In my last post I was raving about Conquest. But, in this post I will take a step back and discuss the overall process, challenges, and successes of Para Bellum’s Spires from the Starter Box Set.
For those of you who are not familiar, it contains:
- 1x Pheromancer
- 3x Brute Drones
- 1x Abomination
- 24x Force-Grown Drones
This force comes in around 575 points or so if I remember correctly, and is a nice starter army that will let you build on it.
For each of these models, the detail is amazing. For the Force-Grown Drones for example, you can make out each individual linen that they’re wrapped in, you can see each piece of bone armor, and the shape of how it fits on the soldier. However, there flipside of this is that painting the finished miniatures can become quite tedious.
All of the models come in many pieces. However, they are easy to assemble. There are no tricky pieces that you’ll find in Games Workshop models. Typically, the minis come in legs, body, arms, heads, and weapons. All the connection parts line up just fine, and the plastic is quite easy to work with. Using a liquid cement or super glue will make these miniatures hard as a rock.
When assembling the Abomination, I was faced with a challenge. The overall form seemed pretty static, and it’s overall size made it difficult to allow the cement to set. I had to come up with various ways to perch parts up so that everything would stay connected.
My absolute favorite models out of the bunch to work on are the Brutes. I’m not sure why I was so drawn to these guys, but, they seemed the most customizable. There are several different options for weapons, arms, and decoration. It allows for a nice variance if you were to have multiple units of these.
The Pheromancer was just fine. There was nothing terribly great or bad. It was a pretty standard leader model. Slightly more complicated than the troops to assemble, but, overall, really fun to paint.
- Easy to assemble. Great contact points, most of the models will easily set and become tough as nails if you use the appropriate liquid cement.
- Great individual detail: keeps your attention while painting, and with some of the master painters out there- paint jobs can highlight the great detail.
- Plastic is amazing to work with and feels durable. It’s tough and easily cleaned and sanded.
- Limited customization. Only select models seem to have the ability to be customized and made unique in a pile of similar models.
- The high detail can make it difficult to paint. While the detail keeps your attention, there is A LOT of it in regards to the linens and bone armor. If you want to focus on those, you can easily get overwhelmed.
- It is VERY easy to lose some of the detail if you do multiple priming layers (such as zenithal priming)
Overall, it’s a great way to get started in Conquest, and even in the hobby. I know I’m looking forward to the Hundred Kingdom half as they were just as fun/easy to assemble.