June 28th, 2010
In Focus Review - Quantum Gothic Revisited
This time out we're here to take a look at another variety of resin scenery products from Quantum Gothic. Putting together a little fortification line is always fun, more so when you have some nice pieces to work with. I wanted to build something that could be useful, but look really good in a 25-28mm sci-fi skirmish game setting. The first company that came to mind was Quantum Gothic. Here's an in-depth look at a variety of pieces from Quantum Gothic, which when combined make for a rather nice fortification line.
The first piece we'll look at is the Armored Bunker. The Armored Bunker is a 9-piece kit. Once assembled the bunker opens up so that you can place figures inside. The bunker itself is one rather large piece. To complete it you glue the back wall into place to make up the bottom half of the piece, then the small door/hatch to the outside rear of the bunker, and lastly attach the four spikes to the face. Once you assemble the two lid pieces into one, then it fits in place snug to top off the bunker completing the kit.
The tiny little spikes were the only tough pieces to add, as I always tend to end up gluing tiny pieces to my fingers, before they end up sticking to what they're supposed to. They also include a really nice set of instructions to assemble the kit with, and I expected no less, since the previous Quantum Gothic kits included outstanding assembly instructions as well. This was so easy to assemble, that the instructions weren't really needed, but others will no doubt appreciate, and make use of them.
Inside the bunker you can fit five or six 28mm scale figures, although some models with bits sticking upwards might be a tight squeeze, because vertical height is limited once the lid is set into place. The entire kit is made of high quality resin, and there was literally no mold lines, or flash to clean up at all as reviewed. After assembly, all I had to do was prep the the pieces for priming, prime them, and them slap some paint down on them. These aren't terribly difficult pieces to paint either. There's a lot of detail to be had, but not so much detail that it takes you forever to pick out and highlight every little bit.
Sometimes less is more, and that's definitely the case with this model.
Next up is the Armored Walls set. Rob from Quantum Gothic was a little short on the wall pieces when he sent this set for review, so to clarify... the actual complete set comes with 3X straight pieces, 2X rubbled-up end pieces, 4X short corners, and 4X larger corners. I was a few corners, and 1x straight piece short in the kit as reviewed, so if there are a few pieces missing in the pictures, that's why.
Each of these pieces, were as expected rather clean, and this set requires no assembly at all. Every piece is cast in high quality resin, pretty much ready to go. The only thing I'd suggest is a quick dunk in some dish soap and hot water, to ensure there's no resin dust, or left over mold crud residue that can't be seen by the naked eye before priming. This is actually a step that's suggested for any resin kit, but when ever I end up with stuff this clean, I sometimes forgo that step.
No set of walls would be complete without an Armored Gate. The Armored Gate kit is a 10-piece kit. The gate employs a drawbridge design, as it moves up and down, and features a moving part. It can be displayed open, or closed. This mechanism requires careful attention when gluing, because if you end up with glue in the wrong place when binding the hinges together, you can end up inhibiting the movement. Once I had everything set in place right, and the glue had dried, it worked like a charm.
The gate mechanism is probably the only piece you need to pay close attention to when assembling it. There are also two side wall, or pillar-like pieces, which you can glue directly to the gate, but I kept mine separate, for easier storage. There are tabs underneath to bind it to the gate, and the tabs minus glue works well enough to keep it all together when I want to display the gate. Others will no doubt glue it all together. There are two smaller ornamental bits to glue onto the face, and two more that go on the back side of the pillar-like pieces. That's as complex as it gets. Once again, these were all very clean, almost ready to go pieces right out of the package just like the rest.
To accent the arrangement we were also sent the single Rubble piece, which is a single cast piece of resin, depicting a rather large pile of rubble, with busted metal beams sticking out, and a set of the dragons' teeth, or Tank Trap/Stopper pieces as they call them. The Tank Traps are two pieces each, the trap and the base, and the set comes with five Tank Traps total. All of these pieces, including the rubble bases are single cast pieces, and no clean up or assembly is required. The traps can be displayed with, or without their bases, and the bases are scenic with little bits of rubble, which I thought was a nice touch.
Once all setup and displayed, this is one amazing looking variety of sci-fi scenery pieces. By design these are fairly modular pieces, so you can mix and match, and move them around in various arrangements, which is what I think makes their products a little nicer than most. I only displayed them a few different ways, but the possibilities are endless with this stuff. To convey scale I utilized the new Mongoose Publishing Judge Dredd Street Judges in 28mm, the Ape is a Reaper Chronoscope piece, there's a Warmachine Scryah Heavy Warjack, and the Space Wolf LE and Terminator Librarian help to convey how well this stuff works with 40k pieces as well. All of which looked great with the Quantum Gothic pieces as the photos reveal.
Quantum Gothic recently announced the release of sentry guns and a rather amazing looking cannon, both of which we should be taking a look at soon as well. To further add to the setup as displayed, you could also opt to include the Armored Watchtower, Communication Array and a Quantum Forcefield Pylons kit, and the previously reviewed Missile Launcher “Catalyst”, Communications Dish and Power Generator.
I also included the three previous Quantum Gothic pieces which we reviewed before in one of the images to give you an idea of how nice all their stuff can look on display together all at once. There's no doubt about it, this is by far some of the best, if not these best sci-fi resin scenery/terrain pieces I've ever seen up close and personal.
The only problem I encountered, is that there are two small tabs on each side of the bunker, these are to allow you to butt the walls up against the side of the bunker snug, to make it part of the wall-line. Once primed and painted, you just can't fit the wall pieces in between those tabs, without scraping the paint off the tabs, and the walls both in the process. You might want to file down the inner region of those tabs, before priming and painting, to counter the extra width that primer, paint and sealant will add. This is why I didn't have the walls snug up against the bunker in the photos. I didn't think of the filling down the tabs solution until after I had everything painted up.
Price-wise I can't say that any of this stuff is cheap, but it's not cheaply made either. Quantum Gothic products are competitively priced with other quality resin kits available from ArmorCast, and other well known resin scenery/terrain companies out there. The big difference is, Quantum Gothic takes pride in the fact that they probably throw away pieces, which most other companies would sell any way. Almost every piece I've seen so far from them, was pretty much ready for primer right out of the package. I didn't have to cut flash away, deal with nasty mold lines, and do the usual prep work that's almost always associated with assembling models in this hobby, with any of these pieces. That's a level of quality you don't see offered very often in this industry these days.
The Armored Bunker retails for 19.95 GBP, which equals $30 USD. The walls are offered a few different ways. You can buy the full set, which includes quite a few more pieces than what's displayed in this review for 32 GBP ($48 USD). Or you can purchase the different types of wall pieces in separate sets ranging from 7-10 GBP each set, with the straight walls only, corners only, damaged end pieces only, etc. The Gate will set you back just 12 GBP ($18 USD), Tank Traps 9.75 GBP ($14 USD) and the Rubble cost just 4 GBP ($6 USD). They also make an extension piece to make the gate double wide, which will set you back 4.5 GBP ($6.70 USD).
All in all, adding it up all up sounds like a lot, but not too many people can afford to buy an entire table worth of terrain/scenery all at once, and you don't have to. Pick up a piece here, and a piece there, and you'll have a nice collection of impressive terrain for your gaming table before you know it. Best of all, none of this stuff is overly complicated to prepare and paint. There's a lot of detail, but not so much detail that it's like painting a miniature. While my paint jobs aren't going to win any awards anytime soon, I used just four colors (brass, boltgun metal, codex gray and gunmetal blue) essentially, and some minor washing, and I think it all turned out pretty nice. Someone with more skill and time on their hands I'd imagine could turn any of this stuff into something really special.