Brother.P. here, brother of Mr.Pink,
With GW starting up its 'Made to Order' campaign and hooking it straight into our veins, nothing can stop the nostalgia tsunami. I'm so pumped for the possibilities of what's to come, but there's something that is most certainly not coming back; Hard Foam Terrain.
|This was the only one we had, and Mr. Pink gave it away!!!|
I'm not entirely sure what "Hard Foam" is. I think it is a two part polyurethane that expands before hardening. My understanding of this material is solely based on having watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR8WWkOo8aI
There is a company out there that is still making amazing Hard Foam terrain; http://shop.microartstudio.com/battlefield-hardfoam-terrain-c-73.html
Maybe ten years ago GW had their own line. I assume they mixed-in some pigment to give it a dark base colour and then dusted it with a lighter colour. In instances where it made sense, the terrain came with statics grass applied to the piece as well. The scenery was light and strong, needed minimal packaging and was ready to use right out of the bag... why did they stop producing it?!!?!
I have some theories...
Firstly, it was a product that did not fit with the direction GW was headed. Everything was moving toward plastics, and Hard Foam was made from a completely different material using a different process. The Hard Foam scenery came pre-painted, all other products are sold un-painted. The fact that it came in a clear plastic bag made it look a little cheap... BUT IT WAS SO GOOD! It may have skittered around the table a little more than heavier terrain, but that's nothing.
Another theory, as to why it was discontinued, is because it was made from a single pour cast. This meant that pieces were easily re-castable by customers. I buy one piece of terrain, make a cast of it, and make a hundred copies and my board is filled with GW terrain when I only paid them for a single set.
Furthermore I believe "Hard Foam" may have given off some noxious fumes, and perhaps GW did not want to work with such a hazardous material, potentially harming their employees.
There were two sets that I currently pine for. Bellow are the "City Fight Ruins" and "Hab Building" in all their google image search glory.
Please, if anyone has any clues why this stuff was discontinued, by drop a message bellow.