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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Dead Man's Hand - 28mm Great Escape Games Figure Review

At first glance I was impressed with the look of the Great Escapes' DMH figure packs.
Each Gang (1 of 4) comes in a plastic quadruple DVD box. They look really professional and classy.
The box art details the gang and what's in the box.
Now on opening, I must say I was a little underwhelmed. The box contains a gang of 7 white metal miniatures, 7 laser cut mdf 25mm diameter bases, and a single printed card with some gang related rules. That's it.......for £20! 

Interesting that there is only seven figures per pack as reading the rules I suspect you'll need more than 7 in your gang to play some of the scenes?
My disappointment went further when I saw the level of finish of the figures. When you think these little fellas have cost you nearly £3 a piece, the last thing I'd expect was to be spending several evenings with a craft knife, file and side cutters removing all the flash and runners.
Worse still this figure suffered from misaligned mould halves and is gonna take a lot of work with a file to put right. All in all pretty rubbish quality control if you ask me. 
I'd rather thought the idea behind the rather extravagant packaging was you could store your gangs in them after painting? Well if you fit the 25mm bases provided, you won't! You can see here they're too wide to allow the box to shut.
What I might try as an alternative is the 20mm Renedra bases that came with the Perry Eighth Army. These should fit ok.

All in all, I've been left feeling a little bit taken for a ride. 

The whole DMH range is priced as a premium product. However these figures, whilst lovely sculpts, are let down by poor quality finish and over-pricing.

I don't think I shall be getting anymore. I think there are plenty of other ranges offering much better quality and better value for money, i.e. Artizan.

I guess you pay your money and take your choice.


  1. Absolutely agree. It's a real shame that this game falls short of the mark on production as the game itself is fantastic, probably the best Wild West game on the market right now

  2. To be fair to GEGs they sent me a gang free of charge by way of an apology.