Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Review: Al-Vianna Studio McVey

This is the final miniature I'll be reviewing for now from Studio McVey as its the last one I've got!!! Although Lisbeth and Kara's last stand are tempting... any who this is another one of those faeries; see told you I liked faeries. She has a cool 'lady of the lake' vibe about her, strutting her sultry self forward and holding that sword out as an offering, or a taunt maybe... or could it yet be part of some magic incantation? Who knows, its just a really nice simple pose that could be any of the above and its up to you as the painter to decide. She's also got crabs (no she's not a skank!!!) in her hair (no not 'that' hair get your minds out of the gutter) and that continues and confirms the watery, nautical theme of the piece... so I'll be painting her all brown and red then!!!

Product Description

For those of you with an aversion to super glue you'll be pleased to know that Al-Vianna comes in one piece. Yep you'll get to save on super glue too, and like Isabella before her she also doesn't come with a resin base, like before this is both a shame and a bonus, as it'll allow the creative juices to flow in terms of how I or indeed you should set the scene for her. Yannick Hennebo has again do a pretty bang on job of capturing Stephen Tappin's original concept art.
Character 8.5 out of 10

Al-Vianna is a very, very simple pose, and perhaps that's why she works so well. As simple as it is, she could be doing multiple things as I said above... that very fact seems to add an air of mystique to her. She's undeniably graceful and elegant and as a self contained 'piece' is powerful enough, but my head is aflutter with diorama ideas... so much so I'm considering getting another one.

Detail 8 out of 10

Al-Vianna is a lovely piece mainly flowing hair and dress, but she is lovely none the less. The details are all really well defined and lets be honest there's not much too her, but it is and effective miniature.

Quality 9 out of 10

The quality of the casting is again top notch. Not a single blemish, air bubble or indeed mould line in sight, and its all in that lovely resin they use that just screams quality substance.

Service 9 out of 10

For the last time I'll ask you to take a look at my Ruby review for comments on service.

Price 8 out of 10

£11.99 might seem like a lot for her when you compare her to say Y'Sidyra, or some others. I'd also say that given its a single piece and that there is no resin base that maybe just maybe its not as good value for money as some of the others. However she is good value for money compared to what else is provided out there on the market. I could actually see her being used as a gaming piece as well, which I don't think I could say in quite the same way for pretty much any of Studio McVey's other pieces.

Overall 8.5 out of 10

Yeah I still think she's a pretty firm purchase and the missus really likes her so that's a big bonus to me. Because realistically the only other persona who is likely to get any pleasure or enjoyment from my display pieces is the other half. I also think the composition is screaming out for some really interesting blending effects on that swooshing dress and the detailing really is quite fine. Well that's it for now on the Studio McVey pieces, next up I'll be looking at Kingdom Death. Peace out!

Assembly Comments: Really? Its a single piece people, the hardest thing will be deciding what to base her on.

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