Friday, 4 September 2015

Unboxing Malifaux - Shenlong's 'Temple of the Dawn' Starter Box

I think they mean the time of the day...rather than a temple dedicated to a girl called Dawn...

Even as a young monk in the temple of High River, Shenlong was considered exceptional. What surprised his instructors was the determination he showed to learn the other styles when exposed to them. His brutality was matched by a ruthless cunning that drove him to master every temple style. While he was fully aware of the political power this granted him in the valley, he was not prepared for what would follow.

As dusk fell one day, sunlight blazed from an isolated temple on the valley wall, said to house the Dragon. Shenlong, the only person capable of looking at the searing light, found himself drawn to the ancient building. He walked in alone, emerging the following sunrise as more than a man. He was covered head to toe in tattooed scales, sunlight blazing in his eyes. Where he trod, the ground scorched. A new era in the valley had begun; the Dragon had chosen a new host.

Although he doesn’t look it, Shenlong is thought to be more than eighty years old. The Dragon does not permit its hosts to age, holding them at their physical peak as long as it chooses to inhabit them.  While this arrangement is never eternal, Dragonhosts are known to have lived for several centuries. As long as the Dragon has need of a host for his plans, Shenlong will be near immortal. With the Dragon now turning its ancient eyes to Malifaux, his current host has a great deal to do before he becomes tiresome and is cast aside.

The 'Temple of the Dawn' box contains enough parts for seven miniatures...namely Shenlong, his Totems the Peasants (2SS each), Sensei Yu (9SS) and three Monks of High River (6SS each). It also contains stat cards for each one and six upgrade cards one of which is for Shenlong, one for Sensei Yu and four limited ones that are for Shenlong or Sensei Yu

This makes the Soulsstone value of the box...
Shenlong (0), Sensei Yu (9), Peasants (2, 2), Monks of High River (6, 6, 6) Total (31) or (36) with a maximum Soulstone cache and (43) with maximum 'out of the box' upgrades.

The box has two sprues in it as well as the aforementioned cards. Here's pictures of both sides of them...

Stat Cards
Wyrd Games didn't like my publishing pictures of both sides of the stat cards so you'll have to make do with this...

Lets have a look at each of these models 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 or instruction pictures by clicking on them.


Some General Notes on Assembly.
Many of these models contain quite small parts so depending on how dexterous you are you might consider getting yourself some tweezers. Dry-fitting is also always a good idea in case a part needs a tiny bit of extra filing or filling as some of the fits are quite tight. Where the parts on the sprue are quite thin (chains, weapon shafts, cables and the like) then it might be better to remove parts with a sharp scalpel rather than cutters.

All these models are based on Wyrd Games 30mm 'Asian Zen' base inserts.

The Sprue

With only four pieces this model is very simple to assemble and has no issues.

Sensei Yu
The Sprue

This model has separate feet and the rest of the model is one piece. The feet have indentations in them that match location points on the bottom of the legs.


The Sprue

Peasant 1 - Assembled
The only issue you may find with this model is that as the broom is part of the hands it's very easy to break when your trying to get both of them aligned with the appropriate point on the body...I know this because I broke mine...

Peasant 2 - Assembled
Has the same 'Oh deary me I snapped the broom' issue as peasant one. Other than that there should be nothing to cause you any problems.

Monks of High River

The Sprue

Monk of High River 1 - Assembled
The main issue with this one is getting it to stay upright on that one leg when you attach it to the base, lol. The handle on the spear is a bit thin as well so take care when handling and removing from the sprue.

Monk of High River 2 - Assembled
Six parts with only one arm and the head being a bit small. Assembly is straight forward.

Monk of High River 3 - Assembled
This one is supported on both a hand and a cloak section so I'd recommend dry-fitting first to make sure the alignment enables you to keep the model level. All connection points are substantial and obvious.

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

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