After uniting with Imperium Models, Evolution Miniatures continues to release Imperium figures under the new label. The figure featured in this review, Fighter of Special Troops FSB (EM-35010) is such a figure. Sculpted by Sergey Traviansky, the owner and creative force of Evolution Miniatures, the figure depicts a Russian Special Forces FSB operative.
The figure arrived safely protected in a hard cardboard box. The box features nicely painted box art and lists both the sculptor (Sergey Traviansky) and the painter (Oleg Drobov).
After opening the zip-lock bags and reviewing parts of the figure I was amazed by the number of parts and the amount of details on the figure. The parts are cast in grey resin and are almost completely clean of all imperfections; however, I did find several small air bubbles and a seam line going along the left leg. I must admit this is the first time I noticed the air bubbles on Evolution Miniatures figure… an easy fix using some putty filler but still quite annoying. As for the seam line, I was pretty careful when sanding this one… I didn’t want to resculpt the uniform folds so I took my time with the sandpaper. Casting plugs are well placed, allowing easy clean up with minimal chance of damaging the detail. The weapon is nicely cast but be patient while removing the delicate parts from the resin carriers.
The figure is depicted relaxing and resting its hands on the weapon. The powerful posture, augmented by the mean looking PKM machine gun, and a base supplied with the kit make this figure ideal for a single figure modern Russian vignette.
The figure consists of 12 pieces: full body with legs and the head, right arm, left arm, two large pouches, entrenching tool, backpack flap, RPG-18, PKM machine gun with separate ammo box and bipod, and the simple base. As with all Evolution figures I had the pleasure of reviewing, the fit of the parts is excellent… Sergey obviously pays a lot of attention to figure break up and you could almost completely avoid the putty work. However, I did have to slightly expand the area on the top of the backpack designated to accommodate the RPG so that the backpack flap could cover the weapon and sit well on the backpack itself. Also, I turned the PKM machine gun to the opposite side compared to the box art… there are indentations on the bottom of figure’s arms which obviously serve to place the PKM properly. Somehow I felt the machine gun sits better in those grooves oriented the way I showed on the pictures. On the other hand, regardless of the way I oriented the weapon, the indentation on the right arm is too big and should be filled with putty. One more thing to note; I left out the PKM bipod while building the figure to ease the fiddling with the parts.
This figure represents a soldier of the Russian FSB (Federal Security Service, former KGB). The figure wears a new style SPOSN Gorka uniform; Gorka is the preferred uniform of Russian Special Forces due to its rugged multi-layered rip-stop fabric in addition to its loose fit. Over the “Redut” Assault Body Armor, which is the standard body armor worn by FSB operatives, the figure carries SPOSN SMERSh webbing. The SMERSh is Russian version of ALICE harness setup, but it also includes MOLLE loops allowing custom attachment of various pouches. The SMERSh webbing configuration sculpted on this figure consists of 2 large pouches attached to the SMERSh belt on both sides, which probably contain PKM magazines, buttpack and RD-54 backpack. The backpack system comprises of the main and two side compartments reinforced with wire frame for extra rigidity. The main compartment also accommodates a RPG-18 antitank launcher secured to the top and an entrenching tool strapped to the central part of the backpack. The figure also wears K6-3 assault helmet, designed specifically for Russian FSB special units. Tactical goggles are worn on the helmet and the Special Forces look of the figure is further enhanced by the assault boots and fingerless Storm gloves.
The figure is armed with PKM, a gas operated, belt fed, air cooled machine gun. Standard ammo belts have a capacity of 100 rounds and are fed from special steel boxes which can be clamped under the receiver of the PKM for better mobility. The PKM is fitted with a skeleton buttstock made from wood and fitted with a hinged buttplate, and a wooden pistol grip. The rear part of the buttstock houses an accessory / cleaning kit, and a disassembled cleaning rod is stored in the right leg of the bipod. A folding bipod is fitted to the gas tube below the barrel.
Evolution Miniatures is definitely producing some of the finest resin figures on the market today. The figure featured in this review is great; the anatomy is flawless on and the pose seems very relaxed. The casting of the parts is very good and the fit of the parts perfect. Every detail of the equipment is sculpted to the highest level… If you are interested in making a single figure vignette of Russian Special Forces, this is definitely a figure for you.
Thanks to Sergey from Evolution Miniatures for this review sample. http://www.evolution-miniatures.com/
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Highs: Amazing figure; full of details, the casting is good and fit is excellent. The face of the figure is well defined and the pose is very nice with great stand alone potential. Lows: Some small air bubbles and an awkward seam line on the left leg. Positioning the weapon properly could be a bit tricky.Verdict: Highly recommended.
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