Review: Man-O-War Strike & Suppression Tankers From Privateer Press

July 25, 2018 Off By Dan

I’m excited for the new Monsterpocalypse game coming out in September. To prepare, I decided to pick up some Privateer Press minis that use the same resin as the MonPoc minis will use. This time, I’m going with two new Warmachine minis: Khador’s own Man-O-War Strike Tanker and Man-O-War Suppression Tanker.

What’s in the Box

Coming in at $34.99 US, the Man-O-War Strike Tanker box contains:

  • A large-sized base
  • Torso, head, and legs in a single resin-cast piece
  • A left arm with shield
  • A right arm with shield
  • A shoulder mounted gun
  • A small metal tube that connects the gun to the right hand
  • Two smallish odd metal bits

Also priced at $34.99 US, the Man-O-War Suppression Tanker box contains:

  • A large-sized base
  • Torso, head, and legs in a single resin-cast piece
  • A left arm with embiggened shield
  • A right arm with embiggened shield
  • Two smallish odd metal bits

Notably absent from either box are assembly instructions and rules for how to use the miniature in games. From the picture on the front of the box, I could figure out where most of the pieces went. However I had no idea what to do with the two smallish odd metal bits.

I should note that in the past, when Privateer Press released multiple large based models with the same torso/leg configuration, but different head/arm/hand options, they would typically include all the parts necessary to make either one in a single box. But here if you want both, you have to buy both. You can’t magnetize one and swap out for the different roles.

Detail & Quality

I was, frankly, surprised at the level of detail that Privateer Press was able to get out of their new resin. Two weekends ago, I played a game with a Privateer Press employee, and he said I would be in for a pleasant surprise. And he wasn’t wrong. Both kits combined had seven resin pieces, and each piece looks incredible.

The pieces were also surprisingly durable. And that’s not ‘durable for resin’ durable. While dry fitting parts, I stood up to get something and dropped the Strike Tanker torso from just about table height to the ground. Then did that thing where you instinctively try to grab it with your foot, only to kick it across the room? Yeah.

It was totally fine. No damage, no scuffs. It impressed me enough that I decided to really put it through the wringer once I had assembled it. If you’re used to Forge World resin, this is a similar product, however it appears to have a higher baseline quality, with little warping and no visible bubbles or pockmarks in the material.

Cleaning

There were some mold lines, but they were minimal. Better even than typical hard plastic Games Workshop models of the same approximate size and complexity. What I did notice a lot of was flashing and little bits left over from the resin casting process. They came off easily enough with my hobby knife and some clippers.

The shield on the left arm of the Suppression Tanker was not in perfect alignment with the shield on the right arm. This was fixed by applying hot tap water to the shield I wanted to reposition for about 30 seconds, and then bending the shield into place. I then applied cold tap water to the shield, and it retained the new position. Afterwards, I washed all the parts in warm soapy water, and rinsed them off, to remove any residue from the casting process.

Resin dust, like any dust, is harmful to you if breathed in. There’s nothing especially toxic about resin dust over say any other fine air-based particulate that could get into your lungs. So I did all my cleaning work in a well ventilated area, and I was fine. Cleaning took about 20 minutes for both models.

Assembly

I was able to dry fit all the pieces together, but for the two metal bits, easily enough, and there were no obvious gaps that needed filling with putty. I had no idea where the two metal bits were supposed to go, and I had no instructions. I looked online for assembly instructions, and didn’t find any. I sent an email to Customer Support for Privateer Press about what to do with the odd metal bits.

Then, I set about assembling the model using their P3 branded super glue, as I assumed I could stick the two odd bits on later. I had some trouble gluing the first arm into place on the SuppressionTanker, expecting the same behavior I get from the hard plastic Games Workshop miniatures. The first time I pressed the arm into the socket and then released after a second or two, it fell right out, and the glue was already hardening. Afterwards, I used my hobby knife to score the contact points on the arm and the torso. This worked perfectly, and the join held. I repeated the process with the rest of the miniature, and it’s sister.

After figuring out the scoring issue, it took about 5 minutes to assemble the first miniature. I can’t say enough about these high detail, low part count, minimal fiddliness minis. Customer Service replied back within the hour with “That sounds like the knee armor.” They offered to answer any other questions I may have had, which is nice. I looked behind the shields, and sure enough, there were little divots at the knees that I mistook for an intentional design flourish. It looked like an inverted bolt, and bolts are sorta Khador’s thing.

For the Supression Tanker, there was no way I was going to get those knee pads in place with the huge shields blocking access to the bottom half of the miniature. So hey, 2 extra bits for the bit box, I guess. This could have been solved with some instructions, printed somewhere in the box. I was able to fit them on the Strike Tanker before putting the arms on it.

 

Resin Gauntlet

I heard tales about other, older resin miniatures from Privateer Press had issues with heat and sunlight. Particularly in the ‘melting’ category of behaviors. So I decided that of the two, the Suppression Tanker would be my guinea pig, and I left it in the sun for 20 minutes. Indoors, but still in the sun.

 

No problems! I picked up the Suppression Tanker and inspected it. It was warm to the touch, as you’d expect, but there was no sun damage to the resin at all. I expected there to be some, because the resin on the shield parts was so thin. You can see sunlight shining through the resin in the above photos. But no, no melting, no sagging. The Privateer Press resin stands up to sun and also kicking across a room.

Painting

I primed both miniatures with Army Painter Black Primer. It took just fine. I tried to scrape some of the primer off with my thumbnail, but it didn’t come off. On the resin I mean. It came right the hell off of the metal bits, but that’s to be expected with metal. After that, I used a large brush and slapped a few thin coats of red on each one, and experimented with different washes. The miniatures take paint well. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Playability

Well now we get to the rules. I had to download the War Room 2 App on my phone to see the rules for the tankers. I’ve not played any Warmachine MKIII, so I have no input as to how they handle on the battlefield. But their stats look like a middle ground between other Man-O-War solos and their Berserker chassis of Heavy Warjacks. The abilities for the Striker Tanker looks to be a Colossal/Gargantuan hunter, and the Suppression Tanker looks to give Khador players more control of charge lanes, with it’s ability to move enemies and put up damaging walls that last for a turn.

Final Thoughts

I am impressed with the quality of the miniatures that I bought. It’s a shame that they don’t come with assembly instructions. Privateer Press customer service was quick to answer my question. Since the core of the two models is identical, it would be nice if I could just buy the one, and make either or, instead of having to buy both to have both options. I think the Strike Tanker would have been awesome in my old Karchev ‘Jack heavy Mk II list, for ranged Armor-Piercing.

Experiencing the new resin kits from Privateer Press has me even more excited to get my hands on Monsterpocalypse!

 

Man-O-War Strike Tanker

$34.99 US
7.2

Ease of Assembly

10.0/10

Assembly Instructions

0.0/10

Ease of Mold Line Removal

9.0/10

Price Point

7.0/10

Material Quality

10.0/10

Pros

  • Highly detailed miniature
  • Easy to assemble
  • Highly durable resin
  • Responsive customer service
  • Matches army aesthetic

Cons

  • No assembly instructions provided
  • Rules for miniatures must be downloaded
  • Magnetizing not an option