Kev White is well known as a very talented sculptor, his work being familiar to anyone who collectsÂ '28mm' miniatures. His company, Hasslefree, continually puts out excellent miniatures and accessories and I can highly recommend their product and service.
Recently, Kev set out to create his first walker, for Hasslefree's range of vertically-challenged sci-fi humans, known as the Grymn. Having followed his progress on Facebook, I was eager to get hold of the walker upon release. I don't have anyÂ particularÂ purpose for the model yet, but I am a firm believer of shelf space being used by robots and walkers!
The model arrived, with traditional thank you note and sweets. Tearing open the sweets before looking at the model should probably make me question my priorities, but it's an experience I relish with every purchase from Hasslefree (and Heresy!).
My first reaction was surprise at the size of the model. As you will see at the end of the article, the walker is quite small. This quickly makes a lot of sense and it fits perfectly with the scale of the Grymn. When compared to other walkers, it's not actually that small. The model has a lot of character, which is embraced by its smaller frame.
The parts were largely flash-free with minimal bubbles. I could only find two minor bubbles across the whole model and they were both in areas hidden by other parts, but easily filled or filed. The flash was very easily and quickly removed - the whole model took no more than 15 minutes to prepare before constructing.
I decided to pin the torso to the pelvis, mostly due to my supply of magnets having gone walkies. The resin is nice to work with, both cleaning with file and knife, and drilling for pinning.
The weapons had a little flash across the lengths, but it was all external - meaning it could be cut or filed off with no damage to the structure.
A little glue and putty and the model is quickly assembled. Due to the light weight of the resin, a tiny spot of putty will hold the legs and weapon joints in place. No heavy metal falling apart in your hands!
Structurally, the model is very easily to assemble. I had to look at the model's page to ensure I constructed it properly, since there were no instructions, but it was simple enough to work out. Â The only confusion was working out how to attach the weapon shield to the railgun, as it seems to have minor connection points, compared to a largeÂ connectedÂ surface for the miniguns.
Now for the scale shots:
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