Relic Knights – My quest continues ... I've just wrapped up building the full faction of Star Nebula Corsairs from my Relic Knights Rewards Package. During the intial Kickstarter this was the faction that peaked my interest the most, I've always liked the idea of space pirates so this is right up my alley.
I started with assembeling the starter box first as I had intended to try them out at my game night this week, however scheduling conflicts prevented that from happening so I'll try again next week. The starter set includes three sculpts of the basic trooper with two of them duplicated. I ususally dont' like that to much however they do include some extra scabbards and gun holsters so you can get a little variety. In game terms it doesn't matter because squads are treated like a single amorphous model that has some special rules. So it doens't matter if you can tell the faceless mob apart or not. It also includes a Broadside artillary piece and Captain Harker.
Harker is essentially a single piece sculpt. The model looks fine, but it's a bit of a bummer considering how dynamic the other models in the range are. Gluing him in place was simple and the mold lines weren't to bad. His cyper also is just two parts so it went together like a dream. I tried to hide the weird dirt pile with some esper crystals so that it fit in with the base insert better.
The Corsair Troopers went together painlessly and all the parts fit nicely. They also didn't seem to have a terrible amount of mold lines. The big guy barely fits on a base however so be careful when choosing where to pin him to the base.
The Broadside was the most difficult piece of the kit to assemble because there are no instuctions. For the most part you can look at the plugs and holes to see where things go. But when it comes to putting them on the base there seem to be lots of different ways to do so. There is also this weird piece that I couldn't find a hole to match the plug anywhere on the model. After looking closer the part had a wierd bump which actually fit in the skulls mouth to fill in the missing tooth. My assumption is this is a gun barrel of some type that doesn't look like the art work. It's really to bad they don't have painted model shots on the back of everybox. With the huge delay in delivery you'd think they would have had time to finish the packaging rather then placing a generic piece of art on the back of the box. Minor gripe but still an annoyance.
The rest of the characters in the range went together smooth, Squall was the most difficult because her staff looks like it should go between her breasts but it doesn't fit perfectly. Her face is also pretty jacked up, I might try to find the resin version for her.
Calico Kate was a really easy to put together model and one of the few that you have to make some choices when modeling her. They provide alternate arms as well as two versions of Kate. The original where she's straddling the neck of her relic and more traditional Captain Morgan pose where she can stand atop of it.
Overall the Star Nebula models turned out pretty great, easy to assemble, no missing parts and a good amount of detail. The test however is to see how well they paint up. After priming them and putting down some basic colors the signs are pretty good.