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Monster Scenery: Verdant Forest Review – Game Terrain

Welcome to my Monster Scenery: Verdant Forest review. Monster Fight Club makes this scenery and sent some of it to me in a shipment of gaming terrain for evaluation.

So, what do I think of the product? My hope is that by the end of this review, you can make up your own mind. Let’s get into it…

Disclaimer: Monster Fight Club sent Must Contain Minis this package of products for review purposes. While I accept review products, I am in no other way compensated for the posts on Must Contain Minis and reserve the right to give positive and negative reviews.

Opening The Box

Just like their other products, Monster Fight Club puts a lot of thought in their packaging. They just look good and you can tell a lot of care went into presentation.

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The box of Monster Fight Club’s Verdant Forest.
The back of the Monster Fight Club Verdant Forest box
The back of the box nicely showcases what you get.

Inside the box and you find…

  • 1 Large Tree Trunk
  • 2 Medium Tree Trunks
  • 1 Large Tree Leaf Canopy
  • 2 Medium Tree Leaf Canopies
  • 1 Tree Stump
  • 1 Double-sided Neoprene Area Template

When I opened the box, I was fascinated at how they packed the items. Whomever is in charge of boxing these items is extremely fastidious in their approach. I like it.

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Wow. Look at how nicely they packaged this product. No need to worry about damage here.

The double-sided neoprene area template came out with a bit of a curl. I ironed that issue away the same way that I ironed out the creases on my Monster Fight Club Neoprene Gaming Mat.

Inspecting the Product

I’ve heard some reviewers say that you might want to drybrush another layer of colour on these terrain pieces, but for me, they are ready to go right out of the box. I unpacked the box and took a picture of the bare trees on the area template.

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The bare trees right out of the box. This stuff is ready to go!
Using Tree tops as bushes for wargaming terrain
You can use the top part of these trees as bushes if you wish. This makes the scenery even more flexible.
Monster Scenery Verdant Forest miniature wargaming terrain review - Age of Sigmar mini for scale purposes.
And building the the trees with their tops and bottoms combined. They look brilliant.

The trees come across as very durable and I have no fears about wrecking them. The plastic of the tree tops has some flex which should make them even more resistant for if you transport them around.

Aside from being of very good quality, this forest also comes with an impressive amount of variability in how you can use it.

Verdant Forest Features

As mentioned earlier, this product has some versatility to it. Let’s take a look the features of these terrain pieces.

The tree tops are hollow, so you can store miniatures underneath them. A handy feature if you run games as a GM for conventions or role playing games. Hide monsters or treasure before your players arrive for even more fun.
You can set up this terrain in a few different ways. Here we have a couple of bushes, a pond and some dead trees.
A wider shot of all the terrain used in an alternative way. Notice that the area terrain template is a pond on one side and a leafy area on the other.
You want taller trees? You can stack two (or even all three) of the treetops on a single tree base. This makes a taller and leafier tree.

This gives players a few extra ways to use the terrain outside of just having a few trees.

Scale Comparison Images

What would a Verdant Forest Review be without a few scale comparison images?

Monster Fight Club builds their scenery to fit miniatures scaled 28mm to 40mm tall in gaming scale. To show what that looks like, I took miniatures from a few games and placed them under the tree canopy. They all fit – Frostgrave, Bolt Action and Age of Sigmar.

A Frostgrave Necromancer and Apprentice under some trees. They look great, but would look even better if they were on the Winter Scenery currently on Kickstarter by Monster Fight Club. I expect the new sets will be similar in their looks – just rethemed with the option of adding pine trees and other scenic elements.
A group of British soldiers from Bolt Action huddle under a tree.
An Age of Sigmar miniature with Frostgrave minis in the background.

As you can see from the images above, the larger Sig Marine and smaller figures by Warlord Games and North Star Military Figures all fit in well with the scenery.

My YouTube Review

Update – October 12, 2020: I just started a YouTube Channel. My third post there is a review of these trees plus Monster Fight Club’s gaming mat.

My third YouTube video ever. This time a review of the Monster Scenery: Verdant Forest and Gaming Mat by Monster Fight Club. Wargame terrain for your tabletop.

Wrapping it up…

There you have it, my Monster Scenery: Verdant Forest Review. What do I think of this terrain by Monster Fight Club? I like it. The quality is there, it comes pre-painted and it offers lots of flexibility.

You can even get these trees with different canopy tops, giving the product even more variety. If you haven’t checked out their Monster Scenery: Ice Wilds Kickstarter, be sure to give it a look too before it is over.

Oh, and if you like that gaming mat, check out my Monster Scenery: Game Mat review.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

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