Grymn and 15mm sci fi player probably know them very well but I figure a lot of other tabletoppers do not, so today´s review will be about Old Crow Models.
Old Crow Models (run by Jez Plumridge) is a manufacturer of sci fi vehicles and accessories. Mostly known for the Hammer´s Slammers tabletop game miniatures, they are also producing more generic items.
Vehicles come in three different scales: 6mm, 15mm und 25 mm, and although the 15mm segement is probably the best-selling one, I was looking for stuff to use on my Infinity table (i.e. 28mm).
A great idea for starters: modularity
A lot of the bigger vehicles are offered with different types of locomotion: You can chose between Grav, Hover and tracked/wheels.
Additionally, all of the tank models have one or more hardpoints that can be equipped with different weaponry: Tank, Point Defense, Missile und Comcen.
So you could buy the same tank once as a futuristic grav tank with a communcation array and once as a traditional tracked version with missile turrets.
And in case you are looking to upgrade your WH40K tanks: All turrets can also be bought separately.
A note up-front:
All parts came in re-sealable plastic bags and were covered in a good amount of resin dust (can be seen in the pictures, as I photographed them right out of the bag. Before you deal with resin parts, you should always wash them in warm water with a bit of dishwashing detergent. This not only removes the dust but also the products used to keep the mold and resin separated. These are known to cause problems with painting.
Important: Resin dust can damage your lungs and is carcinogenic. If you are filing resin or dealing with a lot of dust, please always use a mask, and don´t forget to vacuum clean. It might seem like a lot of hassle for so little dust, but why take the risk?
What I bought:
1. Gecko Scout
The GECKO scout buggy comes in 8 parts: the compact body and 4 wheels in resin, and a front bumper and two fitting towing eyes in metal. There is a second, pick-up version available for the same price (6 GBP). Note that the wheel are glued into place; there is no axis or mounting holes to enable turning wheels. That said, there is nothing to stop you from drilling holes and pinning the wheels.
All parts were free of air bubbles/holes, and the bottom sides were filed. There was almost no flash, so cleaning could be done in less than a minute.
Quickly set up (without the bumper) and put next to a 28mm Infinity miniature for size comparison:
2. Slingshot AFV
The slingshot comes in 8 parts for the actual vehicle: the upper section of the body, the chosen under-section, and 6 wheels. These are the same as for the Gecko.
The upper section has some nice detail, and both body parts are free of noticable casting flaws. The underside of both pieces has been filed to enable a gapless fitting. Some of the wheels showed some small resin excess but nothing that could not be solved in a minute´s time. Assembly is pretty self-explanatory.
As you can see, the Slingshot AFV has a small hardpoint in front and a medium large one in the back. The latter can be fitted with a number of rotating turrets (each turret comes with a smaller disc to keep the turret in place in the mounting). The small front hardpoint comes with a hatch but can be fitted with other small turrets from the shop (these do not come with a rotating system, but could of course be pinned or magnetized).
For the large hardpoint I chose a Point Defense System.
3. Additional turrets
All vehicles can be equipped with a lot of extra accessories found in the shop, e.g. chains, hatches, smoke launchers or towing attachments.
A truly awesome example of a painted vehicle set can be found on Brandlin´s blog, as shown (with kind permission) below:
4. Accesories: Barrels and Ammo boxes
To finish my order, I added a pack of Barrels (10 for 3 GBP) and a pack of ammo boxes (same quantity, same price):
The ammunition boxes were the only ones with visible (though still very minor) flash, obviously due to the intricate design with a lot of small angles. Cleaning this was, however, very easy; none of the details were obstructed by the resin flash. The set is comprised of 7 closed and 3 open boxes with cover. All items had filed undersides.
Scale and Design
As you could see on above pictures, the vehicles appear a bit too small for 28mm miniatures. It is not without reason that Old Crow Models are a primary source for Grymn vehicles – the smaller scale fits perfectly with the sci fi dwarfs (see Brandlin´s picture above). If the vehicles are only used for decoration the difference is negligible, however.
The accessories can be used for 28mm without hesitation.
The angular design in some of the vehicles is strongly reminiscent of Battletech and other 80s sci fi, and is surely a matter of personal taste and the preferred setting. It might fit better with low sci fi and post-apoc scenarioes, but that is just my opinion. After all, I bought my vehicles for Infinity!
As a sidenote: Antenocitis Workshop seems to go a similar way with his Bear and Warthog.
A last thing in regards to using the webshop: Orders take up to 3 weeks, as Jez is apparently casting larger parts on demand. He is communicating this on the web site, so I knew what was coming (or how long it would take). Please also note that payment via Paypal is a bit odd but it is explained in all detail HERE.
Old Crow Models are offering a good number of interesting vehicles, in an outstanding casting quality and for a very moderate price. If you can ignore the scale issues between 25mm and 28mm, and if you like the design (or you know how use a file and putty to change it) you will definitely raise the value of your hobby table!
I personally feel that I got more for my money that I expected and I will definitely buy more articles from Jez in the near future.
- very good pricing
- excellent casting quality
- lots of details
- design sometimes a bit old-school/80s sci fi
- difference in scale can be seen on vehicles (but was expected from the beginning)
- long order times
- resin dust