I was very happy to receive my copy this morning and the first thing that struck me was that it was a much bigger box than I had anticipated. Same as Renegade and packed with sprues. A real treat so I hope they rerelease it for any that missed out. I'm not going to review the contents or the rules but I did want to take a closer look at the scenery sprue contents, as this had me a bit baffled from the start as it may have done others. It's much clearer now and hopefully will be for everyone after reading through this.
There are 8 total sprues of scenery in the set, 7 of which are unique with one being a duplicate. They are seen in the picture below and have been labelled A-G to make things easier to follow throughout the article. What becomes clear is that you have essentially 2 of the regular release kits included in the set and an additional 4 sprues. In total you have a full range of the sector mechanicus sprues but it's not quite so straight forward as bundling 3-4 kits together. The other thing that becomes apparent is that the individual releases priced at £30 are made up of 2 sprues, whereas the £45 ones contain 4 sprues and thus are better value. Lastly, the only kit to contain a unique sprue not duplicated elsewhere (but included in shadow war) is the second sprue from the alchamite stack. (sprue E)
|All 8 sprues|
Here's a rundown of each sprue:
A - ladders and octagonal platform
B - smaller vent stack
C - ladders and struts
D - square platforms
E - large vent stack
F - furnace
G - skull spider and 90 degree platforms
A summary of each kits compostion:
1. Ferratonic furnace (A+F)
2. Alchomite stack (B+E)
3. Ferratonic incinerator (A+C+D+F)
4. Galvanic magnavent (B+C+D+G)
5. Promethium forge (A+B+C+G)
From this we can see a few obvious things. Firstly, there are two categories of terrain: 2 sprue and 4 sprue. Secondly, as aformentioned, kit 2 is the only one to make use of sprue E. Thirdly, there's only one sprue difference between kits 4 and 5. Lastly, Kit 3 is essentially a larger version of kit 1 and it could be argued that the SW:A kit is actually kit 2 + kit 3 plus a couple of extra sprues.
I'm very pleased with the purchase overall (which was even better with an RRP of £80 as opposed to the £90 printed in white dwarf. I'm hoping to wait until I have a few more scenery kits and my Space marine projects are out of the way before turning my attention to a sector mechanicus. (Summer of scenery Alex?) Hope this was helpful. Cheers.