We've grabbed some of them today, so below please find our review and some close ups to help you decide if this is something you need/ want to add to your bitz box.
In a good move, there are a tonne of human skulls, so you can now replace the awful skulls currently on the GW range of Undead with these ones which look much batter and truer to scale.The addition of jaw bones is also nice as many of the skulls do not have a jaw attached. The Orc skulls are particularly nice as are the Genestealer ones. Now the awkward bit - not all the moulding on these is as crisp as the current miniature range. There is some rounding of detail and some shallow moulding BUT it isn't consistent. The human and Orc skulls, for example, are very crisp where the Ur-Ghul and Tau are not.
Don't get me wrong though, this is a very nice set and perfect to have in your bitz box - in fact this is a MUST HAVE for any bitz box! Use these for bases, trophies, banner accessories, belt accessories, replace the Undead heads with them, tie them to vehicles, these are ultimately useful and amazing at the price.
Citadel Barbed Bracken
The Barbed Bracken set comes on 4 identical sprues, and it's the sprues that give you the first idea that this is something new for Games Workshop. Like the Creeping Vines set, these sprues are made from flexible plastic - the same plastic that Bandai make the polycaps from on their Gundam kits. This makes them very flexible (see below) but also strong. Our only concern here is how well the paint will stick to them. They will definitely need a good soak in hot water before painting.
The barbed bracken itself is very sharp looking, very alien but it does vary in detail and depth depending on the shape. Where some are quite crisp, others are shallow - this is the nature of this plastic though. The choice to make this flexible is an odd one, as it's unlikely to need to be bent around anything. Curious to see if later incarnations go back to standard GW plastic actually. Overall you get 144 pieces of bracken and they will certainly look great on bases, or walls or even as camouflage on people or vehicles. Although this is a nice set, it's probably not vital to own, but if you can see potential with it, then add it to the collection - you are unlikely to be sorry you have them in your bitz box!
Overall we are pretty pleased, especially at the price. Another smart move from Games Workshop in terms of price and value, especially with the skulls, which is a set you could buy now and still be using in 10 years