I recently got into the terrain building business, and by business I mean trying to put together a table for Infinity. I looked over all of the main brands of MDF terrain out right now. I wanted something made in the US (mostly for shipping, but it was a point I wanted), easy to put together, relatively inexpensive (having to fill out a 16 square foot area can get spendy) and well designed.
I’ll be honest, my first thought was for a certain company out of Florida that I’ve used in the past to get scatter and objective terrain pieces, but their price point for what would be my centerpiece, the ITS objective building, was a bit too much to build a table around, at least right this second.
I was perusing the internet and found mention of a site called sharkmountedlasers.com. I took a look and found that the prices were really great. I found a dual purpose ITS objective building (has a roof!) for a very reasonable amount of money and purchased it right there based on its useability.
Once it came in, I let it sit in my assembly queue for a while, somewhat fearful of putting together “fragile MDF”, and time is of the essence with my home life. So, one Friday evening, after everyone went to bed, I grabbed the building and, to my surprise, I had the building put together in about 10 – 15 minutes. I’m not even kidding. It was amazing. I painted it the next day and brought it to my next group gathering. I didn’t use it, which was fine, it was only the one building. But, it really made me want more Sharkslide buildings.
Sometime in mid-September, I ordered two “L-shaped” building kits with upper apartment buildings that stacked on top of them and, once they came in, I had them all together in less than half an hour, total. Roughly 5 to 10 minutes per building. I was amazed.
The buildings feel solid. While I’m not that familiar with MDF terrain as a whole, I’m very impressed with the Sharkslide buildings. They have a floor, which adds to the solid feeling a great deal, the roof fits very snugly and has a nice bit of detail on the various bits (access pads at the doors, “futuristic” hex work on the roof, etc). Great quality control coming from this company.
My only complaint, and I hesitate to even say anything, is the time it takes to get product from when I gave my money. My last order from the company, was sent on September 11. I did not receive my product until the first part of October. I will definitely be ordering more product from this company, but I’ll do so with the knowledge that it might take a little longer than most other companies to get the product I want.
It’s still a great product and I’m looking forward to owning more stuff. I’m very interested in eventually getting some of their terrain tiles, which look amazing.
All in all, I like the Sharkslide terrain a great deal and give it about a 4 out of 5 on quality, 5 out of 5 on design and a 3 out of 5 on customer service. Total score of 4 out of 5. I think that’s fair, as this isn’t a necessity to my life, but it is something I expect sooner than nearly a month later, with little to no explanation.
Believe it or not, I highly recommend this product and will be finishing out my first Infinity table with Sharkslide buildings.
Update: I recently (early November of 2014) ordered from them and the turn-around time was MUCH improved. I’m hopeful that I just caught them at a bad time on my second order, or something. In all honesty, it may have been around GenCon, which would explain why it was so long in delivery. I guess I just wished they would’ve said that when I asked them via the only contact method I had. Still highly recommended for quality and ease of assembly.
All the thumbs up. (Or most of them)