Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Calavius by The Four Horsemen

I may be in the middle of a Marvel Legends week, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to let a Wednesday go by without throwing some love to Mythic Legions. And since I am pressed for time from having to cram seven other reviews this week, I’m going with a figure that should be fairly easy to do justice. It’s Calavius, and he’s a Gladiator that teamed up with Attlus the Conqueror to launch a rebellion and put an end to the Gladiatorial games!

And damn, if he don’t look like a bad-ass! While he’s part of Advent of Decay, Calavius definitely feels like a throwback to The Coliseum Wave that hit in between the two kickstarters. And that’s not just because he’s a Gladiator, but because the bulk of this figure is comprised of parts introduced before Advent of Decay. That’s not a criticism, he really is a great looking figure, but it’s worth pointing out, especially for collectors who are expecting nothing but hot newness in their Advent of Decay packages. It’s probably safe to say that Calavius borrows the most from his fellow Gladiator, Rahmulus. From the waist down it’s all the same parts but with a fresh coat of paint. All the plate armor has been repainted gold, with blue leather scales hanging down the front of the belt and blue stripes down the sides of the hip armor. He also has some copper paint just under the knee plates, and the exposed skin on his upper legs is now dark brown.

While Rahmulus wore a plate armor cuirass, Calavius fights bare chested and with his left arm bare as well. They share the same armored sleeve on the right arm, but where Rahmulus donned a pair of knightly gauntlets, Calavius wears the jagged, crude type favored by the Orcs. Calavius wears only one pauldron, on his right shoulder, and it’s the same one used by Rahmulus, only repainted to match the rest of his armor.

The one brand new thing about Rahmulus, at least new to me, is the helmet. Well, one of them, he actually comes with two. It’s based on a traditional Roman Gladiator helmet design with a wide-brimmed helmet and a full enclosure over the face with a circle-patterned screen to allow him to see and breath. The top of the helmet has a comb with a sculpted brush and a small skull on the front. This helmet is easily what sold me on this figure, as it’s gorgeous. I love how sinister the design looks and the bright copper paint used on the helmet, along with all the little attention to detail, is absolutely perfect.

The alternative helmet is one that I first encountered all the way back on Gorgo Aetherblade, and it’s been used several times since. This time it’s fitted with two black ram horns. The official look is to have the horns pointed downward, but I’m not sure I dig that all that much. You can, however, position them any way you like. I am a fan of this helmet, but if it comes down to displaying Calavius with this one or the Gladiator helmet, the other one is going to win out every single time. It’s also why I only used it in a couple of pictures for this review.

If a traditional sword and shield is what you’re after, Calavius has got you covered. Yup, the sword is my favorite standard cruciform-hilted blade, this time a red grip, and a bronze painted pommel and guard. And just to keep things from getting too ordinary, Calavius’ sword belt is red instead of brown. I prefer to use it as a shoulder strap, so he can wear his sword on his back along with the shield. The shield is the same circular one we saw with Rahmulus. It’s got a rough steel finish and some bronze paint on the boss as well as on the ring of runes that runs along the outside edge.

Calavius also comes with two pole weapons, or more specifically two different poles with two different heads, and you can mix and match them. One is a very knightly looking halberd, which I like a lot, but just not with this figure. I realize there’s no real historical accuracy going on here, but it just feels out of place to give it to a Gladiator. It’s probably going to wind up going to one of my Knights.

The other is a trident, and I absolutely love this thing! The pole has gold painted grips with some ornate carvings and it’s just the kind of thing I remember seeing in the old Sword & Sandals movies. It makes me wish T4H had also included a net with him, because it was always fun to see these guys toss nets over their opponent before skewering them with one of these giant forks.

If you’re looking for all brand new stuff in your Advent of Decay figures, then Calavius may let you down. Personally, I’m happy that T4H are still dipping that deep into the well. I’ll buck the trend by not claiming that this is my new favorite figure in the line, but he is my second favorite of the Gladiators (No one can ever trump Raygorr!) and I really dig him a lot. The parts work together quite well, the new helmet sculpt is amazing, and the quality of the paint is gorgeous. Toss in the giant killing fork, and I’ve got nothing but love for this guy!

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Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Juno the Crusher by The Four Horsemen

It’s only the second Mythic Legions Wednesday of the New Year and I’ve decided opening today’s lovely lady was long overdue. It’s Juno The Crusher! A name that no doubt strikes fear (and titillation) in the hearts (and loins) of any man stalking the Outlands of the Mythic Legions Realm. I can usually take or leave the bios on these characters, but Juno’s is one of the more complex and interesting ones, and boy does she hate skeletons! A former member of Attlus The Conqueror’s Wasteland Army, Juno’s parents were killed by Skapular The Cryptbreaker. She later ran afoul of more Skeletons only to be rescued by Gorgo Aetherblade, thus gaining her allegiance! Let’s have a look!

If you’re just joining us, the Advent of Decay series introduced ladyfolk to the Mythic Legions collection and today I’m particularly thankful for it! Juno is a scantily clad, flame-haired, femme fatale barbarian who looks like she would be right at home in any one of the bazillion Death Stalker films. I was introduced to most of this female buck back when I reviewed the Demoness Xarria. Juno re-uses the torso, as well as the upper arms and upper legs. Naturally the skin tone has been recolored from Xarria’s red demonic flesh and Juno’s armored brassier has been repainted in a bright silver with a wash of rusty patina. Her arms feature the sculpted leather-like elf bracer on the right, while the left is clad in one of those crude Orc-style gauntlets. As always, the little sculpted straps on the brown wrist bracer are neatly painted black with silver buckles, and the gauntlet is given a worn iron finish.

The privacy of her nether regions are protected by a sculpted furry barbarian-style diaper that also includes a really cool black belt with an elaborate piece on the front, painted silver and with a green orb in the center. Her legs have painted brown boots with sculpted grieves and knee armor. The knee plates are painted in rusty silver to match her top, while the lower plates are finished off with a darker iron look to match her gauntlet. The straps are painted black with bronze buckles. Finally, she has two optional pauldrons that peg in behind her shoulders. These segmented pieces have shown up a few times already in Advent of Decay. They’re painted rusty silver, and I’m opting to display her with them, because the peg holes are otherwise rather obvious in her bare back.

