by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ]
Micro Art Studio offers two 35mm figures from their Iron Brotherhood series. These figures, created by Łukasz Perzanowski are inspired by Warhammer 40K Adeptus Mechanicus - mechanics and engineers of the Imperium. They are the keepers of sacred knowledge and the privileged few that know how to run the many machines that are vital to keeping the Empire alive. Their Tech-priests are the members of the Cult Mechanicus, a priesthood which forms a hierarchy of technicians, scientists, and religious leaders. Tech-priests are human but their bodies often incorporate many mechanical components, limbs, sensors, weapons, etc.
Iron brotherhood figures were originally created by Łukasz for his own army, but growing interest these figures drawn made him add them to Micro Art Studio’s catalogue.
Łukasz Perzanowski created five Iron Brotherhood HTTP-05 figures; each blister contains two randomly selected figures. Every figure is wearing skirt and hood with metal plates for shoulder protection. Arms of all figures are mechanical; one equipped with massive vise-like handling device, second arm is gun-like weapon, both bended in elbow joints. Arm sockets are loose allowing attaching arms in different angles. Tubes are attached to faces/masks and stomachs.
Each of figures is slightly different from other – differences are in poses, cloths shape, number of “eyes” and tubes attached to bodies, some differences are also in body shape and postures.
Kit comes in standard Micro Art Studio blister with name of the kit printed on it.
Parts are visible through the transparent plastic and are protected by foam – not very sturdy protection, but obviously efficient (unless someone stands on the blister) since the figures came intact.
Box contains 6 parts which are:
- two bodies (heads, torsos and legs)
- two left arms
- two right arms
Assembly and painting
No assembly instruction is present but attaching arms to bodies should not cause any problem for anybody. Loose arm sockets allow almost full freedom in arms attachment – it is possible to switch left with right arm, change angles of arms and build one figure with two identical arms – anything you want. On the other hand loose sockets may cause some delicate problem with attaching of arms: surface-to-surface gluing is rather impossible since neither the socket nor the arm has any bigger flat surface. Joints are covered though so using of bigger amount of glue or even some sculpting mass or putty to attach the arm is possible.
No painting instruction is attached so if one want’s to keep to WH 40K standards some research is needed. Of course if one is interested in these figures for reasons other than wargaming there is full freedom of choice of painting pattern.
Detailing and quality
Figures are cast in white metal. Casting is good and only delicate seam lines are visible (mostly on the hoods and arm plates). Details are not very crisp, but proper preparation and painting should easily bring them up. There is some material missing on part of one ribbed tube – small error but visible anyway, probably caused by some material present in casting form – may not appear on other figures of this type (error is not present on catalogue picture). Sides of skirts are a bit rough.
Fitting is not a case here since it is totally loose and allows assembling arms on different angles for each figure (which is quite important if you want to build an army of these and don’t want them all to look the same).
Nice two-figures white metal kit. It will require some careful work to bring all details out but if properly painted it may be a nice addition bringing some diversity to WH40K army or simply something new on miniature painter’s shelf.
Some small errors are present but they should not jeopardize the final result – they may take time to correct them anyway.
What (in my opinion) is missing from the kit is a base (or bases) that, although not necessary, would be a nice addition. I realize though that kit is directed rather for wargamers who may have their own preferences for bases and would chose aftermarket sets anyway.