So I went ahead and took the plunge and bought some Thunder Wolf Cavalry a week or so ago. I bought two boxes of three, and the Lord in Finecast. I thought I'd due a day-by-day of me painting the minis, and I'd start with a review.
I have heard people say on different blogs that buying the Wolf Lord is a waste if you are buying the box of three, and I have got to agree 100%. There are many reasons why, and I am only going to list a few.
I think for me, the main reason why this guy isn't worth the money is due to the reason that the rider is so static. Now he comes with a pretty sweet looking axe, but the axe is molded to the body, so if you want your Thunder Lord to be swinging a Thunder Hammer or Lightning Claw, you would either have to swap a body from the box of 3, or cut the arm off.
All-in-all, I think if I am going to make any other Thunder Lords, I will just pick up another box of 3 and make the lords from those.
An odd thing happened to me. I was corresponding with a buddy via email and he was complaining that his first Finecast model (a Necron Lord) had a lot of pink material stuck in the cracks and crevices. I told him I had never seen anything like that before, and then my Thunder Lord came in the mail and I had the exact same thing on the head of the wolf, and let me tell you it was a PAIN to get all of it out.
So here are the seven wolves I bought.
As you can see, there are pieces in each box so that you can vary the wolves slightly, mostly through bionics.
If I had to make one complaint, I would say that each wolf is too similar. I tried to swap the heads of the wolves around so that they looked a bit different, but head A was only meant to go on body A, and if I tried to put it on body B it didn't fit properly. I probably could have pinned it, but I wasn't really in the mood for that, and as I said, it is a pretty minor gripe. I think once I get the dudes on the backs of the wolves, they'll look distinctive enough that the wolves wont look to similar.