by: Andy Brazier [ ]
Originally published on:
IPMS-UK KitMaker Branch
Thorgrim is a winged Norse warrior wielding a huge battle-axe.
Packaging is well taken care of with the figure and the few parts packed in a top opening box with shredded paper holding the parts in place.
The figure is 140mm tall and sculpted by Bob Naismith.
Cast in a light grey resin, flash is really minimal and is easily removed with a sharp blade. The four parts are broken down into, the main body, helmet, wings and the battle-axe with attached hands. The helmet and wings do have a couple of pour plugs to be removed and are no trouble to remove with a knife and a little sanding. The resin is quite soft and no air bubbles are present.
Detail is pretty good, with nice muscle definition on the arms and chest. The chest has a nice raised armoured plate with etched detail engraved into it, and should respond well to high and low light painting.
The legs are clothed in a pair of trousers which has some nice detail for the folds and creases. The trousers are held up by a belt with some raised metal work detail. A small bag hangs from the right side of the belt.
The boots are a cloth material with strapping wrapped around them.
The face detail is well defined, with the beard and long hair looking spot on for the "bushy" Viking look.
The helmet is a typical Viking horned piece with a center adornment running across the top of the helmet. I can't quite figure out if this is some sort of mythical skull, or some other form of decoration. I shall probably paint it as a skull, as this is a fantasy figure.
The battle-axe is huge in comparison to the figure, with the axe head having some etched detail on it. The staff has a strap bound handle where the left hand is. The staff itself is smooth, so creating a wood effect is left to the painter to achieve.
The wings are cast as one piece with some pretty heavy etched detail for the feathers.
The base is cast onto the main figure body and is pretty much devoid of detail, and is probably moulded that way to look like snow..
assembly and painting
Fit wise, the helmet and the battle-axe/hand parts do need a little filler. The helmet needs some around the hair line at the front, as there is a slight gap. The battle-axe/hand part fits into the arms which have indentations at the wrist join, but I found that the left hand really doesn't like to sit in the hole, and stands just proud of it, so a little filler around the wrist join is needed.
The wings fit nicely onto the main body with a large locating pin and corresponding hole on the figures back.
There is no painting guide with this kit, so you are free to paint him as you feel.