Leviathan Crusader – 28mm – 1/56 version
Like a Bolt out of the Blue
Dreamforge Games is something of an enigma – no one really knew how to create what it has in the years before Mike Mondragon appeared upon the scene in 2003.
A quiet little concern at first, cobbling out resin and metal minis to the US market, the company took a turn for the stars when they released a resin version of the very kit under review today.
The company took to Kickstarter in 2012, with a small run of cast metal troops and the success of this process convinced Mike to try his hand at something bigger.
The Dreamforge Leviathan went plastic!
Designed for Dreamforge’s own Iron Core universe of games, the Leviathan Kickstarter campaign was immediately jumped on by a horde of Warhammer 40,000 players who argued whether this made a better proxy for the Forge World Warhound titan or the Imperial Knight…
Protip: It makes a grand Warhound.
Though production has been a little slow (but steady) the line now includes two Leviathans (in both 28mm and 15mm scales), alternative weapons for the same, armored infantry, heavy weapons, and a pair of APCs.
For such a small company, crowd-funding (when used to its best effect) can allow for some tremendous things.
It is truly a shame that people (manufacturers AND patrons both) often have unrealistic expectations of the concept, and get into things without a clear idea of the risks involved. Dreamforge has been running at this very well indeed: not overloading the market, and tackling nothing more than can be managed.
A nice touch, directly out of the box in this display base.
Note the well thought out, and careful packing.
There are several things here that impress me – the banding of the sprues is a good idea, and one made possible by the ingenious nesting elements.
Add to that, the cased elements, and this kit has been very well thought out indeed, from start to finish.
Molded in the same sort of heavy styrene that is used so often these days for games minis, I am certain this will hold up on the battlefield.
I am very affected by this kit, which strikes all the right chords with me – not least for being very reasonably priced for what it is.
I normally have a good deal to say about a model, but in this case my store of knowledge has betrayed me. I know next to nothing of value about Dreamforge and even less about the kit itself. This is going to be treading fresh ground for me.
Let’s get this build on!
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