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Cursed City miniatures review

After the unboxing article last week, I couldn’t help myself and assembled all the models in one session. Here they all are:

For a closer look check out these two pics:


These models come in a premium-priced game, and luckily they are premium quality. The plastic is solid without being brittle, and the details are crisp and clear.

At this stage GW have had plenty of practise when it comes to creative ways to have plastic models go together to minimise the weaknesses or the material and work with its strengths. They do this here rather well.

Complexity of assembly

If you’re new to assembling miniatures, some of these figures will challenge you. Overall the complexity is low, but a few figures require careful angling of parts. Everything in this box is push fit, and I took the plastic glue out for exactly 2 of the 60 miniatures here.

I assembled the 60 in a single 4-hour session, so an average of 4 minutes per model to get them off the sprue, assembled, and attached to their base.

Cursed City comes with several different base sizes, and the instructions make it clear which base goes with which model. If you’re unfamiliar with the standard 25mm, 32mm and 40mm bases, there’s a helpful set of concentric circles at the start of the instructions, to help you identify which base is which.

The instructions lay things out quite clearly, and all parts are numbered on the sprue. The instructions show the finished article you are heading towards which can be useful if you’re not sure how to angle some of the pushes.

One quick point – part 33 is mislabelled as part 35 in the instructions, but the real part 35 is in the next image, so you will quickly see the piece doesn’t match its own image.

I’m not the best assembler of figures but overall I had a good time, with only one casualty:

Poor Gorslav. He’s meant to have one of those skull things coming up from each shoulder blade, but I accidently snapped the other one off while pushing other parts of the model together. Unfortunate, but not a disaster.

Spare parts

For those who enjoy kitbashing and conversion, these kit will be quite frustrating as the models offer limited opportunities due to the way they are cut. Still, it’s plastic, so you can cut, mix, and refit as you wish.

Only a few parts will be left over when you are done:

The extra city guard front models might make decent ghosts, while I will use the unhooded skeleton as base decoration for the Varghulf.

Green Stuff

Most models go together fine, but some, especially the Vargulf, had noticeable seams that I want to get rid of. Here’s another look at him:

Oof, that leg. I’ll be brining out the green stuff on this model and a few of the heroes too.


This is a fine set, as it should be for the price. Beginners will have issues with some of the heroes – nothing terrible, but be prepared to spend maybe 10 minutes per model on those 8 heroes, and the same amount for the major villains.

Intermediate modellers will find this set straightforward to put together, albeit with limited variation between models and some seams which will require filling in later.

Advanced modeller won’t find any challenges at this stage and will probably want to push the modelling aspect with more ambitious basing than the blank bases and occasional rubble provided here.

Final notes

I was planning to follow this with a rules review, and then some in depth games and maybe some homebrew rules. However, given the strange disappearance of this game, I will leave it here. I will paint the miniatures later this year, so you will see them again, but otherwise this is the last visit to the Cursed City.

8 comments on “Cursed City miniatures review

  1. grumpygnome101
    April 25, 2021

    I quite like the Vargulf, if I eventually find one at a d3centbprice on eBay I would like to possibly use that as a proxy for Gulavhar in MESBG.

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  2. lordcommandereloth
    April 26, 2021

    I also broke off the exact same bit! And like you it was the only damage so I think that might be a design flaw.
    I’ve had a quick part game of it now and it is really rather good so far.

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    • davekay
      April 26, 2021

      That’s good to know – about the game, that is!

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  3. maenoferren22
    April 27, 2021

    Some good looking miniatures there. Those trenches in the Vargulf certainly are noticeable.

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    • davekay
      April 28, 2021

      Yes, I’ll see how it looks after some green stuff and a spray undercoat

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  4. Azazel
    April 22, 2022

    Hey Dave! It’s been some time since this was posted, but I’m wondering if you could tell me how much base size matters in the game? I’ve been assembling the Ogres (living and undead) and they all seem like they’d be more “comfortable” on 50mm round bases rather then the 40mm ones…

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    • davekay
      April 22, 2022

      Base size is not important, unless they don’t fit on a board square. a 40mm base fills the square, so a 50mm would be over it, but having a couple of models on 50mm won’t be a problem

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      • Azazel
        April 22, 2022

        Thanks Dave! Only seems to be a very few of the larger models (3 or 4) on 40mm bases so hopefully it should be good!

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