Wolf (or actually the grey wolf) is the largest wild member of the Canidae family. Wolves are social predators that live in nuclear families consisting of a mated pair which monopolises food and breeding rights, followed by their biological offspring and, occasionally, adopted subordinates. Only humans and tigers are posing significant threats to them.
In areas where human cultures and wolves are sympatric, wolves frequently feature in the folklore and mythology of those cultures, both positively and negatively.
They are also well known for fantasy and horror fans as werewolves, direwolves, wargs or simply wolves.
Micro Art Studio offers Great Wolf figure from their Fantasy Miniatures series sculpted by Adrian Gaweł. Figure shows running wolf. Whole figure stands on right front leg. Rest is still in the air as the wolf runs. Two heads are available in this kit: one with muzzle wide open and second with muzzle closed but with fangs and other teeth clearly visible. Figure is quite big – it is approximately 4cm tall and 8cm long. No scale is suggested and it only depends on modeler’s choice in what terrain scale we put this wolf or how big the figure standing next to it will be. For 54mm scale this figure would represent a beast with about 130cm in shoulder height. Since actual wolves have about 80-85cm in shoulder height this great wolf is really huge animal (which perfectly explains the kit’s name).
His body is built much stronger than actual wolves’ (especially shoulders) and his legs are shorter and more massive in whole body proportions – it looks more like extinct direwolf than the huge version of gray wolf (direwolves were also much smaller- just over 60cm).
The tail is shorter than the one of typical gray wolf and is about ½ length of body and head (and not 2/3 like the gray wolf’s tail), but it doesn’t look short, just gives the whole wolf more massive look.
Kit comes in a full size Micro Art Studio blister with name of the kit printed on it.
Parts are not protected by anything except the blister itself. Most of them are quite robust but ear tips broke off during the transport.
Box contains six parts:
- wolf’s torso with left front and rear legs
- right front leg
- right rear leg
- head with muzzle closed
- head with muzzle opened.
Assembly and painting
There is no assembly instruction but it is completely unnecessary. No painting instruction is also present but pictures of wolfs are common and nobody should have problem with getting one.
Detailing and quality
Figure is cast in grey resin. Casting is quite good but a lot of cleaning may be required. A lot of flesh is present and seam lines are also visible. As the seam lines are not a big problem on figure itself (wolf is very shaggy so exact cleaning is not necessary) the flesh removal may take some time. Joint surfaces have also to be cleaned or else the flesh present on them will surely jeopardize the assembly.
Details are clean and crisp. Eyes, gums, teeth and tongue are nicely sculpted, also the fur will be nice to paint although in my opinion it’s looks a bit to shaggy and not fluffy enough (in the same time this is supposed to be a big bad wolf so any fluffiness would be out of its place).
There are some fitting problems mostly caused by the flesh and seam lines already mentioned before. After careful cleaning parts match well and their construction helps in receiving invincible joints – fur layers are sculpted in the way that covers the joints.
Very nice and figure of wolf that may be simply nice standalone figure but has great potential as an addition to hunter/warrior fantasy figures. Very nice pose and suggestive look will add a lot of dynamism to any vignette this wolf would be placed on.
Although biologists may find the wolf not 100% anatomically accurate the changes made by sculptor only added the power and weight to overall look of the beast.
Great idea and the figure’s look are dimmed by not the highest quality. Anyone who buys this figure must be prepared to do some serious cleaning to achieve expected final effect. Some additional protection would also be useful since both of my wolf’s heads lost a piece of ear - small piece, indeed, but still…
If you are prepared to spend some time to clean the figure than you will be very happy with the final result.
Pictures of painted figure came from Micro Art Studio’s website
Base is no longer available from Micro Art Studio but can be purchased from Basicks