Freitag, 6. März 2015

Review: Bismuth the coal miner

Hiho all together,

Howling Wolfes is trying hard to get out of hibernation. Therefore it is time for a Review. So, what do we have in stock today?

Short facts:
Sculpture: Valentin ZAK
Material: Resin
Number of parts of the kit: 7
Scale: 54 mm

Distributor: Blacksmith Miniatures

This is what it looks like when you get the blister:

After opening the packaging you hold 7 pieces of resin in hands. No protecting foam or anything else, just the bare parts. For size comparison I also made a picture of the body part next to a vallejo paint bottle. The miniature is 54 mm in scale but as it is a dwarf it is more around 40 mm.

Lets have a closer look at the parts and the quality. The overall casting looks crisp and top notch. Some mold lines are visible but nothing serious at all. A sharp knife will do its job here.

But what is this?!? Damn, a broken part. One of the ears is missing and also the tip of the pickaxe is broken. Ok, I had a look for the broken parts but could not find them in the blister. This is annoying as I´m not a good sculptor at all. Some quality control before packing and some foam inside of the blister for protection during transport would avoid such annoyance.

Ok, but enough of the downsides of a really nice miniature. So, don´t get me wrong at all. I love this model and I´m eager to paint it. The broken parts are just an avoidable annoyance. The overall quality is fine at all and the detail is superb. Not overloaded so that the painting process will be straight away and focused on the most important parts. Thumbs up for this!

And this is what it looks like after a first assembling of the parts. This process is also straight forward. No surprises here. Some gaps at the joints but nothing what some putty can´t fix in the end.

That´s it for today. All in all you get a really nice miniature. The broken parts are a drawback so that it gets 8 from 10 possible points.

Stay tuned

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