Brythoniaid - 500g bag
|Contents of a 500g Fomoraic miscast bag|
- Dyndraig champion 4x torso (1 not pictured), 2x left hand with weapon
- 3x Dyndraig banner bearer torso
- Tawrdraig 2x torso
- Wocor torso, legs, left wing, right wing
- Wyvern: Upper torso, left wing, right wing
- Angrislaug left wing, lower tail, right arm, right hind leg
- Cawrdraig 3x lower torso, 2x upper torso
|Dyndraig banner bearer torso 1: air bubbles in feet||Dyndraig banner bearer torso 2: air bubble in upper shoulder|
All of the banner bearers had issues with air bubbles: one was missing both heels, one was missing a large portion of its left shoulder join, and the last was missing a toe and had a mold slip.
|Dyndraig banner bearer 3 (on right): mold slippage||Dyndraig Banner Bearer 3: air bubble in right toe|
|Dyndraig Champion Torso 1 (on left): Missing right foot||Dyndraig Champion Torso 2 (on right): Air bubbles on right leg/rear|
|Dyndraig Champion Torso 3 (on right): Mold slippage on lower leg||Dyndraig Champion Right Hands: Air bubble in wrist joint|
Tawrdraig & Wocor
|Tawrdraig Torsos: tiny air bubbles|
The Wocor had air bubbles in its top hips that would have made the join difficult, and multiple issues with the wings. Tim Fisher, Mierce's master moulder, is on record as saying that if he could replace any one component of any model, it would be the Wocor's wings because of their casting difficulty.
|The Wocor hind legs had air bubbles in the waist joint.|
|Wocor wing: thin enough that a crack has split it (visible above finger)||Wocor wing: cracked at top center|
|Wyvern neck: resin failed to cure, center of picture|
Both the wing issues actually looked like handling problems, as both had holes poked in them that weren't supposed to be there.
|Wyvern wing: hole in center; air bubbles (seen through backlight)||Wyvern wing: hole cracked out of bottom center of wing|
AngrislaugMore air bubbles, in what I'm sure will be a recurring theme. The hind leg had one on the bottom of the foot, which would not have been visible when assembled on a base. The right hand had another bubble, though this one obscured the entire side of the hand and would prevent addition of a thumb. Similarly, the wing had a massive air bubble along its entire connection to the body, and would have been unusable in the model proper. The tail also had an air bubble on its torso join, and would require massive work to attach to the body.
|Air bubble in hind leg, outside toe||Air bubble in wing removes entire join to body|
|Air bubble destroys the hand detail||Air bubble ruins any chance of connecting the tail|
CawrdraigA model I'm highly familiar with after sawing up three of them. Most of these had issues with tiny air bubbles, as only one torso had a major air bubble. Minor air bubbles are the easiest problem to fix, as it only takes a thin layer of greenstuff.
|Miniscule bubbles in the one on the right||Giant air bubble on bottom torso|
|Tiny air bubbles in torso on left||Tiny air bubbles in right torso, lower portion|
|Suspender strap tabs broken on left torso||Air bubble at base of spine on left torso|
8/10. The Wyvern and Wocor wings are paired, which means I can use them to add wings to something cool. The Draig models allow for a lot of conversions, and I can probably stretch them into 3 models with a minimal Mierce bits order. The Angrislaug solo wing is not as useful, but would be awesome as part of a multibase diorama, particularly if paired with one of the Tawrdraig torso backs - sawn apart, those will make for great displays. The solo arm and leg are similar - great for basing, but will require work to use as part of an actual model. The Cawrdraig is actually the only part that isn't very useful to me, but it may just be because I've already done pretty much all I can with that model. If you get its lower arms/legs with it as part of a miscast bag, there's a lot of potential there, but just the upper/lower torso is slightly restrictive.
Fomoraic - 500g and 250g bagsFomoraic have quickly become my biggest kindred, so I got one of each bag. Unfortunately I mixed them together, so I couldn't tell you what came in which bag. I've already used a ton out of this bag, using Uuthuil's leg and groin, and the Tarvox chest, left leg, and right arm to make my Wolf-Vore.
