Miniature Review : Guild of Harmony Maria and Burt

Hello all, Neil of Orange here again.  Breaking the trend a little, here’s a review of some minis not related to a kickstarter.  Instead it’s some fab steampunk figures from Guild of Harmony who produce some interesting takes on fairy tale characters.

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So my pair of minis came all the way from Australia in next to no time at all.  They arrived in a well packed bubble pack envelope (if memory serves) in little baggies as you can see above.

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Cast expertly in white metal (I think) these figures are intricately detailed and 32mm in scale, so ideal for heroic skirmish games, such as my fav Malifaux.

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Burt is some sort of chimney sweep who has a steampunk leg brace, a gun on his hip, a lamp and of course his clockwork brush.  Cast in two pieces he wasn’t much work to prepare with the brush resting against his shoulder.  Barely a mould line or hint of flash to bee seen.

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Maria is a complex figure, standing on a chimney holding her carpet bag in one hand and the battery powered flying umbrella in the other, she’s ready to take to the skies.  She too is armed with a pistol.  Maria had a few minor mold lines and tiny bits of flash, but generally a very well cast figure.

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To make sure Maria wasn’t going to have an awkward moment, I pinned both arms.

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I left the ‘brolly off while painting too

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Here’s both assembled, with no glue at this stage but it gave me an idea of where I might need green stuff and how well they’d stay together.  Both shoulder joints needed a little filling, but the wrist join was fine.  I added some greenstuff to the umbrella too.

At this point I was really happy with the figures and as a review its fair to say these are an excellent addition to any collection that can find a home for some whimsical steampunk characters – go have a look on the site for more.  I’ve got Alice saved for another project 🙂

However this article doesn’t quite finish here.  These figures were bought with a specific project in mind, “alternative wedding toppers” for a pair of good friends of mine due to tie the knot.  Now the big event has passed I can share this review with you and the painted final look I went for.

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Burt and Maria are designed as a couple, there’s even a resin version where they are holding hands which I feared was beyond my luck to stay in one piece during painting.  You can see here they still go together well, so I painted them in colour that suggest wedding attire.  My friends were having an autumn wedding, so orange was a key colour I ensured was incorporated (obviously I approve of the choice).

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…and from behind

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I made a base that was supposed to mimic icing on the top of a cake, but on the off chance the figures ever needed to get on the board, I magnetised them and made an amusing face on the base as a result.

Come the big day I was cheeky and made them open the present in a quiet moment (they had just been given customised Munchkin cards, so it felt right) and I can only assume they were pleased as they put them on the top of the cake for real!

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