I recently picked up a couple of units of Plague Legionaries from Spellcrow Miniatures out of Poland. I’ve got 3 units of Death Plague Marines from Forge World so I was curious to see how they compared. I’m happy to say I was not disappointed in them. It actually made me want to go back and replace the arms/legs and back packs of my existing Plague Marines with the Spellcrow bits. The problem with the Forge World bits is that they were the head and torso only so you either had to convert the arms, legs, back pack and weapons or just use regular Chaos Space Marine bits. The Spellcrow Plague Legionaries are the full package; legs, backpack, weapons, arms, torsos and head. The arms even come with a nasty knife to represent the plague knife, something FW missed out on.
Here’s a picture of the first unit. As you can see each model has a bolter and plague knife. There are a variety of different bits to mix and match so that each figure looks unique for the most part.
Here’s picture of the back packs. several different version of these as well. There are two distinct styles. One is similar to the regular Space Marine back pack while the other is more akin to the bigger Chaos Space Marine back pack with the wider/taller top. I used the bigger one to represent the champion and to make him stand out from the rest of the unit.
Here’s a close up, you can see the two different style back packs here easily and give you more clarity into the amount of detail these guys have.
Close up of the two different styles of back packs. Sorry for the blurriness of the picture.
Below is my initial test model. It helps to bring out the detail. The figure was a joy to paint and I look forward to painting the rest.
I hope this give you a good idea what you can expect from the Spellcrow Plague Legionaries. I personally love the figures and I am very happy with them. I feel like they trump Forge World due to the added bits to flush out the figure. If FW had the same it would be a closer choice. I’ve picked up the lord since I took these pictures. I will get some pics of the lord up soon and do some comparison shots. If you are looking to start a Death Guard legion or expand an existing chaos army its hard to beat these figure for quality. My only complaint is that you have to piece together the units when you buy them. You have to buy them in bits and not all bits come in the same quanity, some are 4, some are 6, some are 10 and some are 12. Spellcrow should have some pre-package units with a discount to make it easier and more affordable. Unfortunately piecing these guys together makes them end up costing about $10 each. If they could get that price down buy creating pre-packaged units it would really help them and the consumer.
So what do you think about the Plague Legionaries? Do they rival GW/FW plague marines in your opinion? How do you think the cost compares to the quality?