|Look what just came in the mail.|
The box, looking remarkably like what it looked like on the Defiance web site.
|This box holds twelve sprues.|
The box also came with an extra sprue, thrown in out of the awesomeness of Defiance's hearts. That's two free dudes, which is just nice of them.
|This is my free sprue, which looks like all the rest in the box.|
|This figure looks like someone from a Marine movie, hmmm.|
|Unit Card for Defiance's new Alien War rules. It comes in the box. Classy.|
|The sprues stack together nicely. The four bases on each one are attached. There was also a baggy with more bases in it.|
|Sprue Shot. There's a lot on here. Very nice.|
I just had to build a couple to see how they look "in the flesh".
|Front quarter. SAW gunner to the left, Grenadier to the right.|
|Side shot. The awkward posing is me, not the design of the miniatures.|
|Front view. I like the helmets. Two of them come with full environmental filters in place.|
I had a Cadian sitting around, so I took a couple of comparison shots.
|The size is comparable. I think the Marine stands up very well next to this guy.|
|In fact, I think the UAMC Marine looks more realistic.|
I put some of this down to the difficulties Defiance has had with their die toolers. In the UK everyone uses Renedra. That is not a great option here in the US, for several reasons. Defiance started from scratch working to get their castings done. It was a steep learning curve for both parties and these guys are way behind schedule. Having said that, now that the growing pains are out of the way they have an aggressive production schedule with a lot of releases on tap for the summer.
So, am I glad I bought these minis? Hell yes. Not only am I happy to be supporting a new player in the 28mm Sci/Fi arena, but I like these models. They are looking very good next to their competition. With these and some vehicles from Atenociti's workshop I'll have a nice mid tech force to kick around my Cadians.
The upcoming bugs and Germans look great, giving me two more factions for 28mm. I'm very excited about these guys and will be picking up another box of these Marines, as well as several boxes of bugs and, by the looks of them, some of everything else they make too.
Take a look at Defiance Games, and if you are looking for alternative 28mm Sci/Fi figures, these guys might scratch your itch.