Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Review - HOF Combat Medics from 15mm.Co.Uk

If you ordered science fiction minis from 15mm.Co.Uk in the past few weeks, you probably noticed a little Christmas gift in your shipment. I received mine last week (along with the Star Vikings and a few other items, but more about them later). For those of you who weren't able to take advantage of the free special - they will soon be available in the HOF Humanity range. And they are definitely worth adding to your collection.




The pack includes six castings: two figures carrying medical kits, a third operating a scanner/tablet device, two identical litter bearers, and a grav-assisted litter. The castings were nice and crisp; there was just a bit of flash on a couple figures' legs, and some visible mold lines on the helmets that were easy to clean. I will gripe just a bit about the thickness of the figures' cast bases. I've noticed this on several of the HOF Humanity figures (cultists, post-apoc warriors, etc), and it is somewhat of a nuisance to deal with. HOF figures tend to stand a little on the tall side as it is. Depending on your basing preferences, a thick 3-4mm blob below their feet could leave them towering over many other figures. 

To remedy the thick bases, I tried something based on a TMP suggestion - using a large metalworking file on them instead of my small jeweler's files. It worked quickly - just a minute or so on each figure thinned the bases down to the ultra-thin standards found on Laserburn and HOF Retained figures. Then I glued three castings each to two popsicle sticks, hit them with some white primer, and set to work.


I wanted to keep these figures as generic as possible, since their uniforms and equipment makes them suitable for just about any human force. The details on the figures really came out when I started painting them. The only thing I don't really like on the figures' bodies are the hands - they're a bit misproportioned (similar to the Cultists and Post-Apocalyptic Warriors). Their fatigues, body armor, and helmets are very nicely detailed, and quite generic. Long-time Dropship Horizon follower Zac pointed out to me how much these figures resemble the GZG Hammer's Slammers figures, and I agree. They are wearing fabric fatigues, an armored vest (with raised medical cross) that covers the torso, and a helmet with a smooth face-shield/visor. I really like the stretcher, the long box, and the soft bag. Detail on the fifth figure's equipment is a bit soft, but it does allow some creativity with the paintbrush. Here's a look at the raised medical symbols on the backplates and medical box.


I painted them as generic as possible, so I could use them with a number of different human factions in my collection. The fatigues are Vallejo Stonewall Gray with a wash of Secret Weapon Soft Body Black. The helmets, armor, boots, and bottom of the litter are P3 Ironhull Grey; the visors Vallejo Silver with Secret Weapon Blue Wash, and the medical kit/details are basic white and red. The three individual figures were based on pennies, and the litter team was mounted onto a 1.25" fender washer.


After thinning the bases down, these figures end up being a great match for many newer figure ranges. Here they are alongside figures from Armies Army, Rebel Minis, and Micropanzer.


They are a little taller than some of other figure ranges. Here they are next to RAFM, previous-generation GZG, and Laserburn figures. But with the specialist nature of these figures, I don't think it will matter if they stand out just a little bit.

Overall, this is a nice little pack. I'll probably grab another team with each future 15mm.Co.Uk order and personalize them for some of my forces. In fact, it would be pretty easy to lop the heads off a set of these and substitute matching heads from another line. But for now, this team can handle a few Medevac assignments on my 15mm battlefields.

Cheers,
Chris

13 comments:

  1. I need to get some, very useful.

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  2. Would be great as an objective marker or someone to evac

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    1. That's what I'm thinking for a scenario - a small medevac skirmish with about 10 figures per side. It would be a nice way to christen these new minis.

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  3. Thanks Chris, great review. Lots of information and ideas there.

    This code will be released this week and news will come to DSH when the time arrives.

    Thanks again to all who took up the offer.

    GBS

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    1. Thanks for sharing these with all of us, Gavin!

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  4. Nice

    they do fit well with my figs. Ill have to get some for my personal collection

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    1. When I get another team of these, I think I'll try a headswap with your figures. But I agree they would work well enough just sharing the same uniform colors.

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  5. They look great and now that i have seen them close up the molded on rec cross symbols are a nice added bonus i really like fine detail on my miniatures lie this. A cool accompaniment to this set of figures would be the GZG flat bed hover truck that could easily be used as a field ambulance, and another bonus is the kit comes with 2x drivers one of which is more or less wearing the same uniform as this HOF medic's, now with a couple of 15mm resin tents you would have a nice looking MASH unit for your Hammer Slammers force. :)

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    1. I had already selected a different vehicle, we had pretty similar ideas. The futuristic MASH unit merits a bit of thought... maybe some modular buildings instead of fabric tents...

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  6. Nice mini's and well painted! I'm looking forward to receiving mine, along with the order I made. They definitely deserve their own transport.

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    1. The paint on their transport was drying while I posted this review. :)

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  7. nice figs, quite useful for rescue scenarios

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    1. It's going to be fun to see how these get used on the tabletop. I'm always ready to steal someone else's good ideas. :)

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