|Plastic Cataphractii Terminators!|
The Betrayal at Calth was one of Games Workshop's best releases of 2015. This was largely because it provided plastic versions of many Horus Heresy models that had previously only been available in resin from Forge World. And while we talked at length about the MKIV tactical kit a few months back, we have seen very little talk about the Cataphractii terminators. Since we have a bag or two of the resin models kicking around here, we thought it would be worthwhile to compare them with the new plastic models and let you know the strengths of each version!
|The shoulder pads of the plastic terminators come in two parts that are layered on top of the terminator shoulders.|
|Surprisingly the plastic set comes with two unhelmeted heads, both of which are different from the one seen in the resin version. So if you already have some of the resin terminators these will help add some variety to new squads.|
|While not coming with all of the available options, the plastic kit comes with an impressive range of weapons including, lighting claws (5 pairs), combi-bolters (5), chainfists (5), powerfists (5), a single power sword, and a heavy flamer (and a grenade harness for the sergeant).|
|The plastic combi-bolters are much easier to work with than the resin ones and have all of the nice detail seen on the resin ones. Interesting, most of the little rivets seen on the plastic versions are slightly smaller than those seen on the resin ones.|
|The plastic lightning claws look really nice and do not suffer from warping and miscasting seen on the resin variety. The resin claws are more dynamic poses, while the plastic ones are more uniform and flat.|
|The heavy flamers look very similar in resin and plastic, the plastic version does add an additional cable supplying the smaller fuel tank.|
In the end, I feel most people would be very happy with either the resin or the plastic Cataphractii terminators. But for me, if I was given the choice, I would opt for the plastic ones every time. This is primarily due to the more consistent casting and easier clean-up. The original Cataphractii terminators do not have enough fine detail to make their casting in resin a necessity. Nearly all of the details seen in the resin models are accurately captured in the plastic counterparts. At the end of the day, the plastic models will allow me to do whatever I would have done with the resin models, without all the extra struggles that resin entails.