Sunday, April 3, 2011

Review: Quantum Gothic Power Generator

Quantum Gothic's power generator comes in seven parts.  The image below pictures these parts directly out of the package.  As with the Comm Dish that I previously bought, the power generator has very little in the way of flashes of resin needing to be trimmed away from the kit before assembly can begin. Being pedantic, I did use a hobby knife to sharpen up the edges of the four nuts and bolts bits (lower portion of the image), but realistically, not even that was needed.

I've said it before, and I'll state it again: the quality of Quantum Gothic's resin is tremendous.  There are no air bubbles in the pieces and there are no issues with flexure. The quality control that the company does is fantastic.  The power generator itself is very simple to put together: to be honest space marines are probably harder to glue in place.  The two side bits are glued on to either side of the main body of the generator (the main body is symmetric, so it makes no difference which end one glues them to) and the four nuts and bolts are positioned on the corners of the rectangular resin base.  Assembly time was no more than five minutes, including ripping open the packaging.  It really was that easy!
The assembled power generator is shown below mounted on a large citadel circular base.  For contrast and scale comparison, a chaos space marine with a missile launcher and a tyranid warrior are placed either side of the piece.  As can be seen, the power generator is a little taller than the chaos marine, but the tyranid warrior can just about see over the top of it. 

As well as being scenery that can block lines of sight within games, the power generator's other obvious use will be as an objective marker.  For the moment, I intend to let the generator be a free-standing piece rather than part of a larger terrain piece, but clearly the hobbyist could do either.  One of the more fascinating options would be to create a chain of power generators as a set scenery piece.  At 7.50 UKP, this could be quite a realistic option for even the average gamer and modeller. 

To balance this review, we now turn to what could be improved.  I suspect that the nuts and bolts could have been cast with the main body of the piece with a bit of work.  But that really isn't so important as I personally quite like having the option of being able to include or exclude these small features.  The corners of the piece also extend over the edge of the standard 60mm citadel circular base (see the image below).  To me, this again is not an issue as I have plenty of miniatures that do likewise and I am (after all) combining a citadel base with a non-Games Workshop kit(!)
Disclaimer: Although I am not affiliated with Quantum Gothic in any way, they did ask me to write this review.  However, I was under no obligation to make any positive, or negative comments about the product. At no stage did the company insist on reviewing this article before publication.


Bix said...

Another great review, I hadn't seen this company before, but now you've put me onto them I will certainly be paying them a visit for some much needed scenery for my new gaming boards.


Anton said...

cracking revew, I've been looking at this stuff for quite a while now, just might have to pick some up now ;)

Lantz said...

I actually bought one of these last week; waiting for it to get to me. Glad to see it looks like a sound purchase!

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