*BOOM* It’s time to bring out the heavy artillery! Today we’ll be reviewing the huge Imperial Siege Mortar kit from Kromlech. We’re used to seeing Kromlech’s WW2 Orc models and conversion parts, so we’re looking forward to seeing how their other kits compare.
As soon as we saw the Imperial Siege Mortar on Kromlech’s site, we knew that one use we would have for it would be as an alternative model for Forge World’s Imperial Heavy Mortar in games of Warhammer 40k. As you can see from the pics below, these massive cannons are similar in style, with Kromlech’s artillery kit being slightly better armoured. Both designs are obviously heavily based on the siege mortars used in previous real-life wars. Please note that the 2 pictures below are not to scale.
The Imperial Siege Mortar kit is priced at £16.55 (around $26.70) and consists of 16 resin parts. Here are the parts after we had removed them from the sprues and straightened a couple of the larger pieces by dipping them in some hot water and laying them flat. From these parts we can already see that this is going to be a large piece of weaponry.
We decided to start assembling the Siege Mortar by grabbing the parts that make up the huge cannon. This consists of the body/barrel of the cannon, a breech part which fits onto the back of that, and then a hatch to cover the breech. The second picture shows the 3 pieces combined after gluing.
Next up we started working on the chassis. We took the long flat base plus a winch handle for raising/lowering the huge mortar, and a towing ring. These pieces fit nicely into pre-made holes, so it’s obvious where everything goes and are very solid once glued. The second picture shows the 3 parts after gluing.
To mount the cannon on the chassis we also need the large side pieces supplied in this kit, and we would suggest attaching these in a couple of stages. We first glued one side to the base, held the cannon in place with one hand (it slots into a hole on the side piece) and then glued on the other side at the base. This allows you to attach everything, but the cannon remains able to aim and down as required.
Here you can see the parts we have assembled so far, and as mentioned, the cannon can be raised and lowered as desired.
We don’t want to leave this massive weapon exposed at the front, so it’s time to add some armour. There are 2 very small handle pieces which fit nicely into holds on the front of the main armour plate. The general level of casting has been good on this model, but you can see one or two rivets missing here, probably due to air bubbles.
We can then take the large armour plate and mount it at the front of the Imperial Siege Mortar. It also used small holes and pegs to ensure it is easy to align when gluing to the model.
Next up are the wheels. They are large and were easily attached to the chassis via a small peg and hole for each one.
Lastly, we have an additional armour plate to protect the wheels and base of the gun. We grabbed the remaining three pieces of the kit which consist of an armour plate and 2 small connectors. To be honest we could only find a use for the larger connector and have no idea what the small one was for. Let us know in the comments below if you work it out!
The larger connector can be attached to the socket in the middle of the armour plate. This can then be glued to the front of the Imperial Siege Mortar completing the build as shown in the second photo.
The completed kit is a massive artillery piece with a great semi-realistic look. We wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of this firepower! Here are a few photos showing the overall kit:
To give you and idea of scale, here is the Imperial Siege Mortar next to Kromlech’s Orc Howitzer which we know from our previous review is a large cannon in it’s own right.
Here we can see the Imperial Siege Mortar next to a 28mm Warhammer 40k Space Marine from Games Workshop, this really shows how large this artillery piece is, the barrel is pretty much as big as this super-human warrior.
The imperial Siege Mortar from Kromlech is a fun kit to build and we look forward to using it in our wargames. It makes a great alternative Forge world Imperial Heavy Mortar and currently comes in a few pounds (around $7) cheaper than that model. It’s a fearsome looking weapon which should look great on the tabletop, and will no doubt strike fear into the hearts of your enemies. If you’d like to see this and the other kits Kromlech have available, head over to http://bitsofwar.com/