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SMHB World War II Special Volume II

PRELUDE This World War II Special is the 22nd bookazine from Mr Black Publications, sees a collaboration with MJ Miniatures very own Man Jin Kim, a good friend of mine and an incredibly talented Artist. This issue contains seven chapters spanning 80 pages, awash with step by step instructions and colour photographs throughout, we are even treated to a gallery …

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Húsares de la Princesa (1884) – An In-Depth Review (H&V Miniatures)

Husares de la Princesa the PRELUDE One of the latest full figure releases from Heroes & Villains was sent to me a few weeks ago and it is a little gem! Húsares de la Princesa 1884 (though my box is labelled 1836, caused quite an headache when researching lol) is a delightfully detailed 54mm sculpt by Antonio Zapatero. It came …

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Yi Sun-Sin – An In-Depth Review (Nuts Planet)

Yi Sun-Sin – the PRELUDE This latest bust release from my friend Benny Sa sent me from NutsPlanet is an absolute gem, it is quite literally one of the most beautiful busts I have ever seen. The kit arrived in its’ now customary blue box adorned with the boxart by Myeong Ha-Hwang, the kit comprises 12 polyurethane resin parts, secured …

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Lotharingian Knight – An In-Depth Review (DG Artwork)

Lotharingian Knight – the PRELUDE The Lotharingian Knight is the latest historic bust release from DG Artwork, sculpted by Dae-Hyeoung Kim himself, it is a six part, 1/12 kit cast in polyurethane resin. The sturdy box is adorned with the boxart, again painted by Dae-Hyoung and the parts are secured in ziplock bags and protected by bubble wrap. This is …

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Weird Armies Reign (WAR) and now for something different!

Weird Armies Reign a PRELUDE WAR is a relatively new company out of Athens, Greece that creates 1/35 scale, highly detailed figures to populate their alternative history set during World War II, a kind of dieselpunk, post apocalyptic, “what if” scenario. I spoke with Christos Apostolopoulos what seems an age ago now as I was considering doing a diorama involving …

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Redwing – An In-Depth Review (Terrible Kids Stuff)

REDWING the prelude I have been friends with Vittorio at TKS for some time now and I am an avid collector of their miniatures, I am lucky enough to have purchased the two previous Brom collaborations and when he told me of this particular project some many months ago I knew I just had to have it! The kit arrived in …

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Louisiana Tiger – An In-Depth Review (MJ Miniatures)

LOUISIANA TIGER the prelude Louisiana Tiger is a 75mm (1/24 scale)  kit depicting a combatant from the American Civil War, sculpted by Greg Girault. It is a 7 part polyurethane resin kit accompanied by a length of brass rod for the flag pole, which arrived in the newer packaging, parts sealed in ziplock bags and bubble wrap. The box is …

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La Resistance – Kit Review (Pedro Fernandez Works)

PRELUDE La Resistance is the latest bust from the catalogue of Pedro Fernandez Works. It is a single piece, traditional bust that at first glance seems to portray a female SS officer, yet the narrative reveals the true identity of the bust, a French resistance fighter. It arrived promptly in the now expected red lidded (stickered design but no boxart), black box, …

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Kit Review – Sana (White Wolf Miniatures)

PRELUDE White Wolf Miniatures is a relatively new company and this new release Sana, is a real gem! The digital sculpt by Juan Puerta, despite it being a static pose is full of details that are super crisp. The print was done by Jordi Bernat Gonzalez at Micron3D on the Solus3D printer incorporating Protosolus resin, the results are superb! This …

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Kit Review – The Franco-Prussian War series (H&V Miniatures)

PRELUDE The mini busts by H&V (Heroes and Villains) are always a delight to see, I have seen many painted by the likes of David Zabrocki and Juanma Vergera and their latest releases depict two combatants of the Franco-Prussian War (1870), a particularly interesting period in history. These are small, highly detailed, traditional busts with sculpted pedestal. The Lieutenant Chasseurs d’Afrique was sculpted …

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Kit Review – Velaf (Galapagos Miniatures)

PRELUDE I am happy that Ju-Won Jung of Galapagos Miniatures continue the collaboration with our site and this is the second review in what I hope will be many. I was instantly impressed with the quality of the presentation. The kit which is a 1/10, 7 part (unless you were fortunate to get one of the 100 casts that come with an optional head set), polyurethane …

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Kit Review – Ambiorix (Chief of Eburones) Pegaso Models

PRELUDE The collaboration with Pegaso continues and I plan to write an article or two for historical magazines, painting some of my favourite Pegaso releases. Recently I have been developing more and more my emergent interest in historical subjects, so I thought I would do a review of this particular kit, Ambiorix. This is a 75mm figure cast in white …

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Kit Review – Landsknecht, XVI Century (Tartar Miniatures)

PRELUDE Tartar Miniatures continue to blaze a trail for fascinating historical subjects and a while back sent me some samples, this one is the Landsknecht bust, sculpted by Sergey Savenkov and consisting of just four polyurethane resin parts and a length of metal sheet for the hats’ chinstrap, all sealed in a ziplock bag and nestled in some bubble wrap. The …

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Kit Review – Valentina (RN Estudio)

