[Review]: Poor quality Shadowsun

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Orion7
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[Review]: Poor quality Shadowsun

Post#1 » Nov 19 2017 03:15

So, I thought I'd post a review of my recent experience building a commander shadowsun so people know what to expect when deciding whether to get one. If this is the wrong board to post in can an admin let me know and shunt it other to the right place please? I'm still learning the ropes here.

Whilst the sculpt itself is beautiful, it's a LOT of work getting it ready. Every detailed/hollow surface has triangular bits of sprue in it which will need removing. This wouldn't be too bad except for the fact that they're in awkward places, and worse-placed on top of details such as the tau "screws" (I don't know what these are called but they look like the heads of slotted screws, also found on XV8 jet packs) which require extensive work to remodel into shape again.

The plastic itself does not take poly cement and requires superglue, which whilst not a deal-breaker is somewhat inconvenient considering all the other GW plastic models work with it. Worse was that many of the parts, especially the specialised drone parts were warped (no problems with the standard drone sprues in the kit though) or had stresses in that caused snapping upon the slightest force being applied when cutting them off the sprue.

On the positives, as mentioned the sculpt is gorgeous, and the inclusion of a bareheaded female model is a nice touch as the anatomical differences are modelled nicely. The base is nice and detailed without overpowering the model itself and now I've cleaned it up and painted it'll make a fine addition to my collection.

All in though all I'm rather glad I can only have one of these in my army as I would not purchase again and am baffled as to why this one model is so much worse than anything I've had from GW before

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El'mo
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Re: Review: poor quality shadowsun

Post#2 » Nov 19 2017 03:32

Thanks for the review.

Shadowsun was originally a metal model which was recast in GW resin (not FW resin which is of a far higher quality) using the old metal moulds.

GW resin (Finecast - or Failcast depending on your point of view ;) ) suffered from casting errors and general poor quality although I do not know if this problem has now been resolved but it looks like your model was not the best of casts.

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Resin parts


Being resin, standard plastic glue will not work and you will have to use super glue or an epoxy glue and make sure that all traces of mould release agent are removed by cleaning with soapy water. It seems like the shield drones may be fully plastic so the standard plastic glue will work there.

from the GW website with my underlining
This is a finely detailed resin cast kit, and contains fifteen resin components, fifteen plastic components, four long flying stems, three small flying bases and a sprue of four 25mm round bases, all of which make Commander Shadowsun as well as 2 shield drones and a command-link drone.

This kit is supplied unpainted and requires assembly - we recommend using Citadel Super Glue and Citadel Paints.

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Bloodknife92
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Re: [Review]: Poor quality Shadowsun

Post#3 » Nov 19 2017 07:40

I really really really want Shadowsun, but unless she gets a plastic kit, I won't be buying her :(
The days of goodly English is went
Ziss old dog still has a few tricks!

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Lostroninsoul
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Re: [Review]: Poor quality Shadowsun

Post#4 » Nov 19 2017 04:58

I got a finecasted model. I had to do a lot of clean up, but I enjoyed it. I had a file set and a sharp sculpting knife to bring out the detail she was ment to have (like small triangle shaped flash on corners. The end result looks cool and I have her primed. She is lower on my priority to paint next list.

Here is mine.
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I wish you luck on yours

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Lostroninsoul
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Re: [Review]: Poor quality Shadowsun

Post#5 » Nov 19 2017 05:11

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I just noticed some flash I 'missed' under the right hoof. She was covered with errors like that but I use a surgical knife I had from a high-school biology kit to cut that out. Any super sharp knife or using a file should clean up your problems like that. Ya I was expecting the product to not need so much work too when I bought her, but now she looks kinda cool. I have plans to attach the helmet to her suit to make it look like it just opened. All in all I think she will make a fine model for my army, the model just needed a lil bit of TLC.

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Orion7
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Re: [Review]: Poor quality Shadowsun

Post#6 » Nov 20 2017 08:57

Mine's almost fully painted now and she's a beautiful model now the work has gone into her. I just need to hope that the various bits don't snap off any further (my drone antennae for her stuff literally waggle side to side when shaken it's that flimsily cast XD)

What colour scheme are you going for? I can't paint the white colour scheme to save my life, so I've gone with inspiration from her name / backstory and made it so that the suit is black and gold (representing the finish with the field turned off obviously) and the model comes out looking fabulous.

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Lostroninsoul
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Re: [Review]: Poor quality Shadowsun

Post#7 » Nov 20 2017 01:24

I'm going to paint her a traditional white suit look. I despise painting white as well. Painting thin coats and speed drying with a hair dryer is my technique to reduce the mental anguish of painting that God forsaken color. If I have to touch up any mistakes I'll not thin the paint much if at all just to get it over with.

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