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Evasive Eshin Assassin

so after trying to assemble just two nighthaunt bladegheist revenants i am actually considering switching armies.
im an older fella and my hands shake pretty bad. those bladedheist are so spindly that im ready to switch to another army simply so i dont have to put any more together.

i dont know if nighthaunt are just hard overall or not but i think i need something with a little more meat to them like orruks or ogors maybe.

any of you have any models that drove you nuts?
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Going back a bit, my child self trying to assemble some of the old metal fantasy dragons, and doing it without pinning using dodgy super glue. You'd think you'd cracked it and then a truck would drive past outside and the thing would fall to pieces The only way to get those into a store to play and stay in one piece was using some kind of advanced stasis field tech.

A bit later on and I remember the metal Hive Tyrant quite often taking part in battles as a jumble of broken pieces on the tabletop.

More recently some of the early Infinity releases were quite tricky, again trying to superglue bits that are 2mm wide and don't fit especially well..

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This model from Forge World is probably one of the hardest, worst models I've ever had to put together. Warped pieces, no instructions, and parts that... just did not fit.

The second worst was the old Land Speeder (cira late 90's). Unless you had clamps and a hundred rubber bands, either the entire upper body or lower chassis would separate no mater what kind of glue you used. Sawing the upper body in half and then adding plasticard would solve the problem, but...

After that... almost all of the models from Palladium Games Robotech Tactics game just made no sense at all. Pieces so small, you needed a magnifying glass and tweezers.

For the most part, the biggest hurdle to assembling models is typically lack of instructions and bad parts.

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Battle-tested Knight Castellan Pilot

I sold my harlequins because I had such a hard time gluing the rear gun onto the Voidweaver.
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Longtime Dakkanaut

Some of the infinity models were horrible (they've improved since), anything that required lining up gun-arm, support arm and body together was a pain.

Likewise, gluing the judicators for Stormcast was a massive pain for exactly the same reason- you had to line up torso and two arms, one holding a weapon together.

But also nighthaunt spirit hosts, they have the barest hints of guiding pegs.
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Being someone who also does scale models (in various scales right down to 1/144), I can't say that I've really had a wargaming/GW model that is a "nightmare" to put together. Although the Ravenwing Nephilim Jetfighter/Dark Talon I put together (and magnetized) recently has turned out with a few gaps in the front half, however I think they are of my own doing rather than the kit as dry fitting (even with all the magnets in place) showed no significant gaps. Luckily they aren't in places that are immediately visible...

The wings on my 1990s Bloodthirster were probably the hardest part of a model I've come across, but only because I'm useless at using a pin vice to drill into metal in order to pin things together - just takes too long to drill any significant depth.

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Dangerous Outrider

Montreal, QC Canada

Probably a tie between the Old 6th Edition metal Dark Elf Hydra and the 6th Edition metal Steam Tank.

Never again...Unless I find them cheap on Ebay cuz I do need another of each.

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Brainy Zoanthrope

Any number of forgeworld models that are designed in a way that doesn't fit together. Getting the spartan's prow interior and doors to line up properly was not fun.
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Been Around the Block

Most anything that was metal in my collection, especially if it was supposed to mounted to plastic parts.
I remember having difficulty with the arms on the old 3rd ed ravener, and that was just aligning them to know where to pin.

The worst was probably assembling the hurricane bolters for the LR crusader.
Mine had a lot of flash on the seems needed filing down, the ammo feeds were often bent slightly and wouldn't slot, the ammo hoppers were literal bricks of metal which would unbalance everything, and some parts were too small to really pin properly. You could assemble the guns only to find the frame is now slightly bent and the side plates won't go on without generous glue & kicker. Ugh.
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Cylenna in Warmachine. She's metal, has the dreaded, 2 arms connecting to hands on a sword hilt issue, and no shoulder definition meaning the arms just kind of want to slide off her back before the glue dries.
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Rihgu wrote:
I sold my harlequins because I had such a hard time gluing the rear gun onto the Voidweaver.

Definitely one of the worst.

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Master of the Hunt


Metal Land Raider Crusader

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Yep, the old LR Crusader has to be the worst. Close second would have to be the Fire Raptor. You'd think for FW prices they could do some QC to avoid warpage.

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Crazed Spirit of the Defiler


Metal bloodthirster was a pain. I don't miss metal

Recently I bought a load of third party ork bits to make more feral looking Snakebite boyz, but had the issue of sticking plastic arms and shoota to a resin body (requiring super glue). I dropped the whole idea after a short while and decided just to stick with the default plastics. God bless plastic, it's so much easier to work with

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The old Slaan metal mage priest. Tried for years ad tried 3 GW stores for help. Never did get it complete....

