DreadBall Season 2 – A Review of the Void Sirens

DreadBall Void Sirens Official Photo

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.

Void Sirens Corporation Team by Mantic Games:
3 / 5 stars      

#1 – The DreadBall Void Sirens Miniatures

DreadBall Void Sirens

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

DreadBall Void Sirens 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.

The Good

  • Great female sculpts full of character
  • “Double” replay value for DreadBall thanks to the existence two corporation teams

The Bad

  • 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?

Z.

Zweischneid

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  • Compel

    This is pretty much accurate. Although, the mould line thing is pretty much random luck. The kickstarter ones I got were nice and quick, whereas my retail set seems fairly similar to that picture.

    As for the RRP, I dunno what to make of that, really. I think mantic probably price themselves on a DVD type model. – They don’t expect anyone will actually pay RRP for it. I certainly didn’t!

  • Nick

    I agree that the resin material mantic uses is frustrating. But I have a slight problem with them being overcosted. The dreadball range is substantially more expensive than their core games, but they cannot rely on as great a volume of sales as the number of miniatures required is low. Also unlike G.W. Mantic takes a reasonable approach to costing for different locations. In New Zealand I’ll still be paying the same “amount” as someone in the U.K. where it is a lot cheaper. If I was to buy from games workshop it would be close to double just because of my location which makes mantic much more desirable.

    • http://pinsofwar.net/ Zweischneid

      So it is ok to make miniatures more expensive if you need less of them?

      If I make a game that only needs 1 mini per player, I can happily charge hundreds of dollars for a similar product?

      Doesn’t make much sense to me.

      • Michael Dudek

        He may have been alluding to something along the lines of what GW does – charges a premium for character models. In the US, the 10 man plastic Marine tactical squad costs just over $3.70 a miniature. A plastic Captain costs over $22! For a single mini, no bigger than the tactical marines. To be fair, he has a lot of options, but still very pricey.

        GW somewhat justifies it by the cost of producing the tactical squad can be spread out more, since most players will likely need several of them. They will probably buy only one Captain though, so they want to make good profit on it. Whether that’s fair or not is another question. But it is true of their plastic HQs in general.

        Mantic seems to be pricing the Dreadball minis at a ‘character’ price point, rather than a ‘unit’ price. And despite all I have said, I do think their prices are kind of high on these.

        • http://pinsofwar.net/ Zweischneid

          Perhaps, though DreadBall has character models in the form of MVPs too for currently 5 GBP (7.65 USD?).

          The GW comparison is a limited one. And there are even more expensive companies out there, no doubt (Malifaux for example).

          However, unlike Malifaux or GW, Mantic Games very explicitly make their (allegedly) low prices part of their sales pitch. They explicitly say that their goal as a company is, quote, a

          “range of affordable high quality miniatures [that] are simple to build, easy to paint and can be used in all kinds of games, not just our own!”

          That is front and centre on their homepage.

          So it does deserve pointing out that not all their prices are really that affordable, relatively (and the “their-game-needs-less-minis” argument likewise doesn’t hold, as they actively advocate that you use them for other games)..

          GW, Wyrd, etc.. may be more or less expensive, but don’t really make claims to be the “affordable option” either.