Upon opening the box I was impressed to find that the box containing the models was carefully wrapped in black tissue paper. This instantly added to the boutique feel (instead of just finding the normal packing peanuts or air-bags that are commonly found these days) and demonstrated the small company/hands on aspect that creator Adam Poots has commented on many times. So far so good.
After unwrapping the tissue paper I was greeted with a very impressive etched box-top. While its hard to convey via camera picture, the image's quality is very sharp and high quality. The image is of the optional game-play card (which is found inside) "A Strange Spot/Gender Swap Belt."
-Two sprues of four models each
-Two bags of eight bases (one plain and one with a bird of prey and " I <3 Poots" on it)
-One black envelope with eight character portrait cards
-One large Gender Swap game card and one Gender Swap item card.
The inside of the box also had a layer of foam padding on the top and bottom for added protection.
The quality of the character portrait cards is very high. They were printed on some thick and rigid card stock (for lack of a better word). Think of a business card that is rigid enough where it would crease sooner than bend. The images themselves are very clear and vibrant - they would not look out of place framed up on a wall.
One nice surprise, upon further inspection of the character cards, was that many had a slightly different art style from each other. The Architect on the left has almost a watercolor painting feel to it while the Preacher on the right has a much more sharpened digital feel to it. Neither outshines the other and both are awesome in their own right.
Here is another example of the extra quality that the Kingdom Death team has put into their product. This is the back of one of the character cards. They could have just left it blank (I mean, who really looks at the back?) or done a much simpler text only print. The addition of the filigree is a very nice touch.
Also in this picture are the two different styles of bases that came in the box - blank on top and the bird of prey "I <3 Poots" variation on the bottom.
These are the bonus optional game (A Strange Spot) and item (Belt of Gender Swap) cards. At first glance, the illustration on the larger card might just seem like a female character in a compromising or distressed position. Upon further inspection though, it is actually pretty damn funny - take note of the characters in the background and what is happening around the face of the main character.
The above sprue is of the (going clockwise, starting top left): Great Game Hunter, Survivor, Twilight Knight and Savior .
The sprue to the right is of the (going clockwise, starting top left): Forsaker, White Speaker, Preacher and Architect.
The detail in relation to size is really pretty damn awesome. Here is the Forsaker's sword.
Here is the Twilight Knight's sword with a tape measure for scale. Once again, great detail for being on such a small surface.
For my first build, I decided to go after the Architect. This character's weapon, body and armor reminded me of the very entertaining WitchBlade anime. (Note: as of this posting you can watch the entire series on youtube, just follow the link).
I will admit that this build did take me a bit longer than anticipated. Many of the pieces were very smaller (obviously) and my fingers were just not suited for the delicate/precision work at that moment. Cleaning up the sprue connection points was a bit nerve racking as well. I was afraid that I was going to snap some of the pieces (the weapon and left arm) or slip and cut up the only model of its kind that I had (its not like putting together a squad of ten Necrons).
This picture is still missing the rest of the cape (wraps all the way around the neck) and the back of her head/helmet, which are to be added post paint job. The cape kinda snapped on for the picture, but I will remove it before I paint as well.
Another nice feature of the models (at least the Architect) is that there were a few pieces with "pegs" to secure them accurately in place.
That being said, overall it would have been nice to have some sort of finished picture included in the box. Even though there is a dimple to attach the weapon arm, it can still be swiveled around a bit. I had to haphazardly hold on to both pieces of the cape while finding the perfect spot for the arm. If I didn't do this before gluing, the weapon would definitely have been blocking the cape when I went to attach it.
Besides that, one of the only other negatives is that there is some obvious space between a few of the junctions. I assume that a coat of primer will fill these in before painting (hopefully). You can see a tiny bit of a casting/mold line down the back of her left thigh as well, but it is very minor and nothing to cause a stink about.
The Kingdom Death: Pinups of Death collection gets a big "Horns Up" from me. If anyone is on the fence...go for it - you won't be disappointed.
Last but not least, a big shout-out to Greggles for introducing me to this Loctite Gel Super Glue - truly a game changer!