by: Andy Brazier [ ]
Wee Friends are under the umbrella of Friendship Models from the UK. Wee Friends range of figures, busts and vehicle accessories start at 1/76th scale and go up in all the major scales to the 1/9th scale busts.
Having attended a recent model show at the RAF Museum at Cosford, I was browsing the Friendship Models stand, and the style and the painting of the figure really caught my eye. A bust of a Mongol General also took my fancy, but funds declared I could only purchase one (insert sad face here lol), so the Mummy won, as it was rather different.The Egyptian Mummy King is a fantasy piece.
The 120mm resin kit comes in a plastic blister packet, with the eleven parts of the figure split into three re-sealable bags. The single piece base is not bagged. A small paper insert with three pictures of the painted model, and the postal address, e/mail address and phone number of Friendship Models completes the contents.
All the parts a well cast with no imperfections, and no seam lines. Most of the parts have some small pour plugs on them, so some cutting and sanding to remove these will be required to ensure a good fit.
The first bag holds the torso complete with the head. The head starts from the brow line as the figure has a crown to attach, and looks pretty good for a dead Mummy with shrunken eye sockets and cheeks. The rear of the head has overlapping fish-scale plates, continuing to the shoulders with two straps just in front of the ears with some nice raised details moulded onto them. The torso is is wrapped in linen bandages and has a metal chest plate covering the chest, stomach area and back. The ridge on the back-plate is slightly damaged, as it looks like it has not been moulded quite right, but considering the style of the figure, this can be easily incorporated as damage of the ages. A simple necklace hangs down the front, which sports a snake charm in a figure of eight pattern. A studded belt completes the lower torso.
The second bag holds the two arms and two legs. The legs are completely wrapped in linen bandages, and are moulded in some places as coming undone, which does look rather good. The feet are also wrapped, and have two large pour plugs, which act as guides for the base. These will have to be sanded own a little to fit into the corresponding holes. The right leg has a metal ankle iron, this is nicely dimpled to give the effect of beaten metal. The arms are wrapped the same as the legs, with loose and undone bandages on both arms. The right hand has the handle for the Khopesh - the cruelly curved sickle sword, embedded into it.
The third bag holds the smaller items. A skull belt buckle, a strip of unwound bandage, the Khopesh, which has a small skull moulded onto the back of the blade near the tip (I would imagine this is a ceremonial weapon), and the front and rear knee length loincloths, which has some nice detail moulded onto them. The last item is the Deshret, the ancient Egyptian name for the Red Crown. The crown has a skull flanked by bat wings on the front face.
The round one piece stand has a sand texture which is moulded as uneven, with a broken tablet with some engraved hieroglyphs on it.
The fit of all the pieces is good, once you have removed the small pour-plugs. The only trouble with the figure is actually gluing it together. I found that by gluing the legs into the base, the figure can be built bottom upwards fairly easy. The torso is a little tricky to join to the legs as the torso has to be lined up with the loincloths, or you will result in a gap or an off kilter upper body. I found using slow drying glue helped as you can keep moving it small amounts until the correct posture is achieved.