Here it is, the outcome of the full metal Black Ivan conversion project. This conversion is based on the classic destroyer chassis instead of the plastic kit. I’m quite happy with the result. Take a look at the front and back picture of the finished ‘jack. Below I added a third picture comparing Black Ivan with a classic Destroyer. The Destroyer is also the first ‘jack I painted about 5 years ago. You probably can spot some progress in painting quality.
The title is a bit exaggerated as it was only one miniature missing. Here is the story:
Before one of the last gaming evenings I was looking for the miniatures I needed for my list. I have one magnetized Khador heavy plastic kit that is still unpainted and stored in a drawer with the other unpainted models. So I took a look into the drawer where it should be waiting and there was just all the arms and heads in a box but no torso. Unfortunately I have shown my 1,5 years old daughter the content of this drawer some time ago. So after looking at the other places I store my miniatures I suspected my daughter to have picked up the torso from the unlocked drawer and put it at some strange place I couldn’t imagine. I started to look at some possible locations like below the couch or behind the locker. But still no sign of the torso. As my wife wasn’t available at that time, I couldn’t ask for any hints. So I already started to think about getting some substitute for the torso (without buying a new box set) like one of the old metal jacks.
As my wife was back again I asked her if she had any hints. Yes, she knew what happened: my daughter had picked up the torso and broke it apart (base, legs, body separated). So my wife just hid it to glue it together at the next opportunity without getting to my attention. Obviously that opportunity came to late.
So here is a question to you readers who also have children. How do you secure your miniatures. I have a lockable display cabinet for the painted ones but thought it is enough to store the unpainted ones in an unlocked drawer. Evidently it’s not.
This post will probably become a little bit rantish. Last week I received the new Khador Heavy ‘jack Plastic Kit. First thing I noticed was that the Decimator’s gun looked some sort of twisted. That means, the middle, a quite massive part, was bent somehow. I’ve never seen something like that before on a plastic model. Looked like one side was slightly molten. I could fix this miscast by adding some heat to the weapon and bending it back.
Then yesterday as I started to assemble the ‘jack’s body I noticed the amount of burr on the plastic. Some of it in really daft places, like, between the rivets – so not that easy to remove. There were also some massive parts of sprue left. So it took a lot of work to clean up the plastics, more than I’m used from other companies’ plastic miniatures.
And last but not least some design issues I’m not happy about. The whole ‘jack design stands very tall. I mean higher than Beast 09 tall. Haven’t compared to the classic Heavys yet, but it looks like the new ‘jacks are a lot bigger. Imho absolutely unnecessary with the new design becoming so huge. Last negative fact is the missing Khador emblem on the top of the ‘jack. Yeah, you can paint it but that’s not the same like a fully modelled detail.
So I’m somehow disappointed with the new plastic ‘jacks and quite glad I won’t buy any more of this boxes as I’m going to build a multijack by using magnets.