Draconia is a relatively new figure company brought to us by Jose Jarque, who also brought us Ares Mythologic. The range of figures currently comprises of 30mm and 54mm fantasy figures, the first of which (and the subject of this review) is the 54mm “Lord of War 1”, or “Lord of the North, Brother of the South, East and West, Maestro of the Magic”.
FAN-01 “Lord of War 1” is a 54mm white metal figure sculpted by Phillip Damont with box-art by José M. Palomares. The warrior is portrayed wearing garb with a mixture of Asian influences standing feet astride holding a pole-axe type weapon.
Now I must admit before starting the review proper that despite searching for more background on this range of figures, the only information I could find was on the Draconia website, which unfortunately only presented it in Spanish – not a language I am familiar with, nor was BabelFish particularly helpful in translating it correctly. Thus, although I suspect it is based on an RPG character, I am sadly not able to provide more information on the background of this figure.
What’s in the box?
Figure Fan-01 Lord of War 1, cast in white metal, comes in a kit form consisting of the following six (6) parts: Full figure, excluding forearms;
Left and right forearms excluding hands;
Poleaxe haft with attached hands;
Poleaxe axe head; and
The kit is packaged in a small, clear acetate blister pack. Strangely enough despite there being two pieces of foam in the pack, the parts were not sandwiched between them. Hopefully this little packaging issue was local to the review sample.
The figure is well sculpted by Phillip Damont, but unfortunately while the casting is clean there appears to be slight surface discolouration in the material and the fitment pins and sockets are not as well cast as the rest of the piece. That said, the surface discolouration is superficial and is easily resolved by polishing the piece prior to priming.
The figure proper is a single piece cast consisting of the head, torso, legs and upper arms. This piece is as a whole well rendered. The head is structurally nicely sculpted, although the face appears somewhat devoid of expression – although perhaps that is the sculptor’s intention. The head-covering flows convincingly from the head over the rear of the shoulder armour, and the circlet some finely rendered detail on the forehead. The only flaw I can pick up with regards to the head is a miniscule seam line along the right side of the headdress. This is indeed such a small flaw that I would have missed it had I not been looking with a critical eye.
The rest of the figure proper is similarly sculpted and cast: well detailed and cleanly cast. The drapery of the various layers of cloth appears quite realistic. The sculptor has elected to place many detail lines for symbols and to reinforce clear divisions between the symbols and surrounding cloth. The only criticism I have of the torso itself is that in my opinion the waist is too narrow considering the various layers the figure appears to be wearing.
As I have mentioned, the casting on this figure is generally quite clean. The only seam lines I could find were very fine ones that run down the sides of the figure, no doubt due to the two-piece mould the casters used. These are easily addressed with some fine grit sandpaper.
The receiving sockets for the arms are not as cleanly cast as the rest of the figure, and those on the left arm in particular appear slightly malformed. This can be solved fairly painlessly by drilling out the sockets using a pin-vice. A little bit of clean-up is also required to the pins on the feet, as there is a bit of heavy flash around them (the pins).
The right and left forearms are well cast, and it is difficult to differentiate between the two. The pins may require slight clean-up in order to fit correctly. The wrist sockets are sharp contrast are cleanly cast.
The hands are cast closed around the haft of the weapon. The hands are very nicely rendered, and well-defined. The haft itself features a pike at its base and a sort of plume around the top just under the head. As seen in the attached photographs the haft arrived bent. Fortunately the soft white metal is quite pliable and it was easily (and gently) straightened.
The final part, the axe-head, is fairly well detailed although I do feel it oversized given the thickness of the haft and the size/scale of the figure itself. That said: this is a fantasy piece. The casting requires only minor clean-up.
The groundwork/base provided with the kit, which despite the slate-type relief, is in my opinion rather plain. It is definitely recommended that modellers enhance the groundwork for better presentation.
Draconia’s “Lord of War 1” is a well sculpted figure which will provide for an interesting subject to figure painters due to the freedom of the palette.
The casting is generally quite clean, and those issues that do exist can easily be remedied – and are quite frankly even present on more expensive figures.
Draconia’s “Lord of War 1” is competively priced at £13.70 (GBP) from El Greco Miniatures, which is less than similar 54mm white metal fantasy offerings from the established European figure houses. This good value for money figure will make for an entertaining piece to paint, and it will be interesting to see the various colour schemes appearing on the forums, at clubs and competitions alike.
Historicus Forma thanks El Greco Miniatures, who supplied the sample on behalf of Draconia for the purpose of this review.