This review actually concentrates on the mounts, because this is a blog dedicated to War of the Ring and not Warhammer.
The box cost me circa 260 SEK, bought at a store in Stockholm and contained, except for three sprues and five bases, the little pamphlet below:
As most cavalry sets for Warhammer, there are five models
in the box. They come with the regular cavalry bases, the rectangular
ones. We can also find very detailed instructions on how to assemble the
two different variants of the models. Superfluous, in my opinion - it
is not difficult to assemble them - but I am going to kit-bash and
convert the shit out of these, so what do I know or care?
are okay - however (as with Tuvok on the Voyager, there is always a
"however" on this blog), in an unusual turn of events, these particular
models actually had some mouldlines that was notable: This early in
production, I have noted that the mouldlines typically are small to
almost non-existant, but with these sprues this was not the case.
Granted, the sprues might very well have already gotten a slight wear by
the time these particular models were cast. Or, the moulds are perhaps so demanding in their
construction, that notable mouldlines are to be expected?
sidenote, the worst mouldlines I've ever experienced stands in a tie
between some Zvedza-models in 1:72-scale and in the infamous
polyethylene-plastic (the kind that buckets are made of) and,
surprisingly enough: Games Workshop's Warriors of Minas Tirith, from our
beloved Lord of the Rings-line, the WoMT:s actually looked like cheap
counterfeits, with the mouldlines as grave as it almost looked like a
Sidenotes aside: These models are dynamic. Earlier, I
sculpted a little stag. That stag was a static stag. These models are
not static, no, they are full of life, well sculpted and have correct
proportions - all in +32 mm scale. Games Workshop have, as some of us
suspected a few years ago (after the influence of the Lord of the
Rings-line), slowly made some great progress ever so slightly from the
super-cartoony to a more "realistic cartoony" look. These stags are
simply put great!
For the riders, you will have to go to another
blogger or reviewer, as I am very biased against the typical look of
humans from the Warhammer-world. Very much too gay for me, with the big
muscles and homo-erotic overcompensating looks on their faces. Some
actually look like they've got a broom up their bum. Again, I am not a
good reviewer on WHFB-men, so go someplace else for a fair treatment on
What I can review, though, are the bits and pieces: The
selections and designs are more than okay. While it is very possible
that the pinecone-inspired helmets on the riders of the Wild Riders
might be offputting to some, they still are well done and works well
with the theme, without going over the "bordering to hyper-kitsch"-edge.
Warhammer is about stereotypes and obvious themes, which is what draws
the fans of that particular hobby to it, so there's nothing more to say
except for: Thumbs up for pinecone-heads.
mouldlines, I had some problems with some small parts on the deers: Tiny
plastic thingies (looking like some sort of straps or ends of reins or
similar) that were very difficult to clean without destroying totally.
Be careful when filing or scraping these little pieces.
the price. I am not going to say much about this. I payed around 50 SEK
for each deer and I find it acceptable. If you play Warhammer, you'll
get a whole rider for 50 SEK and parts to make some extra stuff, if you
have some spare mounts laying around. Obviously, the price was fine with
me, since I bought it.
Rider design: 4/5.
Mount design: 5/5.
Total points: 21.5 out 25 possible points, so a strong 4 (out of 5 in total).