Disclaimer: The images above were supplied by the manufacturer and painted by their artists.
The pirate theme is definitely interesting, and has been presented in busts and miniatures. The subject of this review is Argentine company Trifon Miniatures’ bust of the notorious pirate Edward Teach AKA “Blackbeard”.
This 1/9 scale bust consists of 9 pieces. Three of these, the bust proper, hat and hat feather, are cast in a yellowish resin. The other six, the pistol handle, beard, and four pieces of braided hair, are cast in white metal.
Quality – Detail:
The resin castings are a bit different than the usual bone-hard resin you usually find with a resin casting. It’s softer on the surface, but not vinyl soft. It’s... different. As Guillermo from Trifon Miniatures explained to me, they have found that this different mix is easier to cast and minimizes air bubbles and other conventional problems. The truth is, the casting is flawless. I couldn’t spot any air holes as in usual resin castings of a big surface.
The casting is clean and there is no seam line along the main piece of the bust, which is a pleasure. Casting blocks signs are evident on the underneath hat surface and need some cleaning and sanding, as well as on the metal pieces, which need to be cleaned a bit. One thing that was not fitting perfectly was the big metal part of the beard, and will need some razor work on the inside surface to make it fit nicely.
After you do this minor cleaning, you can proceed to priming and painting. I would suggest you leave the hat off so painting is easier on the bust and the hat. You can attach it later.
The sculpture is very well refined and the surface of the casting is pretty smooth and mild without a rough spot.
The moustache and beard texture is nice sculpted.
The sculpting detail is really nice also one the rest of the best as Alex Lopez (the sculptor) is a high skilled sculptor with much of experience in busts.
The detail of the facial expression, with a bit of anger on it, is nice and with the appropriate painting will definitely lead to a show winner.
The box-art is a typical version of a painted bust, but there is a relative freedom in the color choices. The different parts are well defined and you won’t have problems in outlining or separating while painting them.
A bust for a medium painter I guess, since there are simple color combinations, but there is the hat and the wide beard that will need some treatment to show nicely. I wouldn’t say no to a beginner for this one also if he likes the subject but it will need some patience, as it is not a small bust.
For bust lovers, pirate lovers, this is a beautiful subject and character to paint. Good quality, nice surface and sculpting, will make this bust a joy to paint.
It’s another good effort from a relatively new company.