|Keranova Clever Paper Medieval Town Tavern|
There has been a lot of chatter in certain quarters of the RPG community about the Keranova range of "Clever Paper" Medieval buildings and their suitably for Dungeons & Dragons style tabletop shenanigans.
Being notoriously cack-handed and historically poor at following modelling instructions (my Apollo Lunar Module with the stairs on the opposite side to the door was a source of great mirth in the family when I was growing up), I was pessimistic about my chances with one of these sets.
However, conversely, my interest was piqued by the affordability (this tavern was less than £14 on Amazon) and the reported durability of the materials.
To cut a long story short, this tavern took me about 25 minutes to build, from opening the packet to completion (and that's including several stops along the way for photo opportunities).
The building came flatpacked:
The text on the packaging is in Russian, with an insert in Spanish, but the very-easy-to-follow, wordless, instructions simply rely on a blend of colour coding and numbered parts.
I quickly discovered that where one part slots into another it's always best to punch out the hole first, but - with the minimum of force - the pieces are so brilliantly made that they click together with ease.
The methodical instructions even tell you which pieces to fit together first in each stage of the construction.
There's no gluing or cutting required, although I did resort to a kitchen knife to pop out some of the slots as my finger nails weren't long enough to do it unaided.
Hopefully you can tell from the photographs that the set is made from very sturdy cardboard.
Some parts of the building are hinged for opening and closing, but I can't see this damaging the integrity of the building in normal use.
Twenty-five minutes later and it was ready to introduce Syr Edvard and His Merry Band Of Miscreants (the Tuesday Knights' characters from Simon's 5e Ravenloft game) to the tavern.
Syr Edvard, with the big sword over his shoulder, couldn't quite fit on the top floor, but everyone else did just fine, and he was okay on the lower floors.
I then tried the building with a couple of Antediluvian Miniatures "Dungeons Explorers" - let's call them Presto and Bobby - and they proved to be a perfect fit.
The set actually comes with a sheet of push-out card characters (and bases), as these sets were originally designed as educational pieces for young kids rather than wargames/RPG scenery.
Antediluvian's miniatures are of a comparable size to the card figures (which could easily serve as NPC henchmen or random encounters in your game).
|"Presto" is approximately 28mm from base of feet to eyes|
On the strength of this one model, I highly recommend checking out this Russian line of card buildings.
They produce quite a few - and not all are to the same scale, so make sure you research each thoroughly before pressing "add to cart".
Some of the buildings are listed as "3D Puzzles", including the one I purchased, for some reason, but, again, don't let this put you off.
These are way more affordable than resin buildings and way less fiddly than laser-cut MDF ones.
The 'Clever Paper' buildings are predecorated (inside, outside, top, and bottom) textured card, precision made, sturdy, quick and easy to assemble, and great value for money.