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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!

Wargames Factory: Shock Troops – Heavy Weapons Review

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Some time ago, at least a year from what I can figure, I picked up a box of these heavy weapons teams from Wargames Factory.  They are part of their Alien Suns line, while not a deep line of miniatures, they have a very sci-fi nazi look to them.  I bought a box of the regular troopers a few years back to use in Necromunda, but we stopped playing before they hit the table.  They certainly have the generic sci-fi grey coat trooper look, and they even have some options for alien/cthulu like heads, so while generic, they certainly offer variety.

Box

The heavy weapons team sprues come with what’s pictured below and 1 sprue full of bases, both 25mm round bases and 3 60mm round bases for the teams.  Previous purchases from Wargames Factory have not included bases, so this is definitely an improvement over previous releases.  Each sprue has the parts to make a Mortar, Missile Launcher, Energy Cannon, and Mini Gun.  It’s great to know you could magnetize these and go all out with customizing them, I did not, I ended up making one of each.  There are enough parts for 3 sitting crewmen and 3 kneeling crewmen, and 2 standing officers on the command sprue.  This is great, but the combinations don’t add up to enough guys kneeling to fire the weapon and to kneel and feed the weapon.  While that sounds like a minor quibble, it makes for some awkward setups when making the teams.

3 of these

1 of these

There is no shortage of bits in this kit, aside from what I mentioned earlier, with knives, ammo cartridges, communication devices, etc.  One of the bits on the command sprue is a bit strange, it’s a katana.  While it’s nice to have options, that’s a weird one for this kit.  The command sprue does include nice things like holstered pistols and binoculars.  As for the troopers themselves, there are plenty of head options, the variety is fairly nice.

Energy Gun Team**

 

Mini Gun Team**

Mortar Team**

Overall, I’m more pleased with the box set of troopers than I am with these heavy weapons teams.  These are totally serviceable and will work out and look great once painted along with the troopers.  They are definitely analogs to 40k Death Korps of Krieg miniatures by Forgeworld, but don’t match up in terms of quality for sure.  On their own merits, they are still great miniatures that I’ll use for any suitable sci-fi game.

Pros

  • Plenty of bits for conversion / terrain making
  • Cost – $20 for 3 teams
  • Bases included (would have been a con, previously)

Cons

  • Not enough kneeling legs / too many sitting legs
  • Arm with Katana bit? Doesn’t fit any need with sci-fi grey coat troopers if you ask me
  • Leg limitation makes it hard/not possible to make 3 of the same team even though there are bits to make 3 of each weapon choice

**The sand bags are from Tamiya and not included with the Heavy Weapons box from Wargames Factory**