Thursday 13 June 2019

Victrix Vikings Review

I have been waiting for these figures to release since the day they were first announced about a year ago. I pre-ordered a set a few weeks back, and now here they are. More details on the contents are on the Victrix website, these are my thoughts.

The figures arrive in a plastic bag with a card stapled along the top. On the back of the card are some basic instructions, which bodies are compatible with which heads, that kind of thing. As you can see, I also ordered a couple of sets of transfers and received a free flag for pre-ordering.

The warrior sprue, containing eight figures, with lots of head and weapon options and other bits. There are six of these per pack, making 48 figures.

The command sprue, containing eight figures, again with lots of options to play with. There are two of these sprues per pack, another twelve figures. In total, sixty vikings per pack - enough to man a longboat!

I assembled four figures and glued them to coins, as I do with all my figures. Note that there are no bases included in the pack. The photo is filtered to better show the details. And now some comparison photos with other vikings I own. I do not have any plastics to compare with, as to date I have never seen any that I thought were good figures to collect. These comparisons are therefore the Victrix plastics against metal and resin figures - worth bearing in mind when you see them side by side.

From the command sprue, Victrix on left, V&V (resin) on right

Standard sprue, Victrix and V&V (resin)

Standard sprue, Victrix and V&V (resin)

Victrix and Drabant Miniatures (metal)

I tried to build the Victrix Miniatures to match the poses of the comparison miniature as best I could. In each case, it's a simple matter of attaching two arms and a head to a body. I also added knives and scabbards as appropriate. In one case I trimmed the neck down a little as it looked too long to my eye. I also had to remove a sword hilt from the scabbard to make it empty. Other than that, they were very easy to put together and mould lines were easy to clean.

I am impressed with the level of detail and the quality of the sculpt, the proportions are very good. In terms of plastics, there are no others around that come anywhere close to this quality. I reckon they come very close to the metal figure in the last comparison picture - once painted, it will be hard to separate the two. The resin figures have a slight edge in terms of detail and sculpt, though of course the plastics are far cheaper and have more adaptability. 

If you are in the market for vikings, you cannot really go wrong with the Victrix vikings. At £38 plus postage for sixty figures, they are a complete bargain. Even factoring in extra spending on bases and shield transfers, they are well under a pound a figure. With all the options available on the sprue, you should easily be able to ensure there is no duplication in your collection. 


Matt Crump said...

That’s a lot of Vikings !

Nord said...

Yep, would think a lot of gamers will split a set, thirty figures each.

Ana Polanscak said...

Thanks for the review. I was thinking about getting the kit for fantasy conversions. Looks good.

Phil Curran said...

Thank you for the review and sprue photographs. I may well pick up a sprue and try them out along my Gripping Beast and Warlord Games plastics. They also remain `spruebound'.

Nord said...

I noticed a couple of resellers on ebay if you want a single sprue.

fireymonkeyboy said...

Thanks for this, nice to see an independent opinion. The saxons look pretty nice as well.

Nigel Gibson said...

Super review echoes my thoughts. The brother in law pre ordered the bag and we split with my nephew so very economical and nobody lumbered with 60 more on the spruepile. Took a Saxo Gram authenti head [ read the Danish comic book version to see the origin of the 'Danecut'] and axepouch to turn a Grippingbeast archer in a proper Viking. Bald due to MPB and long beard.

Nigel Gibson said...

Should've read totally bald due to Male pattern baldness not just the back of his head. Anyone else out there shaved the back of the GBP dark age warrior's head to make a real Viking?

Misael Angel said...

Hi.Thank you for the review and sprues. Can fireforge and victrix be compatible? I need to know for a possible kitbash of baltic pagan warriors.

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