And now for the potentially problematic part of the Nasier Starter Box, the Pelegarth Bloodmasks.
As the picture above shows the Bloodmasks are mostly nude, something which sets off alarm bells about whether or not Wrath of Kings is a game I want to play. Clearly I have decided that it is, and that I am happy running Bloodmasks in my force. I have two main reasons here.
Firstly that their nudity is at least mentioned (if not completely rationalised) in the background.
"With their skin as tough as stone and their near immunity to pain, Bloodmasks and ordinary armour just an irritating encumbrance. In addition, as ‘shock troops’ Bloodmasks derive great amusement from the disconcerting effect their near nudity has on their enemies" - Taken from the Pelegarth Bloomasks unit entry in the Wrath of Kings rulebook.Secondly that the models are a far cry from having the usual exaggerated proportions generally seen on female wargaming models, and instead are sculpted as a far more realistic representation of the female form. It takes the models a much needed step away from just being cheesecake and instead leaves them looking as though they could do some serious harm on the battlefield.
It's worth saying that not all models in Wrath of Kings take this approach and there are some that do fall more towards a more dubious end of the spectrum. Anyway, on with the review...
The Bloodmasks are far simpler models than the Ashmen, being made up of only four parts each. There are three bodies across the 12 model set, but unlike the Ashmen there is no variation in the weapon options.
Assembly was incredibly easy, with very little need to clear off mould lines. Once I'd found the right angle for the arms the joints went together smoothly. The peg on the rear of the heads needed a little trimming in rare instances, but that was comparable effort to taking the model off a sprue.
The flesh of the models has incredible texture, and I think they're going to be great to paint.
When painted the gloves should do a good job of masking the join between shoulder and arm. It certainly matches the join between leg and boot (hurray for the models not wearing high heels, which would not be entirely unlikely).
Below is the full squad of 12. The model at the bottom of the middle row has a slight twist at the arm joint (completely my fault), which is why she is sitting differently to the rest.
And lastly, looking like they mean business...
Once again. rather than repeat myself, my thoughts on the quality of the models and plastic can be found at the end of the Ashmen post.