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  • Review: She-Hulk for Marvel: Crisis Protocol from Atomic Mass Games

    Welcome to this review of She-Hulk from Atomic Mass Games! It is my first review for a while (or at least my first review longer than an Instagram snippet) so I'm a little rusty and may well get carried away and ramble in places – apologies in advance.

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    At the time of writing, She-Hulk is the latest release from Atomic Mass Games for their Marvel: Crisis Protocol tabletop skirmish game. The great thing about The Crisis Protocol kits is that they’re all uniformly put together, so while this is a look at She-Hulk, you could substitute this for almost any other character that AMG has released so far with the design, strengths and weaknesses.

    I won’t be delving into the game aspect of the box – mainly as I don’t actually have any experience of playing the game or understanding of the rules!

    She-Hulk

    Without trying to parrot Wikipedia, here is a little bit of background on the character herself. She-Hulk is the alter ego of Jennifer Walters, cousin of Bruce Banner (The Hulk), created by Stan Lee and John Buscema. Walters is a lawyer who, after injury, receives a blood transfusion from Banner, transforming her into She-Hulk.

    While Banner and The Hulk mostly retain their different personalities, Walters and She-Hulk are closer to how you find The Hulk in Avengers: Endgame with The Hulk’s body but with Banner’s mind. Along with being a member of a multitude of different teams across the years, such as The Avengers, A-Force (as listed in her game profile) and The Defenders, Walters retains her profession as a lawyer.


    She is scheduled to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the self-titled Disney+ series next year, portrayed by Tatiana Maslany.


    The Crisis Protocol Miniatures Range

    The entire Crisis Protocol range is hard plastic, full of crisp sculpts, usually with each character on its own sprue (or rarely two). Bases come in sprues of 4 for the regular 35mm bases, then 2 of the 50mm and the 65mm bases come on their own. Each base sprue comes with some small bits of rubbish, such as a broken can or a bottle to add to the bases.

    They’re not stingy with the bases either – if you buy a box with two miniatures on different size bases (such as Enchantress and Angela) you’ll get a sprue of each base size. However, the bulk of the spares that people pick up are the 35mm ones, which I haven’t managed to find another use for yet, so it’s best just using the variety offered to you to select the best base for the mini you want to build, down to the pose or tactical rock/Hydra Symbol/Swirly-magic-thing the mini is standing on.

    After the initial core set of 10 characters and terrain, models come in solo boxes or in themed pairs – Rocket and Groot, Black Widow and Hawkeye, Vision and Winter Soldier (ok, so that last one is more a "fill in the gaps" type thing, but the theory stands).


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    ​​​Size Comparison against a Primaris Marine.

    The first thing that strikes you on some of the Crisis Protocol kits is “Does this mini think it’s for Malifaux?” Some of the components are tiny, and sometimes there are many of them. For example, Shuri – a standard, human-sized infantry figure – has 14 components plus her base, including a head in three pieces, with both arms also in three pieces thanks to her gauntlet blasters. The Black Widow from the Widow & Hawkeye box is 16 pieces.

    Some of that feels a little unnecessary, though I can’t argue with the poses that the sculptors have managed to achieve. Some plastic character miniatures in other ranges that are limited in components can be almost two dimensional with how they are posed, lacking depth. There are very few characters that feel that way in the Crisis Protocol range, and mostly they make it work. Red Skull looks rather menacing not doing anything other than holding the Tesseract!

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    Size Comparison - Shuri, Angela, She-Hulk, Hulk

    Box & Contents – She-Hulk

    Inside the box, you’ll find one sprue containing the 35mm scale She-Hulk miniature, sculpted by Dave Kidd (the box art is painted by Brendan Ray), a sprue of 2 50mm bases, cards covering the Character stats, Team Tactics, Affiliation and then tokens. You also get a printed instruction guide with a full credits list for the miniature, though they can also be found on the AMG website.


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    Build

    She-Hulk is an 11-piece miniature, split into limbs, two pieces each for her head, torso and tactical rubble, then the damaged steel pillar that she’s hefting to throw at someone. Being a larger, slightly chunkier miniature, she doesn’t quite have the dynamism of some of the previously mentioned characters, but she definitely has a feeling of getting some solid momentum behind that steel bar.


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    There are minimal mould lines and the sprue contact points are in sensible places – no ports or mould lines over her face, as other producers of superhero miniatures have done in the past in my experience (albeit in resin rather than plastic).

    The joins give a close to flush finish, though I occasionally end up with thin gaps, such as in the front of her thigh. This is likely down to my use of Tamiya extra thin when gluing Crisis Protocol miniatures together as I can be a little messy when working with Contacta Pro and I’d rather fill a gap or two than lose detail on this range. An extra layer or two of glue touched into the larger gaps and then a coat of primer generally hides most sins – you shouldn’t have to go further unless you’re aiming for a display quality finish.

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    There was a noticeable gap between the tactical rubble element of the base and the base itself, which is another common theme with the range. Early on in picking up these miniatures, I decided I didn’t like that the rubble suddenly started and ended where someone had decided to place their foot, so most also get some texture paste to try to blend the scenic element into the base a little more naturally.


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    ​​​​​​The gaps that can occur in some joins.

    Conclusion

    Initially, I wasn’t sold on Crisis Protocol. I have a mountain of Knight Models Marvel and DC pieces to work through and I didn’t need more disappointment at the price points shown – the average two mini box has an RRP of £39.99. However, broken down, that’s the same as your average Space Marine Lieutenant, so I chanced some and the quality of the sculpts and casts quickly won me over. The plastic is easily Games Workshop quality, with sensible decisions being applied throughout, such as duplicates of tiny pieces such as heads or weapon components regularly being included to counter the need to go hunting around the carpet when the inevitable *ping* happens.


    In terms of She-Hulk herself, I can’t see her being as popular a character for people to pick up as, say, Venom, who is at the same price and size point but has a far larger fan following, but for a painter or collector, she looks like she can offer a fun painting challenge – plenty of skin and muscle definition to work on in greens, with the metal beam to offer a contrast in colour and texture.

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    Where can I get it?

    As a high-profile miniatures game with a significant property attached to it, you can get Marvel: Crisis Protocol at almost any good hobby store! She-Hulk has an RRP of £26.99, though a lot of stockists will have her at round the £22 point (roughly 20% off). One of the largest problems most people seem to have with the Crisis Protocol miniatures line is the same as with other Asmodee distributed miniatures – it can be a pain waiting to get them back into stock! I started collecting back in September and I’m yet to find a Starlord in a UK webstore, so cultivating a list of suppliers you trust is a vital part of the arsenal if you have the “Gotta catch em all” attitude that I’ve stumbled into!

    Note - this isn't a sponsored review. I purchased this miniature from Titan Games (I think - I use a few stores!)
    Last edited by Brambleten; 03-03-2021, 10:02 pm.

    • Forte Nocturnus
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      Have to admit, I've been tempted but the price of these has put me off a bit. Admittedly, knowing they package all the game bits in with them softens that as from a gaming perspective it makes sense.

    • Darklord
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      Darklord commented
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      Great review Alex, very thorough
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