Monday, July 6, 2009

Review: Avatars of War Netherhound

In starting up my Khornate Daemon army, I decided very early on that 1) I wasn't enthused about the Flesh Hounds (they fail to grab me and are all metal) and 2) I love the Warriors of Chaos Warhounds. So, it was a very easy decision for me to just use the Chaos Warhounds, instead.

When it came to Karanak, the decision was a little trickier. I didn't want to use the Karanak model, because it didn't fit with the Warhounds. I could have probably cut up three hounds and, with some greenstuff, made something work. Instead of doing that, however, I decided to use the Avatars of War Netherhound model. It fits much better with the warhounds, looks pretty cool, and will involve a great deal less sawing, greenstuffing and cussing, right?

Almost. As it turns out, this model involved a great deal of greenstuffing. Gaps were enormous and everywhere. Plus, I messed up slightly somewhere in my attemp to stick the front of the model to the two back halves (for things like this, where there's nowhere really good to pin, I use superglue / greenstuff / superglue; it's strong, but can be unforgiving), which made the non-negligible gap even more of a problem.

I'm more than a little disappointed by how much gapfilling I needed to do. If I want to add more to the model (and I'm debating it), that's one thing, but I can't think of another model I've had to work with that has had gaps like this out of the blister/box.

Even more disconcerting is the pose of the model. It doesn't actually work the way it's photographed on the AoW site. The flatness of the feet are out; the model is clearly sculpted to have its rear feet elevated half an inch!

Although this is manageable, it's also painful. I'm basing all of my models with cobblestone plasticard that I'll paint brassy. Now, I've got to figure out how to do a block beneath this model's rear feet and have it look like it fits.

Overall, I'm pretty disappointed by the model. It looks good, but really required more work than I think it should have.


  1. Wow, that is greatly disappointing! I have been very happy with the models I have ordered, and Felix has done a great job sculpting them. It would be interesting to know if this was a bad run or if this model is just not up to the normal level of his others. Have you emailed him?

  2. The models are great looking; I bought Mike the Dark Elf Sorceress for Christmas a few years back and I don't recall him having any problems with it. I'm still waiting for the Skaven hero. :)

    That said, the way this model came together, I can't imagine that I just got a bad one. The seam between the front and back halves is probably mostly my fault, but the enormous fissure down the back really didn't feel like a casting flaw, nor did the gaps between the heads and neck. Ditto for the only realy dealbreaker for me, the positioning of the feet.

    It hadn't occurred to me to e-mail them; I'm not sure what good I could expect it to do. I definitely have the impression that it's just this model that's problematic, not the line.


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