While this is the third time I've reviewed a C'thu figure, I'll give you a quick recap - Relics is a skirmish game produced by Tor Gaming2, a small company based in Sheffield, UK. It is described by its creator as a stitch-punk game, and sees forces from six different factions3 battling it out in the world of Relicia. A second edition of the game is, at time of writing, undergoing a final public review and test before going to print, so this is a good time to think about diving in.
If paired with a Vesparmoth, they become even more effective, with each Vesparmoth able to give a unit of Vesparther the Crush ability for a turn. In any game, being able to make people re-roll successful defensive rolls is a strong option, so this is a really handy bonus for the Vesparther to gain from a thematic pairing.
A quick word on packaging - the Vesparther unit comes in a plastic blister pack, with two smaller bags inside it. One contains the four 40mm lipped bases and hexagonal flight stands you need for the models, while the other holds the metal components. Everything seems secure, and given the models are metal, the odds on any of the bits being damaged are very low indeed.
On closer inspection, I also noticed quite a few bits of flash and vents on the models. One set of wings had quite a wide area of the thin flash that indicates metal managed to seep between the two halves of the mould - it won't be impossible to clean up, but it may well be a little frustrating.
Most of the vents I saw on the bodies shouldn't be that hard to clean up, with a couple of exceptions. On the majority body, there was a vent in the socket the wings are meant to be in which was a little tricky to get a good angle on with my clippers. On the minority body, there was a vent coming out of what appeared to be a small gem - that one was concerning, as you don't want to obliterate detail while cleaning up the cast.
Once the base is assembled, the first thing I needed to do once I'd cleaned up the flash was to drill a receiver hole for the top of the flight stand. From talking to Gav about the Vesparmoth, this was omitted from the model to make casting easier. I used a 1.6mm drill bit - mainly because it was the largest I own - and with a little care and the application of a file to the nub at the top of the flight stand, I was able to get a decent fit.
Turning my attention to the wings, one of the advantages of metal came into play. If I'd received perfectly flat wings like this with a resin or plastic kit, reshaping them would have been a bit of a pain. In the case of the Vesparther, warming the metal with my hands a little, then applying pressure, allowed me to bend them into a new pose. In a way, this helps circumvent the problem of only having two body designs - having wings bent at different angles allows for the post to look different, even if it isn't. A drop of superglue later, and my first Vesparther was assembled.
|Scale dwarf is wondering why he keeps getting the short end of the stick...|
The models share plenty of design cues from the Vesparmoth and other elements of the C'thu line, so should fit in well with the C'tharac in the above picture. The entire line continues to look well as one which can be re-purposed for C'thulhu-type creatures in other tabletop games or roleplaying games. So, yes, I do recommend picking them up, especially if you're a fan of the more gribbly style of figures.
The Impertinent Details
1 - Gavin Moorcroft, the mind behind Tor Gaming and Relics.
2 - This would explain why I keep adding their logo to articles...
3 - Or seven, if you count the Mercenaries.
4 - I had them in a 3-to-1 ratio, which seems a little odd for a game which I don't believe has unit leaders.