I have no picture and am not following the format but felt this might belong best in here. My apologies if this is the wrong spot for this particular review. I will try and add a picture as soon as I am able. I did these a while back and wrote this when I was working on them. just never got around to posting it.
Avatars of War Dwarf Slayer regiment box.
I started this kit as I always do with a good look at the sprues and some planning. I like my lads to be as different from one another as they can even for rank and file troops so it helps to know what I have to work with. I was immediately and pleasantly surprised that the kit included a 20 man movement tray.
The kit is basically 5 identical sprues each of which has parts for 4 dwarfs and then there is a command sprue with the bits for musician, standard, and champion.
The mold lines on the kit are minimal, in some cases a lot better than what you tend to find on GW kits but never worse though I am not sure they do quite as well with hiding the lines on some parts as GW does.
The models are time consuming to build as each one is between 6 and 8 parts. Every model includes a base, legs, torso, head/beard, left arm, right arm, and then either two hands (with weapons or stein or whatever) or a two handed weapon. All of the heads are bare to start with and the kit comes with a selection of mohawks to choose from. It is worth noting that there is a special Mohawk for the champion on the command sprue.
If you want to maximize your diversity I suggest laying out your legs and torso sets in a grid to make sure you minimize repetition. I then did the same thing with the heads and Mohawks thus ensuring there are no duplicate combinations. (Leaving a few bare heads helps with this) After that I suggest taking your heads and your finished bodies and laying out another grid. This is a good time to pick the combinations you like best out and set them aside for your front rank.
There are some two part hands in the kit which form the right hand for the great weapon or can hold the stein although the fit on that isn’t very good. Word to the wise, if you use one of the hands to hold a stein you may be left with one great weapon that you can’t use without some creative posing. Also important to know that there is only one arm combination that works well with the great weapon so if you mistakenly use one of those (as I did) on one of your command models you will (as I did) end up at the end with one body that you can’t quite complete. PLANNING IS VITAL as there are not going to be a bunch of extras laying about at the end like there often are with GW kits.
Once the models were done the trouble started.
First, the models rank up very badly. For those old enough to recall the old chaos warriors or those who have done orc boys before we are talking about that level of bad. I had to stick men to their bases one at a time building ranks as I went and numbering them to get them ranked up. Even with that I have dwarves all the way forward or standing on the back edge of their bases and more than a few turned at 45 degree angles. On that note, the bases are a problem as well. Because they don’t have as much bevel around the edges as a GW 20mm square so the bases fit more closely together making it even more difficult to rank them. In the end I replaced them with GW bases to give myself a few precious extra millimeters to work with. When considering the cost of the kit it is worth factoring in extra bases if you don’t have some stashed away already.
Problems aside the models look great and at $45 for a 20 man regiment the price beats the pants off GW even if you have to buy extra bases.