We love to use big stompy war robots in our games, and today we are adding the Republic Goliath Assault Mech from Anvil Industry to our collection. The Goliath Assault Mech is part of Anvil Industry’s AFTERLIFE miniatures range, a tabletop wargame which was successfully kickstarted at the end of last year. Anvil Industry also produce an extensive range of power armoured minis as part of their Exo-Lords range, in addition to a wealth of conversion parts suitable for use in 28mm wargames such as Warhammer 40k.
Here you can see the parts that make up this intimidating war machine. This photo shows the sprue as it arrived, minus the 50mm plastic round base. Our initial impression is that there is a really high level of detail in this kit, and its nice to see the sprue rubble included for decorating the base. This kit is available directly from Anvil Industry for £15 (around $24.20).
Here we have removed the 6 resin mech parts, plus the 2 pieces of rubble/debris from the sprue. These parts required very little preparation, not a single bubble or other sign of the molding process is visible, even the mold lines were already almost invisible on arrival. This level of quality in the casting gets a big thumbs up from us.
Here is a closer look at the largest piece in this kit, the legs. Hopefully you can see what we mean about the level of detail, we can only assume the master for this kit has been sculped/printed using 3D printing technology. Looking closely you can see the mech operator’s legs between the much larger legs of the Goliath mech, plus the folded mechanical arms on the front allowing the operator to interact with objects on the battlefield.
The Goliath Assault Mech is outfitted with some serious firepower in the shape of an Auto-Howitzer (top) and a Minigun (bottom). Both guns have sockets on the inside as shown on the minigun, which allow them to be mounted on the sides of the mech. These decent sized sockets feel like the perfect place for some magnets so that weapons can be swapped at will, especially as Anvil Industry expand the AFTERLIFE range.
We’ve been a fan of sprue rubble/debris since discovering Pig Iron Production’s infantry sprues a while back. The idea here is you can use the sprue pieces that would otherwise have been wasted to decorate your miniatures bases with some great detail. Great to see Anvil Industry using this here.
Here is the front and back of the power plant ring that sits on top of the legs. Again, plenty of details here especially on the rear of the unit showing the machinery that powers this beast.
This kit comes with two head options, so you have a choice of open or closed armour plating when assembling your Goliath Mech. Perfect for adding some variation in your forces. Again, great detail here and perfect casting even in this complex shapes.
So lets build this thing! We started by gluing the legs to the 50mm base that comes with this kit.
Next up we added the power plant ring on top. We chose not to glue this piece so that the mech can swivel its upper body and weapons like a turret.
Next it’s time to choose a pilot for the mech, we tried out both options and eventually settled on the closed armour plating version. If you wish to be able to swap these, you can also leave this part unglued.
With the main body of the mech assembled, its time to add some firepower. The guns can be glued to the pegs on the sides of the power plant ring, or as we mentioned earlier a nice mod here might be to add some magnets.
And lets not forget about the sprue rubble, this can be added to the base however you feel looks good to finish of the build.
The completed Goliath Assault Mech looks great, here are a few photos from different angles.
The completed Goliath Assault Mech is 56mm tall. For scale, here is a shot of it next to a Space Marine Dreadnought from Warhammer 40k, as you can see the Goliath is nowhere near as bulky, but brings with it loads more detail and realism.
Lastly, here is a shot for scale showing the Goliath Assault Mech along with a Warhammer 40k Space Marine. As you can see the Goliath really towers over 28mm infantry, even power armoured troops, and is carrying a scary amount of firepower. We’ve not got one on hand to check, but we get the feeling that the Goliath kit could make a great alternative Tau Battlesuit type kit for 40k players.
Anvil industry have really impressed us with the quality of their casts and the level of detail in this kit. There are already 10 or so other kits/sets available for AFTERLIFE and we look forward to seeing how Anvil Industry expands on this range. If you’d like to see the full range, head over to http://www.anvilindustry.co.uk