Who can't be excited for Overkill? I'm pretty sure I won't be picking up a box (I can't see enough kitbashing potential in it right now, that's a pity) but I'm pretty bloody excited all the same! Not least of all the figures themselves-- it would appear that GW might be returning to their more classic style, which is a nice thought. Right now I just wanted to share my uncoordinated thoughts on the Space marines, what I saw when I looked at their images on the webstore so my opinion is in no way valid but oh well--!
A broad overlook tells me that these will be archetypes of their chapter, in their pose, their effects, each founding chapter in a nutshell, pretty much.
Ortan Cassius-- It's nice to see this fellow getting some attention again; seeing as he is a tyrannic war vet it only makes sense. So much detail from his first metal figure has been replicated, down to the book on the chain; it's this kind of homage to the past that gets me excited... I'm not sure what happened to his face though, but his new (borrowed?) flesh certainly has a rather chaplain-ish air about it. The pose is well done, too. It feels as though he is trying to be the calm assertive energy his team can fall upon should their anger boil over-- but he's having trouble keeping calm himself. Quite understandable.
|Here's his classic appearance for the record|
I haven't seen much of the Vth this last while, and know very little about them, so I cannot say much. But I must say I have learnt much just by looking at the figure. Feral, homeless and free, honour-bound to traditions so old their meanings are lost, proud and arrogant-- this is what he gives off, and I wouldn't be surprised if that was his Chapter's archetype.
I will not deny, it is an intimidating pose; he appears to be in the middle of retorting to a challenge, maybe casting a suitably violent spell-- very, very well done indeed. It also appears to be a re-imagining of the classic and impractical but oh-so-whimsical Jes Goodwin pose. Do you see the classic lightning bolt on his thighs? I forgot that was a libarian's symbol.
And I'm sorry for the Skyrim reference.
You know, if I hadn't sworn allegiance to my lord the Praetorian I would have followed the shadowed lord.
The detail too-- the heat damage across the chest, salamander pelts everywhere-- even that distinct Promethian way of depicting fire on the chest, that green edged in gold, reminds me a bit of Sigmar's comet. And the heavy flamer, that's another thing. It wouldn't surprise me if he hadn't made that weapon himself. I haven't got much to say about this chap, except that it's so BRILLIANT and unintentionally CUTE!
Looking at the muzzle I think it's meant to be a frag cannon, a sort of grenade launcher usually used by the sons of Sanguinius-- but that string of projectiles lead either straight out of the drum and back in, or nowhere; I find it an unusual design, not like I can talk with my own design, I just personally don't like it. Which is sad. But they made the heavy weapon specialist a son of the VIIth; he really looks like he's gritting his teeth behind that mask. With foul oaths he plants his feet and with a blackening heart he swears to die before he steps back-- an archetype of the Imperial Fists.
A beautiful Dhampir-- While he doesn't have the dancer-like appearance of the Raven guard, the character of the Blood Angel is no less apparent in his pose full of barely-chained rage, as if every breath is a breath closer to level E and he is full aware of it and doesn't care. You know, come to think of it, that pose has a lot of backwards motion to it; it seems a bit awkward, a bit inhuman... Oh, hang on...
The first thing to catch my eye on this sculpt was the knife scabbard. As a child I was most fond of toys that had swords they could put away and carry. Why did I bring that up? Usually, space marines mag-lock their knives thew their belts-- once again, they didn't have to add the sheath but they did anyway. Very nice.
The pose too, that righteous beserkr fury with blades out and gun flung unwanted to one side-- an archetype of the Space Wolves.
Reloading poses aren't usually favoured by many, from what I've seen at least, but do you not realise the image it portrays? One of calculation, one who thinks hard before acting, an air of unmoving, but calm and accepting, not as reckless or maddened as the VIIth-- a proper archetype of the Iron Hands.
A staunch, stable (and probably rigorously drilled) pose from a classic bit of deathwatch cloth, proper display of icons and exclusive use of the hesh-pattern bolter. Where Cassius was wild and vengeful, this fellow keeps his anger behind his eyes and sees only calm death before him -- the Ultramarine archetype.
The Gregorian-- it's like the Lion touched some stained-glass window within the Rock and gave it life. Once again, a completely different style to the rest of the team; the waisting of the sword, the studs and the habit, gothic arches everywhere, and of course the only plasma weapon in the squad.
Next to the librarian I believe he is the most literature-heavy-- not by much, but the reliquary full of scrolls on his back is a very nice addition. It all screams "Ist legion" rather loudly, doesn't it?
Overall, they're all very nice. I've been using that word rather too often now. What the hell. They're all ANGELIC. Except for that shot-cycler.
And now I've rambled myself out. Perhaps I've confirmed some things in your mind about what you thought. What do you think, by-the-by? Do you like the sculpts, are there things you'd want to change should you buy Overkill? I'd be interested to hear!