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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 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.

Front

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.

Back

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.

Games Workshop Militarum Tempestus Scions Review

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Packaging

So GW finally got around to updating Imperial Guard and while they did it, they added a smaller faction called Militarum Tempestus.  I’ve been waiting on a new Codex and other bits to come out for Imperial Guard for quote some time and I’ve had funds set aside for just such an event.  This is part of it, I also picked up some new Astra Militarum figures as well and I’ll do some reviews of that stuff as I get around to building those kits.

Instruction Manual and Bases

I have a decent selection of the previous metal Kasrkin models that I intend to use along side of these new Scions as a detachment of my IG armies.  But onto this kit!  This kit comes in with 5 miniatures worth of parts, you can build all sorts of different models, but ultimately there’s only 5 sets of legs and 5 sets of torso’s.  The kit is a multikit in the respect that it can build platoon command squads or regular troops with hotshot lasguns.

Sprue #1

Each sprue was packed with options, it was nice to be able to pick from two different styles of heads.  Both looked pretty good, but I stuck with almost all respirator heads on the ones I built with the exception of the Scions, I figured they are badass enough guys to not need respirators.  I figured since I’d be fielding both Tempestors and Kasrkins (since I recently painted some of them up too!) that they should sort of match…in an odd post-apocalyptic way.

Sprue #2

The instructions that are included are pretty impressive, GW is almost at the point of having instructions akin to how Lego produces their instruction manuals.  This is a good thing considering the arms and gun are tied together by number and shape, meaning each gun needs two specific gun arm bits, they are not mix and match at this point.  As someone who can’t sit and plow through a model kit in one sitting due to time restrictions, it’s nice to have a place to leave a reminder as to where the heck I left off versus a box full of bits.

Meltagun and Tempestor Prime

I do like that this kit can build all sorts of different variations, I mean building all the various special weapons options, Scion options, and a Tempestor Prime model is super nice.  One of my main gripes is that only 5 of them come in a box.  While I’m fine with that in a platoon command sense, I’m not when I’m trying to fill out rank and file.

Captain and Flamer

I decided to magnetize the weapon options on the Scions for my units so that I can choose between chainsword, powerfist, or power sword.  The Scions were easy to magnetize, but the special weapons options had the 3 piece arm configuration that makes it more difficult than it was worth in my opinion.

Captain with Powerfist and Plasma Gun

Militarum Tempestus Platoon

Overall the kit is pretty nice and I’m happy with the way all these models turned out.  If I could change a few things, I’d make the price $40 for 10 models instead of $35 for 5 models, but I don’t think I’m going to convince GW of that anytime soon.  They do deserve praise for including great instructions and numbering to match up directly on the sprues.  They have come a very long way from mono-pose plastics from the 90’s for sure. One of the things that bugs me is that because you really only need a single Tempestor Prime, each kit having all the parts to create one seems a little wasteful in terms of space/plastic.  There could be additional heads / special weapons configs  / etc if that were a stand alone model.  Coming soon will be a review of the Taurox!