Archive for September, 2010

Sci-Fi Greatcoats: Unboxing to Priming

I’ve been following the development of the Sci-Fi Greatcoat Infantry at Wargames Factory for a very long time now. I threw my hat in the ring and added myself to the initial “pre-order” list for them way back in March of 2009, and kept up on the progress and was glad when I could actually pre-order (with real money, this time) a box for delivery. There were some manufacturing issues, but eventually, a box did finally show up on my door.

Yay for Priority Mail!

I had purchased a package of their cool Zombies a year or more ago for a different project, and their sprues came in a crinkly plastic bag with a color printed piece of card with some artwork. I thought they were fine since I bought them online (I’m not super impressed with packaging usually), but I’ll bet retailers didn’t like the zombies in that configuration since they weren’t very stackable in those bags, and retailers are always thinking about shelving, which makes sense. The Sci-Fi Greatcoat Infantry (now referred to as Shock Troops) come in their own fancy full color box, which probably helps attracting people to them on the shelf and keeps them stacked in nice neat rows, so everybody’s happy.

Fancy-shmancy box

Opening the box gives you six identical sprues. No build instructions, no fliers or marketing junk, and no decals. Just the six identical sprues. I’m okay with this as well, because I don’t see a need for them to waste money on decals when they have no idea what you’re going to use the figures for in the first place. This just mainly keeps the price down (and it’s a very good price). I guess it might be a good idea for them to post a PDF or something that might show you how to put them together and such, as they are a little fiddly. The heads sometimes need to be modified to fit into the neck hole, so make sure to dry fit your models before you start squirting glue.

It's just six of these

The bodies are not super customizable, but they’re simple and not doing something too dynamic, so that might actually help. You might be able to cut the body at the belt and then turn the torso some, but that would be a royal pain in the rear, I suspect. Other than that, there are tons of customization options between the different arms, weapons and heads. Man, each sprue sure does come with a bunch of heads. I trimmed the pieces I wanted off of the sprues, scraped the very little flash off of the models, did some dry fitting, and then got to gluing and texturing the bases. Once they were dry, it was time to prime them with my new favorite: Krylon Camouflage.

Freshly primed with Krylon Camouflage

This paint is great stuff. It doesn’t come in a ton of colors, but it does come in some pretty cool military-type colors, mainly because the military is frequently thinking about camouflage and painting everything in those colors. I wanted some of the guys to be in a sand-based palette, so I went with the Khaki color. I was only able to find it at WalMart, as Lowes and our local Menards don’t carry Krylon for some reason. Believe me, take the time to find it.

This stuff is great because it’s a primer and basecoat all in one, and it uses Krylon’s special Fusion technology, which means the paint is designed to fuse with plastics. So for about six bucks, you get a can of ultra-flat primer (camouflage can’t be shiny) that comes in cool military colors (meaning that it can be your basecoat, too) and can’t be scraped off of plastic models unless you use a knife. This is ideal for a lot of stuff that I like to paint.

Primed and ready

The spray goes on nice and thin, covers well, and dries quickly. I’ll be using it a lot more for plastic figures in the future.

Overall, I really like the look of the figures and how customizable they are. I really hope they continue the line and add more forces in the same style, and I’m really looking forward to painting up a few test pieces and showing them to you as finished models.

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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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