Some incredible things arrived in the mail today. A box of fantastic miniatures from Raging Heroes!!!
I have been drooling over these for weeks, but I had never seen them myself. From what I had seen on their website, it looked like these minis had some unique traits. The fine details, such as the faces, hands, weapons and even the hair, appeared to be remarkably clean and consistent from one figure to the next.
This got me very excited, as I have been noticing some decline in detail and consistency with newer figures. It's not a huge issue, but one would hope that with all the technology available now, the arrow would only be pointing up.
Also, lots of companies have been going to resin, for a variety of reasons. However, the quality of the casting has been, shall we say underwhelming. Very underwhelming.
My spidey sense got to tingling whet I saw the Raging Heroes images. I just got the sense that things might be different. Once I had them in my hands, I would finally know for sure...
And I was right! Actually, I was way more than right. Not only were the castings of a good consistent quality, they had a few other amazing surprises. I already knew that many options came with each figure, similar to what you see with Avatars of War figures. I also knew that there were nice, dynamic poses and faces that you could paint with extra details.
Mind you, all of the things you see here are right out of the box, with the exception of the one Hero on the left...all I did was take them out of the packaging.
What was a big surprise was that all of this awsomeness was achieved in single piece castings! Check out these Vestals, which come in a variety of sets (this one is a wonderful set of five). The figure on the left is just 2 pieces, and that is because the left arm has 3 options! Unreal!
I held my breath as I opened up the resin sci-fi Vestals, which I will be using for my Adepticon Dark Eldar army. Hands down, the best resin casting I have ever worked with. Ilyad miniatures used to do very nice resin casting, but these pieces are a step above that. Certainly leaps and bounds ahead of what I have been dealing with the last few years. No air bubbles, not to soft or not too brittle, and barely any mould lines. There are no "hollow" pieces, which I hate so much. Even the tiniest of pieces came out very well.
I salute the talents of the casters. No end to the Kudos! Here are some close ups to try and give you an idea of how nice the resin is, and how "paintable" the faces will be. Also, the hair is exactly as I had hoped. Even very long strands that flow across the bodies, etc., are clean, unbroken lines that will not have me pulling my own hair out as I try to paint them :-)
This really is the tip of the ice berg. I have lots more to review. They also have a nice variety of critters and monsters that will make a great addition to many armies, both sci-fi and fantasy. I apologize if I am gushing way too much, but seeing things done so well makes me happy. It has been a particularly frustrating couple of months dealing with resins, metals, and even plastics.
This is a breath of welcome fresh air. I have not really done these justice with these images, but I will try to bet nicer views for you going forward.
More to come!!!!