I just couldn't help myself when I first saw this miniature. Within minutes of seeing a sneak peek picture I had found my way to the advance orders section of the site and added this item to my cart. My finger did hover over the mouse for a split second when considering whether to go ahead, but my magpie instinct kicked in and I knew I could not live with myself if I passed up this opportunity.
And so after a month of waiting, this...
....landed on my door step. The box is simply delightful, however I was worried slightly with how much rattling was going on inside.
I love the lid style feature, showing off the beautifully painted heavy metal example. The magnetic clasp on the front cover added a nice little bit of consideration and care to the box design. So far so good.
This is what I found inside....
I must admit, with this being my first fine cast purchase, I was very worried. We have all heard the horror stories, or been on the receiving end of them, but I have to admit, this model seems pretty clean. The only issue I have is that the banner top had snapped off, however I don't see this being a terrible problem to fix up with a little pin. There are some minor bubbles, but nothing a little green stuff wont sort out, and the trade off for detail is well worth it in my opinion.
The model has some lovely little details. the fist on the back pack being one of my favourite. The power fist is also absolutely stunning.
So the vital question, is it worth the price tag. As a stand alone miniature I would say no. I mean £20 for what is essentially a veteran sergeant is expensive, even with the tidy banner and the scenic rubble.
However this miniature represents so much more than a space marine sergeant. This is a piece of GW heritage. I hope that I will be able to look back at this miniature in 10, 20 or even another 25 years and think, that's still a great Iconic model or wow look how much everything has changed.
So all in all this was a great purchase. It has left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside and I am glad to see that GW still have it in them to please their ever more discerning customers.