This is an out of box review or Forge Worlds “The Horus Heresy” Legio Custodes Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnaught.
When I was younger an avid wargamer, mainly Warhammer 40,000 by Games Workshop. Now I am more of an occasional collector and painter of the miniatures produced by them and their Forge World sister company.
While GW produces mainly plastic figure and kits FW makes resin figures and vehicles. In recent years, they have been producing a line of miniatures from the Horus Heresy time period of the 40K universe.
The Horus Heresy is set 10,000 years before the 40k game and deals with a pivotal moment in the storyline. A civil war between the Emperor of Mankind and his sons the Primarchs. The Emperor is guarded by the Legio Custodes, a 10,000-strong force of genetically engineered warriors.
When one of the Custodes is injured almost to the point of death they can be interned into a Dreadnaught. A complex life support system encased within what is essentially a walking tank. This allows the warrior to continue his duty of protecting the Emperor.
The model comes packaged in a blister pack containing the 30part kit, a 60mm round base, and some basic instructions. The inclusion of even basic instructions is a welcome addition as many of the earlier products had badly dram and photocopied ones that were hard to follow and lacking in detail.
Cast in grey resin the parts are for the most part free of flash and no bubbles or miscasts are evident. The detail is crisp and sharp. Could do without the large blocks of resin attached to many of the parts though.
Poses can be made due to a simple ball and socket system in its construction, allowing some degree of customising without having to cut or ad anything to figure.
All in all, a really nice figure. However, there is one downside to it. Cost.
Coming in at £56 it’s a bit steep. But this is to be expected with a product from Forge World. Maybe losing some of those large resin blocks could reduce the price a little?
Cost aside a very nice figure that will look great in a display cabinet or out on the wargaming board.