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One other mini project I did work on for an evening recently… a model Space 1999 Eagle Transporter. These re-makes of 1970’s kits are easy to build and look great as scenery for 20 or even 28mm gaming figures.
I now have a companion to my old 1970’s model kit – that one has seen some damage (the landing pads are easily snapped off when you are a kid or careless adult).
The only thing to watch for is not to let the glue go around the outside of the passenger module as it can discolour the plastic a little (the module joins from two halves lengthwise).
The last thing to do for me was to spray the model black to match the older one I have for a possible RPG scenario. Otherwise you can use the decals supplied to embellish the kit.
My good friend Dean recently sent me a box of the older KoW Undead army – the one with 110 figures (skeletons, zombies and ghouls).
Mantic have been changing their offerings and now have a similar box set of 90 plastic/resin minis.
I ordered one on a good deal (free postage, 10% off, plus a free soft copy rulebook!) as an alternative to getting the older box (which seems to be going out of stock a bit now in the UK – all change?).
The box has 20 Skeletons, 20 Armoured skeletons, 20 Ghouls and 20 Zombies. Plus there’s a unit of 10 Mummies.
The Ghouls come two to a small sprue and have limited head/arm combos. There are plenty of Zombie and skeleton parts that you can use for conversions though!
The skeletons and Revenant (armoured) skellies come 10 to a sprue with lots of variation (torso / legs are separate as are heads and weapon options. There is also an armoured dog and a base that can be used for a head or arm appearing out of the ground. Lots of potential here.
The Zombies come three or four to base – you get 6 sprues in this set. Each sprue has three full size figures plus an extra round base that can be used to show something coming out of the ground. You will have to use two of these at least to get the twenty figures you need for a unit. Again, there are plenty of bits and pieces to give variation and a level of “gore”.
In addition to the 80 plastic figures, there is also a bag of 10 resin/plastic Mummies for you to build. They come with a variety of arms, heads and cloaks and look pretty menacing. The figures are pretty clean and don’t look to need much in the way of clean up. Though I would give them a bath in warm soapy water just to remove and possible release agents left from the casting process.
There are 9 sprues of bases (20mm squared) for all the figures to be mounted on (90!). These are sturdy grey plastic with a circular slot to hold the figure base firmly in place. I like this idea.
All in, the figures are well sculpted, look great when painted, offer a range of height options to creat a tide effect of advancing undead (e.g. link). The figures a ‘slighter’ in build than the GW ones, but IMO look ten times better. Good value for money when you get 90 or 110 figures for around £45
The softback rulebook is also very good. With army lists as well, you have everthing you need to play.
Here’s what is inside…. you also get four mantic points (not nine as per the older 110 figure box set).
The Frostgrave Soldiers box from Northstar / Osprey is designed to allow players to round out their Warbands with enough variation of figures.
The box is sturdy card and contains four plastic sprues (made by Renedra). Each sprue has five torso/legs and a selection of 10 heads. There are several hand weapons, various rope bundles, pack, swag bag, purses, a torch, a quiver and an arm with a lantern. Plus there are two bows, two crossbows, a pair of two-handed weapons and two shields.
All, in a lot of gear for your adventurers. The stances of the bodies are pretty similar, as is the clothing. They basically look to be unarmoured, uncloaked and possibly with leather armour.
The lack of different poses can be compensated for by use of heads and choice of weapons. the bottom line, if you want to get a lot of cheaper cost figures for your starter warband then this is a good deal, especially if you can find a friend to buy half of them.
The three main issues I see are lack of poses; lack of any mail armour (a number of the higher quality troops in Frostgrave wear mail shirts) and the lack of off-hand weapons. You will need to get creative with a craft knife to make some variations for the game, as some characters have two weapons. Take a look at Guy Bowers’ post here… link.
This box seems very much centred around the protagonist with two-handed weapon or a hand weapon / shield. Left arms are mainly crooked for shields, or has a lantern in it. It would have been good to sacrifice one item on each sprue to see a potion bottle for the alchemist). A right-handed dagger would be good also.
The price tag of £20 for 20 figures makes them almost double the cost of say, Gripping Beast plastics for Saga. They are more versatile though.
The figures are fine and easy to glue. If you have any Renedra made figures for Saga (Gripping Beast Saxons, Vikings or Dark Age Warriors) you should find the scale and design familiar.
All In all I will give this box a 7.5 out of 10. The lack of a few items on the sprue was a bit of a let down. As was the lack of interesting alternate poses.
Here are some items I purchased recently to complete my All Quiet on the Martian Front Project.
First is a box of three plastic Scout Tripods… these use the same leg sprue as the Assault Tripods but have smaller heads and sit lower onto the legs (there is no rectangular “torso” piece). They get a smaller Heat Ray and a Targetter (or an empty hand, though can’t figure that anybody would not use the targetter as it is so cheap). Theres no additional weapon options, but the smaller heads do look neater than the big bulky Assault Tripod heads. shame they don’t put these in the Starter box IMO. I prefer the shape and size.
The box of BEF Tommy Tanks is just the same as the US Steam tank box expect it has three metal gun barrels as well. Seems odd to waste money on another SKU just for this little bit of engineering. The guns once painted don’t look too much different do they? I just needed more US tanks and stocks in the UK are dwindling (I have been watching suppliers for months and seen that items are going out of stock or just available for top dollar), I assumed they would be the same plastic sprue as the US tanks and they are. So, just buy these if you can’t find the US ones!
The other box was US Steam tanks. Same as the contents of the Starter box. Versatile and easy to build just add glue and paint.