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I like the idea of Forge World; for a few extra quid it can take some of the painstaking labour out of converting various units, and some of the models they have are either never EVER going to be made by GW, or are otherwise great in their own right.
However, what I'm noticing more and more with them is that they seem a bit lazy in some things. The Eldar Titans in particular are pretty un-Eldar, although as models they'd be nice to own, and their Exorcist is pretty appalling; it's a Whirlwind with a 15-minute conversion job on the launchers, nothing like the ancient, arcane machine described in the Witch Hunters Codex and not something I couldn't do myself given a bit of plasticard and green stuff. It's also one of the few cases where I'd say GW's take on a model is far better than FW's. I also bought a Grey Knights dreadnought from them a while ago (lovely model, far better than any conversion I could do with the standard Smurf dreadnoughts), and the casting on it was pretty shoddy to say the least. It took me probably as long to get it paintable as it would have done to scratch build something myself, given all the various chopping, filing and whatnot.
I'm not bad-mouthing Forge World in any way, the dreadnought I'll let them off with since it is pretty bloody impressive all painted up and again, it's far better than anything I could do myself, and I'm not complaining because I can't use the likes of Baneblades in regular 40K games (I know about the IA rules and stuff ^^); it just seems to me that some of their models are a bit poor, if not in terms of coolness then definitely in terms of looking like it's meant to.
I like many gamers have a definate forgeworld fetish, but I agree in the sense that if I am paying that much more for a model, it should be a lot better quality then what I have gotten most of the time... but as I have discovered, a dremel is literally almost a requirement when working with forgeworld resin..
a dremel or hot water is a requirement with working with any resin, not just forgeworlds. about forgeworlds resin i dont like is that it is too brittle. at least it breaks cleany, but it still breaks easy enough.
and would be nice if FW at least made a half a*s attempt to clean the Mould Release from the piece than they do, the poieces are a little too oily compared to other quality resin pieces you can buy from other companies, cough, armorcast, cough.