by: Costas Rodopoulos [ ]
Author Sculpt’s range is continuing to grow . This release is a science fiction figure in 1/35 but can easily be used as a 54mm with other if needed.
This figure seemed to be inspired by a computer game character . This game is called STALKER – Shadow of Chernobyl . But as the sculptor Igor Karpov says “ it was inspired mostly not exactly by computer game, but the novels that followed the game, and the book "Metro-2032" (main idea of this book - life in Moscow underground after nuclear war).”
In any case is a science fiction figure that could be nicely used in a vigniette against a mechanical monster , or as a stand alone piece .
Packing – First Impression
The box is a small one , carton box, in orange brown tones, with nice graphics and an unpainted version of the constructed kit photograph as a box art.
As we open , there is a small plastic bag to keep the 4 pieces of the miniature, and is protected from a thick foamy sheet . The box proved safe enough to carry the figures with no problem of damage.
what’s in the box
The kit, comes in a light grey color resin material and as it was already told, it is completed with only 4 pieces.
1 piece for the body and feet, 2 arms , 1 for a small round base. That’s it
And that’s really nice for the modeler. I really hate long time cleaning and assembly!
All pieces were safe and solid once I unpacked .
Quality – Detail
Igor Karpov seem to be a really talented young sculptor. The detail sculpted on this little figure is absolutely amazing .
The folds of the clothing, the equipment, and every little bit of this kit, is loaded with full detail pack .
Check the backpack, tie cords, elbow protectors and all other small details to be amazed .
The casting is brilliant for this little kit , and that’s a positive factor for reproducing the fine sculpting of the master piece.
That’s a thing you can judge by the attached pictures, comparing the master sculpture and the production piece.
As it was told , the piece is Crisp, accurate, clean and without problems of deformation or holes , so you have nothing to worry about.
And of course is good that with not much of preparation you will be able to prime and start painting.
The pose of the STALKER is an alerted walking mode , waiting the unexpected enemy at the next corner. It’s nice and natural and also very useful for several setups.
I guess this is a rather flexible subject to paint . You can use military colors, camo schemes , or even gray - black uniform colors. And accordingly will be painted the equipment.
Since the figure consists of few pieces , it is easy to assembly . Painting is not that difficult, but there are many folds to tone, different objects , and a lot of outlining will be needed. I guess both experienced and starters will find interest in this piece .
I guess that was a rather unexpected release from AS Miniatures, but not a bad one at all.
I presume, that if this one, goes successfully in market , Igor could make few others as a small range .
Concluding , we have very good quality of casting, nicely sculpted detail, in a “different” kit and a subject that could be the different note you look for to refresh your painting appetite
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