Ravenstar-I couldn’t wait to paint them before I got a review out!
I just found a new (to me) resin miniatures company Ravenstar Studios http://www.ravenstarstudios.com/. I had seen their work before at the Ironwind booth at Origins. That booth stocked their various starship miniatures, which were very nice but luckily for my wallet I didn’t need. Then I found their web site and came across their “Horrids” which are part of their 15mm Land Core line.
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These are a wide range of bug type critters. I ordered an assortment, the two big tanks, the APC the gas bug and a couple of other smaller ones. I also bought one of the Land Core Walking tanks.
First off service was excellent and everything arrived very quickly and very well packaged. Shipping was very reasonable.
Once I unpacked the raw castings they proved to be far nicer than I expected from the web site pictures. The two big bug tanks are multi-part, and each has the choice of one of two heads. One of each of the heads has an open mouth, the other closed and all four heads are scary! The A tank has a single large retractable weapon mounted far aft on its centerline and the B version a pair of smaller weapons, also on retractable mounts. The Mother APC has a single horn on its forehead that reminds me a lot of Tundro from the Herculoids. It has a pair of side “doors” for use as a carrier for some of the smaller Horrids creatures. One of those castings, the Screamer looks very much like a Tremors (II and II) Shrieker. It is about the right size in 15mm for that role. The Horrids Bug is a four legged creature but otherwise makes a good generalized insectoid warrior with its dangerous looking mandibles. The Gas Bag is just what it says it is, a bulbous animal with a a scary multi-eyed “face” and lots of tentacles.
I built the walking tank as a VSF machine. This was super simple. I just installed what should have been a pair of ginormous cannons vertically and called them smoke stacks. This machine will never be able to use a hull down or hide position but it does look pretty good. The one complaint about this machine is it lacks any sort of feet at the end of its legs. The pointy little ends of the legs would have a huge amount of trouble walking on anything but hard stone.
The bigger bugs tanks and APC run between 14 and 16 dollars and so does the walking tank. For their size and complexity this pricing is reasonable and the smaller castings are very well priced. Nice work from Ravenstar Studios! Their Land Core line has some really good potential and I very much look forward to seeing what comes next!