is a new 1/35 resin figure from Armor35
. Part of the fantasy range After the Disaster
this kit is item ARM35909
, one of two female figures titled Girl (stalker)
. (The other is item ARM35911, a woman in more Western clothes and wearing an FBI cap.) Both are available in 1/35 and 1/16.
After the Disaster
also features two (at the time of this review) grotesque 1/35 freak animal mutants, Monster 1, and Monster 2 (reviewed over on ModelGeek). Both are available in 1/35 and 1/16.
Curious of the meaning of "stalker," I looked up the word in regards to Russian culture. In the 1970s a sci-fy film was produced, Roadside Picnic
. That movie was about people sneaking into a prohibited area, "The Zone," to scrounge artifacts and alien technology. The guide/tracker was known as a Stalker. Armor35
does not offer any insight to the inspiration of their model titles so perhaps "stalker" is meant to be a sniper or a hunter?
Armor35 packs Girl (Stalker)
in their standard small carton decorated with eye-catching apocalyptic colors. The box art is a glossy label of the product, shown both undecorated and painted. Inside the box kit 35909 is contained in a zip-lock baggie.
This is the most complex figure model I have yet examined from Armor35. Ten gray resin pieces are attached to several pour blocks:
Head with hair; cap; tarp roll; pouch
Greatcoat and torso
Legs and feet
Kalashnikov and backpack
Typical of Armor35 parts, all of the pieces are beautifully cast without any flaws - flash, mold seams, air pocks, sink holes.
I look forward to how she will fit together.
I am not familiar with modern Russian military kit and yet I presume that she is dressed in it. The greatcoat reaches her boots and she wears baggy pants with elastic around the knees. She wears a tee-shirt under the coat.
The head and hands are separate parts. The head is a two-piece assembly with the face and head with shoulder-length hair, and a cap with glasses. The face is nicely sculpted. While the head without the cap seems small, with the cap attached the head is proportioned properly per the classic artist ratio of 6-7 heads of height for a human.
Each hand is individually cast. Delicate small fingers and thumbs are posed to grip the AK.
Her stalker kit is a stockless Kalashnikov, a gas mask molded onto the coat, and a backpack, rolled mat, and pouch.
Painting and Assembly Instructions
None. Armor35 molds indents and slots for the parts to fit together. Test-fitting shows this model will go together easily.
For painting one either refers to the boxart or uses one's knowledge of Russian military gear, or one's imagination.
ConclusionGirl (Stalker) 35909
is a beautifully cast figure of a fun disturbing genre. The fidelity of detail is remarkable and casting is excellent. It should be very easy to assemble and paint.
Modelers of sci-fi and fantasy subjects should be enthusiastic about this figure. Recommended.