Those of you that have been reading this blog for a while may remember my earlier posts about Tor Gaming's Relics Indiegogo campaign, and the first set of miniatures I received, for the Britanan and Vaettir Factions.
Well, 6 months or so on, and the second and final wave of miniatures have arrived (in fact December is looking to be a very good month for a number of physical rewards from Kickstarter campaigns turning up, as you'll see over the next few days). At the pledge level I went for I got additonal models for the two Factions I'd picked, and a set of Nuem postcards, with artwork for the new Faction on them.
Onto the models then. Unboxing the parcel revealed the following set of individual packages, which split down into two each for the Factions.
The top row is three Highlanders. I was surprised that two of these would be single pieces miniatures, but the sculpts don't suffer for it, and it's always nice to be able to only have to base a model.
The two models on the second line are the standard bearer and drummer that make up the Company Colour Party.
The models all went together very easily. as can been seen from the picture above there was no flash to clear off, and only a few mould lines to be dealt with. I've glued the models slightly proud of the bases as a personal thing (the first set of models had very high tabs, and rather than trim them I glue them as they were, and left the model sticking up. When I prep things for painting you'll see how I'm solving the issue. These models will be part of the same force, and need to match them in height). I remain enamoured by the character of the Britanan puppets, are once I can find a nice technique for painting their sacking, I'm going to enjoy painting them.
The second faction were the Vaettir, with a more complex set.
The lack of included instructions or pictures of the finished products was a bit of an issue here, and some google-fu was needed to hunt down the names (the blocky creatures are Cylod, while the spiders things are Cwalu) and then pictures of the units, so they could be posed as the sculptor intended and the joints required.
This set needed a little bit more cleaning with some flash, on the faces on the top right, and then some repair work when the pick like weapon on the sprue broke as it was being removed. Too thin to be pinned it's held together by glue and crossed fingers. These things happen though (as the Hobbit unboxing attest (although I didn't think I was this clumsy) and serves as a remind how much easier plastic is to repair). The only other thing of note is the lack of basing tabs on these models, which is going to mean a bit of extra work when it comes to doing the bases and attaching them. Anyway, assembled here's what they look like.
I think it's be down to the paintwork on the Cylod (on the left) to really make them stand out, and make the poses work. The Cwalu on the other hand have a menace all of their own, I am tempted to butcher the legs and repose them standing on the tips of their fit though. We'll see about that though.
Overall I'm very please with the models, and while I am biased towards the Britanan forces the Vaettir are equally good in terms of quality.