Heavy Gear Kickstarter A Huge Disappointment
This is just my personal opinion. I am not saying that the Heavy Gear Kickstarter has been universally derided as a disappointment. I am disappointed and this is why. First, a little back story.
Many years ago I was playing the first incarnation of the Heavy Gear Blitz rules. I was enjoying myself, had fully painted an army and taken it to a tournament. There were some casting flaws and issues with the models that bothered me, but I persisted. Heavy Gear Arena was announced and I was very excited. When I received my copy all the models were terribly cast and the rules were so full of typos and errors as to be nearly unplayable. I decided then that spending money and times on models that I was unhappy with was not something I needed to be doing and I sadly said goodbye to Dream Pod 9, the makers of Heavy Gear and some of my favorite RPGs from my youth.
Fast forward several years later and Dream Pod 9 announces they are relaunching with a Kickstarter. I really want to like Heavy Gear. DP9 is a Canadian company and I want to support local wargames so I backed it.
The kickstarter took two years to fulfill and the results of which arrived, for me, last night. In anticipation I had started a Heavy Gear Project section of this website where I planned to track my progress, starting with the South. Dutifully I began assembling a Southern Jager for painting.
So much compromise for the steel mold.
Detail simplified to the point of becoming incomprehensible.
Detail is too shallow, will disappear during painting.
Thicker parts have shrunk in the middle, leaving big sinkholes to fill in akward parts.
Some parts look melted.
Now I’m thinking to myself: I don’t want to paint this. I won’t ever want to buy more to finish these forces. What am I going to do with all of these models?
Honestly, I don’t know, and I’m going to take a week or more to calm down and try to think clearly. In the meantime, back to Batman I guess.