Happy Halloween wargamers! In the spirit of the day, this product review is going to get a little bit Wyrd.





That's right, today we're going to take a look at some of the Malifaux 2.0 releases; The Guild's Judgement, The Mother of Monsters and The University of Transmortis.


The Guild's Judgement 

First off we're going to take a look at one of the new guild boxes.

Character

Malifaux has some of the most characterful miniatures on the market in my opinion. They have a very distinctive style that makes them easily identifiable as Malifaux minis even if you don't know too much about the game. This is true of the Guild's Judgement. The duster/hat combination of the Marshals and the Judge tie them in with the rest of the range, and Lady Justice and the Scales of Justice add a nice bit of variety into the crew and add a chance to use some other painting techniques. 

Character gets a 10/10


Detail

The detail on these miniatures is incredible. Wyrd's plastic kits continue to improve and this kit is loaded with detail. From the burning skulls and intricate chains of the Marshals, to the flowing coat of the judge, each mini is just loaded with details. 

Detail gets a 10/10


Quality

Overall, the quality of the minis is great. There are a few things that let the kit down though. First is Lady Justice's sword. The blade comes as a separate piece to the hilt and her hands. It's connected by a very small surface, and while mine glued on with no issues at all, I can see it breaking off easily [In fact, after writing that, I applied a very small amount of pressure to the sword and it came straight off.] As a gaming piece, having the sword dropping off all the time could be a problem.

There's also an issue with the two Marshals that are leaping over the coffins. They both attach via a very small surface that required pinning to make sure they stayed.

However, these are minor concerns compared to the overall quality of the kit. The pieces are cast well with very little mold lines to speak of. The definition of the details is also great for how slender some of them are. The first wave of plastics suffered a little from some soft detail, but these are a great improvement. 

Quality gets 7/10


Value and Service

At $45 for six models, the box set does come in a little on the pricey side. But, this box will get you a 30 soul stone crew, which is more than enough to start playing the game. You also get all the stat cards and some upgrade cards too. So you could pick up a copy of the rulebook and this box set and you'd be away, so in that regard it's pretty good value.

As always, the service from wyrd is excellent.

Value and Service gets a 7/10


Overall, The Guild's Judgement gets an 8.5/10. The kit is a welcome addition to the range of guild plastics and means that I can now field an even bigger force of these dark lawmen. 



The Mother of Monsters 

Turning up our weird meter to about 50%, we crack open the Mother of Monsters box. 

Character

Just like the guild box, this set is loaded with character. Even though all the minis in the box are different, they do have some binding characteristics. The cherub looks similar to the tiny tots, but it winged, which ties it in with Barbaros. And while Lilith is totally different to the others, she shares the graceful look, weapon style and flow of the other characters.

Character gets a 10/10


Detail

Again, the detail on these new kits is excellent . My favourite parts are Barbaro's classic devil face, the experission on the tiny tots' faces and Lilith's catsuit type attire. They all work well to paint these miniatures as truly dangerous characters. 

Detail gets a 10/10


Quality

The cast quality of the kit is great. Even very minute details, such as the teeth on Barbaros' weapon, are cast cleanly with no mold lines to speak of. This kit also benefits from all the weapons being in the miniature's hands meaning they are less prone to breakages. 

Quality gets a 10/10


Value and Service 

In a similar fashion to the other crew boxes, this set gets you a 25 soul stone crew. It's a little less than the guild box, meaning you'll be playing slightly smaller games to start, but it is enough to get you going.

Value and Service gets a 6/10


Overall, the Mother of Monsters set gets a 9/10.



The University of Transmortis

It's time to turn the weird crank all the way as we awaken the Iron Zombies of the University of Transmortis. 

Character

This box set is perhaps the most "Malifaux" of all the ones we've looked at. The models are truly weird and their only common feature is their grotesque appearance. They look as though they've stepped, slithered and shambled from a horror film into the Ressurectionist ranks.

Character gets a 10/10


Detail

The detail on these minis, while twisted and disgusting, is excellent. From the stitched skin of the snake zombie, to the painless mask of the flying creature, the detail is all top notch. My only concern is that due to how much each mini has going on, they may be a challenge to paint, particularly to newer hobbyists. 

Detail gets a 9/10 

Quality 

Once again, the casting quality of these minis is superb. It's refreshing to see Chinese produced plastics that have both the cast quality and detail we expect from elsewhere.

Quality gets a 10/10


Value and Service

Even though you only get 4 miniatures in this set, they give you enough soul stones from a 32 point crew. Grab yourself a leader and you're good to go!

Value and Service gets a 6/10


So overall, the University gets a 8.75/10.

And all together the Malifaux Second Edition boxes get a 8.75/10




To finish off I want to talk about the 2nd Edition rulebook. I won't be giving it a rating becuase it's much more difficult to rate a rulebook than it is miniatures.

The 2nd Edition book is excellent, nearly 300 pages filled with artwork and fluff that really help draw you into the world of Malifaux. In my opinion Wyrd produce some of the nicest books in the industry. If you have any interest in Malifaux at all, I'd recommend picking the rulebook up just to have on a shelf and read through the fluff if nothing else!

So there you have it guys and girls.

Do you play Malifaux, what's your favourite of the new kits? Let us know in the comments.




 
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