by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ]
Many cultures’ folklore and legends describe a female demon who takes form of human woman in order to seduce men in their dreams. From Hone-onna in Japan, Greek Lamia, English Lauren, Sumerian Belili to Slavic Rusalka and Jewish Lilith – almost every culture had their demon which, in medieval folklore and legends of Europe gained the name of Succubus (plural “succubi”). Originally depicted as frightening and demonic, in modern times the succubi are shown as very attractive enchantresses, very often still with demonic features like wings, hooves, horns and tail.
Just like vampires, succubi draw energy from men to sustain themselves, causing deterioration of health or even death.
Some scientists believe that the stories relating to contacts with succubi are quite similar to modern phenomenon of people reporting alien abductions and both may be caused by condition known as sleep paralysis. Symptoms are very similar in these situations and the hallucination of creatures (aliens or succubi), come from the culture of the encountered person.
Succubi appear in many books, movies, music and games.
Freebooter Miniatures is a German company offering 30mm metal miniatures showing fantasy, horror and steampunk characters sculpted by Werner Klocke. One of the figures in their catalogue is Succubus.
Demoness stands straight on her hooves with her huge bat-like wings closed. She raises her right hand in which she holds huge backsword or scimitar with curved blade, long two-handed grip and long pommel. Runes are carved right below the cross-guard and three holes with rings in them are drilled in the blade. Small human-like scull is attached to one of these rings. Sword points downwards and Succubus holds its blade in her left hand. One horn is growing on the left side of the head. She wears only thong and half-corset or heavy brassiere with several thorns or fangs attached to it. There is another fang attached to her left arm with a band.
Demoness either has thick thorns growing on her thighs or she really likes extreme piercing. This second option would also explain design on her left forearm that looks quite like artistic scarification (or a tattoo made with a spoon…).
The kit comes in transparent plastic blister with Freebooter Miniature card with picture of figure painted by Marike Reimer, company data and name of the kit.
Parts inside the blister are protected by a two zip-bags (one for wings and one for rest of parts) and dark grey foam. Parts came intact so the protection seems to be enough.
Kit consists 7 parts:
- Succubus’ body with head, right hand, and legs
- horn with left side of hair
- sword with the left arm
- left wing
- right wing
- baseplate with part of terrain to place the figure on
- square base
Catalogue describes the figure as 30mm scale but the height of assembled figure is about 65mm tall (including the sword).
Assembly and painting
There is no assembly instruction except for the picture of painted figure. Design of parts practically excludes possibility of wrong assembly – parts may fit perfectly or won’t fit at all.
Figure is split in a way that should cover the joint areas during assembly. Putty or additional sanding should not be necessary.
No fitting problem were found during “dry-check” and only finding proper position of sword-hands part to body took some time before finding optimal position.
Parts do have to be precisely cleaned before
Painting suggested by Freebooter Miniatures shows daemoness as pale woman with delicately greenish skin with green-grey wings and light violet hair.
Since the figure is 100% fictional every painter is free to paint it according to his/her imagination.
Detailing and quality
Succubus as all Freeboter Miniatures’ figures so far is made in white metal. Casting is good and details are nicely visible (taking the scale under consideration) making the figure easy to paint. Even baseplate is sculpted with care – sculls partially dug in the soil are nice addition to whole figure’s look and mood. Wings have several damages like the membrane was torn.
There is a seam line visible on few areas (like right leg, part of arm) and quite big piece of flesh on right arm that has to be removed. Another piece of flesh is present on the sword’s grip and on baseplate. Parts are attached to blocks in a way that should make their removal quite easy (except maybe for claws on the wings), but cleaning will be absolutely necessary since almost all blocks are attached in visible areas.
Interesting and quite big (for its scale) figure that may draw attention of any fantasy figures painter. Several errors are definitely not enough to disqualify the figure as a one of the best (in my personal opinion) from Freebooter Miniatures catalogue. Due to it’s high quality it should be very pleasant to paint and few minutes of cleaning flesh present in few areas and one or two delicate seam lines are low cost to pay for the final result.
Its price is quite average so it hardly can be considered a factor in final score.
Pictures of assembled and painted figure came from Freebooter Miniatures’ website