“The Wendigo was gaunt to the point of emaciation, its desiccated skin pulled tautly over its bones. With its bones pushing out against its skin, its complexion the ash gray of death, and its eyes pushed back deep into their sockets, the Wendigo looked like a gaunt skeleton recently disinterred from the grave. What lips it had were tattered and bloody. Its body was unclean and suffering from suppurations of the flesh, giving off a strange and eerie odor of decay and decomposition, of death and corruption.”
— Basil Johnston, Ojibwe teacher and scholar, Ontario, Canada
I think Basil conjures up a rather eerie description of the Wendigo – and one I shall be using when I paint up this chap;
Ordered from Paragon Star on Wednesday, confirmation of shipping sent on Friday, turned up this morning. Not a bad turn around, all-in-all.
“But Jez,” I hear you cry, “what’s the figure actually like?” Well, I have to admit to being somewhat impressed.
Those of you who have ever ordered or bought a 3D printed piece of terrain or figure will know that the process, no matter how high-spec the printer, always leaves striations or lines on the figure. The lower the specification of the 3D printer, the more obvious and raised these layer lines are. The advantage of resin printing (says the 5-minute Google “expert”) is that each layer is made from liquid resin, which remains liquid until such time as it is cured under UV light. What this apparently means is that there is no obvious layering and the surface of the miniature is smooth, similar to resin miniatures cast in the traditional way.
So, as you can see from the pictures, the surface of the figure is remarkably smooth and pretty well-detailed. As I picked a figure that has not got a particularly textured surface, I cannot really comment on how well this process depicts fur, chains or wood, like some of the other figures produced by this company.
The resin used seems similar to other modern resin figures I have, being a little flexible, non-brittle and with no noticeable odour.
I only have one very minor complaint, in that the figure I received had a crack in the base, running from the front right of the base for about 15mm towards the centre. Not enough to jeopardise the integrity of the figure and easily filled, but just a small niggle.
To be honest, looking at this particular figure for any length of time, does kind of remind me of the character of Jon Talbain, the werewolf from the Darkstalkers video game;
However, I don’t think I’ll be replicating this colour scheme.
Weirdly, this figure has tiny wee legs, although they are split like the arms, so forked four legs.
Now, I ordered the 40mm base version of this figure, which means that that from base to horn-tip, this beastie is 70mm tall. Which makes it quite imposing when compared to a standard 28mm figure, like the 13th Doctor below;
Now, how does it compare size and cost-wise with other manufacturers’ products?
In the picture below, we have a Graveyard Golem from the Reaper Bones range in their polymer plastic on the left, at approximately £5.00. In the centre, the Paragon Star Wendigo in their printed resin, at £7.69 and on the far right, The Strawman from Crooked Dice (sans arms, as I’ve not yet assembled him yet) in normal resin, at £15.00.
If we compare the three, the Reaper Bones figure (and by extension Nolzurr’s Marvelous Miniatures) will be the cheapest option for your big monster needs, but not by a great margin. Normal resin figures will usually be about twice the price, but I would hazard a guess (purely based on the figure I chose) that the intricate detail of a sculpt may be better.
However, the BIG advantage of the resin printed figures is you can choose what size you want. I went for a 40mm diameter base, because I calculated that this would be the “correct” size for this monster. As there are 8 size options, going from 30mm up to 150mm diameter bases and the largest size is £29.99, I think it’s a cost-effective way to get a specific monster at exactly the size you want.
“Swamp Thing” anyone?
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Very cool mini. I’ve git the grave token, all painted even. In about to drop the hammer on a resin printer. Not for minis so much as for detail parts for models. Seeing Mr Wendingo, though, I might print a mini or three.
Yeah, I’m quite pleased with it, Harry. Worth having a punt, so I think I may be ordering from them again. Still not entirely sure how the resin printing process works, but can’t argue with the results.
I have a vague understanding. Its a steep learning curve ive heard!
I have to say that is an impressive turnaround and a good looking model to boot. Certainly great value for money. The sculpt looks smooth and I an’t wait to see it with paint on.
Whether he already had one in stock or printed one once he’d received the order, I’m not sure. They do state 3 working days for shipping, after they confirm the dispatch (in the UK at least) so an impressive turnaround, as you say.
I think I’ll add some fine sand to the base before painting, just to give a bit of texture, as it IS very smooth.
Great looking model Jez, and the print lines don’t look bad. Resin prices depend greatly on the company as well, as they don’t all have the same pricing
I had a feeling – being in the business as you are – that you would chime in on the cost of resin and resin figures. I know it varies from company to company, but I was just using the figure I had as a benchmark comparison. Whilst 3D and resin printing is gaining in popularity, I can’t see it completely replacing the traditional ways of making gaming figures for many years, as CAD can’t completely replace hand-sculpting.
Nice model, and a pretty reasonable price too, had a quick look at the site last night, there is some nice stuff but nothing that grabbed me personally, they do all seem to have that “video game” look to them, but I can see how they would appeal to some people.
Still a good find Jez, I will probably pass it on to my eldest as it is more his type of thing.