OK. I got 40 Warriors of Apoc delivered in the mail; 20 with shields and 20 with halberds. It just so happens that they were delivered on my birthday!
Unlike HaWior, I decided to build now & paint later. If I painted them before building them, they'd probably sit on my desk for a year or two. I have a lot of projects going right now, including law school.
I started in on the shields today, and I decided to take a break to talk about it on the forums.
THEY. LOOK. AWESOME.
There's a huge variety of different pieces.
Warcast is an easy material to work with.
20 per box!
I'm stunned. I remember when I first saw the minis and I was completely blown away by how incredible they looked. Well, they look even better in person. And they look better still once they're put together.
It took me about 5 minutes to get used to working with Warcast. It's great. It's somewhat softer than ordinary resin, but it isn't as soft as the infamous finecast. It is somewhat flexible, but it's nowhere near as flexible as the infamous finecast; nor is it fragile. Cutting into it feels a little different from cutting into other plastics. Due to it's being softer than resin, you won't have nearly as much trouble getting rid of mold lines etc as you would on resin minis. But you can feel a little resistance; you'll need to be deliberate if you want to change the shape of the mini. You won't cut straight through it and slice into some detail on the main body by mistake!
Takes a while to glue.
Not all torsos are sculpted in a way that cleanly fits with all legs.
Only 20 per box!
EDIT: The shield box comes with 20 left arms with shields, but no left arms without. This makes it impossible to build the standard bearer or to use the commander's pointing left hand!
As with all models, some cleaning and prep work is necessary. This is hardly a downside, but with the incredible level of detail, fixing miscast issues is a serious pain. Mold lines, while faint, can disrupt a lot of different surfaces and flashing (which is more resilient than on softer plastics) can be difficult to reach.
It takes much longer than polystyrene plastic for your super glue to set, but less time than metal. You may need to hold it for a moment longer than you initially expect; or use an accelerator.
The shoulder sockets are misleading at first. It appears that the roundness of the socket gives you freedom to pose the mini, but the shoulder pads actually prevent a lot of motion in the arm and force the mini to look forwards.
Initially I thought this was the most problematic part of the whole box: a certain style of legs (the one with the spike in the center of the waist) comes matched with a torso that doesn't really fit with it. (The torso has a belt wrapping around the whole waist, and so do the legs. There's some overlap, including places where buckles need to be shaved down to get a good fit.) This isn't really a huge issue, but having to think about which torsos can match which legs without compromising detail is an unusual problem. I'm used to model kits where I can select a set of legs, and then choose freely from a variety of torsos, rather than having to dry-fit them first. It's especially strange when the two non-fitting pieces are cast together in a pair.
Now I've decided that the most frustrating part of the box (for the shields only, I think) is that there aren't enough pieces to build the standard bearer or to use the commander's pointing left hand. I could build all 20 with shields, but then I'd have command bits left over that I want to use, such as a battle standard.
Interestingly, the musician is holding his horn in the right hand, so there's no problem there. He will just have a shield instead of a weapon.
Once built, the models look incredible. I'm honestly disappointed in myself for not ordering more.
Avatars of War has almost single handedly propelled my interest in fantasy wargaming. This kit makes me want an entire army of at least 80 Warriors of Apoc (WoA) minis + characters.
Here's hoping for some artillery and mounted minis!
Also, I'm really excited for Dwarf Warbears, but that's another topic altogether.