I picked up some Heavy Gear plastic models this week. The models are intended to be use for a second Horizon Wars army to fight against the Dystopian Wars minis I originally painted up for the project. They are decent enough plastic models but the assembly is a bit of a PITA. If you are intending to play Heavy Gear then the multiple parts for each vehicle is great since it allows you to build a wide variety of different vehicle variants. If that isn’t what you need though it is a bit of a fussy situation since many of the parts are small and it isn’t always clear where they go or how they are attached.

I was relieved when I found a PDF assembly document but it is almost entirely without any actual instructions. And to make matters worse it often has 3D diagrams of the assembled figure without actually showing you the one part you need to see in detail.

Gun assembly?

So in this instance I wanted to see how and where the gun was attached but no joy.

If you aren’t too annoyed by bad instructions these are a great set of figures. Some of the models are difficult to pose and can look a little static but I got an incredible deal on them so I can’t complain too much. The set I received has four different factions in it so there are a wealth of possible forces to use in Horizon Wars and since the ruleset isn’t too specific about weapon builds it means I can make up the models on a whim and just pick things that look good or will work with a specific set of mech upgrades in the HR rules.