I posted about the Inquisitor Lok model I'm working the other day. This is a bit of a follow up to that post.
Inquisitor Lok is part of a larger commission I'm working on (it includes the Raven Guard scouts and the Deathwatch Drop pod projects). He came to me still in the little plastic FW bag. I knew he would come like that. I also knew he'd need some work to get him up to speed. Stuff from Forge World almost always needs some additional work before painting, I knew this too.
When I opened him up to start working on him, there was a little more than usual that needed to be done with this guy. No big deal, no extra charge to my client, no huge delay in the timeline, just a slightly worse off cast than usual for a Forge World model.
And then I came to the power sword in his right hand.
Warped beyond all belief.
At first glance, I thought I wouldn't be able to fix it. Then I figured I would give it a go and be real careful with it.
Anyone see where this is going yet?
The first two attempts got some (read suprisingly very little) of the bend out of it.
On the third pass, the sword broke.
Now let me stop right here. I've worked with FW stuff before and I have a good understanding about bending warped bits back into shape. I've had great success doing it before according the the directions Forge World puts up on their site. If you follow those directions, it works.
Still, I was amazed when the power sword snapped.
So I'm left with a few options...
1. Try and repair the sword.
No good, you can tell the damage has been done.
2. Tell my client he's out of luck.
Not even an option. He gave me the job, if he wanted to do it himself, he would have kept the model.
3. Attempt a conversion with my client's permission.
There are other swords out there that can be used. The question is, will my client go for it since it will change the look of the finished model slightly.
4. Buy the same model myself and replace the sword bit for my client.
This is an option if need be. I would much rather my client be happy with his model since I know that he'll come back knowing I will fix any problems that arise when working on his stuff.
5. Contact Forge World, exlpain the situation and see if they will send me a new power sowrd.
This too is an option. Perhaps FW will replace it knowing that the cost of the power sword bit and the good customer service will pay back dividends in the long run.
Send Forge World an email asking if they will replace the bit first. If that doesn't work, my client has approved a conversion with another power sword.
So I sent this email to Forge World on the 10th of December.
I am writing in hopes that you will be able to help me with a problem I have concerning the Inquisitor Lok model. I do commission work for a number of people and have recently started an Inquisitor Lok model for a client of mine. He ordered the model from you guys and then he shipped it to me on his own.
When I received the model' it appeared to be in good shape and had the "common" problems associated with resin. There were a few areas that had bubbles, some areas that did not fill completely and a few mould lines. These were easily taken care of with a little greenstuff and some delicate sanding. The one problem I did have was the servere warp in his sword. All of the other bits were fine and showed no warping at all, only his sword. I attempted to try and fix it according to the directions on the Forge World website. This process has worked for me before with a number of other Forge World models with great success.
Unfortunately, that would not be the case this time. After numerous attempts to very carefully straighten out the sword, it only kept warping back. It was then that the blade broke from the hilt.
I hope that you can help me with this and send me a new sword to replace the severely warped one that is now broken. I do not need any other bits for the model as the rest of them arrived in useable condition.
Thank you for your help with this. I understand it is the holiday season and you all are busy this time of year.
I look forward to hearing from you and keep up the great work, the level of detail on Forge World models is absolutely stunning.
As of today, I haven't heard back from Forge World yet. Not even a standard form email saying they don't do this and I'm out of luck.
This is disappointing. It really is.
I've decided to start work on the Inquisitor's skull servitor for the time being in hopes that Forge World replies to my email and I can plan according for my client. My friend has already approved a conversion for the power sword if need be.
I guess I just hoped for a little more from Forge World.
UPDATE: Here's Forge World's eventual reply.