20/02/2020 at 12:04 #131916piers brandParticipant
Well I finally got hold of some of the new 15mm Ancients from The Plastic Soldier Company. I even spent 20 minutes painting one up!
Firstly these are made using the Siocast system. This seems to be a method of using a plastic substance to be injected into metal style moulds. It is a plastic, it’s not resin or a derivative of it… it’s a plastic.
I should also say at this point that the figures I recieved are test models used to get used to the system and before PSC realised that their vacuum pump wasnt working properly! This is now fixed and means far less mould lines on the figures now… and they are sending some new versions (which have arrived and I’ve added a pic at the end).
The models are in a hard but flexible plastic. It’s not really like anything I have encountered before but it retains the detail very well. It does have a slight flex, which concerned me at first but after painting, it’s not a concern but now perhaps one of its strengths.
I painted the slinger in the pics up in 20 minutes and decided to be as harsh on it as possible. I did not wash the model first, I used a wash of black paint instead of an undercoat and then painted a base colour and two highlight shades, followed by a matt varnish.
Generally I dislike painting plastics, but these are like painting metal as the material has a texture like metal models. They are also sculpted like metals so I found it really easy and quick to paint. The detail was clear and stood out well.
Really it was like painting a metal 15mm figure. But I’m guessing most people want to know what happens when you flex it… well I after painting I bent the sling all the way down to the body, twice, and then up towards the head. It immediately returns to shape and position, but what impressed me most was the paint did not flake or crack. I’m sure if you really kept at it, then it would… but really that’s pointless, unless you do that to your metal models as some form of torture.
These will survive dropping, travel and gaming with no issue and likely be better off due to the material. No more bent spears, or broken slings and swords. What I thought was going to be an issue is actually a big bonus. Very impressed with that element of the model.
I’m not going to review the sculpt itself, all the PSC figures are coming from existing ranges and are well known. It’s really the material that is the key feature.
The only downside I found was having to remove a mould line around the figure, but if PSC have remedied this, then I’m hard pressed to think of any other issues with it. Once painted it wont be any different to a metal model until you pick it up.
As someone with no interest in 15mm or ancients, I know want to do a couple of armies for Soldiers of Rome using these. The light weight, the cost and ease of painting are all a big bonus. I’m unsure on price but they tell me the starter army boxes will retail at around £35 . Seems a good price to me.
I really hope people give these a go as I think it could really boost the popularity of 15mm and mass battle games in general. I’m also hoping PSC will venture into more periods… I’m told medieval is a possibility and perhaps… Napoleonics! Cant wait to get more of these ancients and paint up a unit or two to see how they look.
So we may be looking at a new revolution for 15mm, and as PSC have also done 20mm figures in this material, it will be very interesting to see how things develop.
These are the latest samples I received this week…20/02/2020 at 12:48 #131920Iain FullerParticipant
Mmm, very interesting. Thanks Piers.
Does anyone know what range the figures come from?
I might resurrect my Pontic Army after all…20/02/2020 at 12:54 #131922bobmParticipant
I believe they are Xyston.
There's 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.....20/02/2020 at 13:10 #131924Who Asked This JokerParticipant
Are the horse and rider separate? The fact that some are turned to make the figures more flat suggest that they are 1 piece.
I believe they are Xyston.
They are Plastic Soldier Company (PSC) in their upcoming ancients range.
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--Abraham Lincoln20/02/2020 at 14:56 #131927Norm SParticipant
Piers, thanks very much for such a helpful post. Looking forward to these.20/02/2020 at 17:29 #131936bobmParticipant
PSC’s range is Xyston figures…in plastic.
There's 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.....20/02/2020 at 19:13 #131964piers brandParticipant
Actually PSC have the following ranges;
All to be ‘cast’ in plastic. All those in the pics above are from the Lurkio range.20/02/2020 at 22:06 #131978Tony SParticipant
I was aware that the long-on-hiatus Corvus Belli figures were going to be cast by PSC, but they will also have Xyston and Lurkio!? Those are some of the best figures on the market. Thanks for the review, Piers, especially for answering the common “how is the material” question.
May Jupiter help my wallet. There goes my 2020 “Pledge”…21/02/2020 at 13:16 #132001Sane MaxParticipant
Second that, if they can make the Lurkio figures to the same quality in this material, I am going to be suddenly very hard up. The Lurkio Sassanids were made in a metal that had the same sort of convertability as stainless steel… drilling out the hands was a nightmare, but worth it for the lovely little infantry you got.
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