Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Unboxing Malifaux - Viktorias M2E 'Hired Swords'

What's the only thing that's more dangerous than a Viktoria...? ...two Viktorias...obviously.....


The 'Hired Swords' box contains enough parts for seven miniatures...namely Viktoria of Ashes, Viktoria of Blood (0SS), their Student of Conflict Totem (4SS), Taelor (10SS) and three Ronin (6SS each). It also contains stat cards for each one and five upgrade cards, one of which can be given to either Viktoria and four with the restriction 'Sister' each of which are Rare 1.

This makes the Soulsstone value of the box...

Viktoria of Ashes (0), Viktoria of Blood (0), Student of Conflict (4), Taelor (10), Ronin (6, 6, 6) Total (32) or (38) with a maximum Soulstone cache and (46) with maximum 'out of the box' upgrades.

The box has five sprues in it as well as the aforementioned cards...

Lets have a look at each of these in turn...should there be any assembly issues with any of the models then they will be listed in the appropriate section and you can view larger versions of the smaller pictures by clicking on them. There's quite a few minor assembly issues with this kit but that's understandable considering the look they've gone for with the models...they're definitely worth the effort when you see the end results....

Editors Note - These models have been recently rescaled. Comparisons between the old ones and the new ones can be found here. The parts and details are exactly the same other than the resize.

Viktoria of Ashes.


The Sprue


Stat Card

Upgrade Cards
These are going to be shared between the two Viktorias if your using the crew box on it's own so I'll put them all in the Viktoria of Ashes section rather than show the same pictures twice...



Assembled
The separate guns are quite tiny but everything goes together just fine.

Viktoria of Blood.


The Sprue


Stat Card

Upgrades
Look in the Viktoria of Ashes section above ;-)

Assembled
The only issue with this model is that the sword scabbard is in two parts, one of which is attached to one arm and one of which is attached to the other and the point that they meet (picture below) needs to be at the correct angle so be careful or the model will look odd. 


Student of Conflict.


The Sprue


Stat Card

Assembled
I try to avoid using swear words in unboxing articles so you'll need to mentally insert a few...The ponytail on this model is extremely thin and the point at which it is supposed to attach to the head isn't brilliant, it's lacking in flexibility so snaps if you look at it funny or assemble the model near a strong draft. I altered the angle of it and leant it across the shoulder...you can try and have it sticking out sideways if you wish...good luck...you'll need it...



Taelor.


The Sprue


Stat Cards

Assembled
The only minor niggle with this model is that the strap part that attaches to her belt is a tiny bit thin so be careful with it ;-)

Ronin.


The Sprue


Stat Cards


Assembled
Lining up the hands is the only assembly issue with this model. With the arms attached they don't seem to meet at the point you'd expect in order to get the 'nonchalantly leaning on her sword' pose. I'd line everything up before gluing...but to be fair that's always good advice...

The hands are attached to the sword and both the arms are separate which creates some issues with alignment. As with the Ronin above, I'd line everything up before gluing.

This one fell together perfectly...I figured I'd leave the good news to the end.

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post. Without instructions this is a hell of a kit to try to put together. Your tips are very much appreciated!

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