!

I couldn't, either, and I'll mention it to Tim next time I e-mail him. I suspect he's so busy making new products that he simply hasn't updated his website yet.

He e-mailed to let me know that he'd restocked his line at The Source - I have my spiral staircases! - and he mentioned that he has a tavern furniture set and a graveyard set coming; there's a set of very nice coffins available, as well. I'll see if I can't get catalog numbers and descriptions for you.

Size-wise, yes, I think that all of the line looks good next to my 25mm Ral Parthas and other figures from Ye Olden Dayes. I also - following up on your comment - compared them to some of the newer 28mm figures I have, and while some of the furniture looks small - the stools, specifically - the rest of the line seems to look fine with them as well.

Personally, I prefer 'scenery' items to be a little 'scaled down', as they take up less room on the game table that way. My buildings and such are a little 'under scale' for my 28s, but just fine for the smaller 'true 25' figures; I prefer to have more buildings and their contents on the table, as the variety provides for more fun and chances for misadventure for the players. I find that the stools, as well as the tables and benches, look to be just the right size to be used in a melee - they look good in the miniature's hand, and seem to be, in my eyes, just the right size to throw across a crowded room to help a comrade who's being menaced by the bad guys.

(One thing I might do is put some of my tiny rare-earth magnets in the bottoms of the stools, as they are very light and easy to move, and hide steel plates under all of my carpets...)

I really, really like this line! I get a lot of satisfaction from assembling the kits; they go together in no time flat, and look really good 'as is'. I did get a second set of both kits of crates - you never, ever, have enough crates, boxes, barrels, huge jars, etc., etc. for the players to explore! - and built them with the lids in the open position. More possibilities, that way!

Widening the scope a bit, I free mix 25mm and 28mm figures on my game table. I tend not to mix them in units, mostly because I tend to order unit-sized lots, but they look all right when you have them milling around on the table - and when the game really gets going hot and heavy, nobody seems to notice the difference at all; we're just too much into the action!