And if Juno’s killer bod isn’t enough, T4H also kitted her out with a distinctive portrait that is absolutely brimming with personality. The right side of her face is partially covered by a cascade of her flame-red hair, while the left side is shaved clean up the side and adorned with bright blue tribal painting, part of which drops down through her left eye. The left side of her hair is sculpted into several braids and she has a gold earring fitted to her left ear. This is only the third female portrait I’ve reviewed in this line, but it’s clear that T4H have an affinity for ladies! I really dig the slightly pursed lips and the glossy paint used on the eyes looks great!

As you’ve no doubt already noticed, Juno comes with the standard brown sword belt and a single-handed cruciform sword to go in it. Surely I’m tired of seeing this weapon by now, right? Eh, not really. I’m such a big fan of this no-nonsense, trusty blade that I don’t mind seeing it again and again. As always, the blade is painted with a bright silver finish, as is the pommel and cross-guard. The ribbed grip is painted in a pale gold. Maybe it looks like too fine a sword for this Wastelander, but then again, maybe she lifted it off some privileged lark who dared to oppose her in combat.

Next up, we have a weapon that I think suits her a lot better, and that’s this one-handed axe. The handle is sculpted and painted to look like a dark wood and the blade is equally dark with some texturing on it. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve seen this particular axe in the line and I really like it a lot.

 

Of course, they don’t call Juno “The Crusher” because of her powerful thighs! Well, maybe they do, I really don’t know for sure… but I do know that she also favors this massive hammer, perfect for pounding skeleton warriors into talcum powder. I just saw this hammer a couple of weeks ago when reviewing The Boarrior and it’s still fresh enough that I’m very happy to see it again. The sculpting on the hammer’s head is very cool and it’s amazing how a simple new paint job can make it look so different. This time it’s done up with a clean, brass finish with some white paint hits and just a little bit of wash.

Hey, guess what? Juno may be one of my new favorite Mythic Legions figures! Actually, as much as I do love her, she better watch out, because I still love Skapular more. He remains my one true reigning favorite amidst a lot of really stiff competition. But that’s not to get all down on Juno, because she’s quite simply fantastic, and another one of those rather unique looking characters that isn’t easily pigeon-holed into the many groups of this series. Every fantasy line needs its’ own barbarian chick, and T4H managed to craft us one that feels fresh and new, and has an equally fresh backstory.

Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Faunus by The Four Horsemen

It’s the my first review of the New Year, and I’m thrilled that it also happens to be Mythic Legions Wednesday! Because what could be better than ringing in 2019 by opening up a brand new figure from this amazing line? This week I’m going a bit random and I just picked the first figure in my stack that I laid hands on and it turned out to be Faunus! This dude is not only billed as a powerful Elemental Warrior, he’s also the Commander of the Silverhorn Sentries and Defender of Castle Silverhorn. Not too shabby for a tree!

And what an interesting looking guy this is. He’s an armored Ent… with hooves! Sure, why not? While Faunus is fresh off the recent Advent of Decay Kickstarter, all his parts (well, at least from the neck down) come from the initial Kickstarter. He actually shares arms, legs, and hooves with the Silverhorn Sentry, while his tabard-wearing torso comes from Sir Gideon. He also borrows his armor belt, hip armor, and gorget from other first generation knights. So, if you’ve been with the line from the beginning, this ensemble isn’t exactly strikingly fresh, but thanks to a particularly sumptuous new paint job, it looks absolutely gorgeous. The bulk of the armor is decked out in a snappy emerald green with some tasteful gold trim. There are also copper plates on his upper legs and his shoulders. Finally, you get a little metallic silver for the chain-mail that’s exposed near his joints. The sculpted tabard is a deep blood-orange.

The head sculpt is all new and it’s the first time we’re seeing someone of Flaurus’ breed. His skin has a wood-grain finish with branches that flow up and out of his head like antlers. He has an almost catlike structure to his lower face and two piercing green eyes that stare out from under a heavy brow. The portrait is finalized by sprigs of greenery, which jut out from each side of his head like veggie-ears. Faunus sports a noble expression with a hint of determination that clearly conveys the message, “Don’t bring your evil here.” Actually, that quote may already be taken. But you get the point.

One of the most interesting things about this figure is that he has two distinct looks, and that’s because of his rather unique cape design. The orange cloth garment is colored to match the tabard. It’s also smaller than most of the other capes we’ve seen in the line and attaches to the figure differently. Instead of having holes that require the shoulder armor to keep it in place, this one simply has a neck hole. It makes for a unique look, but it also means that you can’t use it with both the shoulders attached. Or at least not very well.

You can, however, put one shoulder on and have the cape off to the side, sort of like a shoulder sash, and I like the way this looks a lot. I’m particularly fond of this option for when he’s just carrying his staff and dagger and looking like a kick-ass forest-dwelling battle mage.

The staff makes use of the rod that we’ve seen a few times before, painted gold, and with a brand new top piece. This new piece is sculpted to look like a gnarled piece of wood with a green orb on the end. I don’t pretend to understand the nuances that has a tree-person topping his staff with a piece of another tree, but I’m sure it’s all kosher. The staff is doubt used to cast all sorts of elemental spells, or perhaps just to command the trees to rise up and defend Silverhorn Castle.

The dagger is the same one we first saw with Lucretia the Vampire. It’s small with a curved blade and it includes a sheath that clips onto the belt. The sheath has the same eye emblem on it and this time is painted orange and gold, whereas the dagger itself has a gold blade and a copper hilt. I get more of a ceremonial vibe off of this weapon because of its’ demure design, but as a last resort, it could probably be used quite effectively.

