Minature Review: Ramshackle Rhebok
Neil of Orange here once more with another review. Its been Kickstarter related toy time here for a while so I’ve been working my way through the new stuff and taking photos to share the joy.
Today we’re looking at Ramshackle Games‘ recent Kickstarter, “Brothers of Iron”. I backed this project as a means to provide my growing 40k Inquisitor force with some transports. I have some Ramshackle stuff already, a truck, a train and a smattering of figures. From my prior experience I was expecting robust, big, rough around the edges models, hence the Ramshackle name I guess.
So within a couple of weeks of the Kickstarter ending (yes that’s weeks, not months or years) a tidy little box arrived. It weighed loads and I almost forgot to take a shot. Here’s the box and contents slightly messed with – it was exceptionally well packed – I couldn’t get it back in once I’d had a mooch.
This shows the contents of that little box – two complete Rhebok transports and tonnes of extras. All of these photos shown on the mat are against a 1cm square grid so hopefully that’ll help you with scale etc. As you can see one of the turrets suffered from “Neil stuffed it back in the box badly” syndrome, it wasn’t broken when it arrived. The large pieces arrived separately, the smaller ones sometimes attached to some friends. The resin easily breaks apart where its supposed to, so getting the individual elements apart and cleaning them up was no problem at all.
In terms of quality the components are generally sharply detailed on the fronts and sides, but the backs/bottoms tend to be a bit rough, with a few bubbles and can be a little uneven. From a design point of view this causes few problems as these have been thought out to be generally hidden from the eye (as you’ll see in a later shot) but some of the smaller pieces need some thought or careful work to ensure they sit nicely.
The Rhebok comes with a selection of different components, rams, turrets, guns and so on. I was cheeky and asked for extended cargo areas and dozer blades (both options large and heavy) but was happy to skimp on the weapons/options so it was still covered by the postage (as I mentioned the box was totally full!). I’m deciding whether to add a gun to the front rounded window – it probably wants one but its also kinda quirky.
As you can see from these shots the APCs came together really well. I have access ports in many locations and firing points on the top and sides which suits the rule set for the Chimera.
On this shot you can see the top rear hatch is slightly raised/uneven. Its really not a problem to my mind, I may use a bit of liquid green stuff if after undercoating there’s an obvious gap but aside from this I think there’s very little to worry about.
A direct overhead view gives a good idea of the footprint the model has and again some of the slightly off lines. This doesn’t bother me, but if you are looking for a perfectly engineered vehicle this might not be the tank for you.
Sideways on the APC looks great. Its also showing some of the glue between the main front and rear sections. I used a combination of superglue (for a quick bond) and UHU (as a bit of a gap filler) and in some places the UHU oozed out. Superglue alone is probably fine, the resin used here sticks very quickly and strongly. I was concerned however that as the backs/bottoms of some pieces weren’t completely flat, I didn’t have as much surface to surface contact as I might have liked so a thick glue would add some more strength.
Here’s the gory shot then of the bottom. As you can see this is where all the sins can be seen (including my own messy gluing) but the key point is it doesn’t matter unless you have some strange fascination with the bottom of tanks.
Some helpful relative scale shots now. Here’s a Heresy trooper and a GW Spess Mahrine from the front.
Las-girl and Bolter boy round the side (its the other side this time, less glue!)
Finally from behind, probably a safe place to deploy.
Here’s the Rhebok with the humble Rhino – now you get to see how big these brutes really are.
Against the mighty Land Raider they don’t look quite so big, but that’s as it should be.
Last scale shot is an overhead footprint comparison. I did build both, the second one went together really quickly as I’d figured out what I wanted to put where by then.
As a bit of a bonus, there were loads of optional bits and bobs. I’m not a big fan of covering my models in bits that will fall off and make painting harder, so I have a fairly big bits box that’s useful for making bases and scenery from. There’s also the next Big Cap game to think of – we’ve all got something Orky to make so these will come in handy.
I’m a confessed fan of the style of Ramshackle’s vehicles so I knew what to expect and wasn’t disappointed. If anything the quality is an improvement over some of the previous models I’ve had. In contrast the price has gone up somewhat – these two APCs cost me around £16 each which is good but I’m glad the finish is better. A GW Chimera is currently £22.50 for reference.
The scale seems spot on – perhaps a little larger than a GW equivalent but I like the brutish, tough profile and I certainly think there’s a fighting chance 12 men will fit in these. Building the kits is a proper hobby job – the phrase “a degree of modelling experience is required” is apt here. If you are willing to check the fit and tidy up the components as needed then all will be well.