Jed at Antenociti's Workshop contacted us a few months ago, offering review samples of the Governance Of Technology 15mm range. Of course, I eagerly responded, but never heard anything back. Sure enough, a package arrived last week. It contained not only the current G.O.T. releases (Karbardin APC and Skorpion Grav Tank), but early copies of the Hunchback APC and the Zebu Land Cruiser, previewed back in February! Jed told me that these should be available at Salute this weekend. I know many of you have seen at least the Karbardin and Skorpion, or are at least familiar with Antenociti's more developed 28mm range. But for those of you who haven't, here's a close look at the entire 15mm range.
I used Armies Army Neo-Sov figures for comparison photos.
The Hunchback (a twelve-piece kit) is easily my favorite of the group. The main body and six wheels are resin, and beautifully detailed. A half-moon-profile axle securely holds the wheels into position. Mine glued directly on without any extra filing or sanding, but a couple of the axle pegs could have been filed a bit shorter if I wanted. The dual-mount turret and four weapon options are all cast in pewter. The turret itself is a bit of a curiosity... It has a perfectly flat teardrop-shaped bottom, but the main body of the vehicle has a circular indentation! Obviously this poses no problem for assembly - you simply glue the turret over the top of the indentation. But it seemed a bit odd. :) There are two each of two different weapons included - one is a nice box-style rocket pod, the other a four-tube launcher with attached gun barrel. I threw one of each onto my turrret.
The vehicle shape and design isn’t reminiscent of any real-world APCs. This makes it more flexible among sci-fi settings... it could be near-future human, far-future human, or possibly an alien design since nothing betrays it as especially terrestrial. The body could hold anywhere from 8-12 troops convincingly, depending on their load. It looks fast and aggressive, with a shape that could have some sort of anti-radar property. The Hunchback also seems pretty well armored, offering more protection than aluminum sinned battle taxis.
The casting was perfectly clean. There was just a slight bit of flash on two of the six wheels, but no visible trace of 3d printing. The main body is perfectly clean other than a little bit of resin bubbling between the axles (completely invisible when assembled). Even the armor rivets are clean and present; probably the highest level of detail I’ve seen in a 15mm vehicle. The pewter components are also cleanly cast - a bit of mold line to file down, but not flaws or droopy barrels.
Zebu Land Cruiser
A very nice take on a near-future wheeled utility vehicle (I swear Jeep made a concept truck like this once). Just like I said about the Khurasan Polecat, this could fill a wide variety of support or small-mission roles. On a first look, the Zebu appears just a little undersized next to 15mm figures. But since military vehicles are never known for having extra comfort, it’s probably just right.
|Old Crow Gecko, G.O.T. Zebu, Khurasan Rockjumper|
It’s another clean and detailed vehicle, with just the slightest hint of 3d printing residue found only on the windshield. The mini itself comes with a once-piece body (wheels are part of the single cast) and three pewter accessories. One is the armored bumper piece, which fits quite nicely. The other two pieces are top hatches... one flat with a small ring mount, the other is is an armored gunners’ station (like we see on MRAPs and newer HMMWVs). Jed deliberately does not include a turret weapon with these. He figures most of us have enough spare weapons lying about, so this would allow us to customize our Zebus to match the infantry force of our choosing.
|Old Crow Jeep, G.O.T. Zebu, Ravenstar Studios Jackal|
The hatch option is nice, but the armored turret was a bit fiddly. You can probably see the superglue residue on the roof from my first few attempts. It was mostly the rear portion that caused the problems - once it separated from the front, tweezers were needed to get it into position. But it looks great once it's mounted onto the Zebu, and would look very nice with a gunner half-figure glued in the center.
SKORPION LIGHT GRAV TANK
I’m developing a love-hate relationship with the Skorpion.
First, I love the overall design. This thing is a great high-tech grav vehicle, suitable for plenty of far-future and space opera forces (human or alien). It looks like it would maneuver quite nimbly, but still withstand heavy enemy fire. The main weapon is a nicely detailed wide beam cannon, supported by two smaller antipersonnel weapons.
That being said... there must be something about the Governance Of Technology background that I must not understand. Because there’s no way this tank should be fighting alongside the Karbardin APC. While the Karbardin looks like something from the year 2050, the Skorpion seems like it should be from the year 5020. It would be a very strange contrast to me... if it made any difference in the vehicle itself. Which, of course, it doesn’t. Most 15mm gamers happily create their own background settings, and little tank should not be overlooked.
The Skorpion does have a few tiny parts that were tough to assemble. One of those is a little pewter headlight that mounts inside grav struts’ front tips. The other are some raised, squared pieces that sit a bit further back. I have no idea what these are supposed to be, but relying on a simple surface-to-surface joint made them a pain to mount. I’d probably just toss these aside before painting the Skorpion - the tank would look just fine without them. The wide beam weapon is beautiful. But it also suffers from a direct surface-to-surface contact... mine separated twice before I got a solid connection. If you're a fan of two-part epoxy, that would be very helpful when assembling the Skorpion.
These are perfect APCs for near-future gaming. The Karbardin's overall shape and size imply a next-generation Stryker or equivalent. It is a wonderfully detailed vehicle, down to headlights, hatch handles, and pintle trailer hitch (I assume the latter would marry up very well with the GZG towed guns). There was one tiny spot on the “chins” that had some casting issues - nothing that couldn’t be cleaned with a file. There’s no trace of 3D printing residue on the visible surfaces.
The GP variant comes with a two-piece resin autocannon turret. This weapon in particular makes the Karbardin look like something we could see within our lifetimes. The anti-tank version comes with a larger single-piece turret incorporating a mini-missile launcher and a beam weapon. This variant is more suited to distant future and space opera settings, and offers the only styling similarity between the Karbardin and the Skorpion grav tank.
Antenociti's Workshop has a well-deserved reputation for producing highly detailed miniatures. Their attention to detail carries well into our scale, and these are easily among the nicest vehicles available. There are some smaller bits than we're used to - the Skorpion in particular wouldn't be ideal for a young or inexperienced modeler. But without a doubt - these vehicles would be great additions to any 15mm sci fi army. I wonder what other 15mm Governance Of Technology products we'll see in our future...