PRELUDE I only recently happened upon RN Estudio. They are a Spanish company which offers to help you create 3-D sculpts and 3-D prints.  In addition, they offer a number of ready to go resin figure kits.  These kits range in size from 28mm to 70mm. The first of two reviews for RN Estudio will be on one of their …

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Kit Review – Cthulu (Figone)

PRELUDE Seeing as I am a big H.P. Lovecraft fan and one of my all time favourite novels is The Call of Cthulu, first published way back in Weird Tales in 1928, I jumped at the chance to write a review of one of Figone‘s recent releases, Cthulu, The Sleeper of R’lyeh! One of the biggest disappointments for me is …

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Kit Review – Luftwaffe Aces (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE The sculpts coming out of the MJ studio are always of a high quality and the variety of subject matter ensures there is something for everyone. These two recent bust releases depict two of the most important German Aces, in particular Erich Hartmann aka Bubba who was judged to be the greatest Fighter Pilot ever with 352 confirmed kills! …

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Kit Review – A Long Road (RobotRocket Miniatures)

PRELUDE I have known Matty Pearce, the creative force behind RobotRocket Miniatures, (website currently under construction) for quite some time, often talking about figures, music, tattoos and whatever else friends talk about. I have been privileged enough to judge one of his Eavier Metal contests and regularly advised him on his painting, watching him grow as a figure painter in leaps …

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Atonement – A MasterPiece and a Wonderful Gift

Atonement – PRELUDE  Firstly I am not a religious man, my faith as it is and belief is based around the tenets of scientific fact, theories such as Evolution and the Big Bang, yet I can not really describe my feelings for this kit in such a manner, just looking at this figure invokes in me, emotions of the spirit. …

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Kit Review – Abel (Kimera Models)

PRELUDE Abel is the second release from the Pulvis range of figures from Kimera Models. It follows the initial releases, being one that can be assembled and painted in a multitude of ways. Excluding the demon, scenic base, the kit consists of 23 polyurethane resin parts, digitally sculpted by Hector Moran, based on the concept art of Macs Gallo. My …

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Kit Review – Viking Axeman (DG Artwork)

PRELUDE The team continues it’s collaboration with our our little brother from Korea Dae-Hyeong Kim and DG Artwork. The latest batch of releases sees in a new era of higher quality packaging, a black wraparound box, with foam layers and sleek boxart photography to the lid and bottom showing multiple views of key elements of the figure. This particular release …

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THE FIVE CYCLONES COMING SOON!!!!!!!

PRELUDE I have known Mirko aka Mauganra through social media for quite a long time now and his works have inspired a lot of the projects that I myself have completed (in particular his version of King Maulg from Figone). The very first figure that led to this present project has in many ways become an iconic piece with some …

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Kit Review – WWII British Commando (Life Miniatures)

PRELUDE There are few who would argue that Sang-Eon Lee is the pinnacle of our figure painting community, this latest release from Life Miniatures is once again sculpted, cast and painted by the Artist himself. The kit came in it’s stylish black box with the glossy sleeve depicting various angles of the boxart, along the face and front side. Inside …

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Kit Review – Harald Skull Breaker (SAGO)

PRELUDE It seems that new companies are springing up everywhere and one initially believes this to be a good idea right? Then when you scratch beneath the surface I am not so sure, our community is not growing in my humble opinion, the number of companies increases yet that doesn’t mean the number of possible customers is. So in effect …

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Kit Review – WWII U.S. Tanker (MJ Miniatures)

PRELUDE MJ Miniatures since 2013 has predominantly focused on busts, but this release sees something a little special, a large 1/16th scale, six part, polyurethane resin full figure depicting a U.S. Tanker from WWII. The resin in recent releases has began arriving with a pinkish hue to the material and the quality of it is very good indeed. This kit …

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Kit Review – Grogoth (Galapagos Miniatures)

PRELUDE I am so honoured that Ju-Won Jung and Galapagos Miniatures have decided to collaborate with our site and this is the first review in what I hope will be many. I was instantly impressed with the quality of the presentation. The kit which is a 1/24 (75mm), 13 part, polyurethane resin figure that arrived in a sturdy, mahogany coloured …

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Kit Review – Paganus (Aradia Miniatures)

PRELUDE So we continue our collaboration and support for Aradia Miniatures with this review of their latest fantastical beast Paganus (from Pagus pertaining to countryside, rustic and rural). The kit arrived safe and secure in their customary clampack, the lid adorned with the concept sketch, parts sealed in ziplock bags, the creature is sculpted by the talented Benoit Cauchies based on …

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Kit Review – Aly (Black Veil Models)

PRELUDE Aly the last survivor is the debut release from Black Veil Models, it is a 75mm kit, digitally sculpted by Juan M. Puerta, a Spanish Character Artist at Goodgame Studio. I have been friends with Armando Martijn for maybe five years now on Facebook, he has followed my development as a figure painter and I his, so obviously I …

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Kit Review – Wizard of Agni (Ben Komets Miniatures)

PRELUDE I am a big fan of the painting of Ben Komets and when he started up his own range of figures I was right to be excited! This latest release sees a collaboration with two powerhouse creative talents, Felideus Bubastis as concept Artist and the ever popular and uber talented sculptor Lucas Penichet! We present the Wizard of Agni! …