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Raven Priest
Raven Priest
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]


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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.

After publishing my first Studio McVey review (SMM03 - Seraphine Le Roux) I was really looking forward to sharing my thoughts on another miniature in this imaginative range of figures.

Raven Priest:

The parcel from Studio McVey arrived very quickly after being dispatched from UK. The figurine was safely packed in zip lock bag and additionally protected inside a bubble wrap. Addition of a signed certificate indicates the casting number of this particular miniature, which is strictly limited to 750 castings. Once the full run of the figure has sold out, Studio McVey will organize a prize draw… after randomly drawing a number between 1 and 750, the person holding that particular certificate is going to win a painted version of Raven Priest. A really nice touch from Studio McVey!

Raven Priest is the very first figure in Studio McVey range. Christophe Madura did the concept art and talented Jacques-Alexandre Gillois transformed the artwork into a fantastic miniature sculpt. There is always a possibility to completely miss the idea behind the original concept, but when I saw this miniature I was reminded of Native American shaman enchanting some sort of a levitating spell. The long broadsword with runic inscription gives the figure a slight Warhammer-ish touch. Raven Priest is a 45mm tall 4-piece resin miniature supplied with a simple 30mm round base.

Sculpting:

The artistic design of Raven Priest was amazingly well transformed into an almost identical three-dimensional miniature. Jacques did a great job on the sculpt; the anatomy is absolutely perfect and the levitating pose beautifully rendered with a great sense of wind-blowing motion to the entire figure.

Raven Priest is wearing a long feathered coat, leggings and a loincloth which is kept in place by a big belt displaying a stylized bird ornament. His hands are decorated with bracelets and he’s also wearing a charm necklace, a headband with some sort of a magical symbol on the forehead as well as the bird skull on his back. The Priest is shown ascending from the ground during spell-casting; the spell is obviously invoking the energy of the deity, emanating from Priest’s mouth and taking the form of a flock of birds. The burst of energy is lifting the Priest from the ground, creating air turbulence around his body, which is amazingly visualized by the flow of Priest’s long hair and his robe as well. A two-handed broadsword, firmly grasped in Priest's hands, is inscribed with runic signs giving additional magical properties to the weapon.

Casting:

The casting is absolutely perfect. I’m glad Studio McVey decided to cast their miniatures in resin as this level of details would be impossible to achieve in any other medium… every single feather on the coat is beautifully defined, the facial features and the long hair are exceptional as well as belt details, runic sword inscription, the detail on the birds emanating from the spell… this figurine is full of intricate features which are definitely going to be a treat to paint.

Assembly and Painting:

Assembly is pretty straightforward with the fit of parts excellent. As for the painting, try browsing Studio McVey's blog, there are tutorials on painting Raven Priest and two differently painted examples by both Mike and Ali McVey. Some of those pictures are added to this review as well... enjoy!
SUMMARY
Highs: Original figure concept is perfectly transformed into a wonderful miniature. The casting is flawless and the level of details astonishing for a figure in this scale.
Lows: No lows for this mini.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
97%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: SMM01
  Suggested Retail: £11.99
  Related Link: Studio McVey website
  PUBLISHED: Nov 14, 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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Comments

Thanks for very good review! Figure is really nice. Must be fun to paint (all these feathers). Something seems to be wrong with his feet though... or is it my perception?
NOV 15, 2010 - 02:45 AM
I really like these fantasy figures and writing about them is fun... no specific uniforms and equipment, just an idea and the quality of executing the concept. Anyway, I'm really amazed with the quality of Studio McVey miniatures. Each one is a real work of art. Mario
NOV 15, 2010 - 05:03 AM
   

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