In our latest wargame unboxing video we unpack a pre-owned Operation Damocles Initiation Set (paid link) for the AT-43 sci-fi miniatures game, which was published by Rackham Entertainment from 2006 to roughly 2010.
Rackham is of course the French company behind the visually stunning Confrontation (paid link) fantasy miniatures game, which in its early incarnations was supported by an amazing line of distinctive metal figures. Unlike original Confrontation however, AT-43 was designed to be more of a mass-market product, featuring pre-painted sci-fi miniatures, vehicles and terrain pieces sold in consumer-friendly box sets and expansion packs.
Unfortunately for Rackham, their mass-market strategy wasn’t ultimately successful and the company met its demise somewhere around the 2010 financial crisis. The good news is that AT-43 starter sets can still be found online (usually) from various sources, typically at or about the same price as their original MSRP.
The quality of the pre-painted figures in Operation Damocles does vary somewhat, with the fighting vehicles and terrain looking fairly respectable, while the human infantry miniatures appear a bit slapdash. But frankly, that’s more or less what one would expect from plastic figures painted on an assembly line.
Still, for those gamers who wish to keep their own painting and assembly time to a minimum, or who just like having some extra table-ready sci-fi units on hand, the AT-43 starter set does deliver a lot of value for the money. But don’t take our word for it. To see exactly what’s inside the 2006 AT-43 Operation Damocles Initiation Set from Rackham Entertainment, check out the unboxing video at the top of this post.