Sunday, 24 May 2009

Heavy Metal Review!


Ive had to make an unexpected visit to my parents which means I cant get any painting done for a bit but have found that an order I placed on ebay fro some MK2 War Golems has arrived here so have decided to write a review of them!

So without further ado heres the MK2 War Golem Black Thunder. The kit arrived in a big blister pack and I was very pleased to find that despite having been shipped to the US at some point and then back here, the model is in perfect condition! The only defect in it is a small bubble on one shoulder but it makes the machine look like its taken a glancing blow in battle and actually looks quite good.

Black Thunder Bits

The kit itself comes in seven pieces, the main body, hips, legs, both arms and the cannon barrels. First off its worth mentioning the detailing on the model is excellent. Of special note is the external ammo hoppers on the arms and even the cannon barrels have some nice work on them!

Black Thunder Rear Detail

The rear of the model even has some nice bits on it including a retractable ladder allowing the crew access to the cabin.

This has thus far been one of the best kits Ive got from the Leviathan range and I can see myself fielding large numbers of golems in my dwarf army. Its a far better kit than the MK1 war golem which suffers from tons of flash and a generally unlovely look. I Intend to try using the MK1 arms with their hammer and mace on MK2 bodies to represent MK1 golems! (Its also worth noting that the MK1 is slightly larger than the MK2 and once Im back in Worcester I will take some comparison pics)

Next off is the Mk2 War Golem Firestorm Its another nice kit which comes in five pieces, the body, hips legs and both arms. This is a nice fire support beast armed with rocket launchers and while not quite as impressive looking as the Black Thunder is also nicely done. Like the Black Thunder it has the same legs and hips and the body is similar enough to make swapping parts easy. Its also in really nice condition and has only a couple of nicks in the resin.

Firestorm Bits

As its got lots of exposed piping on its arms I suspect its rules will have to show it having a lower armour level than some of the other golems but as its a fire support unit that doesnt really matter! On a side note any 40k player could use the MK2 golems as space marine dreadnaughts as they are suitably boxy and quite gothic looking (they are however twice the size and less than half the cost!)

Firestorm Rear Detail

The boiler on the firestorm seems to have some sort of supercharger as theres a ton of extra exhaust pipes emerging from it which looks really nice (I may add a new ability to it when I write up its rules allowing for an extra burst of speed!)

All in all I am really pleased with both the kits and am now looking forward to finishing my orc horde so I can start work on my dwarves! While on the subject of orcs I have started a poll on what I should paint next and its currently looking like the goblins are favourite for my next task! As the votes currently spread between Lesser Goblin wartowers, Carnodons and goblin infantry I may have a bit of an epic paintathon when I get back and attempt all three! (I may even have a go at a new goblin faction I have been thinking about!)

Hopefully now Ive got some holidays I will be able to get some work done on painting and rule writing!

All the best!

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