With the need for an Ogre Bodyguard in my Witch Hunter warband I decided that I’d take the plunge and buy myself a Finecast Maneater rather than faff about on eBay trying to get a metal one for a pound or two less. And, to be honest, now GW do free delivery on anything over a tenner, paying just under the RRP for a second-hand model is retarded.
Way back, when I use to do painting commissions, I ended up painting two Ogre Kingdoms armies back to back which meant I got to paint every single model in the range at least once. Aside from completely killing any enthusiasm I had for collecting an Ogre army of my own, the one model that stuck in my mind was the Paymaster Maneater. It’s a fantastic model. I mean just awesome. So it’s no surprise then that I ordered that very model to be my Ogre Bodyguard.
I also thought it would be a good time for me to finally review Finecast, the Games Workshop’s answer to the question we never asked. Although Finecast has been available for about a year now I have, thus far, avoided getting too involved in the debate beyond the price of models.
So, where to start? Well, I suppose how the model arrived.
Obviously, covered in flash. That said Finecast is very easy to work with. Clippers had all the flash gone and parts on the sprue cut out in no time. The quality of the cast was fine although I’m aware of a lot of problems the Games Workshop have been having on that front. The poly resin mix means that mould lines (and there were a couple) are removed very easily without the files chewing the resin as can often be the case with ‘pure’ resin models, such as Forgeworld.
Building a Finecast model is, in theory, easier than working with metal. It’s crazy light so no contending with mass whilst you try to stick pieces together. However, the super glue sets incredibly quickly once it makes contact so if you don’t have the piece you want to stick handy you’ll be reapplying.
Once the model was built and I could properly take a look at it and I have to be honest and say that the quality was quite apparent. As with a lot of my reviews lately it’s the little details that shone out for me. Such as the torn knuckles on the glove, the gums picked out on the Maw medallion, and the scar and eyeless socket on the head. They all go a long way to not only show off this fantastic model but also how much sharper Finecast can make things. I emphasise the can.
The big disappointment was that no effort has been made to solve the time old issues of join lines. The arm for the Paymaster Maneaster has never fitted well to the body and I’d hoped that the Finecast model would have had that problem solved. It wasn’t. It’s a minor greenstuff job but working with something as easy and as light as plastic, it feels wrong needing to. And at £15.50 for one model that weighs less than the equivalent money in plastic it’s not a big ask that everything fits together nicely. To be fair, this is a recast and models designed specifically for Finecast may not have this problem. I’ll endeavour to do a follow-up article with a Finecast original.
Overall then, I’m not fully sold on Finecast. I can’t deny the quality of detail has improved from the metal hugely, but I’m not sure the casting has. Especially as the Maneaster needed just as much filing and greenstuffing as the original metal ones I painted back in 2007. And although Finecast doesn’t shatter like resin, it explodes like metal and snaps like plastic. Plus you can’t just bend slightly wonky parts back into place like either material, you have to put it in hot water and tease it back into shape. So, in a way, Finecast gives you all the detail of resin but all the irritations of resin, metal and plastic. And for more money…