For me… the winter came!
I dressed myself, Mahon, Balrog, even my emaciated Matrix and all the thin dogs around. 😉
Dla mnie nadeszła zima!
Ubrałam siebie, Mahonia, Balroga, a nawet mojego wychudzonego Matrixa i wszystkie wychudzone psy w okolicy. 😉
Recently I met a terribly freezing guy and wanted to dress him as well – I got into dressing others so much, that I was willing to offer my own jacket to him… but he stared at me in a strange manner… he must be quite fond of the cold. 😉
Spotkałam ostatnio strasznie przemarzniętego gościa i też go chciałam odziać – tak się wkręciłam w ubieranie, że byłam skłonna oddać mu swój kożuch… ale tak jakoś się na mnie dziwnie spojrzał … chyba lubi chłodek. 😉
It’s time I returned to my miniatures, because I feel irritated as if drying-out. The plan for January is Mephiston.
Czas wrócić do figurek, bo bez nich czuję się rozdrażniona jak na odwyku. Styczniowy plan to Mephiston.
When I found out about the release of a Forge WorldChaos Decimator and Chaos being my soft spot I just couldn’t resist ordering it. Additional benefit being the fact that now I can share this Forge World Chaos Decimator review with you. 🙂
I tend to order from Forge World early to get “fresh” moulds, and thus reduce the chances of miscast.
So, using my old habit when it comes to Forge World to order their releases early to get “fresh” moulds, and thus reduce the chances of miscast, I pre-ordered the Decimator and each weapon set right away. If I am not mistaken the release date was due on the 2nd of April and I received it on the 4th of April so kudos to them for shipping early (had I lived in UK I’d prolly had receive it before release so that’s a good point for them.)
Anyway onto the miniature!
Unboxing the Chaos Decimator for review
As you can see from the next picture, the body kit comes in a bag of 23 parts plus a standard 60mm base (not shown) and assembly instructions. In this Forge World Chaos Decimator review we will focus on the model itself.
The weapons as for all dreadnoughts are sold separately. To my surprise, they now come into the same “new” blisters Games Workshop uses.
As you can guess, and to my dread, you can recognize Finecast sprue and resin! I was starting to ramble and think about how many air bubbles I’d have to fix but I soon realised that this is not your everyday finecast. Both body and weapon’s resin is somewhat new (comparing to what FW used a year or so ago).
As you can guess, and to my dread, you can recognize Finecast sprue and resin!
To make this Chaos Decimator review more complete I should describe the material used. I am by no means professional when it comes to resin but I suppose this one is more or less from the same recipe as the Finecast one, but of much better quality. If you compare it to Finecast, this one is harder, while still being more flexible than what Forge World used to have. Like its finecast counterpart, it’s light and the mold lines are very easy to clean.
On this particular mini I found just a few mould lines, not badly placed (nothing in the way of details for example)
Also, as you can see from the pics, the details are sharp and crisp. To my relief the only air bubbles I found were on the resin excess you will throw away.
Overall I’d say that, unlike Games Workshop, Forge World has mastered this resin. This is what finecast should and must be. Great quality and no bubbles or any of the troubles we got used to see from Finecast.
Assembled Chaos Decimator
Anyway, I am cleaning and assembling it as I write this so for this Chaos Decimator review I’d just provide you with the official Forge World picture of the final product as I still have to magnetise all the weapons (which, considering how they are attached to their mounts shouldn’t be too difficult)
So this is the beast in its splendor:
And the size comparison shot provided again by Forge World:
Chaos Decimator review – Conclusion
To conclude, I think both gamers and painters alike would enjoy this mini. It is nicely detailed but without being overwhelming.
Being Chaos and rather big, it might prove to be more challenging to paint it up to competition standards than the Contemptor but I am sure we will see a few Decimators on the coming painting events! The dynamic posing and its size might also make it a good candidate for dioramas.
All in all I am happy with my purchase from Forge World, the quality of the sculpt and casting being very good, now we just need a cool Chaos Codex to come too!
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.
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:
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!)
Ok, let me return to describing what I expect to be another collection of air bubbles trapped in resin.
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:
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.
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.
Also the scenic base insert was slightly warped. Nothing that wouldn’t be easily fixed, but it should be mentioned nonetheless.
Hunt for bubbles
It’s time to take a closer look to those infamous air bubbles:
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.