There are miniatures that are good looking and miniatures that are easy to build. Sometimes you are lucky and a set of models will be both. Such is not the case for the Deadline/Warpath Forge Guard minis.

There is so much to like about them. They have great weapons, bags of character and look fearsome. If they can’t shoot it they can smash it with their hammers and if its too far to smash they have great big guns. Everyone wins! Putting them together was not a fun time though.

If only they were fun to assemble

The models come with no instructions. Luckily there are not a lot of parts and they are all given a letter that, one assumes, guides the builder in putting the various parts together into a single model. Happily they are hard plastic and not the soft “restic” that Mantic has used in the past. The main body attaches to a cross piece that consists of the top of the head and the shoulders. This piece is meant to sit flush with the body but I couldn’t manage to do this with any of the six figures in the box. There are several leg sections that fit into specific models and it is clear which ones match which models. They assemble quite nicely. The other legs don’t really appear to fit into notches in the body and so they fit but not smoothly.

It would be easy to ascribe this to bad assembly or mismatching parts but without some instructions its really difficult to tell if the fault was mine or if the figures are just poorly modelled.

At least they look pretty darned nice once they are assembled but these have been my least favourite models to assemble since I tried to put together some plastic Warmachine Cygnar Storm Knights.