In March 2015, Raging Heroes launched their second Kickstarter: Toughest Girls of the Galaxy 2. The purpose of this Kicktarter was to raise enough funds to make “3 new female armies: Dark Elves, Lust Elves, and Sisters of Mercy, in both Fantasy and Sci-Fi versions”. The first Kickstarter from Raging Heroes was immensely popular, and this second project was expected to hit another big goal. From the start of the project it was announced that all backers of $175 and above would get 15 miniatures for free: so-called Freebies.
Being a big fan of dark elf miniatures, I had to back this Kickstarter of course, and so went in on the Lieutenant pledge – the lowest pledge amount to qualify for the freebies.
This review will consist of several posts, in which I will have a closer look at the miniatures from the Kickstarter. In this first review I will focus on the first 6 freebies: Sister Celenia, Xarsiss, Shaliah, Doralys, Sephea, and Liligrith.
The way I will present this review will be slightly different from normal, as it would be way too long to go into details for all miniatures. Therefore, I will write a short summary for each miniature, together with pictures from several angles (as pictures speak louder than words and it allows you to judge for yourself) and in the final post I will give a full overview.
I hope you’re ready, because here we go!
All the freebies are cast in resin. It is funny to note that the material used is not always the same (some are even in a different grey scale) and some minis are truly of better quality than others. The cleaning of these minis is intense, as a lot of release agent is used by the casting company.
Sister Celenia, Scout – Sisters of Mercy
Right off the bat, we start with (in my opinion) the best cast of the freebies. While the sisters were not my favourite faction in this Kickstarter, the quality of the sculpt has won me over. The details are super crisp and the material is very smooth. There are very little airbubbles, and no significant mold lines. The only mishap about this model is the sword that has large air bubbles running along the side. Other than that, she is lovely and will be fun to paint!
All pictures can be enlarged by clicking on the thumbnail
Xarsiss, Harpy Queen – Dark elves
Honestly, I am not much of a harpy fan. Don’t know why, but somehow the wings don’t seem that much fun to paint to me. This harpy is a bit different, as she has a slightly sexy look, yet most likely she is still deadly. Not my favourite freebie, but I can see some use for her in a diorama ;). The cast from Xarxiss is unfortunately of lower quality than Celenia. The material is slightly gritty, and some clean up is required to be able to paint her skin smooth. The material is a lot darker, and more mold release can be found on the cast. Perhaps this has lead to some softer details. But still, the details are very well done. I cannot find any mold lines or air bubbles in this cast. I do think some of the air vents are located on tricky areas. Overall, not the best in the bunch but still a good cast.
Shaliah, Death Dancer Soloist – Lust elves
At first, I was not a big fan of the death dancer, simply because I don’t enjoy painting arms and they have so many! But, the almost oriental details on the figures from this group, together with the dynamic poses has completely changed my mind. I love these ladies. So of course I also ordered a squad of these (not released yet).
Shaliah comes in a lighter resin and the details are superb. Some tiny air bubbles and quite some air vents to be removed, but this cast makes me happy! Will be so much fun painting all those elaborate details!
Doralis, Virgin Oracle – Sisters of Mercy
This is one of my favourite sculpts in the bunch. It is a very simple miniature, but I can see her used in so many settings. The cast is very nice and clean. No air bubbles or irregularities and no mold lines. And she will be super easy to assemble, I like that! Some vents are placed at awkward areas, so that will require a bit more time to deal with properly. Other than that, another top cast in the bunch!
Sephea, Executrix Champion – Dark elves
Oh yes, I like dark elves. No idea what an executrix is, but it sounds nasty. I love the big weapon she is leaning on. Not a big fan of decapitated heads, but in this case it does sort of fit the mini.
The cast on this lady is also very good. Only part that is a bit gritty is on her legs, so that might require some smoothing. The details are again very crisp and there is a great deal of different textures to have fun with (like the boots, the weapon and the skin). Some small air bubbles, but nothing major. No mold lines. I don’t really understand why the right arm was attached to the dress like that. In my opinion it creates unnecessary areas to clean and it would be better if the arm was attached to the sprue instead. But still, this is a great sculpt!
Liligrith, Exanguinatrix – Lust elves
Another unpronouncable profession, but definitely an interesting sculpt. This is not one of my favourites, but I cannot really point my finger on why. I do like the sinister lust elves, perhaps it is the fact that this in another mini holding a decapitated head, or maybe it’s all the braids. I do like all the details on the body, those should be fun to paint!
The resin on this piece is a little bit gritty, but not quite in the same order as the harpy. The details are again super crisp, especially the ornaments on the body are spot on. Other than a tiny airbubble on the tip of her tongue, I cannot find any. Also no mold lines. Face quality is particularly great. She should be quite easy to assemble, and the air vents are places on smart areas.
That concludes the first part, I hope you enjoyed it! The second part will be published on Tuesday 🙂