Product review – Scibor Monstrous Miniatures.
I happened upon this company some time ago when I saw some one off custom Primarch sculpts they had produced. I was also very interested in the excellent sculpting articles that they have too (check them out!) Scibor appear to be a small independent company based in Poland who are relatively new to the marketplace. They seem to be gaining a lot of momentum with their own lines of Dwarves, Goblins, priests, beasties and conversion bits (amongst a plethora of other products), and it’s easy to see why people will shop with them. Quite simply, their products are great!
I had been meaning to purchase something for a while, and with me wanting to personalize my Black Templar forces, I figured Scibor would be the place to start. I placed an order on their snappy and rather slick looking website for some ‘Big Templar shields’ and some ‘Templar shoulder pads’ to get the ball rolling. The ordering process is nice and simple, and they accept PayPal, which is also very convenient. The prices are very reasonable, and the standard of the detail means you’re getting a pretty good deal all round. After my order was placed I got a confirmation email from them, which unfortunately I couldn’t understand a word of, due to the language barrier, but I got the general gist of it.
It took about a month for the order to get to me, which is not so great, but then it is coming from Poland, hardly just down the street! I did notice on the site it says they mail out orders seven days after receiving payment, and that it takes two to three weeks for delivery.
After receiving a ‘final notice’ slip from the post office (even though it was the first one I’d received, weird!) I picked up my order. It had been sent in a small bubble pack envelope, which was pretty flimsy. Inside were two little baggies, one with the shields, and one with the shoulder pads. Two of the shields had been broken, which I am sure is a result of USPS taking their upmost care in handling packages, and also a chunk had snapped off one of the shoulder pads. This was disappointing, especially after waiting for a month for it to arrive.
Initial disappointment aside, it was nice to get this stuff in hand to get a good look at it, and I have to say, it’s really nice quality workmanship. The resin that it’s cast in feels quite substantial and pretty heavy duty. The breaks were clean, so I’m sure I’ll be able to repair them with no problem. I’m looking forward to having some plastic Sword Brethren now!
So, in summary:
- A great company with some really nice products.
- Some incredible sculpting talent.
- Some nice tutorials!
- A little slow on shipping (but this is a variable that you can’t control unless it’s through a carrier like UPS or something).
- Scibor could take a leaf from Forge World’s book on shipping. Ship breakable stuff in boxes, not mailer bags, with plenty of cushioning, if you have to charge more for shipping to do so, do it! People will still buy your products!
I’ll give Scibor 3 ½ mortar shells out of 5 for now. I will be purchasing more from them soon. In the meantime, check out their website at:
3 thoughts on “Product review – Scibor Monstrous Miniatures”
Nice review, thank you for the info about Scibor. The bits themselves look really cool but that’s too bad about the shipping problems. It does seem like they could have found a small box to better protect the items without adding too much to the cost since they’re not using an express carrier. I think it’s great, however, that more and more of these little in-house companies are popping up… more bits, please!
Thank you, good sir! I am really fond of the Scibor stuff, and some of the bases they do are incredible. All they need to work on is the shipping side of things. Hell, i’ll wait a month if my stuff gets to me intact, and like I said, if it costs a little more to ship it safe, then so be it! I think we need to spread the word about them though, they are definitely a company to keep an eye on.
Side note, the shoulder pads I bought, it would seem, are actually for terminators. Doh! so I will have to figure out another way to have some slightly ornate plastic sword brethren.
yeah, those bits look pretty ace. too bad they don’t know how to pack their products in Poland. In Poland, mail ships you!