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V&V Miniatures 28mm Vikings and Berserkers

28mm Viking Berserkers from V&V Miniatures

Do we really need another manufacturer of 28mm Vikings? Well… If they look like this, WE SURE DO!

V&V Miniatures is a new Ukrainian manufacturer entering the scene with a bunch of 40mm and 28mm resin-cast models. Amongst those are their 28mm Vikings and Berserkers.

And my word, they are pretty…

Full disclosure: I found V&V Miniatures on Facebook, before they had a website up. I offered to write them a review if they’d knock something off the price of the minis, which they graciously did.

As ever, though, I don’t intend to hold back my opinions (and they know that – hehe).

Enough with the pleasantries: on to the goodies!

What do you get?

V&V Miniatures offers two kits (so far) in regards to 28mm Vikings: a pack with 8 “regular warriors” and a pack of 4 Berserkers. I don’t know if they play SAGA, but these are certainly convenient numbers in regards to that game: 4 Berserkers is, after all, the maximum number you can take in a Viking army, so no leftover models. And the set of 8 warriors gets you exactly that: a point of warriors.

That being said, the warrior pack contains two models armed with bows. Now for me that isn’t a deal breaker: if you’ve seen the Vikings series on the History Channel, you’ll have noticed every shield wall battle has a couple of dudes in the back shooting their bows when they get the chance. I certainly wouldn’t mind it if my opponent included a few bows in his warrior units.

Materials and physical detail

The models are cast in resin. Personally, I love resin and that’s partly due to my background in Warhammer: resin was the stuff that ForgeWorld used. And all the ForgeWorld stuff was, in my opinion, supremely awesome (if not insanely overpriced and, as such, ever out of my reach until I discovered eBay).

The best part about resin is DETAIL and boy, do these babies have it in abundance.

I’ve tried to take some real good close up shots so you can appreciate all the tiny-winy awesomeness that these models feature:

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I’ve seen Gripping Beast, Footsore, Drabant and Saxon Miniatures (all metals – the plastics are obviously a step down) up close and let me tell you right now: none of their models come close to V&V’s models in terms of detail.

The wood grain in the shields, the texture of the leather armour… heck, there’s actually precast details in the clothing (you know, decorations and stuff).

Absolutely cracking.

All is well?

Of course, there’s also a few things to complain about (I’m Dutch, after all).

First of all, many people don’t like resin for its fragility. I can’t argue with that: I’ve had a few foots break off when I cut the models off of their sprues. The swords are a little bendy, as are the spears (I haven’t used those supplied, but instead went with wire spears). It’s nothing you won’t see in regular plastics, IMHO, but if it’s a pet peeve you won’t do well with these models.

Then there’s the poses.

One could either designate the design here as “smart” or “lazy” in equal terms. You see, there’s eight models in the box, but actually only four poses. I will admit I didn’t even notice this, until I was putting the models together.

Every pose is in there twice, but comes with a different arm/weapon/head setup for each individual model (easy conversion options, btw). The result is that at first glance you won’t notice a couple of the models are really similar.

Again, it’s nothing you won’t see in a standard plastic kit, but I’m used to individually different metal models! And I don’t buy doubles, either, I really don’t like painting the same model twice.

Anyway…

The above doesn’t apply to the Berserkers, by the way. They are four individual models and excellent sculpts at that.

Note that the actual posing of the models, in terms of design, is excellent. The poses look natural to me, much more so than many other wargaming figures I see out there. Absolutely no qualms there.

Pricing

So, how much do these puppies cost?

Well, as mentioned I got a discount, but the boxes retail at €16 for the Warriors and €12 for the Berserkers, meaning they come in at respectively €2 and €3 a model.

Whether that’s expensive I will leave up to you: for me, it’s all relative.

Are they more expensive than most historical wargaming individual figures? Yes.

Are they prettier and more detailed models than most historical wargaming figures? Oh yes.

You know what rocks, though? You can buy these figures in euros. With the euro on the decline and the pound on the rise (it’s October 2015 at the time of writing) that’s a nice change of pace. With Gripping Beast and Footsore 4-model packs at £6 (currently just over €8 according to www.xe.com), V&V is priced pretty much the same in comparison.

28mm Vikings: final verdict

In summary, we’ve got a bunch of insanely detailed and pretty 28mm Vikings that come in a price comparable to many metal figures out there. I would say the level of detail and sculpting makes them superior to these metal miniatures.

When compared to plastics, these models are off the scales pretty, but of course also a lot more expensive.

In the end, it comes down to what you value. Me? I’m a slow painter and I have a little more to spend these days. I prefer building my forces slow and steady with minis I really, really like. Therefore, I’m really happy with these models.

If you’re a on budget and need to crank out a SAGA band at a discount, though, you might be better off buying a box of Wargames Factory or Gripping Beast Vikings!

Where can I get them?

Head on over the V&V site to grab your packs:

Vikings

Berserkers

Henrik Becker

Henrik plays wargames in order to hold on to the last part of his masculinity, which is in constant danger due to the sheer amount of daughters at home. Favourite game is SAGA by Studio Tomahawk.

8 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. I have just ordered one of each of these. Just wondering if you have any pictures of them compared to Gripping Beast miniatures? I thought I might be able to do some head and arm swaps if they were compatible, in case I buy some more. In order to prevent them all looking the same. Many thanks if you can help in any way, Matt

  2. Thanks for the reply to my message ! I’m kind of new to skirmish wargaming. Having come from the Napoleonics/ACW large scale background. I’m very interested in Saga (hence my interest in V&V miniatures). Thanks for the comparison shots compared to Gripping Beast/Wargames factory/Saxon miniatures. I was also hoping to adapt some V&V for Saga – Crescent and Cross. As such I was wondering if you had any Perry Miniatures Crusades miniatures to take a picture next to the V&V miniatures for comparison?? I was hoping to use Perry miniatures Arabs from their Crusade line vs V&V miniatures. If you have any Perry crusades to hand and can take any comparison shot that would be great! Sorry to ask but it saves me buying incompatible miniatures!! Keep up the work on the blog!! Thanks, Matt

    • Hi Matt,

      Thanks for posting that question. 🙂

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any Perry minis on hand. If anyone’s reading and they do have them, I’d love to see a comparison shot.

      Having said that, I doubt there will be much difference in scale. I’d go ahead with your plan, from what I’ve seen from the Perries their minis match up just fine, if a wee tad less chunkier. But nothing that’d seem off.

      Do post your minis once you have them!!

  3. Hello my friend my is Vasilis Koutsomitopoulos and i m from Greece, i write to you because i think your vikings figures 28mm, are awesome! I want to tell me how i can get them, and which is the procedure to send me in Greece! Also i very intersting about vikings oarsmen 1/72 9th-10th centuty, of emhar!

      • Hello Mathew,i want to ask you,if you know,i order some vikings figures from the v and v miniatures! I send yesterday the money through the western union,but until now i don t have any answer!! Do you know if they are reliable? thank you

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