Plastic Apocalypse Survivors - The WomenA few months ago, I showed some of my builds from Wargames Factory's kit "Apocalypse Survivors: The Men". Since then, they've released a matching set of female survivor entitled, amazingly enough, "Apocalypse Survivors: The Women". It was my birthday recently so I treated myself to some of these newer models. At least, I ordered the box - the family intercepted the delivery, wrapped the kit and handed it back to me on the big day.
This isn't intended to be a full review of "The Women", but here are a few quick notes:
- There are enough parts to make 30 figures, consisting of 3 identical sprues of figures (each with 10 bodies, a choice of arms and a wide variety of heads) and 1 extra sprue of weapons and equipment.
- The bodies are coded with letters on the sprue near them, from 'A' to 'J'. Arms (& occasionally heads) are also coded and need to be fitted to the corresponding body. This is partly so that sleeves match the rest of the clothing and partly so that the animation of the finished model looks good. There was at least 1 mistake in the codes on the sprues in "The Men", so careful planning is a good idea.
Little Lucy and Big BerthaMost of the women in this kit are healthy, slim adults, probably between 20 and 40 years of age. I find that slightly disappointing as it doesn't reflect real-world demographics particularly well. However, it's arguable that the older or younger or less fit individuals haven't survived whatever apocalypse has struck. Or, more likely, Wargames Factory are pandering to a male audience who just like "babes".
Note that these 2 models have a restricted choice of heads because of their body shapes and sizes.
Shotguns and Pipe Bombs
I've nothing much to say about the middle figure, except that (to a British eye) a shotgun is a much more likely firearm for a civilian than anything automatic.
Lastly, on the right, we have my favourite model from this bunch. She's dressed in baggy, casual clothes that look much more practical for the apocalypse than all the mini-skirts and tight trousers. In her hand is a pipe bomb; I've fitted a satchel containing several more to her hip. I just love the attitude that this model has: she looks completely unafraid of whatever situation is facing her!
|Note that a few parts have been removed from this frame already.|
- Wargames Factory are highly commended for putting any extras in the box at all, let alone such a full frame. Brilliant!
- The sprue is full of weapons. There are at least 20 assault rifles of various types, 4 RPGs, 4 chainsaws, 10 shotguns as well as some backpacks, pouches and so on. Possibly too many automatic weapons?
- But: the frame doesn't have any mundane items (handbags, rolling pins, attache cases, sports bags, binoculars, cycle helmets...).
- I really miss not having some arms with empty hands. If you want to give any of these spare weapons to a figure, or if you just want an unarmed woman for a change then you'll need to carve away an existing weapon.