Interested in Heavy Gear? Dream Pod 9 has made the PDFs of the two core rulebooks available for free!
We delighted to announce that the NuCoal faction for Heavy Gear Blitz! Is now available for order. The little beauts can be found Here
Additionally we’ll be adding the extensive list of Blister packs for Heavy Gear to the store over the next two months. Most of these will be available as special orders but we’ll be able to turn these around within 3-5 days.
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.