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Blackhorn the Evil
Blackhorn the Evil
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by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]

The kit

Blackhorn the Evil is a sort of Faun, which is a half human and half goat creature, carrying a battle-axe, a short sword and a shield. The figure has the head and lower legs of a goat with a humanish torso and thighs. The creature is modelled standing on its hind legs, holding an array of weapons.
The figure is packed in a nice black card box, with shredded tissue protecting the parts. The smaller parts are also packed in a resealable bag.
The resin figure comes in nine parts, which comprise, the head, torso with legs, right arm, left arm, tail, short sword, battle-axe, shield and a base. A little flash is attached to a few of the pieces, but a quick scrape with a knife removes it. All of the pieces have pour plugs attached, but these look very easy to clean up.

The head
Starting with the head, the two large horns are well moulded and have a spiral shape, much like an antelopes horns.
The forehead is covered with hair and has its ears protruding from each side. The snout is covered with a large metal plate, with the eyes sitting just underneath. The eyes are well defined and once painted should look rather good. the snout has a metal ring through the nostrils. The mouth has some very sharp looking teeth, and the expression is a "I don't like you very much" look lol. A small pour plug is connected to the chin, but it looks to be fairly easy to remove.

The torso, tail and legs
The torso has both legs already attached, and has a couple of pour plugs on the base of the hooves to be removed. A little flash is dotted around, but nothing major.
The neck has hairs, which when attaching the head do seem to cover the join quite well. A couple of necklaces adorn Blackhorn, one of which is a round pendant with a raised square on it. The other is a longer necklace with what look to be teeth on the thread.
The shoulders have guards, one of which has a horn on it. Both shoulder guards have etched detail moulded onto them.
The body is naked, but has a sash coming down from the right shoulder, which has a dagger and will have the shield mounted from it. The dagger has some nice detail moulded onto the handle with the blade in a sheath.
The tail is has a pour plug attached to the connection point. the tail is modelled as hanging down, then curving upwards. Detail is a smooth tail ending in a hairy tip.
The lower torso has a plate covering the genitalia area with the rear having a ragged loin cloth. This is all held up with a wide belt. A cloth pouch also hangs from the belt.
The thighs are muscular human legs down to the ankles, where the legs then become goats, ending in the hooves (the faun leg looks as though it has two knees but the lower joint is an ankle, as the faun walks on tiptoe).

The arms
Both arms are human with each forearm covered with a metal guard, held on with bindings. The hands are quite well moulded with tendons and veins present. The fingers are possibly the weak link on the hands, as they are moulded all together, with no gaps in-between, and it does look as if the sculptor decided to end the fingers as talons, but on the right hand it just doesn't quite look right. The little finger on the right hand is very deep, but I think this can be rectified but a little cutting and sanding. The right hand holds the short sword, and the left holds the battle-axe. Both weapons are a tight fit, and with a bit of jiggling do look to be quite realistically gripped.

Weapons and shield
The short sword looks to be moulded as if made from bone, as the handle and blade are one piece.
The battle-axe is a double headed affair, with a wooden shaft with a leather handle binding. The blade has a little raised detail. The blade may need sharpening with some sandpaper, as it looks as blunt as anything lol.
The shield is oval shaped with what looks to be a bulls scalp decorating the middle. The shield has several cracks and breaks moulded in it, to give it a battered look. The shield connects to the figure with a clip.

The base
The base is a square piece of resin with a paving stone detail etched into it. This does actually look quite good, but to tell the truth I won't use it with this figure, as I feel a ,ore rural setting would work better.

Conclusion
Apart from a couple of little faults, this is a great figure for fantasy fans.
No paint guide is given so you can do pretty much what you want with it.
A little clean up is required but this is only going to take minutes to do.
Adding a base to the kit is a nice touch by MDC.
SUMMARY
Highs: Nice casting, easy assembly.
Lows: A little clean up is needed. Right hand doesn't look quite right.
Verdict: MDC are really starting to hit the right notes with their range of Fantasy figures. They are a great build where you can let your imagination run riot with the paint colours.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: Blackhorn
  Suggested Retail: 29.95
  PUBLISHED: Sep 19, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.50%

About Andy Brazier (betheyn)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

Copyright 2017 text by Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of KitMaker Network or the British Bulldogs IPMS-UK group. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Andy Nice review, but i was looking for Goat Boy!!! Is it finished yet?? Andy
SEP 20, 2010 - 06:10 PM
I lost count the amount of times I nearly wrote Goat-boy for the review. Finished, I don't even know where its gone now, its lost on my workbench under all the general mess and purchases from Euro somewhere. Andy
SEP 21, 2010 - 05:13 AM
Great review? What size/scale would you guess the fig is?
JUL 25, 2011 - 11:35 PM
Thanks. Size wise he is about 90mm from the soles of his hoofs, to the top of his head, not including the horns. Andy
JUL 26, 2011 - 01:02 PM
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