by: Andy Brazier [ ]
IPMS-UK KitMaker Branch
Blackhorn the Evil is a sort of Faun, which is a half human and half goat creature, carrying a battle-axe, a short sword and a shield. The figure has the head and lower legs of a goat with a humanish torso and thighs. The creature is modelled standing on its hind legs, holding an array of weapons.
The figure is packed in a nice black card box, with shredded tissue protecting the parts. The smaller parts are also packed in a resealable bag.
The resin figure comes in nine parts, which comprise, the head, torso with legs, right arm, left arm, tail, short sword, battle-axe, shield and a base. A little flash is attached to a few of the pieces, but a quick scrape with a knife removes it. All of the pieces have pour plugs attached, but these look very easy to clean up.
Starting with the head, the two large horns are well moulded and have a spiral shape, much like an antelopes horns.
The forehead is covered with hair and has its ears protruding from each side. The snout is covered with a large metal plate, with the eyes sitting just underneath. The eyes are well defined and once painted should look rather good. the snout has a metal ring through the nostrils. The mouth has some very sharp looking teeth, and the expression is a "I don't like you very much" look lol. A small pour plug is connected to the chin, but it looks to be fairly easy to remove.
The torso, tail and legs
The torso has both legs already attached, and has a couple of pour plugs on the base of the hooves to be removed. A little flash is dotted around, but nothing major.
The neck has hairs, which when attaching the head do seem to cover the join quite well. A couple of necklaces adorn Blackhorn, one of which is a round pendant with a raised square on it. The other is a longer necklace with what look to be teeth on the thread.
The shoulders have guards, one of which has a horn on it. Both shoulder guards have etched detail moulded onto them.
The body is naked, but has a sash coming down from the right shoulder, which has a dagger and will have the shield mounted from it. The dagger has some nice detail moulded onto the handle with the blade in a sheath.
The tail is has a pour plug attached to the connection point. the tail is modelled as hanging down, then curving upwards. Detail is a smooth tail ending in a hairy tip.
The lower torso has a plate covering the genitalia area with the rear having a ragged loin cloth. This is all held up with a wide belt. A cloth pouch also hangs from the belt.
The thighs are muscular human legs down to the ankles, where the legs then become goats, ending in the hooves (the faun leg looks as though it has two knees but the lower joint is an ankle, as the faun walks on tiptoe).
Both arms are human with each forearm covered with a metal guard, held on with bindings. The hands are quite well moulded with tendons and veins present. The fingers are possibly the weak link on the hands, as they are moulded all together, with no gaps in-between, and it does look as if the sculptor decided to end the fingers as talons, but on the right hand it just doesn't quite look right. The little finger on the right hand is very deep, but I think this can be rectified but a little cutting and sanding. The right hand holds the short sword, and the left holds the battle-axe. Both weapons are a tight fit, and with a bit of jiggling do look to be quite realistically gripped.
Weapons and shield
The short sword looks to be moulded as if made from bone, as the handle and blade are one piece.
The battle-axe is a double headed affair, with a wooden shaft with a leather handle binding. The blade has a little raised detail. The blade may need sharpening with some sandpaper, as it looks as blunt as anything lol.
The shield is oval shaped with what looks to be a bulls scalp decorating the middle. The shield has several cracks and breaks moulded in it, to give it a battered look. The shield connects to the figure with a clip.
The base is a square piece of resin with a paving stone detail etched into it. This does actually look quite good, but to tell the truth I won't use it with this figure, as I feel a ,ore rural setting would work better.
Apart from a couple of little faults, this is a great figure for fantasy fans.
No paint guide is given so you can do pretty much what you want with it.
A little clean up is required but this is only going to take minutes to do.
Adding a base to the kit is a nice touch by MDC.