BrickArms recently put out a weapons pack based on the game Offensive Combat; GI Brick was kind enough to provide me with a set to review. As with most video game based items, I’m not familiar with the source, so I’m going to review these on their own merits.
BrickArms/Offensive Combat‘s take on the Barret is a fine weapon. It’s big and nasty looking, with it’s distinct muzzle break and over-sized magazine (the hold the over-sized ammo, naturally). I like the way BrickArms manages to include stocks on weapons like this, fitting just perfectly into the crook of a figures arm. Sure, they can’t actually shoulder a rifle, but this is about as good as it’s going to get.
The other sniper rifle in the set, the Libertine, is probably aping something, but I’m not gun-savvy enough to know what. I do, however, quite like this weapon. I’m impressed at how visually different it is from the Ferret; I was a little concerned at having two different sniper rifles in the set, but they manage to be more than distinct enough to share the space.
I’m not 100% sure what the Auger is, but it looks big and mean, and that makes it okay in my book. It sort of reminds me of Snake’s weapon in Escape from New York, only much larger.
The Arbiter looks like something an accessory-loving gun nut created. This thing just screams “kitchen sink aesthetic” to me, what with it’s exaggerated scope (possible night vision?) and under-barrel secondary weapon.
The Furrberg is another big, nasty looking gun. It looks like something mass-produced; designed in such a way to be as effective as possible while still being relatively easy to manufacture. I imagine this thing in the hands of a bunch of storm trooper-like soldiers, evil and anonymous.
The Peregrine is, without a doubt, my absolutely favorite item in this bunch. This thing is just cool. It’s super-compact, and just packed with beautifully textured details. My favorite bit is the folded down fore-stock on the front, which makes this thing look like it was quickly pulled out to respond to some sort of dire emergency.
I know I’m on completely the wrong game, but this thing reminds me a lot of the 10mm pistol from Fallout, and I love it for that reason. It’s big, boxy, and bulky, and looks like it means serious business.
The battle axe is an interesting addition to this group, but certainly not unwelcome. I like guns as much as the next guy, but it’s nice to see something completely different in the mix, especially when it’s so well rendered. This axe looks like it’s seem heavy use, with a number of knicks on both blades. The handle also has a nice textured wrapping, which really gives it a finished look.
Finally, we get the combat knife, which is so huge I’m tempted to call it a combat short sword. It looks like a mix between a Bowie and one of those saw-back survivals knives that you see in moves like First Blood. It doesn’t look terribly practical, but I kind of like that about it. Everything in this set is exaggerated and over-the-top ,so the combat knife fits right in.
I think this is another really nice collection. I’m really happy to see some non-ballistic weapons thrown into the mix here. Sure, the battle axe might not have a place in a real modern combat scenario, but it’s you have to admire it for it’s sheer craziness.
The set goes for $10 on GI Brick, with is a pretty good deal. A bit over a dollar per weapon, but when you consider you get two large rifles, I think it’s a solid value. Especially since the Peregrine is part of the mix. That thing is sweet.