by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
Infamy Miniatures is a figure company specialized in producing high-quality resin miniatures. The company is actually a one-man band with James Griffiths and his dream of creating not only beautifully illustrated, exquisitely sculpted and perfectly cast minis, but also creating a whole new world behind those brilliant miniatures.
So here's the Infamy world, taken from their own website:
"It is the late 19th century and a technological revolution is sweeping through Great Britain. Sparked by Mycroft Holmes' creation of the Cogitation Engine - an advanced version of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine - the nation's capital is caught up in a wave of invention and discovery.
The city thrums to the sound of gigantic and increasingly elaborate machines, their maze-like interiors of cogs and pistons churning around the clock. Powered by armies of navvies who shovel fuel into the huge burners and risk their lives performing maintenance, these machines drive the city. They are the lifeblood of London's 'Golden Age' and fill the air with the thick smoke of industry and mass-production.
The development of increasingly powerful Cogitation Engines has laid waste to the traditional structure of power in London. Long established institutions, initially reluctant to take on the 'dangerous' new technology, are on the brink of collapse and now they must battle to retain control.
While they flounder in the wake of change, upstarts rise to power, embracing the new age, creating ever more incredible tools, machinery, intelligence-gathering methods and weapons.
These companies, corporations, institutions and their members reside in ornate and elaborate towers, rising high above the streets, increasingly isolated from the machinery filled nightmare evolving beneath them.
And in the city's underbelly the downtrodden, forgotten and abused working-class grow angry. Opportunistic rabble rousers, crime lords, kingpins and undesirables gather support, all hungry for a piece of the pie. The uprising is coming, but which side will you choose?"
Inspired by famous literary characters, each Infamy miniature is twisted to fit into this steampunk styled alternative version of 19th century London.
Sherlock Holmes is the Kingpin of the London underworld, with a terrifying intellect matched only by his calculated evil. His empire of crime spans the city like a tangled web and branches out across the globe, linked to terror on all four corners of the earth.
Sherlock Holmes is the second figure in Infamy Miniatures range. The miniature is packed in a cardboard box and additionally secured between protective foam. The box includes a 32mm scale Sherlock Holmes resin miniature, a simple 30mm round plastic base and a certificate card showing figure concept art and painted miniature. The certificate card indicates the casting number of this particular model, which is limited to 250 first run castings, thus ensuring the highest casting standard.
The figure is sculpted by the talented MIKH, a former Rackham's lead sculptor and sculptors team manager. The sculpt conveys the image of a cruel evil mastermind really well: slim stature and angular facial features just ooze with cold malice. Holmes is dressed formally, with a long fur collar greatcoat over his traditionally cut suit and a tie. He carries an utility belt with holstered pistol around his waist. And after this Holmes' equipment gets really bizarre... On his back Holmes carries a strange circular pack with a power generator, hookah pipe and several mechanical arms. The mechanical arms, controlled via the extraordinary gauntlet on Holmes' left hand, feature various investigation devices, grabbers, magnifying lenses and different information extractor tools like blades, sharp pincers, needles and even a flamethrower. Such a large power contraption is secured on Holmes' back with shoulder and chest straps as well as a thick waist belt. Last, but not least, Holmes is sporting a dueling cane in his right hand.
Cast in grey resin, the figure consists of 9 parts:
- full body
- left hand
- backpack arms (6x).
The pieces are cast perfectly and, although extremely thin and delicate, I found no imperfections in the resin. All the tiny details sculpted on this figure are wonderfully transferred to the resin. Infamy obviously decided not only to work with the extremely talented artists, but also with the very best resin casting companies thus ensuring high-quality products entering the figure market.
The fit of the parts is really good and I had no problems building the Holmes miniature. The backpack has four small apertures on its side for attachment of the mechanical arms. With six different arms supplied in this kit, each modeler has an option to customize his miniature and make the most interesting backpack arm setup of his own choice. Cool!
I added some pictures of the model painted by Javier Gonzales to this review just to show what talented hands can do on Holmes miniature. Some more pictures can be found on CoolMiniOrNot website, so check them out.
We don't get many miniatures for review on HF, but when we do then you can be sure the concept behind the miniatures is really something special. I must admit I immediately liked the world James envisioned for his figures. Even more, the imaginative ideas he had to distort the personality of famous literary characters and incorporate them into the Infamy Miniatures world were incredibly bizarre. But incredibly interesting as well.
Infamy's take on Sherlock Holmes is one of the most exciting I've seen so far. Malicious and cruel, with different mechanical arms controlled by the peculiar gauntlet, this version of Holmes is far from the literary concept envisioned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Teamed with Doctor Watson, who just appeared on Infamy's website as a psychotic maniac, these two will make a deadly duo responsible for terror and chaos on the streets of London.