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  • WAMP Review: Dawnguard Destors

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    Photo by Privateer Press

    The Dawnguard Destors are a heavy calvary unit that are part of Privateer Pressí most recent release. Theyíre a fearsome looking group of steel-encasd knights riding heavily armored steeds. The box is a multi-part metal kit that makes 5 mounted knights.
    The casting quality is very good- the pieces are all very clean with minimal mold lines and a few very small gate tags. The details are very crisp and I canít find even a hint of slag, a casting defect that plague some manufacturers.

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    The knights are rather easy to assemble- the arm joints fit snugly in the body and you donít have to worry about gap filling because the joints are covered by very large pauldrons. I did have some trouble figuring out how to properly attach them until I stared at the box artwork for a couple of minutes and realized that the ones with filagree go over the left shoulder. I would highly recommend pinning the arm with the lance-cannon because of their weight. All of the lance-cannons had some bending to them, some worse than others, and I believe this is due to the vast amount of room they can bounce around in the large clamshell cases. The knights also fit perfectly into their saddles.

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    With how easy the knights are, itís a shame that the horses are so difficult to assemble. Their bodies are cut apart lengthwise. Four of the sets are the same, but the captainís horse is different- you can tell which one it is because that horse has a tail on the part with the saddle. The two halves donít fit together easily, so expect to spend a good amount of time filing and gap filling to get these mounts together, but this is the most challenging part of the whole process. The heads and quivers are easy to attach once you complete the bodies.

    The Breakdown:

    Quality: 8 / 10
    * Minimal mold lines
    *Crisp details maintained on all parts
    *Substantial variance in horse body pieces

    Assembly: 7.5 / 10
    *Knights are very easy to assemble
    *Horses require a lot of prep work to fit together

    Value: 6.5 / 10
    *This is one of the most expensive kits available for the game

    Overall: 7.3 / 10
    This is a nice, high quality kit that will require some work to assemble. The price may be in line for Warmachine players, but it's a pricey purchase if youíre just a collector. These minis boast good design and offer a good canvas for painting.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. seasonman's Avatar
      seasonman -
      Looks like some difficult filling and cleaning up to be done on the horses. Thanks for the review .
    1. NeatPete's Avatar
      NeatPete -
      great review thanks. Horses look like a headache and a half though.