We were rather partial to the previous Order Militant figures that came across our review desk; their dark and weird look and quality were apparent in every sculpt. Will we feel the same way about these new ones?
SAGA: Age of Magic has got some cracking figures in its evolving range, cast at the high quality you’ll expect if you’ve ever purchased anything from the folks at Gripping Beast before. These new Order Militant releases are no exception – clean one-piece casts in high quality material – and are priced very reasonably, at an average of about £3 ($4.25 US) per figure.
Hauptmann of the Order Militant, Right-Hand to the Grand Commander
This is a character figure and represents a Captain. It’s a rather good one too, sculpted by Matt Bickley (as are the rest of the range), with a load of great details that give it a semi-historical look. He wears mail but also has a cracking looking helm, raised to show a detailed face, and other armour elements visible. His fur lined cloak will ensure that painting his back is a quick job and his range of weapons make him the Swiss Army knife of the Order Militant.
Next are two Hexencutioners [Gesundheit! – Ed] who come as a double pack and represent Paladins. These models sport the kind of look that we can only really describe as ‘kinky executioner’ … which is an awkward thing to have to think about! They wear chaps, boots, and gear that wouldn’t look amiss in a Mapplethorpe photograph (it’s art – just don’t go Googling it at work!) while carrying bloody huge axes and hanging nooses from themselves. It’s honestly a ludicrously over the top look but in the Order Militant it actually works!
Enforcers of Righteousness
Another Paladin option and equally keen to show off their backsides, it’s the Enforcers of Righteousness! Clearly these chaps visit the same tailor as the Hexencutioners, but when it comes to weaponry they prefer the huge sword to the huge axe! These are great sculpts and while they may not be to everyone’s tastes they are very fitting in this range and will also suit players of GW classics like Mordheim, we suspect.
We finish with the Bishop – a Sorcerer of Holy Light & Holy Flame. He’s an odd looking character with religious undertones alongside a practical and battle ready kind of style. While we like the overall look of this odd model – especially the cowl, hat, and matching gloves – it has the one part of all of the figures here that doesn’t quite seem right – his weapon seems to bend under its own weight. Because of its position it’s not actually possible to straighten it, which is a shame.
Despite that weapon issue we think this is a great set of figures at a great price (you could buy all of the ones covered here for £18.50 ($26 US) which is excellent value for skirmish level quality) and well worth a look!