I took some time to look closely at my team of DreadBall Void Sirens; one of two Season 2 teams for DreadBall I received with the second shipment from the DreadBall Kickstarter.
Like almost all DreadBall miniatures, these are highly flavourful sculpts. The fact that they can be easily played as both “Void Sirens” or as “Trontek 29ers” adds a lot replay value to the Sirens.
On the downside, mould-lines a pain to clean and Mantic’s retail prices are curiously steep.
#1 – The DreadBall Void Sirens Miniatures
As a corporation team, the Void Sirens have players for all three DreadBall player-roles: Jacks, Strikers and Guards, though they favour Jacks more than the Season 1 Trontek 29ers.
Bought as a DreadBall team from Mantic Games, the Void Sirens box contains 1 Guard (top right), 3 Strikers (bottom left) and 4 Jacks (bottom right). Eight miniatures for £14.99 at full retail price.
As I got mine through the Kickstarter, I have spares. I also received the female Corporation MVP Anne-Marie Helder (top left). Anne-Marie Helder isn’t limited to playing for the Void Sirens, though she seems to part of the theme (not least because Mantic’s official paint-job for her is the Void Sirens’ pink). She won’t come in the team-box however, and costs £4.99 by herself.
The Void Siren Jack, Striker and MVP are all very simple miniatures to assemble (i.e. just stick on the arms). The can almost be used straight out of the box, without glue, to play DreadBall.
The Void Siren Guard, for some reason, comes in five pieces, including a separate head. The base is attached to only one of her legs and the rest of the body is separate. As a result, it takes a bit more fiddling to put the Void Sirens Guard together.
#2 – Mould Lines
My humble little camera isn’t good at taking extreme close-ups. Still, I think the pic above (blurry and all) shows the common mould-lines on Mantic’s miniatures.
As much as I love the sculpts, cleaning these is always a bit of a pain. The slightly rubbery restic-material used for these miniatures flexes under all but the sharpest of knives. Scraping these off tends to take (me) two or three goes as they usually don’t shave off cleanly right away.
#3 – A Word on Mantic Games’ Pricing
Oddly enough, looking at the retail prices instead my Kickstarter deal, I still find Mantic Games very much on the pricey side of the hobby – as I did originally unboxing DreadBall.
Picking an arbitrary (always imperfect) comparison, one of Games Workshop’s recent boxes of (mostly) female miniatures – Dark Eldar Wyches – cost £16.00 for ten directly from GW. That is £1.60 per miniatures, not counting the 4 extra heads and countless weapon variants.
Mantic Games’ Void Sirens Team, in comparison, comes to £1.87 per miniature, made from restic instead of hard plastic, and without any alternative builds, heads or options.
That is not a complaint. I do like my DreadBall girls.
It bears pointing out that – for all its spin on offering “affordable” miniatures – Mantic Games’ retail prices are, mini-for-mini, consistently higher than those by Games Workshop.
#4 – Verdict
Overall, I am happy with the Void Sirens miniatures.
- Great female sculpts full of character
- “Double” replay value for DreadBall thanks to the existence two corporation teams
- Cleaning of mould-lines is tiresome
- Surprisingly expensive
It’s difficult for me to recommend them. Most people getting into DreadBall likely own a Trontek 29er team, and will likely pick more exotic Season 2 teams to expand their collection. I was never much a fan of the Season 1 human team, and I do like these sculpts a lot. To me, it’s the ideal way to start experimenting with the human DreadBall teams, both of them.
Mantic Games (rightly) got a lot of credit for doing great female sculpts without falling into the “chainmail-bikini” trap (though personally, I spent heavily on Kingdom Death Pin-Ups too).
Better casting and a more reasonable price would make these easier to recommend.
Let me know what you think?