It is a common knowledge among figure modelers that Young Miniatures from Korea has been placed between the best selling companies lately. The choice of themes, as well as the superb quality of casting, has made Young a favourite company to many modelers. The founder Young B. Song, a superb sculptor and painter, based a lot his company's growth in busts, but also releases figures in 90 mm and 70 mm. Here we will examine a recent bust release from Young Miniatures “Achilles B.C. 1200”, based on the Brad Pitt character from the 2004 movie “Troy”.
The Bust (what’s in the box):
This 1/10 scale bust, comes in a total of 12 pieces. A small resin base, a resin cylindrical peg for mounting the bust on the base, the torso, the head, the helmet, the crest, the shield, shield handle, sword, a metal name label, a metal ring , and a piece of wire. Besides the 2 metal pieces all the rest come in a yellowish resin of high quality.
Young Miniatures packaging was always among my favorites. Big size hard luxury carton box with a transparent plastic sleeve over it to protect the color picture of the box art. Inside all the pieces in thick foam sheets sandwich, are perfectly protected. This box deserves to be kept for further use definitely!
Quality – Detail:
As it has been said over and over for products of the same company, the resin of the casting is in very high quality. I inspected the material very carefully trying to find a small, tiny air hole, or some fault but that was not possible. Despite the big size of the pieces, the resin is casted perfectly and that will make the owner of the kit really happy.
The casting is line free, which is a pleasure. Casting blocks and pegs are evident and very easy to remove. On these specific points, some sanding will make the surface perfectly smooth and ready for priming.
After you do this minor cleaning, you can proceed to priming and painting. It’s obvious that the head has to be painted separately, and since Ahn Jun Sik, that sculpted the figure, has done a superb job in fitting, you will not have any problem to assemble afterwards.
The sculpture is very well defined, the characteristics of the face are perfect, achieving high likeness with the famous actor and the shield piece is a small gem. It is an absolutely professional work and the result is a very clean and smooth bust to paint
The sword also is very nice but take some care not to damage its tip.
It seems that after Young B. Song has started to cooperate with other sculptors for his companies releases, he has really found the correct ones!
The box art is a recreation of the movie dressing of Achilles, so I guess most of painters (including me) will follow this one.
A bust for all painters I guess, since the high quality, the easiness of assembly and simple painting scheme will not discourage anyone. Of course the most experienced painters will be able to use more tricks and tips working on the armor plates and the shield.
This can definitely be a highlight in your showcase and of course, will be seen a lot on Show tables around the world. Ancient Greece is an always classic in figure modeling
For bust lovers, ancient era lovers, but in all for figure painting lovers this is a problem free bust of high quality to paint. Close to perfect quality, nice surface and skilled sculpting will turn painting to a joy for you.
Young Miniatures proves once more why it’s a hot company on the market .