Ambot Review

Got my hands on the Ambots box this week, as always thanks to our friends at Triple Helix..

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The plan is to use one as my Patriarch for the GSC Chaos Machine Cult. Which means I need to find a project for the second.

Anyway onto the review, the box is as per all other GW kits, so nice art splashed with pretty pictures of the models.20190415_192732847232477913376829.jpgNow the back is a little sparse, I expect this is the nature of the kit and how the options are more limited.20190415_1927421278990881194561929.jpgWhat is perhaps most surprising thing about this kit is that, although the 2 models look different. It is actually the same kit, with additional legs and head being the only differences.This does mean the kit is almost a snap-fit kit but more advanced, any conversion work you wish to do is going to need some heavy chopping and changing on the part of the modeler.

20190415_192956(0)1959630930747173139.jpgThe instructions are great as always (but like other non-core kits only in black and white).

20190415_1928544477196161858844295.jpgAs you can see (well you would have if I had remembered to put the kits in the same orientation….) that the box gives you 2 identical spures.

20190415_1929046716936877132384804.jpgThe details are very nice and the kit goes together very very quickly.

20190415_1928598573461814048139570.jpgThere some nice little details for the kit like the cogs on the back section, which in typical GW fashion you wont see much of once built, if you use the shoulder guard-shield thingy.

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So the build was easy enough, the kit doesn’t require much thinking about as there is not much to the options. This on top of square pegs on connections means he builds quickly which is great if you want are wanting the standard poses. I did try and mix things a little by having the legs of bot A and the arms from bot B.

Which does add a little more to the options but not you much. As mentioned if you are wanting something more dynamic or very different will need plenty of work.

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So he is a bulky model that fills the 40mm base really well. I will say this again the munda bases are soooo sexy I wish I could use them everywhere..

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Always need a backside shot as well, showing off some of the little details. It really shows the tech level GW are working at as the hand/arm section is almost one piece but they still manage to give us some nice tubing details.

Finally a scale shot of the bot with a little Ghoul and one of my converted Acolytes from the Goliath kit.

I think he is going to work nicely as Patriarch model once he is painted up.

All hail the Emperor of the Machine

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Overall,

So as a kit the price point of £18.75 (from our friends at THG) is really good. Although they are Munda models, I think they have the potential to be really popular with a lot of modelers. Yes I am being a tad lazy and not doing much to make it into Patriarch, but Ork players are going to love it. I almost think they have the potential to fit into some marine forces or ad mech ones.

Beyond that its a fun little kit regardless.

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Adeptus Titanicus Reaver – Review

Its been a long time coming, it may have got lost in the draft pile. But we are going to catch up at least 😀

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Welcome to the last of the reviews for AT, in which I am going to look at the last of the chassis from the initial releases. Its time to have a play around with the Reaver!

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This marks the end of the current range of boxes released so far for the game. Woohoo and also boooo.

The box is the usual quality like the rest of the range, I have really enjoyed the artwork being done for AT and I hope they keep going with this as well its all amazing!!

We get a few options in the box to play around with, although no doubling up like the warhound kit unfortunately.

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Inside the box we get the again black and white instruction manual. This does separate from the shinier normal GW kits, which is a shame as well they are not as shiny as they could be and smacks a little of cutting the fat in some areas for a specialist game. On the flip-side the transfer sheet is good quality and I am impressed that each titan class got their own sheet.

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When we have a look at the spures we get 3 sections, just like his big brother the warlord. The first is the body and legs sections which are going to be the same across all the Reavers. The detail is of course bonkers and GW doing what GW can do with these sorts of plastic kits.

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Individual rivets on a foot section you can hardly see once built!!

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the next 2 spures are the ones that easily swappable in the future. The armour plates give you some options from blanks to traitors

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The weapon spure gives you the various weapons…..obviously. The variations for the fist are a nice touch as is their ability to be left/right handed. I would have liked an additional option for carapace weapon but the kit layout wouldnt have allowed that anyway.

It is a solid kit and goes together pretty easily, the model as a whole is perhaps a little more static than the other titans as a lot more work is needed if you want the movement in the legs. Perhaps a symptom of being the middle child 😉

Finally some scale shots of how he fares between his big/little brothers

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Overall

A great addition to the AT forces and well worth the price of £30 from our friends over at Leodis Games.

At this stage I have 1 kit of everything and I am pretty happy with that. Is it optimal? certainly not but I think there are still plenty of options open to me with what I have.

Because I have done it for the rest of the Titans, here is my almost completed paint job.

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Dankhold Troggoth

We are back again with some more new shiny, for those keeping up I have come up as a little force of Trogs/Trolls as a travelling circus (ideas here).