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I remember assembling the 5e Slaan Mage Priest back in the day. Horrific! I eventually got it together and painted it, I was incredibly proud.

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It was FUN! FUN I tells you! Especially using 2-part epoxy as a kid...FUN!
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Most Glorious Grey Seer

Everett, WA

The Forge World Storm Eagle model was enough to stop me from buying large model kits from them ever again. The model I got literally changed shape from a squared interior toward the front to a trapezoidal interior at the back. The back ramp would not fit/close properly no matter what I did. Other parts were literally shorter or wider than the identical part for the opposite side. Hot water and elbow grease can do a lot with resin but it can't fix shrinkage.

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Stalwart Tribune


Any large metal model was really just a horrifying misery, there's something about super glue which makes me hate all life. Although weirdly, the skaven screaming bell was a doddle.

I seem to remember the older howling banshees being a pain because the spindly little arms just didn't stay stuck to the shoulders.

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The old '90s Space Marine Land Speeders are a real bitch to assemble. I don't know whether the bodies on all of them are warped or what, but you can hardly get them to stay together without rubber bands and a lot of patience.

I would also say the Chaos Heldrake was a pain. Getting the wings on really took some effort and thought.

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I remember trying to make Airfix models as a kid and making an absolute mess of them, especially trying to keep the moving parts unglued. Or keeping the clear plastic components free from polystyrene cement!

Never had too much of a problem with Citadel models, but then again I actually really like pinning and drilling.
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Am I allowed a non GW model? Because without a shadow of a doubt the single hardest model to put together I have ever personally encountered was the Harbinger Of Menoth from warmachine.

EVERY SINGLE DAMM connection point was on the smallest possible part it could feasibly have been on.

Tried pinning, but blimey, at a few points i thought my pin drill bit was wider than the area i was trying to drill!!!!

Horriffically top heavy and fragile model.

As an honorable mention, a friend bought a tyranid heirophant from forgeworld.
I am a nid player myself, but took one look at that thing and went "nope!!!"

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For me it’s was Tau tetras. They were garbage. Forge world is total crap, the price is Rubish for the horrible quality. Like for gods sake wash the mold release off the models for me.
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2nd generation metal Lord of Change. :(
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Longtime Dakkanaut

Central California

I'll add another vote on the older Howling Banshees. Super teeny connection points. Shoulders cones, arm shoulders cones...never the same ratio/angles, etc.

I also suffered with a metal Hive tyrant and carnifex. Those two models made me buy a pin vice.

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Denver, CO

 ZergSmasher wrote:
The old '90s Space Marine Land Speeders are a real bitch to assemble. I don't know whether the bodies on all of them are warped or what, but you can hardly get them to stay together without rubber bands and a lot of patience.

I would also say the Chaos Heldrake was a pain. Getting the wings on really took some effort and thought.

90s land speeders. Never again. It wasn't so bad if you were ok with it not fitting together.

Also, the plastic drop pod.

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Longtime Dakkanaut

NE Ohio, USA

While I'll certainly bitch about the (plastic) drop pod....

I nominate these two:

1) Orks - the 3rd ed metal deffcopta. All it was was a jumble of metal bitz crammed into a blister pack with no instructions, no pictures, and almost zero obvious connection points. And being all metal, unless you pinned the 9 Hells out of it, it'd routinely burst into component pieces. ^%&*.

2) The old resin/metal version of the Katyusha launcher for Flames of War (15mm WWII, Soviet rocket launcher truck).
The truck was resin.
The rocket launcher rails & supports? Metal.
So right off the bat you have two materials that dislike being bonded together....
Now add in that I've yet to see a pack of these things where each & every metal support/rail isn't twisted & bent to hell in the blister.
So, before you ever get to the joy of trying to attach this metal assemble to your resin truck body, you have to spend a crazy amount of time straightening each *&^% piece.
You finally get one finished and.... Realize you have to do this 9 more times to make an effective unit.:(

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+2 for metal Bloodthirster. Multiple pins and had to file down the nubs the wings were meant to attach to because they didn't fit. Massive metal blobs that had to be filed to virtually nothing and then pinned anyway. Then made good with some greenstuffing.

Honourable mention for metal Killa Kan, my first adventure in pinning.

Also anything with separate arms and gun because you don't have enough fingers to hold everything together while you line it up and wait for the glue to take.

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