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.
Great review! I like the box set, although if people are not into converting then it really does limit the poses. Overall though they are awesome :DReplyDelete
Thanks. It's a shame I messed up the lighting for the pictures, though.Delete
Oh man I gotta get my hands on these, I still didn't even finish putting the male survivors together yet.ReplyDelete
I'm right with you there - I've assembled a dozen or so of the male survivors but I have only painted 2 so far.Delete
Nice review. I'd be tempted to use the zombie arms an such for unarmed civilians. If your gonna convert may as well go whole hog!!ReplyDelete
I'm still lagging with my zmobie stuff lately these are on my list to get though.
Excellent idea; it's probably easier to fill any wounds on the zombie arms than it is to remove a weapon from a human one. Or just accept such an injury :-) .Delete
Great review, thanks Colgar! With a box like this percentage of female survivors suddenly skyrockets, hehe. My zombie project is mostly on hold atm, but that weapons sprue looks great. I completely understand the wish for empty arms...it would make them a great pack of civilians, too!ReplyDelete
Yes, I'd be a lot happier if these were truly civilians rather than a proto-militia!Delete
Nice review Colgar - thanks for doing it for the rest of us!ReplyDelete
I'm mildly surprised that I haven't seen anything else like this already - I wasn't setting out to write the definitive review.Delete
I've yet to see a single version of the woman in the first picture without a rocket launcher. Like the men survivors set I think most folk will probably never get to making up or converting all 30 figures.ReplyDelete
They're a good set to have though and should be on everyone's "must have" lists, but I do think the lack of open hands is an oversight.
Yes, the rocket launcher is fairly obvious for a first build :-) . I'll make up a different version of theat body sometime, just to show you it can be done :-) .Delete
Thanks for showing these. I am sure there is something here I can use. Id on't think I NEED 30 female survivors though so will probably try to snag a single sprue on eBay. Once more my first view of these figures so thank you.ReplyDelete
I agree, 30 figures is probably more than I really need. Mind you, I already have far more survivors (from many different manufacturers) than I'll ever need!Delete
I need to get hold of these girls!ReplyDelete
Cheers for the review mate!
Thanks. They're certainly filling a gap in the market.Delete
All in all it looks like a pretty good set. They seem clothed for the most part, which is nice.ReplyDelete
As with "The Men", it's a very nice kit with well-animated figures and parts that fit together almost seamlessly (if in limited configurations). Yes, they're all clothed - though much of that is short and/or tight.Delete