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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

Today, we're popping the lid on one of the starter boxes for Heavy Gear: Blitz!, the sci-fi game from Dream Pod 9.

Northern Army Box

The outside is utilitarian: a box with a sticker on top. No scale listed, but they're 1:144 scale.

Northern Army Box interior

Inside, there's a bag of black plastic bases, and another bag full of plastic sprues. No paperwork needed in these digital days!

Northern Army Box contents

One mech per sprue, 14 models of six different types.

Northern Army Box contents

And 14 bases, 25mm and 40mm sizes.

Northern Army Box bases

Each sprue provides parts for one mech, including optional parts. This is the Kodiak (one per set):

Northern Army Box: Kodiak

And if you're worried how to assemble the models, the 39-page assembly guide for all the starter sets is a free download on DriveThruRPG. Here's the Cheetah (two in set):

Northern Army Box: Cheetah

The instructions are pretty sparse, but it's a mecha: head, torso, hips, arms, legs, right? This is the Ferret (one in set), which you can build in walking or wheeled mode:

Northern Army Box: Ferret

As an example of weapon options, the Grizzly assembly guide identifies the extra parts as MRP (two on sprue), CMD Sat Uplink, MATM (2 on sprue), Vibro Blade, HAC, HBZ, FM/GM, PG and PG folded. And if that seems like alphabet soup, there's a parts identification chart in the guide, too. (MATM, for instance, are anti-tank missiles.) Here's the Grizzly:

Northern Army Box Grizzly

Some of the models, such as the Hunter (below, four in set), have optional walking versus running legs:

Northern Army Box: Hunter

And lastly, this is the Jaguar (four in set):

Northern Army Box: Jaguar

As the assembly guide explains:

The Northern Army Box makes 2 combat groups, one with a primary unit of 4 Hunters and RC or FS support unit if selected. Plus a second combat group with primary unit of 4 Jaguars and support unit if selected.

Includes 3 round bases for the 2 Grizzly and 1 Kodiak and 11 hex bases for the other Gears.

I'll be adding these to my Northern Army forces soon.