Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Unboxing Malifaux - Rollins Black 'The Wild Ones' Nightmare Edition
"On a steel horse I ride..."
This 'Nightmare Edition' counts as a Lucas McCabe crew but unlike the other Nightmare crews the contents don't exactly mirror the equivalent starter set. An unboxing of the standard crew can be found here but I should probably warn you that it's a really old one and not up to the same standard as my later ones. As this was a limited edition released for GenCon 2016 you wont be able to find it on general sale though it will almost certainly appear in some of Wyrd Games 'event' sales...
The 'The Wild Ones' box contains enough parts for six miniatures...namely Rollins Black (Mounted and Dismounted), his Totem Iggy Pup (4SS), Cherri Bomb (9SS), Elli Ramone (7SS) and Patti Ramone (7SS). It also contains stat cards for each one and seven upgrade cards though these have the original starter set names on them rather than the alternate Nightmare ones. five of these are for Lucas McCabe (Rollins), one is for Sidir Alchibal (Cherri Bomb) and one is for any model with the 'Black Sheep' type.
This makes the Soulsstone value of the box...
Rollins Black (0), Iggy Pup (4), Cherri Bomb (9), Elli Ramone (7) and Patti Ramone (7) Total (27) or (32) with a maximum Soulstone cache and (40) with maximum 'out of the box' upgrades.
The box has two sprue sets in it with six sub assemblies between them as well as the aforementioned cards. Here's pictures of both sides of them...
Wyrd Games didn't like my publishing pictures of both sides of the stat cards but as with the exception of the upgrade ones these cards aren't available to purchase in any of the general decks I think they'll let me off this time...
Lets have a look at each of these models in turn. Should there be any assembly issues with any of the models then they will be listed in the appropriate section and you can view larger versions of the smaller pictures or instruction pictures by clicking on them.
Some General Notes on Assembly.
Many of these models contain quite small parts so depending on how dexterous you are you might consider getting yourself some tweezers. Dry-fitting is also always a good idea in case a part needs a tiny bit of extra filing or filling as some of the fits are quite tight. Where the parts on the sprue are quite thin (chains, weapon shafts, cables and the like) then it might be better to remove parts with a sharp scalpel rather than cutters.
Rollins Black (Dismounted)
The dismounted version has a very thin chain piece that needs care when handling and when removing from the sprue though the rest of the model is issue free.
Rollins Black (Mounted)
This is a somewhat daunting model due to the number of parts, the delicate nature of some of the smaller ones and pretty much any review of it will have filled you with a cold dread...however...The instructions for this model are quite detailed and as long as you're systematic with each sub assembly and only remove the parts as you need them you should be just fine...
The tail is delicate so take care. The arched piece for the back is a tight fit so may require some adjustment. Slot the chains/belt sections on before the wheels or you wont be able to fit the parts together, also the slight raised piece on the inside of the wheels that matches with the indentation on the drive belt/chain needs aligning or the wheels don't lie flush on the axle.
The rear body sections arm slots into the gap on her left hip and the left leg lines up with it. The gun is attached to the sprue a bit awkwardly so be careful when removing it.
The six exhausts are tiny and in two halves and to be fair I wasn't sure from the pictures if they should be angled down or sideways but I went with 'down'. I also had to bend the handlebar holding arm a bit to align it properly and you can probably see the white bit on the part but that'll disappear once it's undercoated.
I had significant alignment issues with the rider section and some parts needed squeezing in a bit before they could be glued at the appropriate point. The steering gear doesn't have an obvious location point but as the hand lines up I just glued it were it ended up. Wheel inserts will go in at the wrong rotation so make sure that the indentations for the attachment bars are pointing the right way.
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.