Wednesday, March 5, 2014

deadzone miniatures review - part 2

Quick part two review of the deadzone figures. Assembling the second batch of marauders I've come upon a few more issues. The first is this guy - the captain. I'm not sure exactly what's the matter, but if the ammo box he's standing on is flat, then his right foot is way up in the air. I think I read about some other folks having this problem but I can't find it and thus can't note their solution. His whole body is one piece so warming it up and bending it probably won't do much. I will state that the body was very good for mold lines, but I am probably gonna have to use a little piece of something under his right foot.

Second issue was I think a casting one. I had done some minor converting to this guy to swap heads with the other duplicated commando figure to add a bit of variety. Then as I was clipping off his base, his entire right leg just popped off. There must have been some bubble or casting inconsistency as I didn't do anything different to the other figures I removed the base from.  In the third pic down you can see how clean the snap is and how there appears some colour striations which makes me think it wasn't as solid as usual.

Thankfully I found the leg so hopefully a bit of epoxy and liquid green stuff will fix this guy up.

If I place the two pieces together they don't match perfectly - further supporting my thoughts.

So once again these are not the best miniatures in the world, but for the price which was not Reaper Bones cheap but pretty close I'd say they are still a good step above. Still frustrating to deal with but at least they come out with decent detail.


Robert Farley said...

The problem with the marauder captain was mentioned on the Mantic blog, apparently heating and bending IS sufficient. Not got around to fixing mine yet so can't comment directly.

Tristan M said...

Thanks, yea I saw them mention it, but they don't really explain which part is out of shape. There was a post on a forum somewhere but I can't find it anymore.

Ubique Matt said...

A bit late but if you drop the figure into a bowl of hot water and leave for a few minutes the material (restic?) becomes malleable. You can then bend the right leg into its correct position without too much effort. If you then drop the figure into cold water it retains its new position.


Tristan M said...

I ended up doing that but just pressing down on him to make the bottom flat enough. Took three tries to get it enough that he stands on his own but it's fine now.

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