Saturday, April 18, 2015

You feelin lucky punk?

So I'm back, and quite recently after the previous post to look at some of the models.  Now that all of our stuff has come in we can discuss a little bit of the size and quality that we found in the 2 Player Starter Box (Outlaws VS. Lawmen).  The models that are plastic are highly detailed and very nice.  There are definite mold lines on them which you get with plastic tooling, but GW has learned how to hide them quite well.  I actually don't think that’s quite as possible with the WWX models as they come in so many pieces.  Where most GW models are 5/6 pieces a model for WWX is closer to 10 in some cases.  This I believe probably aids in the higher detail of the models but also make the mold lines that are there almost impossible to hide.

Going through the rest of the box we have the mini rulebook which is very nice for what it is.  It lacks the background of the game but has a short blurb on each of the original factions in the game.  It also only contains the 3 tournament style scenarios and not the 10 narrative scenarios in the larger book.  The box set also came with a single set of templates which are nice with raised edges, numbers and hard plastic.  It came with 4 D10 dice which are nice enough for dice but I think they really could've came with more; 4 seems like a minimum, especially considering one of the models has the ability to fire 6 times per action.  Finally it came with a counter set to mark statuses and activations of models on the board which comparative to the rest of the box seemed very cheaply made and was the only really disappointing part of the box.

The single models we ordered all came in clamshell plastic and were cast in resin.  The models seem quite nice and are no less detailed than the plastics as far as I can see.  There is some mold line and flashing that will need to be cleaned up but nothing that isn't expected and of course I assume that there is probably release agent on them so they'll need a warm bath before assembly and painting.

Speaking of painting.  With the models coming in so many pieces and some of which are quite tiny and fiddly I think they would really benefit from being painted prior to assembly which doesn't suit my style (or patience) but I feel that it should be said.  The cards are nice thick stock and the instructions are extremely nice.  Not only are the parts on the sprues numbered and the instructions tell you the number but the instructions also contain pictures of the sprues themselves highlighting the parts for each model in red so that they are even easier to find; really makes finding the parts and getting your models assembled a snap.

After getting a couple of models assembled I realized that the scratch building I was making is a fair bit too large; apparently the Battletech models I was using as an assumptive scale are slightly larger than the WWX models themselves.  That said I'm still going to finish it and I'll make it work for me.  Until I get some more stuff built though we're going to be playing games on a fantasy table.  Maybe we're making our way out west and this is us crossing the Great Plains.  We'll get to the west eventually.  As for that building; I've lowered the roof.  I feel it looks much better now and not so overly large.


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