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Friday, 22 January 2016

Firestorm Armada Terquai unboxings

It was inevitable that those accursed traitors, the Terquai, would wash into Oscar's painting queue at some point, and that time has come. Actually, he's had the Dread for a while, and the Patrol Fleet and cruiser box have just joined that - time to look at the all together! Let's start with the Patrol Fleet and go from there....



As usual Spartan do a nice job of their boxes, with lovely full colour photography of the studio models on the front, and breakdowns of the box on the back as normal.


Inside you get the resin, bases, TACs and token sheets as you'd expect...of course we're primarily interested in the models.


These come in two bubble-wrap bags and one zip-lock bag...


...which open up to quite a lot of stuff! Starting from the small end this time, you get four frigates, which are chubby chunkers!


Comparing to a standard Aquan Chimaera, you can see its a little longer, but MUCH fatter...who ate all the pies??




Despite its weight issues (!), these one-piece models are really nicely done, and I just adore the Terquai propulsion golf balls - they remind me of the Liberator from Blakes 7 (if you don't know that ship, you're no sci-fi fan!!!)


Next up are the three cruisers, which can all be built as either assault or torpedo versions. This is neatly achieved by both top and side drop ons (plus a common underside drop-on). I like the addition of all parts so you have complete freedom here - it's a really nice touch from SG.


The cruiser obviously slims out if it grows up from a Frigate, being a little shorter than an Isonade, but lacking its needle-sharp anorexia. The drop-ons themselves are very clever;


 
These two top drop-ons give the ship a different profile and look.



As do the two side drop-ons. Combined they do produce two very different cruisers from the same hull, which can't be said for all the "modular" designs (yes, I'm looking at you, Huntsman!)


The underside piece and flight peg holder is common to both versions, but this doesn't detract from the designs at all

I won't cover the separate cruiser box, suffice to say you get an exact duplication of the Cruiser elements from the Patrol Fleet in a nice box;



Finally for the patrol fleet, you get the Alkonost. This is a three part model (four if you count the underside drop on, which is the same as the cruiser piece), which actually isn't really longer than the cruisers, but it is bulkier and has the two ski side-pods.


The hull has really nice flowing lines to it, and looks like a blend of human and Aquan tech



The side "ski" pods are handed (and have convenient L & R stamped into them).



But again, my favourite part of this models is its engines


Now the Alkonost is an Assault carrier, which means it has SRS tokens. The Terquai have some of the nicest yet;



So moving onto the dreadnought...


 Another gorgeous shot, and we're into the box contents...


This is a bit of a monster! It has a great aesthetic, which times in nicely with the other ships and the prior v1/1.5 Terquai cruisers too.



The hull has great detail and is not as elegant as the Alkonost, but does convey a sense of sturdiness.



The two side pods are the size of a ship each, and have phenomenal detail considering they're both single pieces.


here you can see detail of the surfaces , especially the various guns, and also see how little casting flash they have. One of my side pods has a small bubble in the front, but nothing that either a spot of Green Stuff or painting as light battle damage won't fix!


Both side pods and hull have the same golf-ball aesthetic drive systems, which gives the terquai a very distinct look.

Overall these Terquai releases continue the trend we've seen from SG in the Firestorm Releases - great designs, clever moulding, quality casting and good value. The only thing I don't like about them is that they're on the wrong side!