Asset Drop – April 2018 Box

Usually I don’t like subscription boxes, I like to know what I’m getting for my money. I don’t like blind buying, it’s one of the reasons I’ve never got into Collectable Card Games. It just doesn’t interest me to not know what I’m getting & whether or not . 
But with Asset Drop I saw something a little different than the standard blind buy miniatures “loot crate” which seems to be popular at the moment. 
As with Asset Drop the focus is on paints, and while I’m not a fan of blind buys, with things like paint I do like trying new things but with paints it’s often hard to decide what to go for! 

There’s two (or there was when I ordered this, they’ve now got a third monsters box!) options to chose from. 
The standard “discovery” box gives you 7-8 paints over 3 brands, and offers a discount over buying those paints individually. 

The Heroines box offers 1 premium mini & scenic base and 3 paints. 
These are a project too. So you get the paints for the mini, and a guide to help you paint it! 

I bought the Heroines box (in retrospect, I should have went for the discovery box, as it has more paints in it!), I was really pleased with what I found when I opened it up. 
So… Here’s a bunch of photos to show you what I got!

Asset Drop April Box

Asset Drop April Box

The box comes as a neat package, the box it’s self is very robust card and can be easily repurposed for storage or sending out ebay parcels etc. You can easily recycle this for a number of uses. 

 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Lovingly wrapped!

Asset Drop April Box – Lovingly wrapped!

The presentation is lovely, I actually opened this then remembered I should be taking photos (whoops!) so I closed it back up, the tissue paper was very neatly wrapping the goodies inside. 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Data Sheet

Asset Drop April Box – Data Sheet

Inside the box is a really nicely designed leaflet about the mini that comes in the set, it also goes through how to use all the products included with tutorials which is great for people who are using this box to explore and widen their skillset within the hobby, the quality of the leaflet is great, it can easily be kept to be refered to at a later date, and if you have a subscription you’ll want to keep these all together and make up a little library of tutorials. 

 

Asset Drop April Box - contents still boxed

Asset Drop April Box – contents still boxed

Presentation is superb. Everything neatly presented, and also protected while in transit! The presentation really couldn’t be nicer, and in something like this where everything contained is a surprise it really adds to the magic! when opening it up! 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Tutorial

Asset Drop April Box – Tutorial

The leaflet is packed with tips on how to use the products included with the set. 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Coat d'arms paints

Asset Drop April Box – Coat d’arms paints

This month’s paints were from coat d’arms which are distributed via Black Hat Miniatures, 

anyone who remembers the old round pot paints from Games workshop will recognise these paints, Games workshop’s range was from coat d’arms, after they changed over the range has lived on under it’s own brand name. 

The paints in this set are Panzer Grey ,Field Blue and Black ink. All three are used to paint the assassin mini. (and any other black/grey minis you might want to paint!) 

Asset Drop April Box - Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

Asset Drop April Box – Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

This month’s miniature is the “Imperial Assassin” Mini from Grim Skull.
It’s an alternative model to the Vindicare ASsassin from Games workshop.
The mini itself is exceptionally detailed, it comes with a scenic base included and has bags of character.
I was impressed by the level of detail and the quality of the resin.
The assassin model is available to purchase from Wargame Exclusive  for 19.99 on it’s own. Thats about £17.50 + Delivery. 
The heroines set is £21.90 + delivery, so really is very good value for money!

 

Asset Drop April Box - Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

Asset Drop April Box – Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

The mini comes with it’s own Asset drop branded collectable card, once your subscrition is in full swing you’ll be able to collect a great set of these (I’m assuming they come with each mini each month!) 

 

Asset Drop April Box - All Paints

Asset Drop April Box – All Paints

Paints aren’t the only thing that comes with the set!! 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Paint dropper bottle with agitator balls

Asset Drop April Box – Paint dropper bottle with agitator balls

This really is a nice touch, each set comes with an asset drop branded dropper bottle complete with agitator balls. 
For those of us who love to paint, but don’t like the types of pots some paints come in (for obvious, messy reasons!) it’s usually a good idea to transfer your paint into a dropper bottle, you might even do this if you’ve created a custom mix of paint which you know you’ll need for an entire project but aren’t confident you’ll mix it right every time you pick up a brush. 
Again, as your collection grows, so will your collection of these. 