- Kairoc-Cro 2x torso (one not pictured), right foreleg
- Drackox lower torso, upper torso, right foreleg, 3x top left arm/right hand
- Tarvox Torso (not pictured), top right arm (not pictured), left leg (not pictured), club-hand
- Risen Kraken torso (not pictured), right leg (not pictured)
- Toracx torso
- Swordtooth 2x torso
- Tarvax Tain 4x torso
- Tarvax champion 2x torso
- Tarvax banner bearer 2x torso, 2x right arm, 2x banner
- Tarvax 3x torso
- Darkaan torso* Tundaar torso
- Tundaar/Kraan 4x shield sprue
- Sronax 2x torso (one not pictured), banner
- Sronax Tain right arm (not pictured), mace
- Gabrax shaman 2x torso, 2x shark-mouth
- Gabrax 3x banner
- Chaagmuth torso, head
- Chaagmuth on boar torso
|Contents of the bags, minus a Tarvox torso/right arm/left leg, kraken torso, and Kairoc-Cro torso|
|Air bubbles at bottom of image, |
|Air bubble on top of middle armor plate|
|Massive air bubble obliterates detail at top of picture|
DraackoxThe torso had all kinds of problems, while the appendages only had minor air bubbles.
|Minor air bubbles on forearm||Air bubble on bottom left of torso|
|Handling issue - bottom of polearm sheared off||Major air bubble above thumb|
|Tiny air bubbles along shin||Flashing too thick to be easily removed|
SwordtoothOne of these torsos was ruined by an air bubble in one of its hind legs; the other by a patch of uncured resin.
|Left torso ruined by air bubble in top left leg||Right torso ruined by uncured resin (bottom of model,|
between center line and shoulder joint
TarvaxOh, the possibilities! Enough of these models are mostly intact that I could probably press-mold the miscast bits where they are missing.
For the Tain, the miscast problem is almost universally the feet. One cast with no feet at all, while two more have air bubbles in their feet that would not be visible when assembled, but would make attaching it to a base difficult. The other problem area seemed to be around the crotch; one of the remainder was cast with an air bubble obscuring part of the tail, while the other had testicle bubbles.
|Five Tarvax Tains! Air bubble issues in the feet of the middle three; the middle is missing both feet, while the middle left is missing his left foot.|
|The missing tail on the Tain on the right||Out of focus testicle bubbles|
|Tarvax Champ on the right has an air bubble on his leftmost hoof||Excessive flashing between the legs of the Tarvax Champ on the left|
|Air bubble on the Tarvax on the left, center of his groin||Air bubbles in the tail of another Tarvax|
|Tarvax Standard Bearer's arm
melted away by air bubble
|The other Tarvax banner bearer is also|
missing his arm
|Tarvax arms - one on the left weapon snapped off, air bubble
did the same for the one on the right
|Tarvax Tain's axehead snapped off|
|Backlighting this Tarvax banner shows the air bubble inside||Whereas this banner cracked from the top to halfway down|
|A pair of Tarvax tails, just for good measure||I couldn't figure out what was wrong with this weapon|
|Air bubble in the tarvax hand on the left,
broken weapon on the right
|Tarvax banner bearer arm; air bubble in joint|
|The second Sronax torso, missing its right leg|
|Two visible air bubbles, as well as a backlit third||Does this make it a holy mace?|
Tarvox/KrakenThe Tarvox torso had a giant air bubble in the crotch; I ended up sawing it in half at the waist and adding it to Uuthil's miscast torso (which I also sawed in half at the waist) to make my Wolf-Vore. His entire right arm was intact, except for an air bubble at the top of the mace it held. I sawed the mace off, and used the arm in the Wolf-Vore as well, as well as a leg that had an air bubble in the hoof (I sculpted claws over that hoof).
|Air bubbles on top of Tarvox mace||Another miscast that's not visible when attached, but makes attaching it hard...|
|Air bubble on the underside of the torso|
|Tiny air bubbles in the first banner||Large air bubbles, backlit||More backlit air bubbles|
|Bad mold line on the Chaagmuth on Toracx torso||Chaagmuth head with broken horns|
|Gabrax shaman, both right arms have bubble issues||Gabrax loincloth, with bubbles|
|Two broken staffs, and a broken trophy skull||Broken spikes on the shaman's shark teeth|
Characters of BaalorThe Eye of Baalor models had not yet started casting, so the only human models I got were minor miscasts of Daarkaan, Tundaar, and a bunch of miscast shields.
|Air bubble in Tundaar''s cloak||Air bubble on Daarkaan's foot-holding sprue. Really.||Kraan's shield arm, with little bubbles|
|Backlighting shields highlights the bubbles||Two more shields, backlit to show the holes|
|No idea what caused the bulge at the bottom of this shield||One of Kraan's shoulder pauldrons had a bad air bubble|
Solid 10/10. I've already gotten one great conversion out of these bags, and that paid the cost for them right out of the gate. Being able to almost double my Tarvax force with a minimum bits order is also helpful, and it still leaves me a lot of flexibility for basing options.
