|Here's what you get in the box!|
The base seems to me to be the reason that GW may have made the move to de-sprue the components as it is a couple of inches deep and you would be wasting all the depth of the rest of the mould if you only cast a couple of complete kits at the same time and once you start to pay people to de-sprue one part you may as well go the whole hog and do the rest allowing you to have a much smaller box to boot.
The second thing that struck me was that the rules come in the box, a real departure for GW as it wouldn't seem too unreasonable to put the rules in the Apoc' book that came out the same month. I wonder if this will be the new format for fortifications and therefore frees them to release them as and when they need a sales bump. If only they'd start release some Xenos fortifications/scenery.
|Sadly it's a booklet with all the languages so you either have to cut it up or carry paper you'll never use.|
|This is how they come, though the mould lines are bit fiddly along the ridged sections.|
|I cannot decide which look I want to go for.|
Things I liked:
- The removal of the sprue is great as it means I'm wasting less bin space on material that could have gone back into the production of more models (don't even mentioned the GW recycling initiative) and save me time.
- Other than a few poor mould lines they are quick to put together and look pretty good as defence outposts.
- Putting the rules in the box is a really nice touch and whilst it may seem a bit of a waste getting them each time you buy a box the quality of the paper is great so I appreciate the effort.
- They left of those awful dead bodies and ammo crates that they put on the the defence lines and bunkers.
Things that made me go hmm:
- The side of the base are supposed to have little skeleton sections stuck on and spiky struts and whilst they make it very Dark Millennium I just can't be bothered to stick them o as it will increase my painting time considerably (not to mention the cleaning time for ribbing on the spiky struts). What do you guys think, is it worth the effort?
_whilst the gun options seem cool (Battle or Gatling cannon) I'm still not overly sold on the idea of fortifications as part of my army. Though I think they make great scenery pieces and could be a good way to show horn in an extra battle cannon into a list for 85 pts so we'll see.
- They do seem a tad expensive for what they are and the complexity of the model.
3.5/5 Daves (based on people buying it for themselves)