Custom engraved shields
So I will come right out and say it ML Shields – Lasercut Candies and myself have been chatting on Facebook about reviewing some of his work. I have been a fan of his stuff for a while now so I asked him to send me along a few pieces from his “Black Fists” range to have a look over. Below will be an honest review of them as I see them, this may not work for everyone putting out reviews but I think it is for the best.
Above you can see a couple of models were I have taken two of shields and popped them on miniatures to test the look. Both of these shields had a spray of white and then a single wash of Cassandor Yellow from GW. I would have liked to get more but Squaduary is tying up a lot of time. As you can see the breacher shield looks pretty close to the originals. As for the terminator shield I am back and forth on the size of it, I do think it looks a little over sized but then terminators are meant to be larger than life as is. I might have to full paint up on to see for sure.
For these round shields I love the details and easy on the eye look of them. Not too fussy or overly complicated. The problem with these are the sheer size. They are as tall as the breacher shield shown in the first picture there, which translates to as wide as tall. Meaning they dwarf even Horus Heresy slightly bigger scale marines. Which is a shame as I had wanted to try them on Templar Sword Breathen to run with Sigismund. Edit: Just been pointed out to me the round ones are for terminators. That makes much more sense.
Here we can see the side by the with the base coated mini versus one with some simple colour, both above and below. The shields themselves take paint well and have lots of little details to paint up, as many as you want really. You see ML Shields offers a customising service, so you can get your shields, vehicles doors and such to have exactly what you like on them. Drop him a message on his Facebook for a chat.
Last up we have some of the vehicle hatches I got sent, these two in particular will be making there way onto a landraider. But there are also options for Rhino roof and door plates. The vehicle plates were the only ones I noticed a slight defect in, a touch of warping. It was easily fixed with a bit of heat but worth mentioning.
I recommend downloading the catalogue and having a look through it and if nothing appeals I would be surprised, plus there is always the custom option. Most Legions are already in there and plenty more to come it seems and he doesn’t seem to be slowing production.