|Above image (c) Hawk Wargames|
Finally got my box, and spent some time assembling the miniatures. The plastics are very clean, were very easy to assemble with no more than a pair of clippers and some plastic glue, and look fantastic. I am now eagerly awaiting the primer to dry so I can begin painting some of them this weekend.
When I first got the box, I was impressed with the weight of the box. It had to be chock-full of goodies to weigh that much, I figured. I was right! The sprues were surprisingly clear of flash, and were not warped nor did they have any noticeable defects of any kind. The rulebook was clean, fresh, and smelled great! I was also impressed with the level of detail in the cardboard terrain... it was also very quick to assemble.
I am so impressed with the quality of this very inexpensive starter box. Two starter boxes would easily net you a full-sized army of each faction, and a spare set of rulebooks and counters to boot. I bought mine for around 90 dollars after shipping, quite a bargain, and so you could easily have a full-sized army for around that much if you went in and bought a pair of starter boxes with a friend.
What first drew me to the game was Bear APCs for the UCM. They look stellar. As I opened the box and handled the models more, however, the Scourge really grew on me. The models have a huge level of detail, but are amazingly simplistic. A few of the Scourge models were in no more than two parts, and the more complex ones didn't have many more components. The most complex models of the faction were their dropships, which was no more than 15 parts total, and took a few minutes to assemble.
I'll do a more thourough examination of the rules once I have some models on the table and play a game out or two, but so far I don't see any major complaints to be made. The rulebook is quite beautiful, with many full-color shots of the models on spectacular gaming boards. Looks quite tasty.
Until next time,