Welcome to today’s review which features the Iron Horse Bike, a 28mm heroically-scaled bike and rider kit. The Iron Horse Bike is from Curious Constructs, a British company who sell their own range of wargaming miniatures, conversion parts, and accessories, suitable for use with 28mm tabletop war and skirmish games including Warhammer 40k. We think this kit will be of particular interest to Imperial Guard players as it appears to have lots of potential to be used as an alternative Rough Rider model.
Here you can see the kit as we received it from Curious Constructs. This is a multi part resin and white-metal kit which can be purchased for £8 (around $12) individually or in packs of 3 or 5 which save you a little money over buying them separately.
The contents of this kit include enough parts to make 1 28mm heroically-scaled bike and rider.
Here is a close up of the two larger resin parts which make up the bulk of the model, the bike chassis, and the front wheel. As you can see they are extremely detailed, especially since this is quite a small model.
Here are metal parts included in the kit, the bike handlebars and the bike foot rests. Again, these are extremely well detailed, especially the handlebars which include tiny handles and gauges.
The kit also comes with 2 pieces of stowage to detail you bike with, we’re always glad to see when companies include extra pieces like this to help you personalise your kits.
And of course the kit also comes with a rider, made up of Iron Horse legs, Armoured arms, Carapace torso, and a Biker head. As with all of the parts we found in our kit, these are nicely detailed and very well cast, we didn’t notice any bubbles or other defects at all.
In assembling our bike we started by gluing the chassis and front wheel together with superglue. From there we added the metal components, everything fitted together and lined up very easily, this feels like a well designed kit.
Lastly we added the rider, we chose not to glue the legs to the seat of the bike so that we can remove the rider as needed. Again this all fitted together well and the arms/hands easily lined up with the handlebars.
Once assembled, this is a great looking little model and looks like it could fit well in several popular wargames. We play a lot of Warhammer 40k here at Graven Games, and these seem like they’d make great alternative Rough Riders in an Imperial Guard army.
To give you an idea of scale, here are a couple of pictures of the Iron Horse Bike with the only other type of 28mm bike we own, a Space Marine Bike from Games Workshop. As you can see the Space Marine Bike is much larger, making the Iron Horse Bike a suitable size for guardsmen and other non-super humans.
We also found that this kit mixes well with parts from other miniature manufacturers, allowing you to really personalise your army. Curious Constructs already produce a range of conversion parts which you could use with this, but we also tried head swaps from a few other companies…
A quick head swap with an Imperial Guard head, and this would now look perfect alongside other Guardsmen in an IG army.
Here we have used one of the heads available from Pig Iron Productions creates a totally different looking biker.
And another source of great heads and conversion parts Victoria Miniatures allows us to create yet another totally different theme, just with a quick head swap.
We think that the design and details of this kit, along with ease of conversion, means it will find its way into lots of 28mm armies. Curious Constructs appear to have some other interesting kits in the pipeline too, including the steampunk inspired heavy weapons and carriage miniatures from their recently funded kickstarter. Let us know what you think of the Iron Horse Bikes, and whether you’d use them in your army using the comments below. If you’d like to see what else is available from Curious Constructs, head over to http://curiousconstructs.co.uk.