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Friday, May 28, 2010
54mm Waiteri tribe: First look at Bronze Age's 54mm generics
Sweet! The figures that will make up my tribe have arrived, and they look great. The first thing I noticed is that they do not have bases- no slotta and no integral base; this will make them FAR easier to base (slotta bases not required and no integral base to spend time filing off.)
Instead, there are pegs on one foot of each figure. The pegs look like they'll fit into a hole on a common Games Workshop monster base. I think I have one or two bases laying about; I'll give it a try. Otherwise, I will clip the pegs and pin the figures to poker chips (a little of 40mm.) As I mentioned earlier, the chips are heavier, cheap and easy to find.
Another thing I like looking at these figures is the muscle detail. It's as if David at Bronze Age Miniatures, looked at a Burne Hogarth book ("Dynamic Anatomy") and transformed the art into sculpture. Lots and lots of muscles on these figures, all the way around. This poses a small dilemma: I want to add furs and skins, but I don't want to cover up too much of the sculpts. A few of these figures may just have loin cloths.
I originally wanted one figure to be swinging a two-handed flint axe, but the pose also looks great with a spear, as if he's preparing to deliver the death thrust. To remedy my indecision on which weapon to give him, I think I may just order a second copy of the figure later (as well as a few seconds of others. I can see multiple uses for most of these.)
There are a lot of little things about these figures that also make them great, but too many to put here. But a quick example of a small detail that adds to a figure: One figure stands with his hands at his side, but he's not actually standing: One foot (just the heel) is ever so slightly lifted off the ground. It's hard to describe- it's such a subtle action, but it can speak volumes. A lot of figures these days have such extreme, dramatic, comic book-inspired poses (just as some of these do- nothing wrong with that), but this figure, standing steadfast with his one heel barely lifted demonstrates a more profound action. This figure will be my chief, standing proud over his tribe, and, with that one lifted foot, preparing to take his first step on a long journey ahead of his tribe on the search for mammoth, aurochs, a new home, enemies and other adventures.
Yes, these figures are excellent. The babes have nice racks, too.