Review Dwarf Lord from Sarnia Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. Nap Forum Moderator

    Hi to one and all

    Its nice to see Sarnia Miniatures in the news again so following on from my reviews ofPrevious releases


    The owner's ( Peter Gilson- now here on PF as member PLG) announced the new website here:

    Peter is working hard to increase his range trying to give something for everyone's interest and of course fantasy is very popular so what we will look at is a bust from his sculpting table.

    Dwarf Lord


    The subject is no doubt inspired by pictures like these and films like LOTR , these idea's coupled together with Peter's imagination and desire to produce a product at a reasonable cost to his customer base

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  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Details of the release are as follows:

    Title: Dwarf Lord

    Reference: SM10/004

    Scale: 1/10th

    Material: Gray Resin

    No of pieces: 2

    Sculptor: Peter Gillson

    Casting: In House

    Box Art: Peter Day

    As with the last releases the resin was in a nice simple white box with a colour glossed picture on the top of the box art by Peter Day with a smaller head shot on the side

    Sarnia Dwarf Lord 001.jpg

    Resin itself was packed in bubble wrap

    Parts consist of just 2 , a one piece casting of the Dwarf and a substantial base

    Sarnia Dwarf Lord 002.jpg Sarnia Dwarf Lord 002a.jpg

    General comments

    This is a very new company and sculptor who is learning with every release , yes these are not the likes of certain other companies but what they are are ie: FUN to paint and a REASONABLE cost

    I have however seen worse castings from more established ones

    Expect a bit of prep/ tidying things up ( we will see this here on this review piece ) but the effort will be worth it


    Base ...Sanding around lower edges to remove the excess resin and fit to bust ( pinning is suggested )

    Main Torso... Helmet had a casting line at the back with another following this line on the hair

    ... Air hole to fill on the braided hair beard

    ... General cleaning up on lower edges of shoulder armour

    ... Fill holes in the underside of bust Sarnia Dwarf Lord 016.jpg

    ... Wash resin to remove any casting residue

    Then Prime and Paint!!!!

    Lets look at the Resin

    The Main event

    Peter has gone for the classic look with his dwarf well armoured and with a braided beard that most would love , he is a lord and a leader both on and off the field of battle , well protected with large shoulder pieces and chest protection.

    The details on the shoulder armour is good with each having a lion head , these are repeated at the back holding his cloak in place

    The helmet he wears is more than shows his status with a nice design sculpted on each side similar to a portcullis , running over the centre from front to neck is a raised "comb" , this needs a bit of work to clean up at the back .

    I am happy to say there is no nose guard allowing easy access to the face

    The face is a rugged and a rather cheeky looking one making him look like he is smiling under the mass of hair .

    Eyebrows are peeking out from under the helmet edge

    The nose is bulbous and adds to the overall character of the piece

    The eyes are slightly off level with the left as you look at him lower and slightly smaller but with careful painting this can be sorted in my opinion , in fact looking at the box art it makes him look as though he is raising his right eye .

    The beard ...WOW ...its impressive to say the least , a total of 5 heavily criss crossed hanging down the centre one being the largest ...painting will really bring these details out , the same goes for the long hair which hangs at the sides and rear.

    Under the nose we have walrus style moustache and a piece of beard sitting on top the centre braided line.

    As said at the rear there is a cloak held in place by 2 lion heads ornaments , with a small portion of the cloak from each , again the lions are not bad at all with the cloak having folds.

    The piece has various straps which have undercuts that pronounce them well

    Lets have some pictures of the man himself ...

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    And some detail shots...

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    A large one is included angled at the top which fits cleanly to the underside , of course you have the option to use this or not .

    Sarnia Dwarf Lord 017.jpg

    Final Thoughts

    A interesting release which will get painters swirling the brushes , some casting issues but to be honest well worth the prep , and more importantly its retailed at a very good price .

    Lots of options in colour schemes , ie on the armour , the beard , the result will give the painter what he wants an enjoyable time at the bench having FUN

    Sarnia Miniatures are well worth adding to you favourites , I am sure there will be lots of very interesting and indeed diverse subject not covered by the major companies.

    Nice one Sarnia ...keep it up with future releases

    For more details contact him at :

    or via a personal message here on PF ( username PLG )

    now we have the website as well :

    Thanks to both Peter's for the sculpting and the artwork

    ....also of course you all for looking in

    Happy modelling

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  3. Nap Forum Moderator

    Lets end with a couple of pictures

    Firstly the unpainted version ( from website )


    Now a couple of views of Peters artwork in his own distinctive style

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  4. kagemusha A Fixture

    Not some of the best casting by today's standards....and a well worn subject....nice painting tho.

    Nice one for including a size guide Kev (y)

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  5. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nice...Lots of dwarf pieces out there, but always room for more and for interpretation. Good potential for the painter yet simple enough as an entry to the brand or the world of a fair price...there is some pleasure to be had in sharing the emergence of a new guy...and Peter is diligent and tries to help out his customers. I had the initial Sarnia issue disappear to the mail monster and he was right there trying to solve the problem, searching it out with the mail gods
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  6. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

    I think it’s a fun piece and he will certainly be welcome in my cabinet (y)
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  7. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Fun is good Graham.
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  8. kagemusha A Fixture


    Always a welcome attitude from manufacturers (y)
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  9. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    My contribution to the review..the maker cares..invested his time to help me...‘‘tis not that poop doesn’t happen..rather it's how someone responds that’s key”
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  10. Nap Forum Moderator


    Thanks for the suggestion ....I now have a 12" wooden ruler !

  11. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Kidding aside, especially in fantasy, sci fi, the whole business of scale, size, is open...with wildly varying interpretations.
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