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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 Militarum Tempestus Scions Review

Friday, April 25th, 2014


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!

Warhammer 40k – Imperial Knight Review

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

There haven’t been a lot of miniatures that have really made me go “wow, that looks awesome, I must get one of these” lately. So it was to my surprise that the Imperial Knight rumors came around and a few of the first images leaked, I was pretty pumped.  I pre-ordered one as soon as I could.

I preordered one and it came later in the week after it was released. It sat around another week before I could even get my hands on it, but now I finally got a chance to start working on it. The three sprues it came packed with are very densely packed, which seems to be a trend with GW’s more recent plastic kits.  These newer kits are also numbered and include instructions, which takes some of the guessing that used to happen with the older plastic kits, a welcome addition for sure.




As you can see, each sprue brings a lot of parts to the kit. The kit can be built as either a Knight Errant or a Knight Paladin. There are House marking icons and other various bits that allow you to make it into one of 3 Houses. This is nice, but there isn’t really a whole lot to them and left me wanting for more.

There is a good amount of flexibility in this model, but only from the waist up. One of the bigger disappointments with this kit are related to the legs being fixed. If I had the patience and modeling skills, I think there might be a way to pose the legs with one leg raised / climbing up something, but the effort required outweigh that whole idea very quickly in my opinion. Even with some of the limitations on the plastic side of things they did include this large sheet of transfers to go along with the kit which I think is a welcome addition since they were lacking in terms of plastic equivalents.


The transfer sheet is great and has a whole bevy of options, it seems like more effort was dropped into this than the plastic portion.

I did evaluate making the weapons magnetized on this kit so it could be both a Paladin or an Errant, but there are so many extra parts included (hoses/canisters) that it really prohibits making both kits from this box set. Again, it could be done, but it’s not worth the amount of hacking up you’d have to do to accomplish it.


The base is huge, I think its the largest one that GW produces, since it’s a giant robot, it’s fitting. They also included a decal with the boxset, which seems really odd, but whatever, more stuff should be included considering the cost of the Kit!



Overall I’m pretty happy with this kit, the part where I can make a whole army out of these guys seems a little strange to me, but I’m more looking to include one with my army over making an army out of them. I was hoping there would at least be some supporting troops to go along with that codex, but it appears as if GW is getting into making more of these small codexes again.

-Big Robot Plastic Kit
-Transfer Sheet
-Codex for Imperial Knights

-Leg Pose-ability
-Wish there was more iconography for each house in plastic
-Codex for Imperial Knights