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i am planning on using some forgeworld kits to help build an armoured company, and i am having some reservations, and i was wondering if you lot out there had any opinions about forgeworld items, such as the quality of them etc
thanks in advance for the comments!
Personally, I am blown away by Forgeworld's products. I love every piece I've gotten from there for my Wolves and Chaos. My brother even more so, since he has built a very large Death Korps force. There are people out there that tell you to stay away from resin. But I feel a lot of that is just not knowing how to work with it. It is more brittle than plastic and sometimes it comes from FW warped a little. With a hot water soak, you can bend the pieces back into proper shape. Another issue is the resin release. Its a substance they use during molding that will prevent your paint from attaching to the model. Cleaning your pieces real well helps aliviate these problems, but you can still miss areas and your paint will flake off (annoying). Foundation paint is the solution. It sticks to the model regardless, so use that as your base coat followed by your other layers.
I hope this helps. FW models are pretty amazing and well worth it.
I've not invested in a lot of Forgeworld stuff, but I've purchased a few pieces here and there.
Aside from the occasional warping, the brittleness and the cleaning requirements that MC Bone Giant mentioned, there are two other things that might be problematic if you've not worked with resin before.
One, resin dust can be dangerous if you inhale it. So if you're doing some filing, sanding or heavy cutting of the stuff, try and do so in a ventilated area and if possible wear a breath mask.
Two, occasionally there are resin bubbles in the moulds. I've never had a major problem with this, but it can lead to holes or pits in the pieces. If it's a significant issue, just get in touch with them and see if you can exchange the damaged pieces; Forgeworld are usually very good at this side of things, although getting hold of them in the first place can be difficult, I have heard; I guess they're busy people!
In terms of the quality of Forgeworld pieces (aside from the aforementioned warping and possible resin bubbles) it's usually very good, and the detail of the pieces is wonderful. They're really good at making components and kits that complement your army and really enhance the look of the models. It's expensive, yes, but everything in this hobby is, it seems. If you can justify the money, I'm certain it will be well worth it.
Agree with the resin (no reason to spam)
Forge World kits are great to create centerpieces for your army because of that level of detail they add. I mainly go for their upgrades though. The vehicle doors are wonderfull. I bought about 6 kits of rhinodoors for my marines and they make a rock unit really standout on the board if painted correctly.
I have several FW rhino/icons for Sisters, Eldar type II conversion bits, and the Eldar Scorpion Tank.
All are very well cast with little flash to deal with. As others have pointed out: resin dust is very fine and dangerous. Just file/clean with a mask and/or in a well ventilated area.
I reshaping the warped pieces with near hot water, then when the shape was perfect a dip in cold water to set it.
Washing in a mild soap wash is a must (I do this with all plastic, metal, and resin models...makes a big difference).
On larger models, super-glue might not be enough. Some pinning and/or 2 part epoxy is the best way to go.
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