Faunus’ other look is to just forget the cape and go with both pauldrons, which works really well when outfitting him with his sword and shield. If the cloaked version was more Mystic Faunus, then this is full-on Warrior Faunus. He looks great with the shoulders added and they continue the emerald and gold coloring that makes for such a beautiful deco.

His sword and shield are both familiar. The sword is the same two-hander we’ve seen again and again. This time it has a gold painted hilt and the sword is painted with a bright silver luster. It’s a good thing that I love this sword design as much as I do, or else I’d be getting pretty sick of seeing it by now. Whether it’s a good idea for a guy with a head shaped like that to be swinging a sword around is another question entirely. The shield, on the other hand is a bit more uncommon, although it’s been included with some of the gladiator-type figures. It’s round and painted copper, with an ornate emerald colored inner ring and a simple gold boss right in the center. Mine has a few minor scratches on the face, no doubt blows deflected by Faunus in the heat of desperate battle. Or maybe just some QC issues at the factory in China. Either way, it’s nothing bad enough to detract from the beauty of the accessory. What does detract is that the peg on the inside of the shield snapped off in the handle and so I’m forced to use a bit of tacking putty to have him hold it. I’ve had precious few noteworthy QC issues with my Mythic Legions figures, but when I do, it’s only fair to point them out.

And there ya have it… Another Wednesday, another great figure from Mythic Legions. I’m pretty sure I mentioned last time how much I dig some of these unique looking creatures that offer a little more variety to the Skeletons, Orcs, Dwarves, and Elves. Not that there’s anything wrong with those, but getting these more unique races makes this universe all the more diverse and interesting to me. And I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing some more of Faunus’ ilk in future releases. I’d really like to see one with a helmet that’s left open at the top for the branches to extend out of. I think they could do some cool new stuff with this design. Either way, I now wish I had picked up one more Silverhorn Sentry to go with him.

Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Boarrior by The Four Horsemen

Happy day after Christmas, folks! I hope the holidays treated you well and I once again apologize for not delivering my usual Christmas Day content. It was a day spent getting badly needed rest and with my family. But now I’m recharged and ready to have at Mythic Legions Wednesday and with the taste of the holiday ham still lingering in my memory, today I’m going for one of the oddball figures in the Advent of Decay series… The Boarrior!

He’s not an Elf or Skeleton, nor is he a Human or Vampire. The Boarrior are dwarf-pig hybrids employed as shock troops by The Legion of Arethyr, and known to be rather nasty little beasties. These little bundles of porcine awesomeness are comprised of a wonderful mix of parts, many of which hearken back to the original run of Mythic Legions. Like the Dwarves, the Boarrior use the regular sized trunk, arms and waist pieces, while kitted out with shorter legs, and in this case hooves for feet. The full plate armor is taken directly from this line’s beginnings and looks as great as ever. It’s colored with a dingy and well-worn iron finish with silver paint highlighting the edges and rivets, and some red paint used for some of the trim. The waist piece consists of plate armor for the hips and the sculpted leather scale hanging down to protect his piggy jumblies and if you turn him around you can see his adorable little pig tail hanging out the back of the armor. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, T4H’s ability to sculpt and paint plastic to look like real weathered metal never ceases to amaze me!

As always, the figure comes with pauldrons that peg into the back and beef up his armor. In this case, they’re recycled from the jagged and crude looking Orc armor that seems totally appropriate for this savage little fellow. Indeed, without them I think his armor looks a tad too sophisticated for such a creature. But toss them on and it makes him look more brutish. The Boarrior also comes with a standard brown sword belt, and while he doesn’t have any swords or daggers in his arsenal, I think it works well for his mace.

The head sculpt is completely unique and it’s a beauty! The snout and jowls protrude outward pretty far and feature sculpted fur as well as two powerful tusks protruding from his mouth. The head is protected by a crude looking helmet, which is cast as part of the head sculpt and painted in a copper finish to match the shoulder pauldrons. You also get some silver around the edges and on the large rivets. Some cracks and wear back up the bit in the bio that says these guys sometimes like to toss their weapons and just ram things. And speaking of tossing weapons, let’s check out the gear he comes with!

We’ve already seen the mace tucked into his belt. This baby has a head that looks like it could bash in just about any plate armor and make pretty quick work of skulls too. It’s painted silver with a wash to give it a worn look. I’ve had maces included with a couple of figures up to this point, but this one is a completely different sculpt than what I’ve had before. It’s nice to have a new and novel weapon after opening so many figures with basically the same swords.

Next up is this primitive looking axe. Like the mace, this one has turned up before, but very infrequently. The handle is sculpted to look like a piece of bone and the blade is painted as well worn metal. I think this weapon is particularly well suited to The Boarrior because it reminds me of the axe included with Kenner’s old Gamorrean Guard from Return of the Jedi.

And finally, we have the giant hammer, and this completes a trifecta of weapons that I’ve seen before, but just not very often. This is a favorite of mine, not only because it looks so powerful, but the sculpt is just gorgeous. It also conveys just how strong these tiny oinkers must be to be able to wield such an obviously heavy weapon, which is almost as tall as he is! The hammer is finished off with a silver paint and some black wash, similar to the mace.

As much as I love this guy, The Boarrior almost didn’t make the final cut of my Advent of Decay purchase list. As I was crunching my budget he came off a few times, only to get included back in. In the end, I’m very glad I opted to get him. Not only is he a great looking figure, but he adds that little extra bit of variety to a line that is made up predominantly of larger factions. And the more diverse Mythic Legions gets, the better I like it!  I’d love to see T4H produce a Boarrior Legion Builder somewhere down the road, because as a regular figure he’s a bit pricey to troop build, but at the same time, I feel like I need at least a trio of these little piggies. Considering the head sculpt is completely unique, I’d imagine they’re looking for a way to reuse it and get a little more money out of it, and I’m quite excited to see what that will entail!

Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Elf Ranger by The Four Horsemen

This week, I’m turning my attention back to the Elves, one of the major additions introduced to the Mythic Legions line in Advent of Decay. The Elf Ranger may not have a proper name or a bio, but he’s not one of the budget Legion Builders either. Nope, this guy is a regular release with all the paint apps and extra bits and bobs to prove it! He’s also one of the figures in this series that I was extra excited to get my hands on.

