Warhammer 40.000 25th Anniversary Space Marine model – Review

Today Benathai paid me a visit and showed me one of the latest products from Games Workshop’s Citadel Finecast range: The 25th Anniversary Space Marine. Review of this model may be of interest to some of you, so I decided to share my impressions from unboxing this miniature.

Warhammer 40.000 25th Anniversary Space Marine model - review

25th Anniversary Space Marines Captain

So far it’s been the best Finecast model I’ve seen, and Benathai’s opinion is exactly the same.

The model was created to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Warhammer 40.000, so the inspiration with nostalgic memories of the beginnings of this system is tangible. And that is great! I join the choir of sentimental voices from the miniature painting and gaming community, as the RPG-like character of scenarios from the first edition of Warhammer 40.000, also known as Rogue Trader, was a great approach to miniature wargaming and it emphasized the fluff of that universe. This is also reflected in artwork from that period, which put much emphasis on individual character of depicted personalities.

The company managed to hit a soft spot with this model and approach, and in my humble opinion this way they managed to reach the target group of not only gamers but also collectors and miniature painters, because the models – even if based on early Warhammer 40K artwork – stand up to current standards of the industry. And it must be said that the models faithfully represent the characters depicted. If you haven’t had a chance to compare them, here you go:

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There’s also another model based on an iconic artwork from the past – Games Day 2012 special miniature based on the cover of 2nd edition of Warhammer 40.000. (I hope to be able to get this one ^^ – leave some for me!)

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Ok, let me return to describing what I expect to be another collection of air bubbles trapped in resin.

Close examination

In order to prepare our 25th Anniversary Space Marine review, we took the miniature under magnifying glass (ok, not quite, but two pairs of eyes scanned the miniature for flaws carefully in strong light). And here’s what surprised us:

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A decent package – the box is one of those that protect the model inside, so no parts of the miniature were broken.

Quality of the box and print cannot be called anything but good. It opens like a book revealing photos depicting a painted version of the model.

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So the first impression was a very pleasantly surprise that the sprue isn’t deformed as much as I would have expected after my first experience with Finecast models. Was it a good omen?

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We spotted mould lines in a few places:

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Will you agree they don’t look all that bad? The one running along the banner is the worst of them, but fortunately it’s not a bad place and should be easy to fix. Mould lines on the marine were going in pretty acceptable places and fortunately all of them were shallow.

The only thing that I would like to mention as a negative surprise was the amount of flash, seen for example on the backpack.

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Also the scenic base insert was slightly warped. Nothing that wouldn’t be easily fixed, but it should be mentioned nonetheless.

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Hunt for bubbles

It’s time to take a closer look to those infamous air bubbles:

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Did you see what we saw? Is it a kind of magic? Can Finecast models really look unlike foam?!

The few holes we found were completely compensated for with the quality of the sculpt. The surface is smooth. And have you paid attention to these shoulderpads and leg plates? Details are crisp, clean and sharp.

Benathai commened that „these are self-painting details” – and I think he’s quite right 😉 These are difficult times for professional painters, as with such models it suffices to learn to use washes for detailing and even inexperienced painters will achieve good results. 😛

Conclusion of our 25th Anniversary Space Marine review

How positively surprised we are with this model! Is this a sign of improvement of quality of Finecast models? I wish! Unfortunately I am afraid it may be too early to announce such positive changes, because we might be simply lucky with our miniature. Examples seen in the internet seem to confirm my doubts.

So far it’s been the best Finecast model I’ve seen, and Benathai’s opinion is exactly the same. Hasn’t it been for the photos of less fortunate castings we’ve seen in the internet, we would believe it’s a moment that Citadel Finecast models begin to live up to their name.

We’re going to have another example of this model soon, so I hope it won’t disappoint us and our expectations are not too high. Of course we will inform you about it.

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  1. I’m going to be opnening mine tonight…am dreading to see whether it turned out OK, or is one of the terrible examples of Finecast out there…

  2. Maybe you ‚might be simply lucky’… Or maybe against the tens of thousands of Finecast out there, maybe you might have been unlucky previously…

  3. The first finecast i ever purchased was the 25th anniversary model. I’ve read alot of negative reviews for finecast in general and its quality. Even before making the purchase i was hoping i’d get one defect free. Which says alot in itself due to the fact that i kind of expected issues even before purchasing. I’m a huge Crimson Fists fan and so had to get the model. I also have been playing since rogue trader. Anyways, bought one and got it home and opened it. Quickly inspected it and it indeed had issues. Aside from the minor mold lines and flash as expected, i had a deformed head. It looks like the two halves of the mold were misaligned and i got a misaligned head. It wasn’t misaligned alittle bit. It was misaligned by at leas several millimetres. Needless to say i was disappointed, I don’t plan on ever purchasing finecast again.

    1. @Yeex,

      You were the perfect customer for them – not only a Crimson Fists fan, but also a long time gamer who remembers Rogue Trader. Plus you had no experience with Finecast quality 😉
      It’s hard to believe until you experience it… Check the review of Jabberslythe by Nameless to see how badly misaligned parts can be. And Benathai can confirm how „perforated” most Finecast he was working with were. That’s why he and Ańa paid special attention to the air bubbles issue this time.

      Unless these guys can do something with quality of casting, they will receive so much negative feedback that it surely won’t help their reputation. The question is: do they care at all?

      @Greg – and what was your copy like

      @Pandadosmares – photos?

      @Denzark – I would love to believe that those less fortunate castings were only incidental. But I’ve seen too many of them and read too many reviews to have such hopes.

      I would love to have a choice between metal (or even plastic) and resin versions. Or at least until they can cope with quality issues, the name of „Finecast” sounds like irony or a bad joke…

      Sure, good Finecast copies happen, but they’re too few earn the name of Finecast for the whole range.

  4. @ Mahon Photos sent.

    @ Yeex I know one copy didnt had a head 8-(

    I must say the major problem i see with Finecast besides the crazy amount of flask some minis have, its the casting process its a really Russian roulette, it seems that some are rushed and some dont, they need to improve quality control.

    I bought Arjac Rockfist and this was almost perfect (pictures sent) and on the other hand Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf was and still is a really problematic mini from 3 they were all bad, some had parts that were just a blob, to huge bubble holes, missaligned molds you name it that mini had it, i had to build mine with the best parts and even doing that i wasnt pleased.

  5. Since I live in Tokyo for 2 years now, I bought my copy at the local store in Jimbocho. It was 45 Euros!!!
    But it was absolutely perfect. Even at closest inspection I could not find any faults.

    Not bad for my first „Failcast” 😀

    But in general, I think it is a shame that GW does not believe in quality control. All we can do is return, return and return unacceptable merchandise until it becomes to expensive for GW to provide bad quality.

    Greetings from Tokyo!

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