But it's a game that's never really taken off as well it should have, given it's strengths. Why isn't it more popular than it is? Just about every fan of the game will probably give you the same answer to that question:
That's a pretty bold statement, so I'll present the argument for those who are interested after I present the miniatures:
|PRDF Fire Support Squad|
|PRDF GP Squad|
Right, casting quality. The casting quality of the miniatures is truly, deeply, terrible. The miniatures are invariably riddled with mould lines, often 1mm deep or more.About one in ten miniatures will show signs of actual mould slippage. The mould lines themselves are very badly placed. Hard to reach before assembly and almost impossible to reach afterwards (if you're unwise enough to assemble your Heavy Gear miniatures before cleaning them, you're pretty much out of luck). On top of that, the metal they use is hard and brittle, so you're often presented with the option of cleaning something properly and running the risk of snapping a thin piece of metal in two or else leaving a horrible mould untouched. And if you aren't faced with that choice, then you're faced with another one: file down the awkwardly placed mould line (regularly in a sunken part of the miniature) and risk destroying the details around it or, once again, leave it where it is.
Even my best diamond-files struggle with this stuff and I often find myself changing scalpel blades every three or four miniatures when I'm cleaning them.
What makes matter's worse, is that the miniatures themselves are horrendously expensive, and would be even if the casting quality was much better than it is. As it stand, they're not good value for money. They also require a considerable investment of time just to clean and build. Combined, that puts off a lot of potential players. At my old club we even had PRDF starter pack (the same pack I painted here) get past between three potential players before being sold, still unbuilt, on eBay about six months after the original owner purchased it. I really wish Dream Pod 9 could get it's act together in this regard, because Heavy Gear Blitz is a fantastic game, and it really does deserve a lot more play-time that it receives.