I don’t know how many times I’ve been close to ordering some of the Horus Heresy Character Series miniatures but a while back I actually got around to doing it. I decided to get Fulgrim and the Abaddon & Loken diorama, Fulgrim because Slaanesh has always been my favorite of the chaos gods (Malal excluded, he’s a bit more fun fluff wise but sadly not part of the fluff nowadays) and Abaddon & Loken because I’m (very) slowly building a Sons of Horus army.
I’ve read some reviews of the different kits in the character series and more or less all of them are positive besides on one point, the price and yes, they are quite pricey but the big question is, are they worth the premium price?
With some of the parts being quite thin there’s always the risk of them breaking during shipping but the packaging were good and I didn’t have anything damaged or bend. All the parts were counted for.
Forge World’s casting quality varies a lot from my experience. I’ve had horrible miscasts and I’ve had flawless casts so it’s always hard to predict how the quality will be.
For this order I had flawless casts, no misaligned molds, hardly any flash and details were crisp. I couldn’t find anything to complain about.
While Forge World’s sculptors have always been very talented, I have to say that this model is a step up. The sculptor responsible for this incredible model, Simon Egan, has worked on a wide range of projects for Forge World, everything from Tyranids, Elysians, several characters and a bunch of the Horus Heresy characters including Horus.
The rules for Fulgrim can be found in the first Horus Heresy book from Forge World. As all Primarchs he’s a force to be reckon with. He is definitely made for Close Combat, as he should be fluff-wise. To add to his CC abilities, he’s got a couple of special rules and wargear. Sublime Swordsman that gives him a better save while he is in CC. His legendary sword, The Blade of the Laer, is a very capable weapon that should make most things fear him. Point-wise he’s a bit below 400.
I’m going to answer my opening question, is the quality good enough to justify the premium price? In my oppinion it is worth the price but not for everyone. If you play Horus Heresy and play Emperor’s Children it’s not a hard choice, in my opinion.
It is a pricey product, but it’s a damn well made pricey product.