And then it happened. Two steps forward. One step back.
I have been working with the Warmachine starter kit for some weeks now – perhaps grappling is a better word… wrestling at the very least.
[As an aside on a related topic, until I took these photos, I was willing (even eager, you may note that the flock is still wet in a number of the images) to consider the models “finished.” Not so. It never fails that a sunny day and a camera will show me exactly what needs improvement on a model or four. Still, for a first run, I am very nearly content for now. I have acquired another warcaster, a choir, and some other Protectorate goodies… and I expect to take a bit more time with that round, as I come to grips with what works on these models and as I believe is appropriate].
With regard to these would-be-finished models, I never knew that plastic could be such an utter pain in the ace. Seriously, what is with this stuff? When we discussed this previously, Joe described it as resiny-plastic. Certainly, that rings true. It seems to fall disconcertingly somewhere between either substance.
But my experience seems to revolve around the worst possibilities of either. Plastic glue did not bond well –staying soft and gooey way beyond proper time, and failing genuinely to bond as it will with GW plastics. One Jack lept from my hand while I was working on him (I am not certain if I have a condition exactly, but models will do this to me at a fairly consistent rate), and he absolutely disintegrated on the floor. The same brutal level of destruction would require some serious effort on a regular plastic …in my aforementioned semi-regular experience.
Likewise, super glue, which has worked a treat for me with resins in the past, seemed reluctant to repeat a performance here. I pinned the jeebus out of these models and bolstered that effort with green stuff and other sundry materials… In fact, I have tried just about every adhesive trick in my arsenal at this point, and I am still not utterly peachy with the results. Damnation.
I will say this. Warmachine models are beautiful (I purchased the new caster, Amon Ad-Raza, simply because I need to paint him) but, to be fair, the models are also rather precariously sculpted and situated. There seems to be quite a significant number of small pieces responsible for holding/balancing much, much, much larger pieces. Dynamic. Yes. Unwieldy. Unfortunately. On one Light Jack, I actually replaced one of the pistons in the arm with a pin rod by drilling straight through the actual support and the length of the connecting arm. It was the only way that I could get the model to stay put. Strange. I know.
On the one hand, I suppose I get it. One only needs build and paint around 10 models (at most) to have a suitable and ambitious starter army. Why not, so the logic seems to go, spend a bit of extra time with those models? In theory, that is fine. One mustn’t grumble. But it is neither the time nor the effort that vexes me currently. I am still not entirely pleased with the result despite the two.
Again, Internet. I beseech you. What is going wrong here?
In the mean time, I am grumbling. This stuff is annoying me without mercy or hope for consolation. If I were conspiratorily minded, I might suggest that PP gave away a thousand of these boxes at AdeptiCon for exactly the reasons I have outlined above.
I am, however, neither cynical nor delusional, and am grateful for free stuff. Always. The starter box and the starter games have me on the hook. I just never suspected that plastic models would slow my movement into this otherwise extremely interesting game.
After this, I will be happy to get involved with the metal models in the PP range –something I never, ever thought was modestly possible.