I got a big Darklands shipment in this week - Metal Age starters for the Albiann, Brythoniaid, Erainn, and Norse. I'll try to do unboxing reports for each, but I wanted to start with the Erainn, as it's the one kindred I haven't gotten any models for yet. The Erainn correspond to the Irish faction, and are very in tune with nature; their choices include walking trees, peat and bog monsters, and druids. Their stuff will work very well in a Kings of War Nature force, or in a Wood Elves army.
|The bags the starter came in|
|The Erainn starter (via Kickstarter)|
The Individual Models
|First rank-and-file Tuanagh||The second rank-and-file Tuanagh|
|The musician for the Tuanagh comes with his alternate arms||The banner bearer for the Tuanagh also comes with his alternate arms|
|The alternate banner bearer for the Tuanagh||The alternate musician|
|The Tuanagh champion||Cormac the Red-Hand|
This is actually my third model of Nuala, I guess I'm a fan of the sculpt. I love the choice made to have Caitrin be a larger-than-life shieldmaiden instead of some frail warrior. The sculpt has a lot of character built in, and I think is one of the cases where the sculpt actually turned out better than the concept art (most of the time, it turns out exactly the same).
|The two fen beasts, in resin.|
|The starter host, assembled!|
|Cormac assembled, displaying his Gabrax trophy||Caitrin, doing her Maid of Tarth impression|
|The musician and alternate musician||The banner bearer and his alternate|
|The two rank-and-file warriors||A second angle of the rank-and-file|
|The unit commander|
|The first fen beast|
|The second fen beast|
|The back of the fen beasts|
750 gold upgradeThe 750 gold upgrade came with three additional fen beasts. To the trees!
|The third fen beast, unassembled||The third fen beast, assembled|
The third fen beast is probably the most Durthu-like, and I don't quite understand what's going on inside his mouth (decisions probably made involving preventing undercutting on the mold, if I had to guess) but I can probably fix it in paint!
|The fourth fen beast||The fifth fen beast|
The fourth and fifth fen beasts are great hulking stumps of trees. The fifth came with additional branches that can be used around his top, to make him look even more stump-like. The fourth required some sanding to get his feet to stand flat on the base; his right foot was sloped backwards and he kept trying to fall over when I was gluing him down.
|The 750 gold upgrade, assembled!|
Metal to resin comparison
|Nuala in metal (on left) and resin (on right)|
|Rear of the metal/resin comparison||Side of the metal/resin comparison|
As far as detail goes, it doesn't feel like anything got lost in the translation to metal. In addition, the weight of the model seems more solid; I've broken resin Nuala's staff off at least three times, which will hopefully not be an issue in resin. The metal will be harder to convert with, but I don't see myself converting a lot of the infantry right now. Nuala's also got very fragile ankles in resin; this isn't an issue in metal.
|The entire starter|
The Tuanagh are amazing sculpts, and Nuala, Cormac, and Caitrin all bring their own unique flavor to the list. Sadly, the fen beasts just don't do as well for me as I would have liked. I might feel different once I start getting paint on them and playing with that wood texture, but for now, they feel like the lower point of the unit. 8/10.
Moving forward, I think I'll be using all-metal infantry when I do Darklands purchases. The resin stuff is just too light and I tend to break stuff off when I'm playing. I'm hoping the weight of the metal will help counteract that.