What do you think? A little Legolas influence going on here? Maybe, and if so it sure ain’t a bad thing. This body reuses the torso from the Elf Legion Builder I reviewed several weeks back, as well as the belt, and scaled hip and groin armor. But thanks to some new paint, it takes what looked like plate armor and makes it look like a hard leather cuirass. The fully armored arms and legs are replaced with a mix of segmented plates and chain mail on the upper arms, plate elbow guards, and what I presume are supposed to be leather bracers and boots, along with a set of copper colored knee guards. It’s a wonderful design, offering a combination of strong armored protection, toned down enough so that it looks like this Ranger would be able to track his way through the forests without getting slowed down by his outfit.

The paint here is absolutely spectacular, both the choice of colors, as well as the applications. The green cuirass is given a wash to bring out the embossed scrollwork and give it a leathery look with silver painted studs, as well as individually painted securing straps meant to be holding it all in place. Indeed, the sculpted black straps with silver buckles can be seen securing his lower leg armor and even the back of his cuirass. It’s that kind of little attention to detail that I really appreciate. The segmented plates on the upper arms and the shoulder armor all have a wash that gives the armor a worn patina of rust. And while the flourishes of silver and copper are nice, the dominant mix of green and brown gives him an earthy look, and it probably would work pretty well as pseudo-camouflage in those densely wooded Elven forests. I never get tired of saying it, but these figures are absolute works of art.

The Elf Ranger also comes with a green cloth cape, which compliments the color of the the armor quite nicely. As always, these garments use the pegs on the shoulder armor to attach to the figure and you can even thread the holes on the cape through the actual shoulder pegs in the arms to make it more like a cloak.

I really dig the head sculpt, which features the elongated elven ears bold lips, strong eyebrows, and a pair of pupil-less green eyes. The long sandy colored hair is swept back to form a widow’s peak on his forehead and from behind it forms two braids, which meet together and are wrapped to become one.

The Elf Ranger is no doubt an accomplished swordsman, and as such he comes equipped with the very standard single-handed broadsword with the cruciform hilt and a stout-bladed dagger. The sword has its blade, guard, and pommel painted silver with a dull bronze colored grip. The dagger has a brown painted grip and the blade, guard, and pommel are all left with a gray finish. Naturally, you also get the standard brown belt with a loop for the sword. There’s no special accommodations for the dagger, but if you thrust it through the inside of the belt it stays put nicely. And since versatility is the name of the game with a lot of these figures, the Elf Ranger can also be kitted out as an archer…

He comes with a separate hooded head, which is just different enough so that you could pass it off as a different portrait if you wanted a couple of these guys. At the same time, it looks close enough to be the same guy, assuming he’s concealing all that hair with some kind of elf magic. The hood is painted to match the green in the armor, and has gold trim around the edges. Here we also get the same bow and quiver that came with the Elf Legion Builder. Well, if you’re lucky it did. One of my Elf Legion Builders was missing his quiver. Anyway… this time the quiver is painted green with copper accents and the bow itself is painted copper with a brown string.

The arrows in the quiver are part of the sculpt, but you do get a single loose arrow that matches the green and copper coloring of those faux arrows. The quiver has a clip to attach it to the belt, and while I do tend to prefer having the quiver worn on the back with the fletchings peeking out over the right shoulder, that doesn’t work with the cape, and I can’t bring myself to display this guy without his cape. I mean, he may cast it off while fencing, but when he’s tracking his quarry through the forest, he’s got to have his cape, goddamnit!  As before, there are two tiny pegs on either side of the bow that form a notch to help knock the arrow. The range of articulation here isn’t exactly perfect for this sort of thing, but just like the Elf Legion Builder, I can get the Ranger to draw the bow and knock the arrow fairly well. I will confess, however, a little piece of blue-tack inside the hand helps that arrow stay in place, because he can’t really hold it otherwise.

Good god, I love this figure! The mix of parts makes for a great looking outfit and the coloring is just perfect. I’m pretty sure when I first got him out of the package, I just sat there looking at him with a big smile on my face. Then again, that’s almost a regular occurrence for me and this line. He’s not only a fantastic addition to the Elves of Mythic Legions, but he’s exactly the kind of character I would want taking part in one of my Saturday night AD&D expeditions. I want to sit down and think him up a name and a backstory, and pair him up with Sir Owain and Thord Ironjaw and have them go adventuring into some dark dungeon or maybe fight one of the Trolls.

Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Skeleton Soldier by The Four Horsemen

Welcome back to another Mythic Legions Wednesday! I know, there’s not much alliteration going on there, but Monday was already taken. Today I’m opening another figure that I recently double-dipped on when StoreHorsemen had their remaining stock sale. I do try to avoid the troop building bug when it comes to this line, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. And the Skeleton Soldier is a fine example of why! No packaged shot this time, and the Skeleton Soldier doesn’t actually have a bio card on the bubble insert, because she’s just a lowly undead grunt, so let’s jump right in and check her out!

We’ve had plenty of skeletons in the previous Mythic Legions series, but in keeping with a running theme of Advent of Decay, this is our first Femme-Skeleton, and what a beauty she is! And yes, you can tell she’s a she because of the use of the more diminutive armor. As always, the bones look great, this time with a yellow finish that makes them look as though they’ve been lying around in a crypt just waiting to be re-animated. This figure also exhibits one of my absolute favorite things T4H does with this line, and that’s the way they use sculpt and paint to reproduce the look of old armor. The skeleton features the crude and jagged armor style we’ve seen in the past, mostly with the Orcs, including plates on the lower legs, the outside of the upper arms, sleeves on the lower arms, and optional shoulder guards. She also has some plates dropping down between her legs to protect her bony nether regions. The torso armor is more refined and intricate than the rest, but the antiqued finish, which shows pitting in the sculpt and some brilliant paint that reflects both wear and tear as well as rust, makes it fit right in with the rest.

