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Wargames Factory Skeleton Warriors Review

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

I decided that for my undead army I needed to have a large selection of skeletons and there has always been a large selection of undead miniatures out there.  To fill out my ranks I opted for Wargames Factory Skeleton Warriors.  This kit is all plastic and each box has the bits to create 30 skeleton warriors of various configurations.

Packaging

Packaging

5 Sprues per box

5 Sprues per box

Each box has 5 identical sprues, each containing more than enough parts for 6 Skeletons.  The bits included can create them with bows, spears, swords, and shields.  They even have the bits for some skeletons escaping from the grave/ground.  There are  some quirks with the sprues, however, like, there are two different style of shields, which to some, might not be a big deal unless you’re looking for rank and file troops with uniform configurations.

Front of Sprue

Front of Sprue

There is also only enough bows in each box to equip 15 of the 30 skeletons, which, if you’re looking for a mass of undead infantry, could be trouble if that’s what you’re looking for.  There are, however, enough pieces to do 30 spear and shield skeletons or 30 sword and shield skeletons.

Back of Sprue

Back of Sprue

Each sprue contains 20mm square bases that are decent in terms of quality.  They do not have the bevelled edges that are common among GW products and some third party companies like GF9.  Oddly enough, they match up fairly well with Mantic bases since they are pretty square.  They also have a decent under base depth for magnets in my case, this was a bonus.

Skeleton with Spear and Shield

Skeleton with Spear and Shield

Skeleton with Sword and Shield

Skeleton with Sword and Shield

One of the things that drew me into these skeletons over others were two things, price per box and the sculpts, these are very reminiscent of GW’s 90’s plastic skeletons, very thin, no armor, accentuated ribs, and some sort of disbelief that they were being held together in human form!  On the flip side I was bummed that there were no bits on these sprues for a Standard/Banner carrier or Musician.  You can see in the pictures below I do have both Standards and Musicians in there thanks to the wealth of bits I have laying around.  To be clear, those are not part of this kit.

Unit of 40 Skeletons with Swords and Shields

Unit of 40 Skeletons with Swords and Shields

Unit of 40 Skeletons with Spears and Shields

Unit of 40 Skeletons with Spears and Shields

So for me, I did a lot of digging around for a good skeleton kit, some other metal kits out there were pretty alright, but the cost was higher per model than these were.  From an aesthetic standpoint, these were fairly generic, which was great for what I was looking for, they weren’t themed after vampires, the desert, wearing ornate armor, etc.  For those looking for those things, you will not find it in this kit, but you will find a solid fantasy skeleton warrior kit with tons of options!

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.

End of the year + Deadzone!

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Sorry for not posting in awhile or doing much of anything hobby related, but this place becomes a ghost town when I’m not gaming.  I’ve been able to do a little bit of of work on getting Deadzone stuff prepped for us to play in the near future.  Also, I’m pretty excited to try out the next version of Kings of War now that the kickstarter finished up.  I also have been working on a better way to take photo’s and post them here, but I’ve yet to post anything here yet, hopefully the next batch of images will look even more sharp than before.  With that said, until next year!  Here’s some pictures of things I’ve been working on.

Deadzone_Mauraders_painted_1 Deadzone_Mauraders_painted_2 Deadzone_Mauraders_painted_3 Deadzone_Mauraders_painted_4 Deadzone_Mercenaries Deadzone_terrain_1 Deadzone_papermat_on_hardboard Deadzone_terrain_2 Deadzone_terrain_3