In this review we’ll take a closer look at what Avatars of war has to offer and why you just might find them interesting, if you are into fantasy-themed wargames.
Avatars of war is a spanish manufacturer of generic fantasy miniatures, but don’t let the generic part fool you, as they still produce miniatures full of character and presence.
King Games were nice enough to send us some miniatures for this review, so without further ado, let's take a look at the miniatures!
The sculpt is very decent and full of detail but I do find that it requires some very careful cleaning up, which seems to be a problem with all the avatars of war miniatures; great sculpts but mold-lines and excess metal in strange and hard to reach places.
The miniatures being metal might turn off some but while they do need some cleaning, they do clean up rather nicely and while it might be personal preference speaking, I find that metal takes paint like no other material.
The model comes in three parts; body, sword and shield and putting it all together is simple enough, but the model being metal, pinning is advisable.
The Lord is what we have come to expect from chaos lords, huge flowing cape, horns and skulls, skulls everywhere!
The great thing about the model is that you can use it for both Warhammer Fantasy(or Age of Sigmar) and Warhammer 40k. Personally I am thinking about replacing the shield with a bolter of some sort and use him as a 40k chaos lord.
The details are all nice and crisp so painting the model should be a joy. Speaking of detail, the model is full of tiny details, like skulls(of course) and cut of hands chained to his armour.
Leaving the lord to his skull collection and moving on to the next model.
A dark elf assassin frozen right when she’s making that crucial kill.As with the previous model, this one is detailed and dynamic, but the face suffers from what I call “Blowup-doll syndrome”. Her mouth has those big lips and is wide open, giving her a look that is more fitting for a sex doll than a determined assassin.
I know they are trying to convey that she is screaming as she lands, and it might even work with the right paint job, but the initial impression can’t be helped, which is a shame as the rest of the model looks rather decent with that big flowing cape, skin tight clothing and a very dynamic pose.
With regards to quality. I do think that the quality of the model is a small step down, compared to the other models reviewed and it will take a bit of cleaning, filing etc to get a satisfying result if the mini is used as more than a gaming piece.
There is nothing particularly dark elf about the model, which I consider a good thing as it gives you more freedom as to which games and settings, you want to use the model for.
All in all a nice looking model, marred by gigantic lips…
The final model, which happens to be my favorite, is another female model, this time an expert in the fencing arts.
I really do like the combination of cape and coat and I find that there is a distinct witch-hunter feel to the model. With a little conversion work, she could fill the shoes of an inquisitor from Warhammer 40k perfectly.With the risk of sounding like a broken record, this is yet another model nicely cast and with an abundance of crisp details. It might be the sculpt, but I found that this model was the cleanest of the models and required very little removing of mold lines etc.
The sword arm is rather flimsy if you do not pin it, so be aware of that. Me, I don’t pin anything, I just cry when it breaks.I absolutely love that it is a female model and it shows, without giving the model huge boobs in skimpy clothes, but instead opting for a more realistic look.
Summing it all up, the models are all nicely cast albeit cast in metal, but if metal doesn’t put you off, the models are definitely worth a look, if you are in the market for some fantasy models.
I feel, that with the latest changes to Warhammer Age of Sigmar and the new focus on single models, lends itself very well to different and unique models from other ranges and companies, which is completely okay in my book.
They would also be perfect for a game of Mordheim, Frostgrave or any other fantasy skirmish game.
As always, a big "thank you" to King Games for providing the miniatures for this review.