Monday, September 30, 2013

Review - Basicks Great Wolf


Hi Everyone,

Today I have another review.  Anyone who has stumbled upon my little blog before, knows I am a profound Space Wolves fan.  I also believe that there are many types of breeds of Wolves on Fenris, and I have a plan to build three vignettes of a Space wolves with these great beasts.

The last review was of the Bitspuldo Sturm Wolf. Now I preset the 'Basicks' great wolf.  This wolf is cast in resin and is one of six types.  Actually there are 3 types of wolves. The three wolves can be bought with or without saddles.  They also come with three different heads which are interchangeable.



The great thing about this model is that Basicks actually send you all 3 different heads with every model - fantastic!

The model itself is very well defined with sharp detail.  The cast has minimal flash and will require very little cleaning.  The legs, tail and head need to be attached and do need a bit of putty to fill in the seems.  With models covered in fur, this is to be expected and is no feat really.


What I find strange is that several parts come in different coloured resin?  You can see this in the pictures. This does not effect the quality of the product in any way.  It just seems odd!

The next two pics are comparisons with a Space Marine for size and the Bitspuldo Sturm Wolf.

As you can see the wolf is of good riding size when compared to the Space Marine, and is roughly the same size as the GW plastic Thunder Wolves.  I can envision this Basicks wolf as Scout Wolf used for recon purposes - in fact that is probably the theme I will use it in the vignette I want to build for it.

The next comparison is with the Bitspuldo wolf.  From the picture above, it is obvious that the Bitspuldo wolf is the opposite of the Basicks wolf.  Where the Basicks' wolf is slender elegant and looks fast and fleeting - the Bitspuldo wolf is bulky and looks slower - it would be more appropriate as a battle beast in the front line. A ram so to speak.  Both have only one pose but the Basicks wolf has the advantage of varied heads as well as a finely detail base which you do not get with the Bitspuldo Wolf.

N.B. - A gentleman who read this article has pointed out that the Basick's site does not sell the base with the model.  I have checked this myself and it is true.  Nonetheless, they did send the base with the model.  I have not contacted Basicks to inquire about this, but if you do decide to buy this model, then do not expect a base.

The only drawback I find in the Basicks wolf is the price which is a bit steep and the packaging which is none existent.  The model came in a vacuum seal bag with some foam packaging in the parcel.

THE FINAL VERDICT

I say if you like these models, then go ahead and buy them.  They are well cast, detailed and well sculpted.  They can only enhance any Space Wolf army.

Farewell and good health,





    NR

7 comments:

  1. Hey Night Runner. Any chance of a pic of the great wolf next to a GW thunder wolf? How big is the size discrepancy, and is it enough to make mixing these with the GW ones (within a unit) problematic?

    The thing I like about these ones is that they look quite similar to the GW ones - meaning more varied poses within a unit of 5! Also, so you know if the legs on the saddled versions are a separate piece from the saddle/wolf? I'd prefer to use GW/FW legs..

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    1. No problem Patrick. I will post a review and take pics shortly when I get back home. How's that sound!

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  2. Pretty damn awesome. Though I did end up buying two boxes of TWC in a boxing day sale at 33% off... so the pressure for me to get some of these (at least in the near future) has lessened somewhat. Might be an option if I eventually raise the number from 9 to 15.

    If the postage was lower, id be really tempted to just grab a single one to round up to 10! I wish one of the sellers in NZ (such as slavetopainting.co.nz) started carrying Basicks so I wouldn't have to sacrifice my firstborn for postage...

    -skeletoro

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  3. Hi
    Did the Basicks wolf really come with a base? It says no base in the ads.

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    1. Hi, sorry for the late reply. Yes the base in the pic is the base it came with when I bought it.

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  4. Thank you for your answer. I was wondering, since I bought a Basicks wolf too, and the base was not included, nor can I figure out which base it is.

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  5. Hi, thank you for your answer. I have re-checked the site and it does say base not included. I find this very strange. Whether they have decided to omit the base for some reason I do not know. What I do know is that the figure came as in the pic above - ie with the base!

    Out of curiosity, did they send you 3 different types of head?

    Best regards,

    Ant

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