|Bad things happen.|
With the upcoming release of the 2nd edition ruleset for Malifaux, Wyrd is in the process of redesigning many of their old metal kits in plastic. This influx of redesigned plastic models has finally piqued my interest enough to buy some of the new Guild Death Marshals and Tara the Herald of Obliteration (one of the limited Nightmare edition plastic sets available during GenCon 2013). Since Wyrd’s initial release of plastic models, I have been interested in assessing the quality of the plastic they use (Dave Taylor’s and Independent Painters favorable assessment of some of their first plastic figures also helped sway my interest). This was of particular interest in light of all of the recently Kickstarted miniature-based games, such as Dreadball and Sedition Wars. While both games offer a wonderful selection of models, the plastic used to cast the miniatures is a little difficult to work with (here’s looking at you Dreadball...). Briefly, the two games utilize a sprueless plastic-resin material that requires superglue to form a strong bond. Since they are not cast in polystyrene, like the material Games Workshop uses, you can’t use the common ‘plastic’ glue. More problematic than the glue-type requirement, the plastic is much more difficult to clean-up without tearing and scuffing up your models. Furthermore, instead of having the customary single moldline, many of the models have several, making cleaning them all the more arduous.
Looking into it a little, it turns out that the Malifaux plastics use a mixture of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) (used in Lego!) and high impact polystyrene. While most plastic glues do not work on pure ABS plastic, it works fine on the mixture used for Malifaux (and the Dreamforge models, since they use the same material). All of the pieces come on sprues similar to what you would see from Games Workshop. Thankfully, like the DreamForge plastic kits, the sprues have little feet at their corners to prevent them from being crushed together, potentially damaging some of the smaller parts.
|Models come on sprues complete with little feet on their corners for stacking!|
|All of the models have an impressive amount of detail, all of which is crisp and clearly defined.|
|Many of the pieces are finely detailed however some can be prone to breaking if not handled carefully.|
|Each Death Marshal comes with two head choices, one a flaming skull and the other a grizzled looking human face.|
At the moment I have finished trimming and assembling Tara’s Nothing Beast and am very pleased with the results. Assembly was straightforward and simple, not really requiring extra work to make the model table-ready. Some of the seams where pieces fit together were a little more noticeable than I wanted, so I did a small amount of greenstuff work to smooth them out.
|Onward into oblivion!|
Back through the breach!