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Games Workshop Astra Militarum Hydra/Wyvern Review

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014


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.

Games Workshop Astra Militarum Officio Prefectus Commissar Review

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Plastic Blister

So I have to be honest, I haven’t really bought any of the solo miniatures from Games Workshop in years due to their pricing structure and value.  I’ve been playing enough 40k lately, however, to make some of these worthwhile to me.  I have a handful of Commissar’s already, but I figured I’d pick up another since I like to run large platoons of infantry when I play 40k.  My approach has always been numbers over small super powerful units.

Back of blister, easy to see what’s included

The new blister packages that they have are nice since none of the parts are floating and you can make out everything included on the model itself. This model was simple and really had only one option, either Plasma Pistol or Bolt Pistol.  I opted for a Plasma Pistol, cause why not?

Sprue and base

The sprue quality on these models is far better than their larger counterparts like tanks sized sprues.  This model easily has some of the highest quality plastic bits I’ve seen in a long time on a model.  Each piece was rather easy to cut and clean and put together.


The only thing that bugs me on this whole model is the oversized hats, I’ve had plenty of IG models over the years, their hats have been progressively getting larger over the years.  I’m not sure how I feel about this, but I’m leaning negative.  It’s weird, but normally I have an opinion one way or the other on models and am not stuck in the middle on something.


As mentioned at the start, my biggest gripe is cost of this miniature, it’s far higher than other models in it’s size/category but is up towards the top in terms of quality.  I’m not sure where it exactly lands in the grand scale of bad to awesome, but it’s certainly not at the bottom.  Overall I can’t recommend this one based on price, but it certainly isn’t a bad model either, so I’m kinda ‘meh’ overall on this one.  Either way, this commissar will for sure be doing his far share of executing insubordinate guardsmen in the near future.

Warhammer 40k Apocalypse Game Photos!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Yesterday I was out in Madison Wisconsin to partake in a large Apocalypse game. Our team was not victorious, but a good time was had by all. Here’s some images from yesterdays game.