How Things Have Changed………………………….

Posted: October 2, 2014 in Warhammer 40000, Warzone Resurrection
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Way back in the mists of time, when I was younger (and healthier).

Wargames miniatures were made from Lead with a few being made from plastic.

Resin models were just starting to come on the market, and fell in to two types. Rock hard or brittle. The rock hard ones were very hard to work with. And the brittle ones were very fragile, their was no happy medium between the two. Both types were sometimes very sticky to touch!

As I have said before I have been War gaming for just over 25 years and have seen many company’s rise and fall, some were good and some were bad. But through out that time one company has pushed the boundaries out of the way many times, with that company being Games Workshop.

They were the first company that I know to replace Lead with White Metal. With White Metal being harder than Lead, and with lead miniatures being banned in some country’s in the mid 90’s.

They were also the first company to push Plastic models up to the stage they are now. I would never have thought about a multi part plastic space marine mounted on a wolf 25 years ago! But now days they are in the shops along with tons of other plastic kits.

Games Workshop had phased out metal miniatures and replaced them with Finecast resin models. Which we were told would be better than the metal models, holding crisper details, being lighter, easier to convert. However Finecast quickly gained the name Failcast, models were covered with air bubbles, parts not formed properly, horrible “flash”lines, the list goes on. I did however buy quite a few Finecast  models, and to be fair most of them were near perfect. The only ones that need major work were the 9 Nazgul from Lord Of The Rings, with 3 needing new swords, 2 needing the bottoms of their robes filling, and 1 needing a re-sculpt of his head!

Finecast is now being phased out and replaced with multi part plastics.

But what has this got to do with anything, well the other day I came across Warzone: Resurrection from Prodos Games. Now back in the mid 90’s I came across a board game called Blood Berets which was set in the Mutant Chronicles universe. Me and my friend James played the game to death, and looked into it a bit more and found out that they did a wargame. We hunted high and low but never found a copy, in those days the internet would have been fantastic. Time past and we carried on with 40K 2nd edition.

Then around 1999 with the internet beginning to surface I came across a website called Target Games who were going to release Warzone 2nd edition. Their were no pictures on the site but from what I read it was the same setting, and I ordered on blind faith. Some weeks later it turned up and was what I was looking for. As time past I got a few other into Warzone and my Bauhaus force grew. I played many games but then one dark day Target Games closed its doors and Warzone died a horrible death. From the ashes of the UK side of the company rose I-kore miniatures, But that is another story. Warzone was dead but its fans kept it alive via the internet and some years later a new version was printed but again it died a horrible death.

My Bauhaus army was sold off on various forums, and I never thought much about Warzone. Until the other day!

I was looking through eBay the other day when I came across the Dark Legion starter set for £25.00. I had a look and found out that it was made buy Prodos Games who are making the AvP game (which I backed on Kickstarter). The models in the Dark Legion starter set are made from the same resin that the AvP models are going to be made from.

I took the plunge and ordered the set, which turned up yesterday. Inside the box were 7 resin sprues, a deck of 75 cards and 2 D20 dice (the rules can be found on-line)

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As for the models well all I can say is wow, their are a few mould lines and very little “flash”. I was however worried about the positions of a few of the connecting “lugs” from the sprue to the arms but when the models are put together you cannot notice them as they are hidden between the arm and armpit area.

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As you can see from the pictures you get one large model a Razhide. IMG_2177

2 of each sprue (so 10 models) of Undead Legionnaires.

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And 2 Necro Mutant squad commanders. It took me about 2 hours to put all 13 models together, I have not based them yet as I am not sure how I am going to base them. Overall they are great model the details are nice a crisp and the poses are very good and when stuck together their are next to no gaps that needed to be filled. I did find that a quick file over any flat areas produced a better bond with the super glue.

Will I purchases any more? yes I will, I will either pick up another starter set (Bauhaus or Imperial) or add to the Dark Legion.

Looks like I need to get hold of the rule book now………………

 

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