Of all the Ultracast figures we’ve seen recently (and we’ve seen quite a few here at WiHQ) – these are the best. In terms of design, they are well researched and believable, in terms of detail they are sharp, and in terms of casting they are pretty clean and – crucially for Ultracast – not too bendy.
Of course they will bend if you force them and debate has raged here in the office as to whether “that lance is bent” and “have I just bent it back or did it make no difference?” Considering that with some other Ultracast products we have been in no doubt that parts have been bent in all sorts of strange ways, this argument over minutiae is definitely welcome.
Having spent several hours over the last weekend clipping, shaving and gluing hard plastic HYW figures together we have a sudden new appreciation for Ultracast (or insert other manufacturers’ names for similar material here), especially when it is this well produced. Having to make just one ‘snip’ before the figures are painting-table-ready is a big plus.
Looking beyond the material, in this prototype (i.e. it didn’t come in a box) ‘Pacto Start Army’ designed for Mortem et Gloriam we have 111 figures: three mounted command (knights), six foot command (foot knights), 18 men-at-arms on foot, 54 longbowmen and 30 billmen. A whole English HYW army in your pocket, or at least in a small Really Useful Box.
The number of poses here are impressive – the majority are unique. We tried to figure out if the same figures were repeated on different sprues, but it sent us dizzy, so suffice to say – you get a lot of different figures in this set.
The archers lack some of the subtleties that’s present in the pose of 28mm models from, say, Perry Miniatures. For 15mm they are very well done and showcase a nice range of different ‘armour’ and sidearms.
The Billmen are slightly less varied but are again interestingly armed and armoured.
The foot men-at-arms come on one sprue of six times two, plus six other different figures on a third sprue, all with an interesting mix of static and ‘in the thick of the fighting’ poses. One of the shields is very odd, bringing to mind a foam hand, but the rest of the armament looks great – who doesn’t love a Hounskull helmet on a figure?
The Mounted knights are in short supply, curiously four men and three horses, but again these are nice sculpts with nothing fairground-ride about the horses.
The final sprue contains six command figures, including a priest and a praying knight, all six figures are asking to form a command diorama.
As with most PSC MeG releases, these miniatures are manufactured under licence from Corvus Belli, they originally appeared in metal, but PSC have done a splendid job of relaunching them in Ultracast (bendy resin to me and you), attractive in both design and price, weighing in at £35 for the box.