The head sculpt features a classic looking skull framed by an open-faced helmet with horns protruding from the sides. As with the rest of the armor, the helmet features painted wear and a spotted patina of rust. The paint job on the horns is also especially convincing, and the horns themselves give her a distinctive look over all the other Skellies this line has produced. The horns are also removable, so you can leave them off if you like, or replace them with pieces from another figure’s helmet. And speaking of options, you have two when it comes to the back helmet attachment. One is a cascade of blonde plume (or maybe hair?) pouring out the back and the other is a single spike. I definitely prefer the spike, but when I finally have two of these in my collection, I’ll likely display one with each. Before we move on to the weapons, you also have two options when it comes to the torso…

Yup, Skeleton Soldier comes with a completely different armored torso. If you don’t want to go with the more ornate one, the second option is a little more reserved in its design. It does still have the same wonderfully weathered finish to it, including all sorts of abrasions and rust spots. I’ll also note here that while it does have the holes on the back for the shoulder armor, I simply could not get them to go in all the way. I’m sure a little heat would do the trick, but to be honest, I think the figure looks pretty damn great without them too. OK, now let’s move on to the weapons…

Skellie Soldier’s main accessories are a sword and shield. The sword is a standard cruciform-hilted broadsword with a gray hilt and a silver painted blade. There’s some rust painted on the hilt and base of the blade, which looks pretty good. And of course you get the standard brown sword belt, which in this case hangs very loosely around the figure’s waist. It doesn’t take much for it to drop down to her legs, which I actually dig a lot because it suggests the belt was something this warrior wore in life and it’s too loose now because she’s lost all of her meat. It can also double as a shoulder strap.

The shield is a brand new one to me, at least I think it is. It’s a simple disc-shaped design with concentric circles and some rivets sculpted around the second circle. You get the now standard hand grip that pegs into the back, and I’ll continue to go on record and say that I prefer the clips from the previous series. The shield is painted silver and features a light patina of rust to make it match the sword, and I think they look great together.

And since it’s been a whole week since we’ve seen the spear… here’s the standard Mythic Legions spear! Again! T4H just love to throw this pig-sticker in with a lot of the figures, and I’m never going to complain about it. In this case, the spear is painted entirely in silver, to match the sword and shield, and given that light touch of rust to make it look well used.

The Skeletons have always been a high point in this line for me, and this new Skeleton Soldier does nothing to buck that trend. She looks great beside the Skeleton Legion Builder from the original Kickstarter, and she’ll look even better when I’ve got two pairs of each. No, she isn’t exactly burdened with a huge list of accessories, but it’s hard to argue about extras when you get an entire second torso to customize her. And customization is indeed the name of the game here, as you could probably pick up a four or five of these and manage to kit them each out a little differently to build small army. Oh, if only I had all the money and display space to do something like that!

Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Vampire Legion Builder by The Four Horsemen

On Monday, T4H put up their remaining stock of Advent of Decay figures, and as usual it was like feeding time at the zoo. The site sputtered, I crossed my fingers and bit my lip, but in the end I got what I was looking for. Granted, I was only after two figures, and both were doubles of ones I already have. And one of those, I’m checking out today! I already have the packages for these in storage and since she’s a Legion Builder, she doesn’t have a bio card, so let’s just jump right in and check out the Vampire Legion Builder!

As far as the figure itself goes, there’s very little here that we haven’t seen before, but that doesn’t make me love this bloodsucking femme-fatale any less. From the neck down, this is the same armored female sculpt we saw on both Gwen Heavensbrand and Lucretia. The sculpt is as gorgeous as ever with all the tiny rivets, overlapping plates, sculpted straps, and chainmail that I love to gush on and on about. Her shoulder armor consists of the less ornate, segmented pieces, which are perfect for rank-and-file soldiers, and as always these are totally optional. And because this is a Legion Builder, there are no additional paint apps on the body, just a glorious coat of slick, high-gloss black. While I’m curious to see how she would look with the chainmail colored in gray or silver, I have to admit the totally black makes for quite a foreboding and sinister look. The ensemble is finished off with the ubiquitous brown sword belt, which can be worn around the waist or over the shoulder.

You get two different heads with this Legion Builder. The first is the unmasked portrait and it’s pretty cool. She has the same ashen skin tone as the other Vampires in the line and the same exaggerated pointed ears, which are similar to the Mythic Legions elves. I like it the head sculpt, but I don’t think it’s some of their best work in the line. Her right eye is bigger than her left, and I’m not sure if she’s supposed to be popping one eye like Deadpool or if it’s just how the sculpt came out. My bet is that it was the later and not intentional. The yellow fangs are also a bit lopsided, when I get in really close. I don’t want to pick on it too badly, but there are definitely some nitpicks to be had here. Her face is framed in a tight fitting black helmet with a magnificent purple plume spilling out the back. The plume is also removable, if you’d rather not have it.

The alternate head is fully enclosed in the helmet, except for the ears. And yes, I’ll admit it seems really impractical to expose your ears, especially when they’re that big, but I think it looks great. If the enclosed helmet looks familiar, it is indeed a straight repaint of the one that was included with the Elf Legion Builder and I’m certainly cool with that. I like to think that these Vampires might be some kind of kin to the Elves in this Universe. Let’s move on to the weapons!

For starters, you get the classic two-handed fantasy-style sword that we’ve seen over and over again in this line. As always, I love the design of this weapon, and it’s nice to see the blade painted silver and the hilt painted black to match the armor. Some Legion Builders don’t have paint applications on their weapons, so this was a nice surprise. She also comes with a circular shield, and while this is not the first time I’m seeing this particular shield, it was the less commonly used shield from the previous lines, which makes it most welcome. This piece is painted all in black and mine has a few scratches on the surface, which is certainly not intentional, but I’m OK with it because it looks like normal wear-and-tear. This shield also features the new hand grip that pegs into the back. The more I play around with these new grips, the more I wish they had kept with the clips.

