A while ago, when the first pictures of this sculpt were shown on the Black Sun Miniatures Facebook page, I fell in love with this sculpt. Such an awesome female figure! Now that the Black Sun Miniatures store is in full swing, I was able to get my hands on this “Savage Beauty”.
This 75mm figure was traditionally sculpted by Joaquin Palacios, based on the concept art by Roberto Cirillo. It’s incredible how much the sculpt resembles the concept art, which is great because I loved the concept art. Even though the figure has quite a static pose, the direction of the weapons and the tilt in her hips makes a very interesting composition. Her attire might be on the skimpy site for some, but I think it fits this mini and it doesn’t reduce her tough look.
Another thing that I really like in this mini is the variety of textures / objects on the model, ranging from the smoothness of the skin, to the ragged fur, the feathers, the polished metals and the intricate jewelry and ornaments. A lot of fun areas for a painter to play with!
The mini comes in a sturdy cardboard box (that was actually a little hard to open). The pieces consist of the main body, and several pieces of sprue which were neatly packed in a zip lock bag. The pieces contain her arms with the weapons, a scabbard, horns and a pre-sculpted base.
The casting of this figure was done by Grx Créations and they have done an excellent job! The cast in credible clean and the details are super sharp. There are very few minor mold lines, but they are shallow and because of the material they can be cleaned very easily. Some tiny air bubbles can be found on the animal skull covering her head, but they are also minor and can be very easily filled. Other than that the sculpt is impeccable, and should be a dream to paint, I’m sure!
This lady should be quite easy to assemble. Removing the pieces from the sprue is easy, because of the material. After removal some clean-up is necessary, but the places where the sprue is attached are well chosen and thus touches no details. The left arm fits neatly under the sculpted fur, thus obscuring the glued area. The right arm is a little trickier, but there is a presculpted protrusion and matching hole that fit snugly together. Some minor gap filling is required as is almost always the case when assembling minis. Pinning is not entirely necessary, but if you are unsure it should be fairly easy on this figure.
In short, it should be very easy to put everything together. Personally, I would consider adding the arms after painting the body, as some parts will be a bit hard to reach after full assembly.
The feet fit into the sculpted base very will, but it did require me to push the legs a bit closer to each other. This may be a little disruptive on a painted figure, so if you were to add this figure to the base, I would suggest you do this before you start painting.
I was super excited when I first saw this sculpt and concept, and holding this mini in my hands only increases that excitement. This is just excellent quality!! It will be very interesting to paint this lady, lots of flesh & fur, and definitely some cool areas to play around with either metallics or NMM.
The mini is available from the Black Sun Miniatures webshop and costs £35. I think that’s a good price for this miniature, especially considering the current exchange rate. Overall, I can only give full marks for this figure. I’m definitely looking forward to everything else that Black Sun Miniatures has in store for us :).