Saturday, 28 May 2016

Build Review - Antares C3M4 Combat Drone

Warlord Games' C3M4 Combat Drone for Beyond The Gates of Antares is now on general sale for twenty five of our English Pounds sterling.

Inside the box are two plastic sprues of components and and three stands for the combat drone and two slave drones. The primary stand comes with two different lengths for posing multiple buys.

The build instructions are  clear and helpful.

The drone goes together really easily. Everything fits perfectly, to my relief. I have been constructing some classic aircraft kits recently and some of them end up more filler than plastic. I suppose it took me about half an hour and some of that was waiting for glue to dry.

The components are robust and chunky - very suitable for wargaming.

All the turrets (and other bits) rotate and the kit boasts a clever design idea. A choice of three main weapons are included: a plasma cannon, a compression cannon, and a fractal cannon. The twist is that they clip on and off without gluing or fitting rare earth magnets.


The finished kit is about the size of a 1/72 WWII fighter plane so, again, well designed for wargaming.

I think even SF wargamers who don't play Antares will fancy picking up one of these. Plastic kits are so much more convenient for storage and carrying around than resin because they are robust and light.


Now to paint it.


  1. Thanks for the review, this kit looks tasty and when I finally get one it looks like it should fill my modeling appetite...

  2. Ooh, this review just makes that kit look even more tempting!

  3. I can second what John said - lovely kits that are easy to clean up and build.

    1. I can see these being used for a variety of games. They are very hard core Sf.

  4. Nice. Have I blinked and missed where you said you're playing Beyond the Gate of Antares?

  5. Gosh, remember when we thought GW were completely insane for charging 25 quid for a main battle tank?

    1. And now we pay £85 for a Nagash model. Sigh.

  6. Dear John,
    In Athens I asked what a compression cannon and a fractal cannon were when they were home.
    Google then asked me a series of questions in Greek, refused to publish the question, and even warned me that somebody was using my password.
    Now that I'm home (after a great trip), I'm asking the questions. If Google will let me.
    As always,

  7. Fantastic post - they're really awesome models!