It actually kind of hurts to finish this guy! i have never been so confused and intrigued by a model. The pose is beautiful and dominating but the weapon is extremely flimsy, the face has very very shallow detail and the flags are extremely fragile too! I hate to have to review him, but as is my policy, he leaves my desk he gets a review.
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Sculpt:5/5 (beatiful pose and great armor detailing)
Variation: N/A - single model
(from what i know of tatsumoto and the original character from pre revival warzone the sculpt is pretty honest and spot on. Except the much bigger shoulder pads.
(terrible, rushed and soft, neglected in the process)
This minature was a very interesting study in resin. Or plastic, or whatever they use to print 3d models these days. I was amused by the look of the guy but i was worried about the depth of detail from step one.
I must pre empt by saying that i love warzone. i love the company (what i know of it) and i have had great times conversing with current employees at crusade this year. I love the miniatures too, but this miniature just threw one from the left field for me!
i gave him a brush and a wash but he still didnt seem that sharp. the pokey armor and the flag where of course fine but the face was just a soft palete of facial features. One light coat of spray later and it was all but gone. I know how to spray miniatures too, the right temperature, the right ventilation, distance and nozel etc but this was shocking. I began working on the miniature and went with block colors, followed by a few layers of dark wash try and bring out the facial details. They just weren't there.
The flags are a definite worry too, they needed holding while painting and i imagine many modelers will just paint them loose but for the thousands who don't they are going to be mostly upset with broken flags. Either way they are extremely fragile and badly balanaced with no anchor point bar two very shallow (again!) holes.
i must comment on one more thing. the blade of the weapon. The blade is SO thin that is is just bendy, for good. either that or i got a really foul print of this model. The blade was constantly flapping around, and lacked much definition to actually tell us what's going on with this weapon? Given its battery like counterweight handle i decided it must be some kind of vibroblade which allowed me to recitfiy the whole situation with a soft wash, a little edging and some osl on the snow (which i pushed back with a wet brush when the snow was almost dry but still gloopy).
So if you have this guy, try not to be intimidated by his detail, or lack of! just attack him with passion and have fun with the big shoulder pads and the extreme edging you can work there.