Some of you may recall, back in November 2014 we posted a little promo piece for a game that was at the time using a Kickstarter to get rolling. A Polish endeavour, Norsgard took an atypical look at a lot of gaming stereotypes, presenting the Orc species as the noble paladins and keepers of the law, while the humans were largely playing the sort of role orcs usually play in fantasy tropes.
It seems all went well enough that the peeps behind it send me some of the final products to show y’all.
The book is, frankly, beautiful. In terms of production quality it’s on par with volumes produced by much-more-established gaming companies. A beautiful hardcover, with vibrant, thematic art. It’s currently on my shelf along with my IKRPG hardcovers and the Dr Who RPG that I might, maybe, one day, play.
Different artists pepper the interior, each with their own style. The Howling Horde barbarians do lean on the fanservice side when it comes to character design, fair warning. The other factions – The Scarlet Watch and The Order Of The Bat – are very nicely designed. I was sent some minis, here, let me show them to you…
This model didn’t come with a card, so I’m not 100% certain, but I think it’s an Armsmaster for the Order of the Bat. What I *am* sure about is that it’s a gorgeous model. Three components’ with a join at the waist for the body and the blade joins at both elbows. The resin is clean, only a couple of minor mould lines to clean off, and the resin channels all were in good locations and clipped cleanly. The model received glue well, and as mentioned, looks sweet.
The Silver Fury is also from the Order of the Bat. A beautifully sinuous pose, she came in six components – Body, right leg, both arms (at the upper arm cuff), head, and the extension of her hair. This one wasn’t quite as easy to clean off as the Armsmaster, a couple of the mould channels were in unfortunate locations that are difficult to clean out entirely, such as one in the small of her back right along the line of her spine. The character design is beautiful, evoking images of Ancient Egypt, and because she’s nicely lightweight thanks to the resin, the single contact point of her left foot to the base will easily support the model.
As much as I love the Werewolves, the Ravn Skaller from the Scarlet Watch is another beautifully made resin model. Some green stuff is needed where his right arm connects, but beyond that the detail is crisp and clean, his feathered cloak just begging for some creativity. If I had a complaint about this model it’d be that until I looked up the Norsgard online store I really wasn’t certain where the bird was supposed to go. Honestly, the model loses nothing at all if you leave the bird off – it’s very nicely done either way.
The Scarlet Watch’s Scout is the only metal model I was sent, and I glued the arms on at the wrong angles, so sue me… The back of his tunic was a separate piece that will definitely need some green stuff to hide the join, but other than that I think it’s a fun model. His ankles are as thin as the Silver Fury’s, so be mindful of that. Otherwise, a solid model that would also do a great job proxying as a half-orc PC in D&D.
I’m very pleased to see Norsgard have successfully delivered on their Kickstarter, and really quite impressed with the quality of their rulebook. Their resin sculpts super nice with a good feeling of motion, and a couple of cleanup issues aside, fun to assemble. They’ve joined the Silver Mountain for now, but will at some point make the painting table as my Figmentia allows.
You can find out more about Norsgard at the aptly named http://norsgard.com.