by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ]
Few words about steampunk
I believe that few words about steampunk are needed before I move forward to the main part of this review.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or a speculative fiction. It shows reality similar to Victorian era with highly developed innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them. These innovations are usually machines (no electronics) as those described in works of Jules Verne or H. G. Wells. Digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical engine are good examples of steampunk high-tech.
Fashion, architecture, art etc. are still similar to Victorian Ė this combination makes steampunk colorful and interesting part of s/f, less dystopian from the cyberpunk and allowing many alternate history speculations.
Polish company Micro Art Studio offers figure od definitely steampunk nature: 28mm figure of Lady Ellendeanne.
Figure sculpted by Rafał Cyman shows the lady in Victorian style dress, knee high laced boots (clearly visible since girl holds the frilled edge of dress almost on hip level presenting whole leg and pistol held by garter). In right hand, covered by glove she holds flounced umbrella. Left hand, holding the edge of dress also holds something that I believe is a handle of the whip. The lash of the whip is wrapped around girls waist (or at least it is supposed to be because first coil ends suddenly on her back). Flowery fascinator decorates her hair gathered together in nice coiffure matching perfectly the whole look.
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 soft foam from the back.
Blister contains three parts: main body of figure, umbrella and small flat plastic base. As mentioned in previous reviews this base may serve as base for actual base and not as base by itself Ė it is just round piece of plastic with slot in the middle.
Assembly and painting
Since the kit contains only two parts of the figure no assembly instruction is needed. Only assembly required is attaching umbrella top to the pole. Umbrella is not heavy, but the joint area is very small and you may really want to use best glue you have to prevent figure from falling apart.
Micro Art Studioís catalogue and pictures of painted figure on their website are only painting references since none is attached to the kit itself. Websites dedicated to Victorian fashion may deliver more painting references.
Detailing and Quality
Figure is cast in high quality white metal. Casting is very good and details are crisp and really clean. Very delicate seam line is present on the dress and may be spotted on few other areas unfortunately including also left cheek. Since it is very delicate it should not be a problem to remove it. No other error were spotted. Mentioned previously lack of consequence on whipís lash is also a problem but it doesnít show too much. All other details are sculpted with care. Hair, face, fascinator, umbrella, dress Ė all these details should be real pleasure to paint and finished figure may be real jewel.
Delicate and easy to cover crack is present on inner surface of dress
Two pins present on the hills may be very useful during placing the figure on the base.
Really nice and interesting steampunk figure. Really nice sculpting and good quality of casting are good assurance of nice final result with just a little preparation and cleaning of parts.
Victorian-like fashion gives many possibilities of eye-catching painting.
This figure proves that Micro Art Studio still evolving and widening their already quite wide catalogue range.
With average price of figure itís quality to price factor is very high.
Picture of painted figure is taken from Micro Art Studio website.