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Seraphine Le Roux
Seraphine Le Roux
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Introduction:

Studio McVey is a company specialized in producing miniature resin figures. Formed in 2007 by Mike and Ali McVey, the company works with the very best sculptors in the miniatures industry to create a very high quality range of resin miniatures for collectors and painters. All the miniatures are sculpted in 35mm scale and each piece is limited to 750 castings.

Although I was mostly oriented to painting large scale figures, I always had a soft spot for miniature figurines... Studio McVey miniatures caught my attention some time ago; I was amazed by the imaginative concepts and creative sculpting in such a small scale. After contacting Mike and running a news story to introduce HF readers with Studio McVey and their releases, I got the chance to review some of the miniatures as well.

Seraphine Le Roux:

The package from Studio McVey arrived 6 days after being dispatched from UK. The figurine was safely packed in zip lock bag and additionally protected inside a bubble wrap. A very nice touch is addition of a signed certificate indicating the casting number of this particular miniature, which is limited to 750 castings. Again, as with other Studio McVey limited edition miniatures, there will be a free prize draw… once the full run has sold out, guys at Studio McVey will randomly draw a number between 1 and 750, and the holder of that particular certificate is going to win the studio painted version of Seraphine Le Roux.

Seraphine Le Roux is the third figure in Studio McVey range. The concept for this miniature came from Ali McVey and was sculpted by the talented hands of Jacques-Alexandre Gillois. The first thought that crossed my mind when I saw this figurine was Salma Hayek’s dance scene in “From Dusk Till Dawn” but with a major Voodoo Queen of New Orleans touch. Seraphine is a 35mm tall single-piece resin miniature supplied with a simple 30mm round base.

Sculpting:

A very imaginative concept of Seraphine Le Roux was wonderfully transformed into a miniature. The sculpt looks great; the anatomy is perfect and the seductive pose nicely rendered. Seraphine is dressed in a very revealing, tightly cut, long dress which falls gracefully down her body. She is also wearing jewelry belt around her waist with different mystical charms attached. Other trinkets include two necklaces, earrings, bracelets on both arms and a big ring on her right hand… but the major “accessory” is definitely a large snake wrapped around Seraphine’s body, sniffing the air with its tongue. As one of the oldest and most widespread mythical symbols, the serpent was often used in religious context. Several old cultures regard serpents as entities of strength and renewal; Voodoo employs them to represent powerful deity and dancing with the snake, in which the dancer and the serpent become one, signifies the unity between our world and the world beyond. Seraphine also holds a hand of Tarot cards, an additional symbol of occult mysticism usually associated with future telling.

Casting:

The casting is absolutely flawless and I’m astonished with the level of crisp details in such a small scale figurine: the facial features and the afro curls, all the delicate jewelry, snakeskin scales, the intricate folds of Seraphine’s dress… It is obvious Studio McVey decided to work not only with most excellent artists, but also with very best resin casting companies.

Assembly and Painting:

Since this is a single-piece miniature, no assembly is required. As for the painting, try browsing Studio McVey's blog, there are some really informative tutorials on painting Seraphine Le Roux and two differently painted examples by Ali McVey. I also added some of those pictures to this review, so... enjoy!
SUMMARY
Highs: Where to start? Imaginative concept and a wonderful sculpt. The casting is perfect and the details look amazing... This really is a great miniature!
Lows: I wish Studio McVey included some sort of a simple resin base in the kit.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
96%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: SMM03
  Suggested Retail: £11.99
  Related Link: Studio McVey website
  PUBLISHED: Oct 28, 2010
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.37%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 96.33%

Our Thanks to Studio McVey!
This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.

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About Mario Matijasic (Maki)
FROM: CROATIA HRVATSKA

You wonder how did this addiction start? I was a kid when my dad broght home a 1/72 Concord airplane; we built it together as well as couple of other airplanes after that. This phase was just pure fun: glue, paint, decals in no particular order... everything was finished in a day or two. Then I disc...

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