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    Model Box : random miniatures subscription?

    Hi all. I saw an advert on Facebook advertising a monthly subscription box (like Lootcrate, Buddybox or Jogbox) that each month contains a selection of paints, miniatures, terrain, brushes etc, a general add in to your hobby stuff. The terrain and miniatures are the most interesting to me...

    Anyway, I wondered whether anybody had used them, whether you'd recommend subscribing etc?
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    Re: Model Box : random miniatures subscription?

    what was it called ? do you have a link?

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    Re: Model Box : random miniatures subscription?

    It's called "Model Box" or "Your Model Box", not 100% sure which...

    http://yourmodelbox.com/
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    I ordered a box with them before Xmas.

    It came to around 27 inc. delivery if I remember rightly.

    I was fairly well pacakged, although the box itself wasn't fancy. The theme for that month was "Sorcery".

    I received ;
    AoW Archlich (the "Nagash" model)
    Two bottles of paint a green and very dark purple.
    A terrain piece (mdf) "Minor realmgate of life" I think.
    An essex miniature necromancer.
    A little box of miniature basing stuff.. (an "orb", set of candles, and an open spell book.)
    A diaroma bits kit. (contained a Large mirror, a stone slab with a sacrificial altar, candles and something else)

    I'm almost sure there was something else, but I've forgotten.

    I was fairly impressed in all honesty. I sold the miniatures and kept the rest. THe bits I'd never have found by myself, and the terrain kit will be useful. If you have spare cash, I'd definitely recommend it - especially if the theme is interesting. The danger is you end up with something you don't want/need- but its fun to have a random package coming in the mail. And whilst it was a little pricy, it was a hell of a lot better than other similar boxes I've tried.

    I might have a few pictures someone of what I got if you're interested?

    *edit* Meant to add. It was super easy to cancle, and the guys who deal with it seem really genuine. I get the feeling they're gamers/collectors too. I was planning to renew once my finances took a turn for the better

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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Commi View Post
    I ordered a box with them before Xmas.

    SNIP

    *edit* Meant to add. It was super easy to cancle, and the guys who deal with it seem really genuine. I get the feeling they're gamers/collectors too. I was planning to renew once my finances took a turn for the better
    Thanks for that, really helpful! Good to know it's easy to cancel. I may have a punt for a month or two...
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    Re: Model Box : random miniatures subscription?

    I may have to look into this it seems like a good idea.

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    Re: Model Box : random miniatures subscription?

    I've order one, just to have a look really. I don't really game any more, but still like miniatures, so this seems like an interesting way to get a variety of stuff.
    I'll post a mini mini unboxing when it arrives.

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    Not entirely sure with it. There was one of the crates a while back that did, essentially, the same thing, it folded because a lot of the minis related companies wouldn't commit to it and the timing portion jumped wildly to the point where they were having a lot of trouble. Add in that you would pretty much need multinational shipping as well since there would be big chunks of things in both Europe and the Americas...along with Australia starting to have a few good options. Everything would be a shipping nightmare for costs.

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    Re: Model Box : random miniatures subscription?

    So, my first box arrived today and it was okay. Possibly not the best theme to start on.

    So this month's theme was WAR, by which the curators of Model Box meant WW2. The box itself wasn't very big, but probably too big to go through most letter boxes.


    The miniatures themselves were a good selection of nice miniatures, the first was a blister of Warlord Games Bolt Action German High Command, this is a kind of little vignette of three 28mm early war german officers stood around a small table with a map. I actually have a small German force for Bolt Action, so this is a nice addition for me. This is the miniature linky.

    The second was quite a good one, not for a game I play, it was the Puma expansion for the Gale Force 9 game TANKS, this is a set that can be made into a Puma or a Pak-Wagon, it comes with a number of game cards for TANKS. Apparently it is identical to the model for Flames of War, so could be used for that (or any other 15mm WW2 wargame). Again linky.

    The final model was a one piece resin scenery thing from Javis Scenics, it's a foxhole and appears to be in scale with the 28mm Germans. It's not terribly exciting, but a nice cast and an easy addition to any WW1 to Sci fi battlefields. Link.

    As well as the models, there were a pair of Team Yankee paints (Woodland Brown and Ordnance Shade) which I assume were selected to go with the Germans. And a Rosemary and Co paint brush.


    A couple of points in general, the contents of the box seem to come to a total value of 23, the box costs ~28 with postage, so although it's a nicely curated box, and nice to have a surprise selection, it's not a great value selection.

    The box could do with a note explaining what and why was in the box, I've had a number of these mystery boxes in the past and they have all had a bit of info on what you've got and a tease of what's coming next. It would have been a quick and easy thing to have a paragraph or two about Bolt Action and TANKS and maybe a super brief painting guide.


    The next box has the theme of Bombshells, so I'd expect some female character models.


    Although I haven't been massively impressed with the box, in wasn't particularly disappointed either, so think I'll stick in it for next month and see what happens...
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    Re: Model Box : random miniatures subscription?

    certainly an interesting idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthSte View Post
    So, my first box arrived today and it was okay. Possibly not the best theme to start on.

    So this month's theme was WAR, by which the curators of Model Box meant WW2. The box itself wasn't very big, but probably too big to go through most letter boxes.


    The miniatures themselves were a good selection of nice miniatures, the first was a blister of Warlord Games Bolt Action German High Command, this is a kind of little vignette of three 28mm early war german officers stood around a small table with a map. I actually have a small German force for Bolt Action, so this is a nice addition for me. This is the miniature linky.

    The second was quite a good one, not for a game I play, it was the Puma expansion for the Gale Force 9 game TANKS, this is a set that can be made into a Puma or a Pak-Wagon, it comes with a number of game cards for TANKS. Apparently it is identical to the model for Flames of War, so could be used for that (or any other 15mm WW2 wargame). Again linky.

    The final model was a one piece resin scenery thing from Javis Scenics, it's a foxhole and appears to be in scale with the 28mm Germans. It's not terribly exciting, but a nice cast and an easy addition to any WW1 to Sci fi battlefields. Link.

    As well as the models, there were a pair of Team Yankee paints (Woodland Brown and Ordnance Shade) which I assume were selected to go with the Germans. And a Rosemary and Co paint brush.


    A couple of points in general, the contents of the box seem to come to a total value of 23, the box costs ~28 with postage, so although it's a nicely curated box, and nice to have a surprise selection, it's not a great value selection.

    The box could do with a note explaining what and why was in the box, I've had a number of these mystery boxes in the past and they have all had a bit of info on what you've got and a tease of what's coming next. It would have been a quick and easy thing to have a paragraph or two about Bolt Action and TANKS and maybe a super brief painting guide.


    The next box has the theme of Bombshells, so I'd expect some female character models.


    Although I haven't been massively impressed with the box, in wasn't particularly disappointed either, so think I'll stick in it for next month and see what happens...
    Thanks for that! I waited out the War box as I expected it to be mostly WW1/2 stuff and that doesn't really interest me at this stage, (Who knows in the future!), and there's not an awful lot that can surprise you for those themes. Next months does intrigue me though, so I'll probably pick it up too. It'll be good to compare what we get I think!

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