Welcome to my latest review this time I have something very special and something I have been waiting to get my hands on for a long time.
Thats right I have got my mitts on one of the DZC starter sets 😀 We shall be looking at the Scourge standard set ( in case you havent noticed). So let us not mess about and get down to it.
To start with the box and first impressions;
It’s a well (graphically) designed box with a main picture that you can see on the website.
The back explains the contents. Something I will mention is the card is pretty thin and for something that is expensive I would have liked a sturdy box. However this thinness maybe due to the inside packaging, speaking of which;
As you can see the link up with KR multicase is pretty damn strong 😉 as you have their easily identifiable blue foam (never mind the KR catalgue you get in every box). Everything is well packaged and I am pretty impressed with its presentation with DZC cut out of the spare slot etc. One thing I will note it was almost impossible to get the foam back into the box without some swearing they must have a special shoe-horn in the package area at DSC towers. Time now to delve deeper into the box.
Cards and rods
The command cards that are part of the gaming system are included in all start sets which is nice and they have a high gloss colourful finish to them. But as you may have heard elsewhere on the internet it would have been nice for them to be a touch thicker/sturdier.
Now the rods used for flyers in the games have a nice little design feature that I wish others would consider. Each rod comes with a ‘cap’ that you can glue directly to miniature and that makes transport/storage so much better and easier. How can a nub of plastic be so amazing?!
And now for the miniatures…
Pretty simple kit this one but one that I think really shows off the detail these miniatures achieve. Obviously construction is pretty straight forward.
While clean up is pretty easy on these as you can see only a small amount of flash around the edges
The lump of resin is a tad annoying as it appears fairly wasteful on the manufacturers part but then nowhere near as bad as some of the Forge World stuff I have seen.
As I have said the level of detail is stunning. These things are going to be fun to paint.
These are the only pieces of metal you will see in the box. Apart from that these are pretty standard infantry set-up for the scale used.
What I will say is there is in my opinion a LOT of waste with these the block that holds the individuals is pretty hefty and for the life of me I do not know why the decision was done to produce them in this way. That and also making sure you have a flat base is difficult due to ‘peg’ attaching miniature to block.
As you can see the detail is pretty impressive for 10mm with no loss of detailing due to the change from resin to metal these are very nice
Marauder Medium Dropship
Now this is what we are all here to see 😀 one of the dropships. Again really detailed and really well done.
You cannot argue with the detail these guys have brought to world. I look at this stuff and it wows me more than even Spartan Games ranges (it’s a close run thing but maybe DZC has it there just by a hair).
As you can see there is very little clean up needed regarding the flash on these miniatures. What I will say is be careful with what is there as the detail is so high that the flash can be a pain to remove.
Hunter Grav Tanks
Now onto the tanks.
I love the organic feel of these tanks they really sell the whole alien feel of the Scourge race.
Again beautiful detailing but the excess resin is annoying especially as it is on the very tips of the bend at the front be VERY careful removing it.
Lovely detail not much I can say 😉
Reaper AA tanks
What I said about the Hunter counts for the Reaper as well really so just enjoy the pictures.
So here is a nice little picture of each individual piece you get in the box. Going forward personally I will be make the plastic flying rods a little bit shorter as they end up towering over the over miniatures.
As always here is your standard scale shot to give you an idea of size 🙂
Finally one picture to prove that everything is to scale and you can fly your tanks around in style..
I have a strong love-hate relationship going on at the moment with the DZC miniatures.
I love the detail and concept of miniatures they are some of the best I have ever seen and to be honest the excess resin I could forgive from another company but Hawk Wargames have set themselves as a luxury product in an already luxury hobby and for me it is not good enough for the price. If you are willing to pay the price of the starter sets you will not be disappointed by the finish product once you get there but if you are like me you may feel slightly aggrieved..
Right moan out-of-the-way!!!
What you see on the website is what you get in the box which is a huge positive as who wants to find holes in miniatures ala the initial FineCast release?
I am looking forward to test driving these Scourge right over the pesky human races and those other lazy teleporting aliens.
Overall I am happy with the scourge miniatures.