So figured now is a good start to get going so checked out our friends at Triple Helix and picked up the Dankhold Troggoth kit to make my Troggboss.

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What struck my most from the box is how small, its 5-man unit size box. For some reason I was expecting a larger monster box.

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Well presented box showing of the various options available for the different builds.

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Perhaps more than some of the other kits I have looked at from GW the CAD-like instruction manual is pretty important as this is an extensive kit that has lots of uneven joins going on to get the unusual look to the boss. An example is the front of the torso onto the back-left arm connection its a little fiddly and the instructions helped loads.

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Well these spures (2 of them) explain why the box is so small. There is literally no wastage going on here, the gaps are really small between pieces. Jam-packed gets thrown around a lot but this kit lives and breathes it!!

When the only cleat space is between the troggs legs you know things are tight…..there is a joke in there somewhere.

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‘The detailing is amazing from the ‘barnacles’ on the body to the fact the rock weapons are sort of a hint at something else masonry-like. I would be surprised if we see a new army in the future that has an intact piece of whatever it is.

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You still get plenty of options in the kit which is really nice, from the back being stalagmites or fungus to the usual head swaps and the like.

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As mentioned some of this kit is pretty fiddly not due to size but needing to get piece A into B needs to be a just the right angle otherwise you wont get the fit right!

Now I am not much of dry-fitter but I would suggest this for this kit as if you use super glue you are going to have a wonky trogg and no-one wants that.

On the whole an amazing kit that is full of character and perhaps dare I say too much detail in places, sooooo many barnacles!!

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All together a great, but as mine is a ringmaster, he will be getting a little more work on him to be fitting of the trog circus hence why he isn’t based up yet, or painted 🙂

Anyway if you want to run away to the circus or just love yourself some trogg go check him and his buddies out over at our tame suppliers Triple Helix Wargames.

Skulls For The Hobby God

A quick fire review today, got my hands on the Skull box from GW.

I will be honest I was unsure about the kit, as we all know that GW have a deep love of Skulls so surely a box of them is overkill?

Pretty small box arrived and well its skulls 😀

340!!! 340 skulls?!! that is actually insane amount.

We get 4 spures worth of skulls spread across nicely between the human skulls through to the more crazy ones.

The quality of the kit is standard GW, which means excellent. The dragon(?) head is pretty immense and is going to look great on equally large kits (we are talking monster levels here)..

so.many.skulls, the human spure is really nice and is obviously where the numbers come from as you get buckets of them. I am really impressed with how much they have wedged into that spure.

Some nice daemon skulls, shame it doesn’t cover all the gods but decent choices to be had. The separate jaw bones, is well mad….I mean jaw bone options for those models that got the note wrong and jaws for the jaw god not skull?!

The final part is more 40k based with the Kroot/nid skulls, but still some nice options across the different systems with the ork skulls to use.

I admit this isn’t the most exciting of kits to look through, but the level of detail is good (should be with all the skull practice GW sculptors get 😉 ).

The amount of possibilities for this set is spot on and I hope to show some more of them off in the next few weeks. Including the proxy Bloodthirster and the Flesheater court throne terrain piece I am making.

For the amazing price of less than a character model for GW, you are getting plenty of options to play around with.

Go check them out from out friends at Triple Helix, Skulls for the Hobby God

Bloodthirster Review

When you absolutely have to have something crushed into the ground with no messing, there is only one model you really need to consider! Its time for a look at the Bloodthirster!

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Big old box time and scary looking monster!

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Looks like the kit gives you plenty of options, with perhaps a chance to do some magnetizing for weapon options and we all love magnets.

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When even the box tab is angry!

So we get 2 spures in the box, crammed full with parts. The first thing that draws the eye is the wings; They are beastly, I mean that is a lot of plastic in those. But more worryingly is the small contact points, I like to mag things like wings but I think this may end up like Morty and need to be glued in place which is a shame.

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The quality is as you would expect with GW, and perhaps I may get fed up with saying that 😀 but its true, there are lots of amazing models out there in the hobby but as long as the feel of a model is up your street you are not going to get a better shiny than a GW one.

Now time for some filthy close up shots of the sprue. The detail is always amazing, just look at how veiny he is they are everywhere..

While the weapons on this kit are frankly bonkers, the size of them is just………words fail me.

You can imagine anyone getting hit by one of these is going to be mist.

That is what a BT should be the most primal hitting machine in the universe. With only Heroes being very heroy being able to even handle them. To the extent I look forward to the time when we dont need the flying angry dog of Khorne and we just have massive axes zooming round the board making mist.

Looked at the 2-handed axe its taller than the model itself, and the axe is larger than most models.

The building was pretty straight forward and he balances really well despite only having 1 contact point to the base. Admittedly I went for foot down rather than the leaping skull base thingy mainly as if he was on that he wouldn’t fit on my shelves..