VrasFor the Vras, I got a 250g bag. I knew this one would be very restricted, because the kindred only had four models available at the time! I ended up with:
- Flint-Fang: 2x bodies, 2x heads (1 not pictured), left leg, tail
- Scar-Scath: 7x bodies
- Blunt-Claw: 4x bodies, sprue of hands
- Banner Bearer: 12x bodies, 7x banners, 1x weapon
|The Vras 250g bag contents|
|The Flint-Fang neck on the right has a giant air bubble|
The torso on this one was odd. The first came with legs attached, but was ridiculously thin, as though someone had sat on the mold while it was casting. The second had no legs, but had a giant air bubble for its neck. Without having right legs for it, these will probably end up as either basing options, or horrible Conjunct creations.
|The body on the right looks like it was squished down, very odd||Again, see how much thinner the bottom one is? Odd...|
|Both legs had air holes at the knee, though one is more obvious||An air bubble in the tail, for good measure||The air bubbles on the back of Flint-Fang's head|
|Bubbles on its fingertips!|
|The same problem four times|
Scar-ScathScar-Scath, like Blunt-Claw, had a consistent set of air bubbles. His seemed to congregate in the left knee, though a few formed so large that the leg wouldn't get fully formed.
|Same caption as previous picture; replace 4 with 7.|
QuickbladeThe real reason I ordered Vras was the hope to get some of these. Boy did I! Most of their moulding issues come from air bubbles on either the bottoms of their feet or their loincloths. A few had tail issues. Other than that, it gave me a lot for conversion/basing options!
|Seven rats a... squeaking|
|Misformed tails||Bonus banners|
Final analysis for Vras:
I'd go 6/10 on this one, but I knew what I was getting. I'd initially budgeted to pledge this for Albiann, but it sold out before I got one, so I bought this one on a whim. I used one of the Quick-Blade bodies for something for the Wolf-Vore to eat, so I'm already halfway towards getting my worth out of it. I probably wouldn't order it again until Monstrous Mounts is completed (I love Backcracker) and the Spear-Vras are available.
Ysians - 250g bagI got this one apathetic about what I'd get. I don't like the look of Brutes, and fortunately I didn't get many of them. I wouldn't have minded getting some Drunes, but they've been around so long that I think Mierce have casting them down to a science. Instead, I ended up hitting the jackpot, with both Chimera and Manitchora bodies.
This bag contained:
- The Terror of Fortriu body
- Mantichora body, right front paw, and wings
- Torku body and left legs
- Brute body x2
|Small in number, large in weight|
|The Terror's air hole|
|Torku body - mould line|
|Front leg, bubble on claw||Back leg, bubble on bone shield|
|The Brutes are a nice bonus, but I don't see myself using them for anything but basing at the moment.|
|Bubbles on the kneed/loincloth||Air bubble castration!|
UngefelicAnother unexpected surprise, I have almost the entire Mantichora. I expect I'll have someone riding it within a year or two.
|Ungefelic front paw, air bubble in claw||Small air bubbles on Ungefelic's hindquarters|
|The top of this wing looks to have snapped off||An air bubble would make joining this wing complicated|
Final analysis for Ysians:
8/10. I didn't get many models out of it, but to end up with that Terror body at 250g was a coup. adding Ungefelic to it was just icing on the cake, and Torku gives me all kinds of fun options.
Norse 250g bagThe last of the bags I ordered, I was hoping to get some trolls to play around with, and a Blood-Maw body so I could do some texture work. Instead, I got no trolls, but ended with an almost complete Mjagnir.
- Blood-Maw body
- Mjagnir body, right arm, and hammer
|Contents of the Norse 250g bag|
|This mold line is the only thing wrong with Blood-Maw's body|
I was hoping for a Blood-Maw body so I could do some experimenting with textures using his skin as a study. I was afraid I would end up with air bubbles destroying the pattern, but I didn't. Very excited for this piece.
|If I had a hammer, it better not have an air bubble|
|Giant hunk of resin, tiny hole.||Shoulder joint bubble. Bad for Mierce, good for me!|
Final analysis for Ysians:
7/10. I got even fewer models out of it, and got no trolls, which disappointed me. Mjagnir is a giant hunk of resin though, and I'm excited to have one to experiment with. My excitement is just tempreed by the fact that I already have two. I'll have to put this one to good use!
Final SummaryI liked the miscast bags so much that I've bought more of them: 500g and 250g of Albiann, 500g of Infernii, and a 250g of Norse, with a 250g bag of Norse wings, which I hope to get soon.
The mould slips, when they are the problem, are actually less significant than models GW releases commercially on a regular basis. Large air bubbles are a problem, but they tend to congregate at joints and in corners of flat places, where greenstuff can fix them easily, or they will be hidden by the joint. The only ones problematic are the tiny air bubbles, which can ruin surface texture they're on, but are relatively easy to fix with some greenstuff.
I encourage any modeler to do the same when they become available! Just... don't put them on eBay. Someone did that with the first batch, and it really frustrated me because the knee-jerk reaction was to make these more expensive. Buy them, use what you can, and then trade the rest with other people with them! By the way, anyone have some spare Parawn heads? I have a Chimera body that needs a dragon head...