Agitator balls are a great way of getting the best out of your paints and making sure they’re perfect to use every time. 
By adding these into the paint, whilst shaking these add an extra layer of agitation (instead of just the shaking motion) which helps to mix the paint a lot more throuroghly. 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Kromlech Weathering Powder

Asset Drop April Box – Kromlech Weathering Powder

Also included is a Kromlech “Trench Earth” Wethering powder which looks great. I’ve only heard good things about Kromlech’s stuff so that’ great. 

 

Asset Drop April Box - contents

Asset Drop April Box – contents

Everything together unboxed

 

Asset Drop April Box - Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

Asset Drop April Box – Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

Asset Drop April Box – Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

Asset Drop April Box – Grim Skull Imperial Assassin base

 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

Asset Drop April Box – Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

Asset Drop April Box – Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

Asset Drop April Box – Grim Skull Imperial Assassin

As you can see from the unboxed pictures the detail on the Imperial Assassin is superb.

 

Asset Drop April Box - Notes

Asset Drop April Box – Notes

Parceled up with the box was a note about what the box is for, what it contains, it’s essentially a mission statement. It also tells you about the other products too, such as the new monsters box which sounds pretty awesome. 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Notes

Asset Drop April Box – Notes

 

 

Asset Drop April Box - Box & Notes

Asset Drop April Box – Box & Notes

 

TO sum up then, 
This a great subscription box that doesn’t just feel like a bunch of random crap shoved into a box and sent out. 
Everything in the box works together to form a complete project, something you can pick up and run with from start to finish. 

This set would be great for any painter, from beginner, to experienced painters alike. 
Beginners can use it to explore new paints from new manufacturers and build their toolbox up, as well as learn new skills form the enclosed tutorials, 

Collectors can collect the tutorial sets and cards that come with the set as well as add the minis and paints to their collection. 

Experienced painters can use this as a “palette cleanser”, if you’re normally painting large armies for example, getting one quality figure per month that’s out of your comfort zone could be exactly the break you need, something new and different to paint to “cleanse the palette” before getting back to painting another 250 roman legionaries or another 37,000 cadian guardsmen. 

You can tell the love & commitment that’s went into this set from the team at Asset drop even before you’ve ordered, their website is fantastic, and the branding is top notch. 
The site works well and it’s very clear what you’re getting which is great. Too many companies in the hobby industry have really sub par websites and shocking attention to design, but Asset drop are doing it right, it really shows they mean business. 
The quality of presentation (and therefore protection in transit) is brilliant, so you know your set will arrive perfectly preserved in it’s box each and every time. 
Value for money is great, the leaflet details some of the costs, and a google search can tell you that even if you shop around you aren’t going to get this stuff any cheaper no matter how hard you look! 

Personally, I think I messed up when I opted for the Heroines box, as I really don’t need any more minis, it’s the paints that drew me to Asset Drop in the first place, and even though I can use the 3 (and don’t forget the weathering pigment!) that came with the set, I’d much rather have had the 7-8 paints from the discovery box. 
That’s my bad, and nothing to do with Asset drop though. 

There’s a few more reviews floating round the net for the Discovery box, who knows, in the next couple of months I might rectify my choice and go for that one next time!! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this unboxing/review of the Asset Drop Heroines box for April 2018, 
If you did, please leave a comment below or on my facebook page

If you decide to go for an Asset Drop Subscription please let me know! or let Asset Drop know that this little review helped influence your decision! 
(I bought this set, I didn’t get it free, I’m not being paid to write this by Asset Drop, but who knows, if I send a few people there way, maybe I might get something free in the future!) 

About The Author

Chris has been a Wargamer since he was 12 years old, progressing through 40k, WFB now playing a diverse range of games from 15mm WW2, to space combat games, and even the odd game of judge dredd.

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