Isbiliya – the PRELUDE
I am always excited when a new release comes from Pedro Fernandez and although Isbiliya is an older release it is stunning! The packaging always oozes a level of class not always seen in our hobby, with the parts nest;ed within wood shavings in a sturdy box. The release also comes with the story booklet written by Pepe Gallego which sets the tone for this beautiful character.
The kit consists of 7 polyurethane resin parts along with a rather attractive scenic base. First impressions are very good although I can see several mild lines that will need quite a bit of work, take care not to deface the delicate sculpt. One of the first things that comes to mind is how to assemble the figure, as both arms, if fitted will cause difficulties in painting the surrounding areas, yet both arms may need some gap filling which is never easy once assembled and painted. You will need to consider this and think of the best possible solution.
Four words separate you from your desires,
Four spells wouldn’t be the same,
But four kings couldn’t achieve it either,
Although my price will strike your worries,
And don’t take this bustle lightly,
Since my power will capture you in your desires,
So run away and consider my advice,
Or condemn yourself to my will of an old lynx.
SCULPT AND CAST
DESIGN AND ORIGINALITY
The works of Pedro Fernandez as fantasy pieces are always of original and innovative subjects and those that are grounded in historical reality are always thought provoking and well researched. The design of Isbiliya is balanced and well considered, beautiful lines and silhouette with a nimble, lithe like posture that really adds to the narrative of an anthropomorphic creature. My only concern is that both arms seems to hinder the painters ability to paint once fully assembled and is something I will need to pay careful attention to before I pick up a brush.
The works of Pedro Fernandez are always eagerly anticipated and for very good reason too! This is a sublime piece and will appeal to many, especially the more experienced painter who could really immerse himself into an elaborate project. Highly recommended!
Jason Martin is an award-winning painter, student of the arts and head honcho at Figurementors. His heavy metal listening, ex-forces exterior belies his true passion – to help you succeed on your personal journey to become a better figure painter.