Monthly Archives: November 2011
What is it?: A heavy hovertank for the Heavy Gear Blitz! game by Dream Pod 9, scale is 12mm. I say hovertank but, simply put, it is the mother of all hovertanks. It is also the largest resin vehicle produced by Dream Pod 9 for HG Blitz!
Price: $125US or £86uk. Comparable to a mid-to-large vehicle from Forgeworld
Price within the context of the game: It is £8 more expensive than the army starter sets for HG Blitz!, each of which contains 6-10 miniatures, rulebooks & accessories. That said it gives you up to twice their in-game value. Each HHT-90 Overlord is effectively a “named character” in HG Blitz! … you only need one.
Packaging: As DP9 are still breaking into the UK/EU we have access to the older packaging which is serviceable but uninspired given the kit it contains. The new packaging (above), using the same imagery, is much more effective.
Contents & Parts Count: The kit arrived in quite a sturdy box and was separated into 4 parts; Instruction sheet, small decal sheet, the main hull in a Ziploc bag and then everything else in another Ziploc bag. Even though it was well packed I was surprised to see all of the small components loose in the same bag. If possible they could have been in multiple bags to reduce the chance of breakage.
A point should be made here that this kit does not contain any rules or stat cards. These are all available separately via downloads from the DP9 website. This is not a huge problem but I found it to be a bit of a faff to have to print out the materials myself given the price of the kit.
Quality: I have always found the quality of products from DP9 to be very high and this kit continues in the same vein. Apart from the engine vents, which had minor issues with both bubbles and keying, the kit as a whole is very cleanly cast. The 2 crew miniatures, at 8mm high, are quite detailed and a good example of the overall quality.
As mentioned the vents do show signed of mould lines and keying problems. What is also evident are the number of bubbles under where the tab/biscuit joins the component. Neither of these are real issues and are to be expected when dealing with resin but they do detract from an otherwise perfect kit.
Detail: The individual components carry a good level of detail and the vehicle gives a great insight to the design aesthetic of the faction to which it belongs. The only criticism I can level against the kit is the general smoothness of the hull. Given its size I would like to have seen a bit more detail put into it. I found myself jonesing for some additional plating, as on the engine vents, or a comms-array or… something. As a modeller it’s not a big ask to put these things on myself but it’d have been nice to have it out of the box.
Another nice touch would have been to have the Grel infantry platoon actually seated in the hold rather than just the 4 rows of empty seats. Though that’s more a personal preference than a problem/oversight with the kit.
Ease of assembly: With the exception of the blu-tack required to hold on 3 of the vents all of the images below are of a dry fit of the kit. The Overlord is extremely easy to assemble. When it comes time for a permanent assembly I’ll need to straighten out the barrel of the main weapon and the rows of chairs in the hold. Anyone who has dealt with resin kits before will know it only takes a bit of warm water.
Summing up: On balance I have no buyer’s remorse with this kit though I would class it as a purchase for an established Blitz! gamer/group looking to expand or a collector. With caveats for the packaging and detail on the main hull I would recommend it. It is worth the money both in terms of the physical kit and for what you can do with it in the game.
If you are interested in seeing how the Overlord works in game I’d recommend looking at Gear Up issue 3 for the rules and issue 4 for an excellent battle report. They are available free on Drivethrurpg.
Writing a game is exactly as hard as we thought it would be but, perversely, somewhat easier too. The prototypes for our first offering, a non-collectable card game, are pretty much ready to go and we envisage a long playtesting window beginning in late January 2012.
We are about to sign off the beta version and will be looking to move rapidly into this playtesting process while also commissioning art… lots and lots of art. Therefore we are looking for artists and play testers who would like to get involved. Obviously previous experience working on such projects will increase your chances of participating.
Are you such a person or do you know anyone who might be interested? Get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pyre Studios is delighted to announce that we now stock the Color Warz range of miniatures from Fluo Games in France. Many thanks to Fabien and the staff at Fluo Games for their support. Please visit them at www.fluogames.com
Sculpted by the ludicrously talented Rémy Tremblay (Scorpions of Dirz anyone? – DB) the Series 1 Boxed Set contains 7 miniatures which can be used to make up any of the 6 factions in the game. Speaking of which the current beta of the game rules are found HERE. it gives you all the info so we can stop typing now …
Of course even though we’re based in the UK we can, and will, ship this product all over the world … hint hint…