This HAS to be THE most hotly expected product from Games Workshop in some time!
The release of the Horus Heresy - Betrayal At Calth boxed set is not only the first 40K Horus Heresy boxed set from Games Workshop, it is also extraordinary value - especially if you've been buying the previous incarnation of these minutes from Forge World.
In this review I'm going to take you through the miniatures and give you a good close look at them!
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The 30 Space Marines are spaced out on sprues exactly like a Tactical Space marine set would be - pretty much down to the placement of elements on the sprue itself. More on that later...
Steloc Aethon & Kurtha Sedd
Despite having dynamic poses, these figures differ from the other figures in the set in that their construction is very unusual. It is set to basically be single pose. Sedd in particular is especially strange.
I think we should all be very thankful the rest of the troops in this set are not similarly designed.
Contemptor (Sor Gharax)
Construction of the Contemptor is pretty simple, with the side of the dreadnought glued on and then the front section covering the join. This is smart and leads us to wonder why a similar thing wasn't done with the legs. Possible lack of room on the sprues...
It is brilliant however to have a Contemptor in plastic and I'm sure when the kit is sold separately it will be quite different and probably amazing!
The details on the armour are crisp and clean - similar but a bit chunkier than the Forge World versions.
The overall construction is identical with the Forge World range, with the split torso and the off separate lower leg being the only differences.
There are two weapons variants here - both dynamic:
- Close combat with Lightning Claws
- Ranged combat with Storm Bolter and Power/Chain Fist.
The heads are the same as the current Forge World range with one addition; a bald head with a mohawk!
There is also a rather awesome Heavy Flamer which is just perfect.
Mark IV Space Marines - A Think Of Infinite Beauty!
This is the first time they have been available in plastic and the added joy of them being multi-part and multi-pose is amazing!! Think about the quality of the current 40k Tactical Space Marine boxed set, now slot MKIV armour and Horus Heresy-era weapons into the spots where the current range of weapons and armour goes - and that's what you get! They are fantastic!
The main armament of any Space Marine is the Bolter - and to my personal absolute joy the Bolter included here is my favourite - the Tigrus patter Bolter. I think the most attractive of the Bolters, this set gives you enough for each man and they are brilliantly done. Not as super-crisp as the Forge World versions but still very well moulded. Awesome.
There are also (amazingly) enough bolt pistols and combat knives for every Marine. Although specified in the rules, you do not currently get enough of either in any other kit! The combat knives are much larger than the current knives, but look great!
There are also special weapons including either a Bolt Pistol or Plasma Pistol for the sergeant, as well as a Heavy Bolter, Missile Launcher, Flamer and Melta - all Heresy -era! This is a bitz box dream!!
It's not just the weapons that deserve our attention - the exquisite Mark IV Space Marine armour is... well it's a revelation! (Insert chorus of angels here... not Dark Angels obviously, they're far too morose)
The legs are in pretty good position (would have loved a running one) with some also having added studs as Heresy-era armour did have.
The helmets come in two main designs; vertical or horizontal air vents. There is of course the odd one with an ocular enhancer or the sergeant's crest and either double or single mask pipes.
The arms are in the current Tactical Boxed Set pose, but in the more protected MKIV style.
The chests vary slightly also, as do the shoulder pads. The backpacks come in 3 different styles.
Forge World vs. Games Workshop Mark IV Space marines
In a word - well!
The Forge World ones as re just amazing - they are so fine, in fact they are much thinner than other marks of armour - almost making the Marines look like Eldar in comparison to say, MK III. I like the look personally, but Games Workshop have fixed that a bit by keeping the overall aesthetic but making them just that little bit chunkier. You can see below on the greaves especially.
The price is going up in the next few weeks, so get your hands on it now!
It's good value for what you get.
I'm really happy with the purchase - glad I didn't buy two out of excitement - but glad I bought one!
Oh... and if you hadn't seen enough - here's our video review!