Way back in June I did a series of reviews of Bushido models (Cult Of Yurei, Araka, and Bobata) that I'd received as part of the reward for my pledge on GCT Studios' Indiegogo Campaign. Well, the 5th Faction, the Ito, which were the models at the centre of the project, have been produced, and been sent out to backers.
What arrived on my doormat was the Ito starter box of five models, and three additional models. Breaking the two packages open revealed separately packed miniatures, with all the parts clipped off the sprues, and their stats cards.
Note that the starter only comes with five models, not the six shown. Itsunagi Ito (the first model on the top row) was included as part of a stretch goal. With that in mind I'll go through the five models that will come in the standard starter. Before we do though, some general comments.
GCT have once again really impressed me with the quality of the finished models. The sculpts are crisp, and there is very little flash or mould lines to clean. Assembly was very easy, with only some slight tweaking needed (on Satoshi's pole arm). I've not pinned any of the models and the joins seem solid. I may come back to the larger models before painting (this is not the way to do things, but I wanted this up), but it's probably not needed.
Two very nicely designed and posed models. the robes flow well, and both have a real feeling of motion, despite capturing actions of wholly different speeds.
While they don't show up in the picture above there were some very very fine bit of wiry flash to be cleaned off these models. Unless I've missed some elsewhere this was the only time I found any, which is impressive.
There's a little bit of metal between the right arm and the body that needed removing, but that's the only bit of cleaning of this sort that any of the models required. For reference the fan attaches to the back of her head, which took me a moment to figure out.
Onto the big models now.
Naoko is a mixed bag of a model for me. The tail is a lovely bit of sculpting, curling up and the around, and really giving the model some personality. The arms however, just don't work for me, with the left hand one feeling particularly at odds with the rest of the models positioning.
That's a lot of metal in the tail section. The main body sections fit together really well, twisting around along their own axis to give a pose that works well . The detail is really crisp on both the armour plates and the snake skin on the tail. It's going to be interesting to see if people go to town with the patterning on the skin.
So, that's the box set done with, and it's a nice balance of more rank and file feeling models, with more impressive stuff. Which leaves three models to cover, and then you'll get a group shot.
This model could have really missed the mark and become comical rather than menacing. Happily it sticks to the later. The position of the left arm does have a bearing on this though, as too far back and it looks like he's having a scratch. It might be worth doing a bit of tweaking to the wrist to change the angle to avoid this.
The detail on this model is brilliant. The armour plates are as intricate as you'd wish, while the robe flows and flairs with the motion of the model. The only issue I had was lining up the wrist joints, but that was fixed with a little bending of the weapon haft. The other thing to note, as you'll see in the group shot, is how big this model is and how he fills a 25mm base. As the first model I put together some of the others felt very small relatively.
My favourite model of the eight, for pose and the quality of the sculpt. His chest is going to be a challenge to do justice to especially if I add tattoos. The arms fit really well, without compromising the musculature of the shoulders, with the usual decoration to hide the join or ball and socket joint. This does mean you are stuck with a single pose, but it's a good one.
Overall I'm very impressed with the models. The metal seemed to take glue really well, and the swords and weapon hafts all seemed strong enough to survive the abuse of transport and play. The quality was high throughout, and painting the different textures while keeping the group homogenous is going to be a nice painting challenge. GCT keep putting out good models month on month, and with their New Dawn rules out (and available free on pdf), and the release of the Ito, there hasn't been a better time to get into Bushido (well there was the Kickstarter, but you know what I mean).