by Mike Hughes
The Boar hacker model is made by Sea Dragon Miniatures for their upcoming game Sapphire Wars (Facebook link), and retails for €11.00. The hacker comes in three parts: the main body, right arm with gun, and head. The kit also comes with a 30 mm round lipped base. Once assembled, the figure measures 32 mm from the base of his boots to his eyes. Currently it is only possible to buy directly from the manufacturer. For purchase enquiries you can contact Sea Dragon Miniatures directly at: email@example.com
Assembly is fairly straightforward. The mould lines were pretty insignificant and were mostly around the inseam of his trousers and boots. The rounded joints fit together to produce a pose just like in the promotional picture. This is both a good and bad thing. If you like the pose in the picture you’re all set. However, if you want to switch things up you are going to need some modelling skills. The arm would be fairly straight forward if you wanted the gun aiming in a different direction. There’s a little bit of shirt showing from under the shoulder strap that I would file off as it looked awkward when I dry fitted the arm in different poses. The head, on the other hand, would need some serious filing and putty work if you wanted to turn it around. Also, seeing as the fits lack any sort of socket, I went ahead and pinned the review copy to give it a bit more strength. You could probably get away without pinning if you were just using it for a display piece, but I’d recommend the reinforcement if you intend to game with the figure.
The proportions of the figure remind me a great deal of classic barbarian figures in the vein of Thrudd. The huge, muscled torso with extremely small legs. The head is especially well done. The blend of porcine and human combines to create a very characterful expression. When I first saw it I couldn’t help but think of Hannibal from The A-Team chomping on a cigar. I also like the boar’s shirt. It looks half shirt and half armour. The grid pattern should make it fairly easy to paint with a base coat and wash while still giving more advanced painters an interesting canvas to work with. The gun, however, leaves a little to be desired. It’s not terrible by any means, but I think it looks a little flat when compared to the rest of the figure. I really can’t tell what the gun is supposed to be. Which, I suppose could be a good thing as the generic look means you could have it count as pretty much anything with a rifle-like appearance.
My big question when I first held the boar hacker in my hands is what I would do with him. I know he is intended for use as a part of the upcoming Sapphire Wars game, but seeing as he is the first figure I was trying to work out other games I could use him with until Sapphire Wars is released. The first thing that popped into my head was actually not a tabletop wargame, but Shadowrun. I think he’d make a really interesting hacker even though he doesn’t conform to the standard races of the game. He might also work well as a minion for Pulp City. The villains hire the boar hacker to break into some secure corporate or government computer and the heroes have to stop him. There is also the obvious Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles tie-in if you are doing some form of TMNT gaming.
- Good pose.
- Excellent sculpting on the head and face.
- Clean sculpt that required little clean up.
- Not too easy to change the pose if it doesn’t appeal to you.
- Unless you’re strictly a painter or want to use the model for another system, you’re going to have to wait a while for the release of the game.