Defiance Games shows their test models

By TGN Ross
In News
Mar 13th, 2012

Defiance Games talks about their new test models.

From their preview:

The first test shots went off yesterday afternoon and the toolmaker was very happy with the result. The whole mold filled – including the four bases at either end. We did get some flashing on several parts – which is the result of too much pressure being applied.

They are now checking the problem areas and widening the gates to those parts so that the plastic can flow more smoothly with less pressure. It is better to start off with smaller gates and widen them than to have large once that need to be welded smaller. (Please note this is shot with basic high impact polystyrene – it’s not colorized and is translucent – NOT the final plastic) More updates once they do the next shots.

  • That picture is not particularly helpful.. the article is interesting and I hope the issues with fine detail have been resolved.

  • Osbad

    That’s got to be one of the most bizarre sprue set-outs I have ever seen:

    2 torsos, 3 sets of legs, 4 bases and 6 heads!

    What sort of weird monsters are supposed to be being reproduced here? If they’d swapped out that backpack for another torso they would have added 50% value to the sprues. As it stands though it’s a weird choice!

  • Hi Osbad – frame layout is actually a tricky thing. You have to weigh flexibility of the set with how much space you have to work with. In this case – we wanted a 3rd set of legs that would be more dynamic than the other two (which are basic advancing poses) – but I didn’t want to limit the gamer to having 1/3 of their poses with that set.

    The other thing you have to take into account is headgear and the weapons mix. If you added in a 3rd torso – you now have to add in a 3rd arm with a standard rifle (in order for there to be enough standard rifles in the set) and a third helmet head with the full face mask and another with either visor down or face free) – and then you would be short a few other parts on the frame that would start to REALLY limit your options.

    I am not a believer in this idea that you should be forced to only have so many options when assembling plastic figures. I think we’ve been led down a boring path in general in the hobby when it comes to plastic options. So Defiance is listening to what people want and trying to deliver it to them.

    PS The 4 bases – only 2 per frame go to the box set – so you get 24. The rest are going into separate packaging for those who need solid 25mm round bases (i.e. no slot)


  • Darsc Zacal

    I think it’s a very interesting sprue layout. The final price per figure will really determine it’s value to me. If the price per mini remains reasonably low, regardless of how many come per sprue, and I get a bunch of spare bitz too… Well that sounds alright to me.

    Of course this all depends on what the final production sculpts end up looking like, which I can’t tell from these photos.

    It still does have me curious to see more though.

  • Hi Darsc – the retail price for the box set is $29.95 for 24 figures and bases. That won’t change.