I was disappointed the wings did prove to be too tricky to mag up, mainly because it would have needed significant work within the model itself to make it happen.

Also the different weapon options could have been magnetised, well the other 2 seperate hand weapon builds anyway. The angles needed for the 2-handed axe with the different arms would have been great ‘fun’ to make work.

So I did chicken out and just stuck him together but I have plans for all those delicious spares 😀

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Like the Wrathmongers before the chain section is actually pretty robust for a loose section. But I will ensure its stuck down once painting is complete for my sanity (more than likely onto the wing itself).

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Overall

A stunning model that is going to make an amazing centre piece to an army and lets face it, thats as it should be for a Greater Daemon!

One additional thing that really surprised me is his size! After dealing with the bulk of a GUO last year. Having such a small big model caught me by surprised. His bulk is mainly from his wings and weapons. The actual body is pretty slim, as you can she compared to a Riptide.

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So for the price of £52.50 from our friends over at Triple Helix Wargames, you are getting a very sexy model that is going to be great fun to paint. But perhaps he is showing he is angry because he is the smallest Greater Daemon 😉

Something a bit Different

So for those keeping up I recently reviewed the Wrathmonger box which is a lovely kit, but more importantly I was left with many spares.

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So I have 5 torsos, a load of weapon options and some front plates to play around with but I need some legs. Skullreapers don’t strike me as something I could do as a snake body, too Slaaneshiiii

Since this is Chaos and Khorne I need something that has a nod to this….Maybe a Cenataur? but not sure a horse would work too well as I wanted to keep them on the 40mm base to be legal..

So after a dig around at the always helpful Triple Helix Wargames I came across the Fenrisian Wolf Pack which come on 40mm bases and as a set they are very cheap!

After cracking open the box all the wolves are a nice size and more importantly come with the heads detached 🙂

Lets get creative!!

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well this certainly has some promise admittedly some of them are a little tall, so I decided to chop the wolf neck down a little bit.

So after some dry fitting and gluing I ended, we hit the next problem is the back..

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Which should be easy enough as I still need to decide on the back banners and then its time to hit the Green Stuff!

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But by far the best bit is they more or less match the size of the Wrathmongers!! This is key for me as you want to be able to say yes they are Skullreapers but they need to take up the same volume really and I think I have managed that!

With that in mind I have managed to get 2 units for the 3/4 the price of getting to boxes of the almost same models..

So if anything I am saving the environment with these……ignore the tight Yorkshireman writing.

The wolves I have to say are worth it for the price you pay plus I think they could be used in several armies.

Before the new plastic  Flesh hounds landed I had considered them with some conversion to be my count-as.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeptus Titanicus Cerastus Knights – Review

We are back again, this time to look at the new Knights for AT and the first of the baby brothers of FW only kit. I am excited to see these as I was not a huge fan of having lots of knights running around that are all the same!

As with all the AT stuff so far the box art is something special and they look the part. Seriously I would be tempted by an AT art book I really would!

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The back is the same as well showing off the painted models and how shiny they are..

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We get the same transfer sheet as the normal Knights which makes sense, however for me it feels like this kit needs it less but that is just me.

As usual the iunstruction booklet is lovely CAD work, but something that did throw me off (and I know I wasnt the only one with this problem). The printing wasnt done to fit the page. Now clearly only a small error I did find it a little jarring and dare I say cheap by GW not to fix something like this.

Now I know it is something silly, but I dont expect this from GW but there you go!

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Anyway onto the shiny, the kit lets you build 2 Knights and come with just the one sprue, unfortunately you only get the one set of weapon options, so I would expect another kit/ (whisper) weapon sprue in the future to cover the other options.

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But then as we look closer the detail is pretty much amazing, as all the AT kits have been so far.

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Look at the crotch section and all the piping and rivets, for something that is so scaled down GW are not afraid to keep as much detail from the 28mm scale as possible…

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While the carapace is again full of the details we have seen in the other knight kit and is generally spot on! Although feels odd that the extended shoulder pads are extra pieces, tiny extra pieces!

So a quick family shot before I slap some paint down. you can see they are significantly taller than the Knight and sit nicely in-between them and the warhound!

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Overall

A great addition to the AT forces and well worth the price of under £20 from our friends and FLGS over at Leodis Games.

The slow grow continues at a nice pace and I am managing to keep more or less on target with a purchase a month. which at this point means I only need a Reaver to complete the collection. Which nicely gives me an Axiom maniple and 2 units of different knights when I get there!! Plus so far I am only on about £135 spent before the reaver to get me to this stage. which is still much less than the grand master box!!

And because I have started doing this here is some paint thrown on my knights…

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