Well I must say that this has been an interesting run. I have been through 10 different models since the release of the Necrons for an acceptable Necron Overlord. It’s been more than a month now. Good thing I am not a gamer eagerly waiting to field one in my army (which is non existent). Before revealing the results on our last two test subjects let go through a few points.
Following my previous post, I’ve tracked the various sites referencing my post to see what was the reaction toward the issue. I’ve seen quite a lot of opinions and positions so let me clear a few with my own personal opinion.
1) This series of post is not an attempt to “get back” at Games Workshop. Although I’ve openly said that I do not agree with most of their recent decisions (mainly marketing wise), they never did anything against me personally, so I have no reason to be vindictive.
2) I am not a Games Workshop hater either. I grew up with Games Workshop various games and miniatures. I’ve always loved the various universes behind their games. They have some of the best artists in the industry, which always produce inspiring work. The quality of their plastic is incredible both in the level of details and the multi-part/kit options. Although I find the latest decisions and marketing strategies to back them debatable, I have to admit that a part of me is still a GW fanboy.
3) I love resin. I’m not arguing for the return of metal. Resin is simple to work with, fast to fix. Cyanocrylate creates a strong bond and there’s no need for pinning. Working in a gaming store, I find it way simpler to sell this products to kids than metal with all the tools required to prep them.
4) Yes I have experienced miscast with metal, like everyone else but never at this rate. I always asked for replacement and always got it but never needed 9 more copies. Most of the time, the issues were missing pieces and not miscast.
5) I will repeat it once more, this series of post hasn’t been in the hope to find a perfect copy. Simply a copy which I do not need to re-sculpt. I have no issues with fixing mold lines. It’s pretty straightforward and easily done, especially with resin. I have nothing against surface bubbles either. I do agree that liquid green stuff is perfect in this case. Once again it’s a simple thing to fix. When a corner of a detail is erased by a bubble or any other situation where you need to re-sculpt the details instead of simply filling the surface is an entirely other issue.
6) Yes modeling and converting is part of this hobby but should NEVER be an excuse for poor quality products. No matter how much you love and support a company.
7) I would never stop a customer from buying any line of products because I personally think it is a lower quality than any other company. But I will stop a customer from buying a product which has a lower quality in the parameters of the company.
8 ) As previously said I know that there are perfect Finecast copies out there and since quite a few persons are arguing that these models are never shown, here are two for you:
Apophas has a few tiny bubbles underneath some of the details but nothing major.
9) GW customer service has nothing to be ashamed of. They keep sending new replacement copies without asking too much questions. At least on that level it’s an A+. But when you are more than a month past the initial schedule of a new army and that you are still waiting for an acceptable model for your HQ choice, well, no matter how good your customer service is… You’re still pissed.
10) Buying online shouldn’t be a “no-no” because you cannot inspect your copy before buying. In fact buying online should be an issue since you are not encouraging your local gaming store that takes the time to organize activities, provide tables and scenery and guide you for your next purchase. Obviously if you live in the middle of nowhere without any gaming store in a 50 kilometers radius, it is an entirely other issue. As an employee of a gaming store I should not have to inspect every Finecast blister being delivered to the store. As a customer, I shouldn’t have to inspect every copy before buying. I should simply walk in, buy my copy and come home. If in any case it is a bad copy I should positively hope that the replacement copy will be acceptable.
11) Finally, to all the GW Fanboys that are saying that I should shut up and simply fix the mistakes on these models since I’m so great… Well I’m sorry but no I won’t. As previously said, re-sculpting a model should be a personal choice to modify a model, to convert it, to make it better. Re-sculpting never should be to repair a badly cast model in order to get it as it should be in the blister. No matter how much you are fan of a company.
If you want to catch up on the story, here are the three previous posts detailing all the previous models:
Now let’s move to the core of this post. Necron Overlord #9 and #10. If you have followed the saga so far you should have picked up on the trend. Fail! Yep again. I thought I had a fairly good copy when I saw the part behind the knee properly cast but, unfortunately another classic mistake made it to the top of the list. Pictures!
From this angle, nothing major. A few bubbles here and there. It would appear that every points in the details have tiny bubbles. So far I would let it go through simply to be done with it.
Again just a few tiny bubbles that I would be ready to work with. Unfortunately the entire bottom rib has been replaced by a nice looking bubble. Sad since the model was really crisp otherwise.
And obviously, the stomach area is a mess again… Yes these pictures are oversized and some of these bubbles are a quick fix. But look at the two huge bubbles around the center at the bottom. These need re-sculpting to bring back the sharp angles of these parts.
Bigger bubbles again along sharp edges. Once more we have a gaping hole behind the knee… (sigh)
Again bubbles here and there, hole behind the knee but look at that bottom rib.
No need to say more.
So what to do from here? StopÂ whiningÂ and fix one of these model to please the Fanboys, and walk in-line along GW marketing imperatives telling us that these are the best products ever? Yeah… no. As previously said, what worries me the most, is the number of models, miscast like these, that were bought by people not knowing any better or simply not caring. How many models like these were not return to GW? For how long does GW think it can continue to take their customers for fools? Probably for a long time. My suggestion? Fire a few marketing directors for more man power on the floor. It might help fix some issues because a bunch of adjectives to describe various products don’t make them magically great.
You probably got it from the title, this is the conclusion. Yes I have not yet find a decent Overlord, but I have better thing to do then track it down. So instead of asking for replacement copies I’ll simply exchange it for a Cygnar Warcaster that I still haven’t bought. Guess what? I’ll even get money back in the exchange! Woohoo!
So this is officially the end of the quest for a decent Overlord. The saga is over and is a failure from start to finish. After 10 models I’m done.
So, to all of you who found decent models, keep painting.