Next up, Lady Vampire comes with a standard shield spear and boy do I have a lot of these now! It feels like T4H pack this one in with every other figure. Once again, I’m happy to see that T4H splurged on some paint applications, as the shaft is black and the tip is painted silver. It’s definitely one of my favorite examples of this particular weapon and she looks great wielding it.

And that brings us to the final two accessories, these amazingly bad-ass twin swords. These remind me of the sickle-swords often associated with  Ancient Assyria and they are absolutely fantastic. The elongated black handles have sculpted grips and those sexy curved blades are kissed with some brilliant silver paint. I’m tempted to give her another belt and strap them both around her shoulders so she can wear these crisscrossed on her back.

Oh yeah, and they can also be tabbed together to create one long double-bladed weapon. Holy shit this is a cool and versatile set of weapons!

This Vampire is just another great example of how much fun these Legion Builders can be and it still amazes me that this is an example of one of the budget figures in the line, originally priced at about $22. And while she may not have the extra bits of flourish painted onto her armor, with a wonderful little arsenal of weapons and two different heads to choose from, there are plenty of display options to be had. And T4H sure know what they’re doing, because I simply had to have a pair of these to pose as bodyguards behind Lady Lucretia or Baron Volligar. l really enjoy the Vampires as a faction in this line and I still have the regular Vampire Knight to open, plus the original Vampire, Carpathias will be on his way once T4H start shipping out the All-Stars Pre-Orders!

Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Xarria by The Four Horsemen

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and one thing I am definitely thankful for is Mythic Legions! I’m trying to be as diverse as possible on my first pass through the Advent of Decay reviews. So having looked at a human knight, an elf, a vampire, and a goblin, I’ll be checking out a demon today. Behold, the mighty Xarria!

Xarria is not the first demon in the Mythic Legions lineup, but she is my first demon and she’s the first female demon. I passed on the previous demons, because I wasn’t all that keen on their colors, but I found Xarria to be irresistible at first sight. According to her bio card on the package insert, she’s a top general in the Circle of Poxxus, and while I don’t know what that means, it sounds very impressive. She’s also an accomplished spell-slinger and a lady that I would not want to mess with. Let’s get her open and see how she looks!

Pretty god-damned fantastic, I’d say! I tend to spend time talking about parts recycling in my Mythic Legions reviews, but that won’t be the case today. The bulk of this figure is made of parts that I’m experiencing for the first time right now, but we’ll be seeing them again many times over before I’m through with Advent of Decay. And as we’ve already seen, females figures are one of the major additions in Advent of Decay and Demon or no, Xarria is definitely a lady! The buck features bare upper legs, nearly bare arms, bare midriff, and a chest protected by her crude armored brassiere. Not to be confused with her brazier, because I’m sure she’s got one of those too. She also has a pair of rough, jagged shoulder armor pieces, which peg into her back and are, as always, optional.

The rest of her armor consist of wrist bracers, lower legs, and a belt with hip armor. It’s all the same crude and worn style, basically a slightly more diminutive version of the Orc armor we’ve seen several times in the past, with a pitted iron finish that looks amazing. The leg armor terminates at her demonic hooves, and she has a sash that hangs down from the center of her belt to conceal her demon lady parts. In addition to the excellent paintwork on the armor, I really dig the shade of red used for Xarria’s skin. It features some gradations of skin color from deep read to an a fiery orange. She also has some black striping (possibly tattoos?) displayed on her back and the left side of her body.

And that brings us to the head sculpt, and boy is it superb. Xarria walks that fine line between being a hideous demon and maybe just a little bit hawt. OK, I find her more than a little bit hawt. The curved, segmented horns protrude from the top of her an imposing height, she has tall, pointed ears not too dissimilar to the elves, and two yellow pupil-less eyes. Finally, she has a ponytail that spills up out of the ring on her head and terminates with some bright blue paint. Let’s move on to the accessories…

So, first off, Xarria comes with this imposing staff to channel her magic prowess. The shaft is gold and the head is cast in gray plastic and has a purple orb embedded in the middle and another one at the tip. It’s a cool looking piece, and since the top comes off, there’s some opportunity for customization there. This is the first time I’ve seen this accessory, and I’m pretty sure it was introduced in Advent of Decay, but either way I know we’ll be seeing it again. My only real gripe with this staff is that it’s pretty thick where she’s most likely to grip it and that can stretch out her grip, making her other weapons fit loose in that hand. Still, I’ve found that squeezing the hand shut for a bit will help.

But sometimes your mana is low and fools still need killing, and so Xarria also comes with two weapons: A dagger, and a what I guess might be termed a falchion. And, yes she also has the usual belt so she can carry her blades either on her waist or across her back. And here’s where this figure starts to lose me a bit. The dagger is the typical cruciform-hilted weapon that we’ve seen matched with swords and packed in with many of the knights. The blade is painted silver and the grip is painted gold. I really like this dagger, but it doesn’t feel like it really fits the character all that well. I happen to think that a demoness like Xarria should be packing a more exotic blade.

And that goes double for the falchion. This is the first time I’m seeing this particular sword in the line and I really dig the design. It’s got a dramatic curve, a swell to the blade and a nasty-looking clip to the point. The hilt is interesting as the grip curves opposite the blade instead of continuing it. The knuckle-guard is short and doesn’t connect with the pommel, and the weapon is painted to match the dagger with a silver blade and gold hilt, and I should mention that the blade on mine has a bit of gold paint spilled on it, which is one of the first QC issues I’ve had on any of these figures. But like the dagger, this sword just doesn’t really work with the character for me. Now, I kind of get it. The demons are something of an anomaly in this line, as there have only been three so far. And given Mythic Legions’ strategy of re-using accessories, it makes sense that T4H didn’t want to design a bunch of weapons that would only be intended for a few figures. But I’d still argue that there were better choices than these. It feels like someone just reached into a bin of weapons and randomly drew a couple out for poor Xarria.

