Limited Preview Wandering Samurai Hero Class
(Limit 2 per customer)
The Wandering Samurai is a new Hero Class that can be added to your games of Shadows of Brimstone. He is a strong close combat fighter and expert swordsman, making him nearly unmatched in both attack and Defense. Building Fury as he strikes down Enemies, the Wandering Samurai then unleashes that Fury in the form of powerful Battle Tactics.
This Hero Pack contains everything you need to play as a Wandering Samurai in your games of Shadows of Brimstone! There are 2 Wandering Samurai models included, both male and female. Also included are the large Hero Character Sheet, Upgrade Chart, an assortment of counters, and all of the cards needed to take on the role of a Wandering Samurai Hero, one of the last of a dying breed of honorable warriors, traveling through the western frontier.
Figures supplied unassembled and unpainted.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Jan 2018
Buy it: The rules and sculpt are great, but expect lots of pain if you want to paint it.
This is an amazing sculpt. It is really evocative of Toshiro Mifune from his Yojimbo and Sanjuro days. The face, tool belt (bandoleer), and belt are all especially well done. The feet are a bit rough, and it is hard to get a good sense of where the border of the tabi and sandals are. The katana sheath and wakazashi are also a little lacking in detail. Both of these issues with the sculpt are minor, and overall it is a beautiful and thematic addition to the game.
...until you try to paint it.
The resin release solution that is dried onto this figurine makes it incredibly difficult to prime and paint. To be clear: This is not an issue with just *this* resin sculpt, but with almost every resin sculpt I've gotten from FFG. I haven't had a chance to test the latest batch of resins from the webstore (Ronin, Inquisitor, Alpha Werewolf) but every other resin has been incredibly tough to prime and paint.
On the Wandering Samurai, for me, it was the feet and katana. My normal prep involves a soak in Simple Green, a scrub with dish soap + toothbrush, a second soak in Simple Green, and a scrub with Barkeepers Friend. That seems to have acceptable results for most of the figures, but my primer of choice (Army Painter Matte Black) just would not stick to the katana or feet until I scraped them with an Xacto knife. (Not something you can do to a whole model.)
In summary - Worth the effort (great sculpt, fun mechanics) but misses 5 stars due to the resin being super work intensive to prime and paint.
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