Today a professional painter goes over the new kits from Burning of Prospero. How good are they?
Model Review Categories
How does this model compare to others? Is it well sculpted from a technical viewpoint? Are mold lines and digital cuts done with forethought? Is this kit a pleasure or a boor to work with?
How much is this product and is it worth it to buy? GW has really been making these boxed games a good savings in general; is that true here? I look at how much you get and what you need to get them to work.
What kind of potential for conversion is there in this kit, either as the basis of conversions or in the form of bits? How many roles can these models potentially fill?
Is the sculpt nice looking? Does it fit in the universe you plan on using it in?
Everything all together.
Agents of the Emperor (Adeptus Custodes and Sisters of Silence)
Both of these sets were well sculpted and cut apart, but the thing I was most impressed by was the uniqueness of these kits compared to other 40K offerings. Some have compared the Custodes to Stormcast Eternals, but Stormcast are mostly smooth, whereas the Custodes have every surface festooned with rich, eagly detail, which makes them quite different I’d say. The Sisters models certainly speak to the feasibility of plastic Sisters of Battle in the near future. I will say that the Custodes models do take an absolute age to build. I think I built them in the same amount of time I built the rest of the box. 5/5
I know I hardly have to say this, but if you are getting these kits in the Prospero set, they are an absolutely amazing value when compared to either comparable GW or FW kits. There is certainly value here also in the fact that neither of these units is offered in any other form for now. That said, the fact that only Loyalists can use them hurts their 30K value at least. 4.5/5
I would not rate either of these kits as particularly convertable, at least in any mass sense. There are some weapon swaps and things you could do, but neither of these kits begs to be changed or used as anything else. I would also say the massive scale of the Custodes weapons makes them less useful in other places. That said, the Breacher conversions I have seen with the MKIIIs and the Custodes shields are very nice. 3.5/5
I have to say that the looks of both these kits were really well executed. They are both very true to the source material and art. This is especially impressive with the Custodes, due to how overwrought they are in the art. But the sculptors did a great job here striking a balance with the space and detail. To me, every surface is covered with detail yet they somehow do not seem too cluttered. 5/5
Overall these kits are some more really interesting elite units for the Horus Heresy series and I feel like they really did them justice. I cannot wait to see the other units and add ons which I’m sure Forgeworld has in store for this cool new faction. 4.5/5