So what's in... The assortments of plastic bags that came in the box?
- The Protolene Ayame Battlesuit with Comms Array, Protolene Scout Assaultsuit & Protolene Hunter Assaultsuit:
So what do I think?
- Casting with no visible defaults, the resin parts will need some trimming though.
- The regular variant is 31mm base to top (there is a viewing slit 2mm from the top).
- The webstore is a bit confusing: similar variants are offered in the infantry part of the store (£5 each) and in the vehicle part (£4 each)... If I understand correctly, the £5 models come with a single set of arm but all three shoulder options, the £4 Comms comes with all three pair of arms but only the comms shoulder option, and the other £4 models come with both a single pair of arm and a single shoulder (guns or missile) or back option (jump jets or mortar). It IS written in the models' descrition but a pictures of the parts for each reference would really help. Details though.
- IMO, the big strength of this range is the sheer number of options: the base pack alone allows for 6 different weapon loads (9 if you count functionally identical but symmetric loads), 2 of the assault weapons and the comm array can be mix matched (e.g. missile launcher on one shoulder and comms array on the other).
- My only regret here is the different torso of the mortal and jump jets variants.
|The 3 torso fronts (top) and backs (bottom); left to right the basic variant, the shoulder guns/missile/comms one and the mortar/jump jets one.|
As I already told in one of my earlier posts, I bought those to use as not-Tau battlesuits, with enough options for regular, HQ and heavy supports variants. That same wealth of variants makes them well suited for battlesuits only games à la Heavy Gear, although their designs (especially their legs/feet) is a bit strange for a human design. They'd also make great Lizard Squadrons for Near Infinity nomads.