Walkways and Gantries
So first up we have the walkways from Micro Art Studios and the ganties from Sarissa Precision. First off some vital statistics the height of the MAS upper walkway is 5" whereas the Sarissa Precision upper gantry measures at a height of 6.5" or thereabouts. The MAS lower walkway measures in at 2.5" while the Sarissa Precision lower gantry measures in at roughly 3.5". So as you can see there's a bit of a height difference between the two systems.
A side by side comparison shows off the height disparity off much better. The Sarissa Precision Gantry is significantly higher in gameplay terms.
Here we have the lower options from both companies, the disparity in height is unsurprisingly carried over to lower options in both sets.
Again the side by side comparisons show the height differences off much better.
The lower stairs from both Sarissa Precision and MAS. They're not too dissimilar in length as it happens, which means the Sarissa Precision stairs have a steeper incline, as can be seen in this picture of them both.
Again the steeper incline is present with the higher sets of stairs too.
The buildings in both ranges will of course be likely to form the backbone of any battlefield you'll want. Obviously currently MAS only offer the one 3 story building whereas Sarissa offer a plethora of modular building options. However, for these comparison shots I'm only going to focus on the Explorer, Habitation and Family Pods. If people want me to do shots with the warehouse it might be possible to twist my arm. If you don't mind I'll throw the vital statistics in with the pictures this time.
Here we see a comparison shot of the ground floor offerings from both MAS and Sarissa Precision, with there respective roofs off. The MAS building sits exactly 0" off of the floor whereas the Sarissa Precision building sits 0.75" off of the ground.
In this comparison shot I've stacked a Habitation Pod on top of the Family Pod from Sarissa, and have compared it with a full 3 story stack of the MAS District 5 Apartment 1 building. You start to notice the height level difference between each floor more at this height. The 1st floor of the MAS building is at roughly 2.5" while the 1st floor of the Sarissa Pod system will be at roughly 3.5" height. Not a surprise really given the height of their respective walkways / gantries.
The three Pods stacked on top of each other are actually significantly taller than the three story MAS building. The second floor heights are at 5" for MAS buildings and 6.5" for Sarissa Precisions Pods. The roof heights are 7" for the MAS building and 8.75" for the Sarissa Precision buildings.
In terms of foot print the MAS buildings are 4.5" wide and 8.5" long. The Explorer is 4.25" wide and is 5" long. As you can see from this top down shot the Explorer Pod isn't actually all that smaller in terms of actual footprint.
Obviously the footprint for the MAS building remains the same (not even I'm that thick). However, the Habitation Pod is the same length as the MAS building at 8.5" and shares the same 4.25" width with the Explorer Pod.
Finally we have the Family Pod at 8.5" in length and 8.5" in width. It really does have a pretty impressive footprint and helps loads when trying to fill up a board! Oh yeah and the MAS building is still 4.5" wide and 8.5" long... I totally didn't measure it more than once... honest. Look OK I did, but in my defence I'm blonde and I have a headache. Stop looking at me like that!!! Like you've never done something that dumb. Shesh, everyone's a critic nowadays.
There are actually some interesting size disparities you could play with between the MAS and Sarissa Precision buildings. If you wanted to construct a board with elements from both ranges it would be more than possible to do so. It would even be fun to play with the more Industrial looking Sarissa Precision buildings mixed in with the more suburban looking MAS buildings. Ultimately there's a good deal of choice out there, and I hope these pictures have been useful to some of you. Peace out!
EDIT: An extra top down picture of both the MAS walkway and Sarissa Precision Gantry, at the request of Chisel. See your request is my command!