Friday, February 15, 2013

Dreamforge Kickstarter unboxing part 3

Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.

I managed to build a leg tonight.  Just one.  The leg is still articulated, even though it is glued together.  The thigh swivels, the knees bend, the ankle is a ball and socket joint that rotates, the toe even has a small range of motion.  While all this is happening, the hydraulic pistons extend and retract!  On top of this engineering genius, there have only been mold lines on two parts of this leg.  Two.  Once I progressed to the point where the armor plates go on I had to stop.  Covering up all this detail just felt wrong.  Ah well, you know that means I'll just have to buy a Leviathan Mortis. 

So how big is this thing again...?

The assembled leg is remarkably sturdy and balanced well on its own.  The only way I can make it fall over is by rotating the ankle joint all the way to the left or right.  It balances with the leg itself extended all the way to the back or front.  The hydraulic pistons do pull out if the leg is fully extended but that is no criticism, just the limits of the kit.  As neat as all these moving details are, I will be finding a cool pose and then gluing the joints down for added stability and ease of painting.

Speaking of great details, check out the Stormtrooper accessory box below.  Tons of bits!  So many bits!

Accessory box sprues and instructions.

Accessory sprues.  That's a lot of bits.

Accessory sprue #1.

Accessory Sprue #2.

Accessory sprue #3 (three mules).

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dreamforge Kickstarter unboxing: Part 2

Part 1 is here.

In part 2 of the unboxing I take a look at the DreamForge stormtrooper infantry.  Tons of pictures of the sprues themselves are at the bottom of this post.

The stormtroopers are hard plastic, injection molded and are 10 parts each.  While this may seem like a lot, it's the same number for Space Marines.  Mold lines are faint and easily scraped off with a blade, details are crisp and the plastic will flex.  I love the peg on the foot of the model and the hole in the base.  It makes for a sturdy join and allows you to easily build a model without needing to glue it down first.

10 parts each, plus base.  Notice the peg on the foot?

Before you build: certain arms line up with certain rifles.  The stock of some rifles have a section cut out of it so it will perfectly align with one of three right arms.  The left arms are also meant to work with certain right arms, so read the little color coded chart that comes in the box before you build!  I was not so careful and I ended up carving a small part out of a rifle stock to get it to fit.

Left to right: GW IG-based Bloot Pact, DreamForge Stormtrooper, GW Space Marine.  In the background are the older metal Stormtroopers from DreamForge, another plastic Stormtrooper and a GW Space Marine scout.

Dreamforge has gone above and beyond to make negative space work for you.  The backpack is a perfect negative of the torso back.  The detail is so fine that the backpack clicks into place when it aligns thanks to four tiny ribs that insert themselves into four tiny vents in the torso back.

Torso (with vents) on top.  Backpack with matching ribs on the bottom. Click!

The rifle stocks are the same way: any part that would have clipped through another on the 3d model has been removed, leaving a perfect negative space to receive its neighbor.  Even the drum magazines have an imprint of the rifle's side!

Even with mismatching arms and a chopped rifle stock I couldn't make him look bad!

Not glued to the base.  Attached only by the peg.
The plastic version took half as long to build and involved 100% fewer glued fingers.
Stick legs in peg on base, build torso, glue gun to right arm, glue arms to torso, glue torso to legs.

Squad option box and squad box dwarfed by Leviathan box.

Stormtrooper box.

Stormtrooper squad and diagram.  Pay attention to the diagram!

Stormtrooper sprues.

Stormtrooper sprue #1.

Stormtooper sprue #2.

Stormtrooper sprue #3.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dreamforge kickstarter goodies arrived! Unboxing part 1

Intel reported an Eisenkern force moving aggressively into my area and for once they were right!

A big brown box sat on my porch when I arrived home.  So without pause, and with fervor equal to the littlest Eisenkern on Weihnachten I tore it open!

Inside was part one of my Kickstarter bundle from DreamForge games.
(Click the pictures for larger images.)

Stuffed to the gills!
The plastic baggies are the kickstarter extras stuffed in on the left and the lower right.

Kickstarter bonus figures Ada with Shadokesh & handler.  Excaliber sword option on the right.

Huge base and some foam padding for the Leviathan.

Instructions and sprues.

Leviathan sprues just keep going down into that box.

Two sets of sprues & some foam on the side.

There's more underneath?

All the parts without frames come in their own formed-plastic holder.

Leviathan bits without framed sprues.

Screwdriver and screws included.  Wait, nobody said anything about screws! :-)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Pacter, Dawn of War Blood Pact and a Paper Tank

I shook some of the rust off and built a new Blood Pact trooper.  I found the bits to make him as I was organizing the consequences of my hording: boxes and boxes of models.  I think I've heard it referred to as the Cupboard of Shame and I should certainly find a cupboard to hide mine.
Not my greatest work, but it felt good to get out the plastic glue and sprue clippers again.

In other Blood Pact news, I found a paper model of an AT83 Brigand that looks pretty familiar.  Click the pic to see the papercraft site.

They did a great job!

Which reminded me of a Dawn of War mod from a while back who's tank also looks pretty familiar.  Click it to see the mod's page.
Looking pretty sharp there, Blood Pact mod group!

My AT83 "Big Red" for reference.  Click it for a screen full of dirty red awesomeness.