Welcome to the second half on my review of the models in Sedition Wars Battle For Alabaster. The first half focused on the Vangaurd, and this post will look at the Strain
As before, where Studios McVey have put up an assembly guide I'll be linking to that in the model heading.
The same caveats as before are in place, namely:
"CoolMiniOrNot have gone to pains to point out that they will replace any missing or damaged parts. The details for this service can be found on this Kickstarter Update.
I've not used any bases below, nor cleaned the models any more than needs be for them to fit together temporarily (hence the blu-tak). This is mainly because there are thing I want to consider with the models that would have delayed this post if I'd enacted them.
All the models come pre cut, with very little of the sprue remaining attached. This does make assembly faster, but also means there is a risk of losing a piece."
There are three model types for the Revenats. Two of these are single piece models, needing only to be attached to the base.
The third is split at the torso, and needs assembly. The joint has a small square section that needs to key into place with corresponding space on the legs. This leads to the model being more twisted around than you'd expect looking at the separate parts.
as can be seen above the main issue with these models will be cleaning away the sprue vents. The mould lines also need clearing, but disappear into the detail more, which means care must be taken not to remove that along with them.
Talking of detail the models really do evoke of sense of horror, and I expect we'll be seeing them used in other games for technozombie stand ins.
The Stalkers are again single piece models, and there is little to say that hasn't been covered above.
A really solid single piece model, there's an impressive amount of plastic used in each of these. The body horror really gets pushed here, and they're going to be a joy to paint.
The first of the character type models, the Scyth Witches come in two parts, and just need a bit of fiddly cleaning up before assembly. The mould line visible on the arm is a particularly bad one.
The first of the big monsters there are two Brimstones in the main box, each made of five parts. Assembly is incredibly easy, with the joints shaped to fit together in only one position. The only issue here (as bought up in the Studio McVey assembly guide is making sure all four limbs are in contact with the base).
The Grendlr is the biggest model in the set and comes with the most pieces. Sadly it also comes with issues, as the two body halves do not meet up perfectly. This is supposedly easily remedied, via the use of hot water, as explained here. I've not tried it yet, but I'll put up a post when I do. In the meantime, here's a picture of the completed model from Studio McVey, and boy does it look worth the fiddle putting him together.
The final model of the set, the Cthonian comes in five parts, and is very easy to assemble.
Of all the models it is the one I'm least sure about, as while the individual parts are great the whole is too reminiscent of the first Dreadnoughts from 40K, and it seems a long way removed from the aesthetic of the other Strain models in the set. It also loses a lot of wow factor when view straight on.
The picture below should give an idea of the size of the models, with a Space Marine snuck in for comparison. I've not compressed it, so clicking should produce a huge version.
As a set I'm impressed with the Strain. I like the variation in the Revenants, that could easily have been just one model type. The different troop types stand out, and evolve nicely from one another, without moving away from the overall aesthetic (apart from the Cthonian).
The models don't suffer particularly badly from mould lines, and the level of detail is impressive, and very crisply captured. It's a shame about the issues with the Grendlr, but they do seem to be a freak occurrence, and judging by the difference in fit between the model in the main box, and the one in the Biohazard extras set, it may be that some people are unaffected.
Sedition Wars has some really high quality models, and combined with the fact they work on standard sized bases (25 and 50mm) I expect to see them turn up in a number of other systems.