Saturday, 19 December 2015
Too Good To Be True
There's a saying that goes something along the lines of "if something looks to good to be true it probably is".
You may recall my blog post last week about Rackham miniatures and having discovered a potential source for them. I was informed by my visitors that the site in question – cadwallon.com – was in fact a company selling re-casts and that the only licensed source for Rackham models was now at Cool Mini Or Not.
I had placed an order to see if this treasure trove of Rackham goodness was too good to be true and today a parcel arrived. I thought I'd take a look at what I got and compare it to the closest genuine Rackham model I have.
Upon opening the box I was greeted by a bubblewrap-filled vision that I would normally associate with second-hand Ebay purchases. The model itself came in a small zip lock bag – main body, separate arms and a random square base. There was no Rackham base or cards to go with this model.
The first and obvious thing I noticed was the flash. Rackham models (as I recall) had no flash and the mould lines were very subtle. Not so here. Large bit of flash on Misericorde's leg and bits on the arms.
Upon closer inspection there were things not quite right. The cast isn't sharp – at least not Rackham sharp and there are irregularities in the sword blade – it's not a consistent depth across the length of the blade.
I dug out one of the models from the Hybrid Nemesis box set to compare. You may not be able to see from these photos but the quality of the two hardly compare at all.
So there you have it. I finally got my hands on a Misericorde model, but was it worth it?