Beautiful ain't it? I thought so, and based on the quality of the Purple Wyrm I took a punt on it. I have to review this product.
Do not buy it. It is not fit for purpose.
This product will not yield miniatures you can paint to a fine level and it most certainly will not give you playable miniatures if that is what you are after.
There is a golden rule in miniature sculpting. Nothing finer than 1mm- and thicker if you can. It is 101. Day one. First thing a caster asks you. It is definitely the first thing as a product manager you should check.
Now that rule is for pliable lead, not resin. And filled resin (talc added)? Absolutely not. Go thicker in a support area, weapons and legs.
Okay, so I am a mini sculptor. I can merrily sculpt eyelids on a halfling. It is safe to say I have a light touch, and I do not think it a stretch to say I am an experienced, if not advanced modeller.
Every single model broke during assembly.
Every single one.
The duergars hammer was first, snapping in two in the middle as I ran a carving scalpel along the flash. Yes, that weak. As I glued this back together the spike snapped off, lost forever. Then the handle again and I tweezered the hammer into place using accelerated superglue. Okay, so I guess I can make a new hammer. Uh, he doesn't go with any of my druergar minis in style, so I guess that would mean a long wait in my fix queue. At least I have the mind flayers...
Nope. Magician snapped in three places along his staff, crystal, magic bolt.
The Hyena mans toes snapped, his spear wrist (unpinnably thin) went. The shaft is gnawed through. Now sculpt something that protrudes far, like a spear, it must be reinforced because it is basically a lever.
The brain eater you think would be fine. It is in two bits, fore and aft. Nope. The arms snapped as I eased the model into the cradle and pushed the dab of glue at the belly closed with the tip of my finger. A fingertip killed my braineater! That is not even 1HP damage!
One by one the models disintegrated into my 'fix this at some point... probably when hell freezes over' pile.
"Oh, but Laney you must have a bad cast!" No. It isn't the resin. I home cast resin. Resin bends, and you can fill up to 50% with industrial talc and retain integrity- the problem is the sculpts.
Pretty, yes- but they are all too thin to handle. You cannot even drill and pin, there isn't room. Drop one of these and god knows where your limbs will end up!
Sculptor, hang your head in shame. You failed sculpting 101. Why? clearly you can sculpt. These are... or at least where gorgeous sculpts when they left your desk. But these are absolutely useless miniatures. Literally without use. You can't assemble them, you can't handle them, you cannot play AD&D with them. Fail. Fail. Fail. Take off your optimiser off. Throw it away. Feed your minis some more putty.
The sculpts need serious reworking and reinforcing in the masters, recasting and rereleasing if you want this product on the shelves. This is simply not good enough, especially for this huge price tag.
I am going to skip the rest of the range unless they are large thick set creatures. I suggest you do the same.