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What's Warlord up to?
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:04:25 PM »
Interesting to see what Warlord are up to in the plastic kit department. 

The plastic King Tiger is out, and I'm sure it will be popular.  It would have been nice if they'd sculpted a new commander and not just re-used an existing one.  I wonder if the Zimmerit is better than the Tiger I's?  The most interesting aspect for me is being able to build the early version.

They have an Opel Blitz/Maultier on pre-order.  It includes a sprue of seated troops.  They haven't been doing these kinds of figures very well - they tend to be lumpy and less detailed than their multipart infantry.  This is the only subject that overlaps Rubicon.  I'm going to bet Rubicon's Maultier is better.

And there appears to be a plastic Char B1 Bis on the way.  That's probably the most exciting release.  Finally the early war period is getting some plastic.  I know Rubicon has plans for a T-26 and early Panzers.  Hopefully we'll see some more, like the Somua S35 and some British types.

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Re: What's Warlord up to?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2017, 12:55:49 PM »
From pictures I've seen in their news letter , the Tiger II has both the Porche and Henchel turrets , with the paticuler gun mantlet that was designed for that version . You also get the snorkal cover for the engine deck of the very early  Porche version ( 8  tanks maybe ? ) , but wether any other parts paticuler to the Porche are included , I'm not sure . I think Rubicon is shaking Warlord up a little with their multi version kits  ,new kits like the Opal ( land  the KV and Type 97 ) has extra parts to make various versions . The troops are a nice touch , but they are not 10 separate figures , but 2 blocks of 5 torsos with 10 pairs of legs and partial arms to add . I guess you could mix and match legs to make totally different figures if you had more than one set . But I think you will loose much detail if you cut them apart to make single seated figures ( tank riders !!! )

Also of note they have a plastic Char B kit coming . The box art shows one in German service with a German style commanders hatch ( not the French armored dome ) , I wonder if you get the choice of French heavy tank or German Flamm panzer ?
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Re: What's Warlord up to?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2017, 11:22:21 PM »
 The Tiger II looks pretty good, (giving you both turrets is a nice touch) - the Zim is only ok, it's far too neat & regular as they've taken the 'vertical columns of horizontal ridges' pattern used on Tiger II's (among others) a bit too literally, though once you started to chip bits away it'll look better. (& as mentioned before, the cupola MG mount is the same nonsense as appears on their Panther & Tiger)
 I like the look of the Maultier, & while I don't doubt that Rubicons version will prove superior when directly compared, WG have sweetened the pot by giving you the Blitz/Maultier option in the kit (plus, while a small thing, including some acetate for windows is nice). The main point for me is the inclusion of passengers - I'm hoping that they're better than the earlier 251 examples (which, being more accurately 1/56 looked a bit silly next to the standard infantry figure). I'm hoping that they're, in fact a little oversized - somewhere between Perry figures & WG & also, please let them fit in the Rubicon/WG 251 models (I'll happily accept a little judicious trimming & bending but draw the line at amputation. That the figures themselves are two part & appear to be larger than those provided previously gives me some hope - but we'll see.

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Re: What's Warlord up to?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2017, 01:51:27 AM »
They're kits made for warlord and not just rushed up/downscaled kits.

It's good. Companies pushing each other to increase their quality.
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Re: What's Warlord up to?
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2017, 03:31:43 AM »
I will very likely get the Warlord Opel/Maultier, as it works out cheaper, and comes with a squad of passengers.  Debating getting just one to start, or getting three and being done. Wondering if the kits are designed so the rear wheels can be removed, and the tracks put in their place (magnets perhaps) so that I have the ability to mix as needed depending on the scenario.

I actually tried to get a Rubicon Opel a few months back, and if that order had worked out, I would be getting two more from Rubicon. But the item was back-ordered, then they said they had it, but not the other stuff, and asked me to wait 3 more weeks. I waited 7, and never heard back from them, so just cancelled the order. Very frustrating. I won't deal with that company again.

I prefer working in plastic, and hope Rubicon continue to release vehicles suitable for early war. Unfortunately for them, I just acquired an Sd.Kfz 7, so their upcoming model will not be on my purchase list. I do hope they eventually work that into the Sd.Kfz 10 as that was the main hauler for so many early war bits and bobs.  And nobody else has a 10, in plastic or resin.

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Re: What's Warlord up to?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2017, 05:17:47 AM »
They're kits made for warlord and not just rushed up/downscaled kits.
I did wonder as PSC have recently released the Blitz in 15mm (and have ceased to publish the instructions on their website).

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Re: What's Warlord up to?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2017, 07:10:51 AM »
I want both the Rubicon and Warlord Maultier , can never have enough transport . Plus I have a few kit bash ideas I want to build , before someone does a kit of them , and everybody has one  ::). Hopefully the BA plastic troops are more to scale than those in their 251 D . Their metal seated figures look good in my Rub . Opel Blitz

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