Holy hell, for possibly the first time ever, I’m actually finishing up a Mythic Legions review without claiming that it’s my new favorite figure! Now, that’s not to say Xarria is in any way a bad one. I dig her a lot. She’s got a cool design, I love the paintwork on her armor, and what’s not to love about adding a demon to my Legions shelves? No, my big sticking point with this figure is just the weapon selection. They feel like the result of a random grab bag, rather than any kind of thoughtful choice, and unfortunately that drags down my feelings for the figure as a whole. Or maybe it was shrewd thinking on the part of T4H, because now I’m seriously thinking about picking up the Dark Forces Weapons Pack to get Xarria properly equipped with some proper demon weapons.

Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Snagg by The Four Horsemen

I’ve been focusing on some of the new stuff for my first Advent of Decay reviews. So, I started with a female knight and vampire, and then showed off an Elf. Now it’s time to touch on what is easily my most anticipated addition to the Mythic Legions lineup… The Goblins! Hell, YEAH! I totally freaked out when T4H first showed off these deranged little beauties, and I knew right away that I would be getting all of them. It was impossible for me to decide which one to start with, so I just picked one at random. Let’s have a look at Snagg!

And isn’t that just one of the best Goblin names ever? Snagg! Even better, Snagg’s bio tells us that he’s a devious thief. And with his green face and blue sock cap, he kind of reminds me of Zarak, The Half-Orc Assassin from LJN’s old Advanced Dungeons & Dragons line. Not only is that not a bad thing, but I kind of demand a repaint as homage.

The Goblins are about the same height as the Dwarves, but they have a much leaner build. And like the Dwarves, they’re designed so they can borrow parts from the full-sized humans and elves. For example, Snagg has a completely repainted version of the belt and hip armor piece that we saw last week on the Elf Legion Builder. He also uses the wrist bracers that we’ll see on the Elves in future reviews. The body is rounded out with a simple set of plate armor for the torso and armored legs. I’d say that it’s a hodge-podge look that works well for a Goblin, but to be honest, I think all the pieces go together perfectly.

The paint here is excellent, particularly on the belt piece. The prominent disc belt-buckle, the individual rivets on the leather scales are painted in a rich copper. The plates on the tops of the hip-armor are mismatched with one side copper and the other a gun-metal blue. The brown belt has a great textured leather-like look to it and you get some fine silver paintwork on the buckles. Other highlights of the paint include the worn copper color of the leg armor, the metallic blue stones embedded in his arm bracers, and the heavily tarnished finish of his chest armor. Even the tiny buckles on his wrist bracers and leg armor are all neatly painted silver.

And that brings me to the head sculpt, and oh boy is it fantastic! Snagg features a cartoonishly pronounced nose and chin, balanced by the long, swept-back pointed ears. He sports a devilish grin, showing his tiny sharp teeth and two prominent fangs rising up from his bottom jaw. Two beady yellow eyes gaze out from under the stitched blue cap.

Snagg comes with a mismatched pair of shoulder armor, no doubt stolen from the dead on some battlefield. The right shoulder is pretty ornate with some blue panels that manage to match his cap, as if it’s a sad little attempt he made to accessorize. The left shoulder, on the other hand, is a simple, segmented piece with signs of rust setting in. I dig the idea behind these pieces being scavenged, but I may actually prefer him sans shoulder armor.

For a little guy, Snagg comes with quite the arsenal of weapons, which includes a standard cruciform sword, a two-hander, a dagger, and a rustic cleaver made by attaching blades to a piece of stag horn. With the exception of the last piece, I’ve seen all of these weapons before, and I love that all of these weapons are mismatched, again probably all taken from looting and thievery, as they look way too clean and shiny to have been owned by him for long. To carry his weapons, Snagg comes with two of the standard brown belts, allowing for one to be worn on the waist, and the other as a cross strap. Let’s take a quick look at each of his weapons…

The dagger is a repaint of the one that came with Lucretia, now with an entirely gold hilt. I really like the design of this one and the paint job does a good job of setting it apart. I actually had to double check Lucretia’s to make sure it was the same mold. It looks like it would be an excellent parrying dagger as well as serviceable for all the backstabbing that Snagg probably does.

The one-handed sword is the classic cruciform type we’ve seen over and over again in this line. I’m a big fan of the no-nonsense design of this piece and I’m always happy to get another. Oddly, this one is painted all in silver, which is something that T4H usually reserve for the Legion Builder figures, but I think it still looks fine. I would have liked it more if it had a rusty finish, like we’ve seen with some of the Orc weapons, but like I said, maybe he stole it.

The two-handed sword is very familiar from the previous series of Mythic Legions. I tend to refer to this one as a “Tolkien Sword,” because it reminds me of a design I saw of Glamdring once. Either way, I really dig the way the blade swells slightly toward the edge and the stylized crossguard, copper wrapped grip, and skull-crusher pommel are both nice touches. On the other hand, this sword looks totally out of place with Snagg. It’s really big compared to his height and he looks a little awkward wielding it. It just furthers the idea in my mind that he stole it somewhere and just carries it around to make a statement.

Only the stag-handled weapon looks like it might have been made for him, and it manages to be both crude and quite beautiful. The sculpt and paint on the stag handle is superb. The clever-like blade has some nasty gashes and scrapes in it and a serrated area near the grip. The back also has a metal piece with spikes sticking out of it. Now this looks like a Goblin weapon!

Snagg also comes with some other assorted bits, which confused me at first. You get a set of antlers, which are the same pieces used to adorn some of the other figures’ helmets. You also get a single piece of black horn. These aren’t compatible with the figure himself, as he doesn’t come with a helmeted head, but I’m chalking these up to being more loot that he’s scavenged. And it’s always nice to have extra pieces to share with my helmeted figures to create more display options.

And so while he may be small, Snagg is probably packing more personality than almost any other Mythic Legions figure I own. He’s also no doubt the first in what will be my serious love affair with the Mythic Legion Goblins. He’s a magnificent little figure with some superb paintwork, and clearly a lot of thought and love went into his demented design. I can’t wait to pit him against some of my brave warriors and have him try to bite their kneecaps off and steal all their shit. I’m really tempted to just keep going with the Goblins for the next month, but I promise I’ll try to be back with something a little different next week.

