Hi, Sc Mike here from Santa Cruz Warhammer. Recently Victoria Miniatures sent me a box of new resin heavy weapons for the Imperial Guard for review.
I have always loved her commitment to one specific army (Guard) and the quality keeps getting better and better….
For our review, my two co- writers, SC John and Cornumortem, and I decided to build one of the models each without keeping each other in the loop, keeping in mind three different takes on the models: resin quality, modeling flexibility and cinematics. Here we go!
For my part of the project I assembled the autocannon kit and took a few heads and arms from the Penal Legion sprue to blend into a less heretical gun crew.
The Autocannon fits together nicely, and including not only an extra clip but two different styles is a nice touch. The crew sprue offers a generous helping of options, most of which you won’t find on other companies sprues so you can really spice up the monotony of your army.
The kit isn’t without some small flaws: while minimal, you will have to clean up some mould lines. There were a few tiny casting errors on the parts I used, I had a little bit of flooding on one of the lenses the goggles of one of the heads I used, and there was a few miscast bolts on the gun carriage feet. However these are millimeter-sized errors, I probably wouldn’t have noticed them had I not been scrutinizing the parts for the review.
Some great options for weapon arms are included in the crew set.
The other thing that is immediately noticeable on unboxing is that the pieces are straight and not a warped mess of resin. Something that seems to be accepted among some resin junkies is that due to international shipping and temperature changes your pieces will arrive as a tangled mess. But as this little box from Australia to the US illustrates, it doesn’t have to be the case. While some of the aforementioned factors can cause warping during shipping, the real culprit is the resin casters rushing the process and removing the resin from the mould prematurely to save time and maximize profit. Seeing thin long bits like the rifles arrive without the need for correction speaks volumes towards the skilled casting and good quality control of Victoria Miniatures.
My review is going to be focusing on using Victoria’s gun chassis only with Games Workshop weapons for a Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard unit. One of the important things for me, was to keep the Guard’s weapons as they are so iconic and help with the wysiwyg factor in a game, so my army uses GW weapons.
So as I said in 2009, lets get some wheels on these guns, building my own chassis and sourcing wheels was a pain in the but and time consuming, luckily those days are over.
Victoria Miniatures sells this chassis and even some different wheel options and they are just the thing to finally get some wheels under your guard guns. You could even find more modern wheels with tires on them and just use the chassis, its a great deal for the price and for all the time it will save you making your own.
The chassis uses an unique mounting system for the Victoria guns, with a notch in the front and a peg in the rear, the deck of the carriage is angled, the Victoria guns sit just right, but if you just glue your GW gun down, it will point up in the air. So I just heated the resin in some hot water and bent the legs down a bit to level out the deck and was ready to go. You could also just make a shim for the back or cut and reposition the legs, I will leave that all up to you.
This is a great way to get more out of your GW heavy weapon sets, you can buy a chassis for each gun type and mount your Lascanon, autogun or heavy bolter on Victoria Miniatures gun carriage. If you get really slick you could mount them with little magnets and be able to change them around as you see fit.
I knocked mine together with my GW bits and Westwind heads and painted it up like the rest of my Ardwick 23rd, I also added a touch of Secret Weapon rust pigment and this model was ready to join the ranks.
Here is the web image on Victoria Miniatures: