One of the things I did at the Derby show last weekend was snaffle a couple of the new Gates of Antares plastic sprues – one each of the Concord and the Ghar. These are late pre-production shots as far as I can tell, so the final version may get tweaked to be even better.
As we all know, plastic sprues are the way to get inexpensive armies. It’s also my favourite material to work with, so I’m always interested to see what’s new.
Gates of Antares has just been put on pre-order over at Warlord, with a tentative release date of as early in Nov as they can manage (I’m told this simply depends on when the ship docks with the components). So I thought I’d show you what the sprues look like so you could see if they were something you’d be interested in. The first one I want to look at is called a Ghar Battle Squad (on the sprue itself), so it’s one of these guys:
Personally, I think they look like neat little walkers, and I particularly like the choice of heads:
The sprue makes a single Ghar battle suit. As far as I can tell, without having yet assembled one yet, the only options are which head you pick (though you do look to have a fair amount of choice in the pose).
My final shot is a nice angled picture of the mould lines. Looking at this on screen, it seems like I’ve managed to find the perfect angle and just the right kind of raking light to make them look far worse than they really are. Sorry Warlord. In real life I think they don’t look like a problem at all (and remember that these are probably not final shots anyway). More importantly, looking at the sprue they’ve clearly put some thought into where the inevitable and unavoidable mould lines go, so that they’re generally on bits that can be filed or scraped off quickly. Putting one together will be the proof of the pudding. It doesn’t look like there will be major swearage required though 🙂
Incidentally, I do approve of these bases. I’m a big fan of minimalist bases, and if you’re not going with clear acetate then this looks like a good alternative – nice and thin with a small lip to hold some ground work.
So, all told, I rather like them. They are crisply cast with minimal mould lines in sensible places. The number of bits for what is effectively a small dreadnought type of model, is a reasonable compromise between getting the detail on, allowing some flex in posing, and not being too fiddly to build.
A good start for GoA.