Mu96 - Mindwork Games, Miniatures

by Roman aka jar



Hello,
to another Miniatures Unpacked, 
this time #96, we are closing in to 100. Nice!

This one is all about Italy, focusing on a yound and cool company called "Mindwork Games":
 https://www.facebook.com/Mindworkgames/

... and of course their models.
It is a pretty huge review. Sit back, relax and enjoy the read!

We got several things to review for you in the MU and we will show each of the sculpts, prepare for this:



Many of Mindworks Games' sculpts have a limited edition number, this makes them quite interesting for collectors, but there is much more behind this small brand. The name says it all: Mindwork Games.

The characters you can find in this range are definatly fully of dreams and playful childhood memories. They have a very special own touch to them coming out of the Mindwork Games Factory. Let's start with one out of the "Ancient Tales" series ...

#01 The Bloodreaper
A 75 mm figure, priced at 50,00 € with a lot of details for the advanced painter. To see the model in full here is the promotional box art, credits of the photo by Mindwork Games:


When unpacking his box you get tons of detail on the first glance and all will be used on the model. Actually there is no optional head or stuff for him. All eighteen parts will be added to the final model. That's pretty much, but makes the model really detailed, though very complex to build for beginner painters.


Small spirits that are part of the figure:

A tentacle ...

The quality of the cast is quite good. A little cleaning up here and there, but no major mould lines or really anything that demands hardcore preparation work.





The fitting as such on the Mindwork Games figures is really well thought and works fine, smooth and easy as you can see on the next piece we will take a look on ...

#02 Captain Flint
Another Pirate in 75 mm.


Again the fitting is very convincing on the first sight:


And also are the uncommon beautiful shapes and the level of details:


Look at all that clam fouling, beautiful. If you want to add more you could check this MV article:
http://massivevoodoo.blogspot.de/2011/03/tutorial-creating-clam-fouling-on-boat.html

legs from the back:

legs from the front:

This figure comes with three different heads to create different characters. From the good looking, handsome pirate over a vampire version to an undead underwater world king:


A very lovely detail is the Octopus on his right arm ...

The base

... and all parts fo the model.

Next one in line is
#03 Morbid Angel, 
a female angel flute player I'd say, but still with this pirate topic going on somehow.



Again many parts arrive out of the box to build up this model:


Very obvious: her chest piece ... a great place to paint highlights on volumes. Again here you can see how well prepared the fitting joints are:


Head and face details ...

The wings though need quite the preparation work to see them as beautiful as they are meant to be.

Very thin details need to be taken care of. Easily to break.

She is definatly an interesting character. I am not sure if I can grab my mind around the character itself, but I think this is a thing of personal taste. Coming to the next one, who in terms of taste is one of my favourite from the Mindwork Games range:


#04 The Puppetter
A 54 mm scaled sculpt that shows the style of Mindwork Games products in its true graze.




Here is a better photo of the boxart, all credits at Mindwork Games:


A truely dreamy concept and a great sculpt execution of this topic. It reminds a bit of one of my favourite projects by Rusto.

A small puppet ...

Controlled by the Puppet Master ...

Cleaning is also needed here, but not to hard to do.

The level of additional details is - again - quite nice:



BOO!

Unique characters
can not only be found in the range of Mindwork Games, but also in a company which is in close collaberation with them: Kimera Models. Therefor we will also have a look one more model on their range. We already reviewd Lord Dumah.

We will also have a quick look on the contents of "Sarah Fortune", a postapocalyptic warrior girl.



Two differents head allow you to build two different characters: A punk and a warrior with helmet.
The level of details going on just only on her backpag are astonishing - a true survivor:



Details on legs, body and base:




A truely cool model, packed with care and a great casting quality. Kimera Models.



We hope you enjoyed this review on these several sculpts. Kimera Models now also have Mindwork Games figures in their stock, check it out here:

http://kimeramodels.com/shop/shop-grid/

Always remember this is just my personal view on these casts. My honest and frank oppinion. 
I really enjoy the fresh ideas coming from the caves of the Kimera and Mindwork Games and I can not wait for future releases. 
Keep on happy painting!
Roman

Halt! Papiere bitte!

by Roman aka jar

"Halt! Papiere bitte!"
... is german and says "Stop! Identify yourself!"

A weird project.
That is why I love it so much.
I painted the model "Frank von Stein" by Terrible Kids Stuff already once. You can see it here. I decided to paint this model twice, which is nothing I usually do with great joy.

I had this obviously different scaled german world war two scifi moon soldier by North Star Models waiting for ages in my drawers for the right idea. It came with a sketch of a base:


I love to play with scales since a long time.
Not in every of my project, but in many from the past. For example Robot & Pilot, or the last of the big Pelicans, or Davidé vs. Goliath or a recently done Mech to just name a few and I always am very inspired if I see other people try this too. It just changes everything. I am really happy to inspire people with this idea.

Halt!
... back to the project. If you are interested in a superhuge Step by Step article of both versions I did on this figure from Terrible Kids Stuff you might check the brand new and actual issue of the Figure Painter Magazine, just saying :)


Halt! Papiere bitte!
Terrible Kids Stuff, North Star Models, various scales







You can find more photos either on Putty&Paint or romanlappat.com.
The project is for sale, feel free to enjoy a look in my PDF cataloge.

Keep on happy painting!
Roman

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Oni

by Roman aka jar

Good Morning jungle,

are you already in project mode for Massive Voodoo's brand new challenge?
If not. Well, what are you waiting for?



Recently I finished a comission piece for a private collector.
The model is by studio McVey. I was really happy that my long time client was open to let me find my own inspiration for the full project. He wanted my vision. I am thankful for this. While looking at her I always came up to the idea of an "Oni", but therefor it is good to know the meaning behind this word.

Wikipedia on "Oni":


"Oni
() are a kind of yōkai from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres, or trolls. They are popular characters in Japanese art, literature, and theatre.[1]

Depictions of oni vary widely but usually portray them as hideous, gigantic ogre-like creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two long horns growing from their heads.[2] They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally, they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes.[3] Their skin may be any number of colors, but red and blue are particularly common.[4][5]
They are often depicted wearing tiger-skin loincloths and carrying iron clubs called kanabō (金棒). This image leads to the expression "oni with an iron club" (鬼に金棒 oni-ni-kanabō), that is, to be invincible or undefeatable. It can also be used in the sense of "strong beyond strong", or having one's natural quality enhanced or supplemented by the use of some tool. In addition to this, it can mean to go overboard, or be unnecessarily strong or powerful.[6][7]"


Basing
Placed her on a plinth by Artificer Terrain and build up the base around her, using several different basing techniques I am pretty sure of speaking about as soon as I write a step by step on this project. Which I will do in the future as I took enough photos. Here is one out of this collection:




I was also very happy to have no exact time frame or pressure by my client. Thank you very much for this. I was able to evolve the project in the time it needed.


Oni
Studio McVey, 28mm








You can find more photos of her, via romanlappat.com.

Keep on happy painting and yes I know, she is far away from being a typicall "Ogre or Troll Oni" :D
Roman