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Deadzone Enforcers Plastics Review

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

So the final shipment of Deadzone Kickstarter stuff arrived, bringing in one of the kits I was most interested in, that being the Plastic Enforcers.  The initial run of Plastic/Resin combo miniatures had already arrived and they are ok, but that material isn’t the best to work with.  This kit comes with two sprues that create 5 figures.

Sprue 1

Sprue 1

Each sprue has a set of legs and a torso that have been lettered so you can easily identify the core parts that go together.  Unfortunately, there aren’t instructions / fully number and identified parts.  For some, this isn’t an issue, for others it might be, you can take that for what it’s worth.  Personally, I like seeing that sort of thing with kits, and part of me doesn’t care cause I can make whatever I want!

Sprue 2

Sprue 2

The quality of the plastic is great and the sculpts for these figures are pretty nice.  You have the ability to create multiples of the Assault Enforcers or regular Enforcers but not the special weapons.  These guys are fairly tall, for example the Assault Enforcer is 36MM from the bottom of his foot to his eyes.

Assault Enforcer Assembled

Assault Enforcer Assembled

The scale seems a bit big for the scale of the game, but at the same time, if they are large mechanized dudes, then it’s a decent fit.  Each of the figures went together well ad the joints for the limbs are a shallow round bubble structure with a matching dent on each limb.  This allows you to position/pose each model to some extent.

Enforcer 1 Assembled

Enforcer 1 Assembled

Enforcer 2 Assembled

Enforcer 2 Assembled

Enforcer Incinerator

Enforcer Incinerator (can only build 1 per 2 sprues)

These sprues do have a single limitation that bummed me out, you can only create 1 special weapon per set of 2 sprues.  It’s a shame that there isn’t two of the left arm bits that go with the special weapons sprues, it would have made each set that much more versatile.

Enforcer with Burst Laser

Enforcer with Burst Laser (can only build 1 per 2 sprues)

I really dig these guys, the figures are nice, the details are pretty good and the kits truly are much better than the plastic/resin kits that Mantic makes.  I’m glad that they are still pursuing proper plastic sprues and the quality has been improving with each one they make.  These guys will go well with the the other enforcers that are in plastic/resin and the kit sells for $19.99USD as of the time I’m writing this.  As I mentioned, I got these as part of the Deadzone Kickstarter, this was a late shipment from them, but it still arrived, so no complaints there.  If Mantic ever decides to work on it’s Warpath game, this army is sure to look pretty swell.

Games Workshop Astra Militarum Hydra/Wyvern Review

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Box

So with all of the new IG stuff, I was kinda glad there was a new kit for another tank!  Most people seem to think that there wasn’t a need for a new tank and I can agree on the basis that there should always be more infantry in an IG army than tanks.  But really, new tanks are neat too!

Sprue #1

This kit happens to be a hybrid chimera kit like many other IG tanks, so that means sprue #2 was a very familiar sight! and sprue #1 was full of all sorts of new parts.  The new parts allow for both a Hydra and a Wyvern kit, which means there isn’t a need for the pricey Forgeworld kit that I had be pondering picking up over the years.  I’m glad I hadn’t and they opted for a nice plastic kit.

Sprue #2

As with other kits I’ve reviewed recently, there is a method for making this kit be magnetized, but on the surface seemed like way more work than it was worth so I opted to just make the wyvern option.  To be fair, I bought two of these kits, so I’ll likely end up with one of each when I’m done building all of this new IG stuff.

Standard IG transfer sheet and Instructions

As with the other kits recently, it’s worth noting that the instructions are handy for seeing where parts go, which was helpful in figuring out if I could magnetize this kit to be both the Hydra and Wyvern.  This kit was simple to start up for me, having built plenty of chimera based kits, but the new turret on the back side was a little tricky.  Mainly to get the gunner up into his shoulder mounts in the back of the tank.

Finished Front

The back platform has more railings on it as well, I really like these details.  I have a couple of basilisks that have this feature as well, unfortunately, you wouldn’t know it because in spite of my best efforts and expensive foam packaging, they still break off.  I have a very strong feeling these will not fare any better.  The plastic on these railings is simply too thin, which is understandable considering scale, but I feel like they could have added a top bar and a middle bar to make this both look better AND be a stronger element.

Finished Top

Finished Rear

I do like the look of this tank and can’t wait to get it painted up in camo along with the rest of my IG (I know it’s AM now, just doesn’t sound right or look right, sorry).  The prices on these kits seem to creep up, but they still to make a nice tank kit for sure.

Mantic Kings of War Abyssal Dwarves Lesser Golems Review

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

So with all that Mantic Games has been up to, this was a welcome sight to Kings of War.  This review is going to cover one of the units that came in this army set, not the entire Abyssal Dwarf Army Set itself.  I bought this set to support Mantic in it’s endeavors, if that taints my review, just know that this was the reason.  The unit I was looking to get most was some Lesser Golems, this unit has looked great since the ruleset came out and I was hoping to put some together.

Army Set Box

Having no reference to them in the rulebook, I didn’t realize how large of monsters they were, as it turns out, they are quite massive.  This set includes enough models for a Troop (3) which is only half!  I can’t imagine fielding 6 of these on the table at once in a full regiment!

Bases and Packaging

This kit is a resin/plastic combo that Mantic uses on a good number of it’s kits.  The detail on the miniatures is great, but I can’t use the typical testors plastic cement with it unfortunately.  With the exception of the bases, everything came in a bag and sprueless, which is fantastic in terms of only needing to clean the flashing on the bits.

Parts all pre-clipped

I know it might sounds silly, but when you put together a lot of models, I enjoy having small kits like this pre-clipped so they are ready to be cleaned out right out of the box.  The mold lines were non-existent on some pieces and very apparent on others, but none were bad enough that I felt like I was losing any detail.  Now because of how the kit is created, you will basically end up with the 3 poses like I have below, however, with a little green stuff / time you could repose the arms.  The torsos are built such that you could turn/twist them to some extent but the options are fairly limited without extra work.

Ready for paint!

On the whole it seems like this is a good kit with some limitations in terms of pose-ability.  It’s not my favorite material to work with but the detail is there and they do look good.  I’ve been working on painting them up, I’m sure I’ll have pictures posted up sometime soon.  Now to get them into a game!