Mythic Legions (Advent of Decay): Elf Legion Builder by The Four Horsemen

It’s Week Three of Mythic Legions Wednesdays‘ return and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m not following any particular order in which I open and review these figures, but I’m not going totally random either. Since I already looked at two of the regular figures, I thought this week I’d check out one of the Legion Builders. And since the Elves are introduced in the Advent of Decay series, let’s have a look at the Elf Legion Builder!

I’ll go ahead and show a packaged shot here, because unlike the named characters, the Legion Builders don’t actually have bios, because they’re just nameless soldiers. But you can name if you want to! Oh, go on… name them! The Legion Builders are cheaper than the regular figures because they involve less paint operations, usually on both the figure and the accessories, but as we’ll soon see, that doesn’t make them any less spectacular! And in fact, this Elf in particular doesn’t feel like your typical Legion Builder at all.

Behold the Elven armor of golden splendor! Yes, let’s remind ourselves that this is what the rank-and-file Elf Warriors are wearing and it’s pretty fabulous. In case you didn’t already know, Mythic Legions is all about mixing and matching parts, and here we get a great example of that in Advent of Decay. The torso here is new, but the arms and legs are lifted straight from the armored bucks we saw on Gwendolyn and Lucretia. It works well for the diminutive Elven build as well as the female knights, and even though we already saw those parts in gold on Gwen, I think this combination still makes for a pretty unique look.

And the sculpt here is absolutely beautiful. As always, it’s brimming with detail from the overlapping plates to the tiny rivets and sculpted buckles and straps. I particularly like the discs on the chest and belt. When combined with the coloring and the rather thin armored build, it gives me a little bit of a C-3PO vibe. And the armor sculpt that does just fine showing off its details with nothing but a sumptuous golden finish. And while we’re on the subject of paint, it’s worth noting that the past Knight Legion Builders featured only one color on their armor and no additional paint apps at all, except maybe on a helmet plume. The Elf breaks that trend by adding the green scaled armor below his belt with the individually painted gold rivets. It’s a great touch that breaks up all that gold just enough to make him feel more like one of the regular figures. Of course, the figure also comes with the ubiquitous sword belt and removable shoulder armor. And yup, those are the same shoulders we saw on both Gwen and Lucretia.

The Elf Legion Builder comes with no less than three different heads. He comes out of the package with dark skin, green eyes, and an open faced helmet, complete with nasal guard and a wonderfully organic sculpt to the helmet. The ears are quite prominent, but they stay close to the head, giving him more of a Tolkein-esque Western interpretation, as opposed to the ones we usually see in anime or mangas. There isn’t a lot of sharp detail in the face, but I still like it a lot and he has a bit of a dour but noble expression.

The other option is the lighter skinned head, again with green eyes, and the exact same helmet. Actually, it looks like the whole head sculpt here is identical, with just the lighter skin distinguishing it.

The final option is a completely enclosed helmet, but with green skin showing on the exposed ears. I think it’s likely that this is intended to be the open helmet with a mask on it, but I could be wrong about that. Either way, it’s a real sexy piece of design. I love the organic curves and the darkened visor. All three heads are great choices and they make me wish I had picked up at least one more of these guys to display them on. But we’ve also got a lot of accessories to talk about, so let’s move on to the weapons.

The Elf comes with a pretty standard sword and dagger, which can be worn on the belt. Well, there’s one loop so either the sword or dagger can be fitted through the loop and the other just has to be thrust through the belt. Either way it works just fine. We’ve seen both of these weapon molds before many times, but I really dig them a lot. The sword is a pretty no-nonsense weapon with a broad blade and a cruciform hilt and the dagger has a stout blade and a slightly down-turning crossguard. The hilts aren’t matched perfectly, but they’re close enough so that they look good together. Both blades are painted silver and the hilts are painted gold, which is notable because most of my previous Legion Builder Knights did not have any paint apps on their weapons.

Next up is the bow and quiver of arrows, both of which are accessories that are introduced in Advent of Decay. The bow has some really beautiful contours, is painted all in silver, and includes a string. The quiver is painted gold and the arrows have silver shafts and gold fletching. The quiver has a clip that can hook onto the belt, just like we saw on the dagger’s sheath that came with Lucretia. There’s also an attachment that can be used to put it on his back, but it sticks out too far and I don’t like it. The arrows in the quiver are all part of the sculpt, but you do get a single loose arrow.

The loose arrow is pretty thin and frail and he can’t really hold it, at least not without the help of a little blue-tack inside his hand. There are, however, two little nubs on the bow that the arrow can sort of clip into. With a little determination and trickery, I was able to get him to actually knock the arrow and draw the bow. It would have been cool if T4H created a hand for these guys with a slit between two of the fingers. I suppose it would be easy to customize with a good razor blade, but he only comes with the two hands and I don’t want to risk messing him up.

Finally, the Elf Legion Builder comes with a spear and this accessory is as old as Mythic Legions itself. It was a popular pack in accessory with a lot of figures from the first Kickstarter, and I’m not surprised to see it continuing to see service in Advent of Decay. It’s a very simple accessory, all molded from one piece of plastic and painted entirely in silver. The spear is also the thing the only accessory that feels like the weapons included with previous Legion Builders. I’m not going to gripe about it, because quite frankly this figure comes with enough goodies that the spear just feels like a gratuitous extra.

As I mentioned in the beginning, the Legion Builders are the  in this line, and that’s part of what makes this Elf Soldier so impressive to me. Sure he doesn’t have as many paint operations as the regular figures, but he still looks great. And with three different heads and a whole passel of weapons, he feels like anything but a budget figure. Alas, the secondary market prices on these figures preclude me from doing any kind of troop building when it comes to Mythic Legions, I just might pony up for one more of these Elves to make one an archer and the other a regular knight.