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Review "Natasha" from AVE Miniatures.

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi to everyone ,

    Its good to be back at the keyboard with sharing something , but sometimes I do suffer for the hobby ;) , having to sit over a PC or lap top looking at a screen till the small hours of the morning.......referencing items ...but for this one I am willing to suffer (y) !!!!!

    What have I in front of me a sculpt from a fairly new company from Russia , the company is AVE Miniatures . they told us about the release here:

    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/natasha-scale-1-9-bust-from-ave-miniatures.65624/watch-confirm

    The subject chosen by them is a rather nice looking lawyer ...I haven't see many of them ..mind you my lawyer is a fella ....I think!...apologies to any of our legal profession out there!

    ...it is Natalia Poklonskaya who is at the time of writing the Attornety General of Russian Crimea ..obviously a young lady who is going places in her career !!!

    When her appointment was announced her pictures went viral , she has her own facebook page and is popular with the aime type drawing ...away from that she is as you will see a bit of a dishy woman ....with her smile and personality I am sure there are a line of men at her door waiting to be prosecuted !!!!

    During my very hard and tortuous research one phrase cropped up time and time again:

    Our Natalia puts the " Cute in Prosecute"

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    AVE is a company we have not seen much from so I was wondering what I would find on opening up the parcel , which was received quickly just at the end of last year , transit packing with others being well protected with the actual model pieces being in 2 clear plastic bags.

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    What are we looking at in this little thread:

    Title: Natasha

    Scale: 200mm (Approx 1/9th)

    Material: Gray resin

    No of pieces: 5

    Sculptor: Vitaly Sevalnev

    Box Art: None available

    The presentation was as stated just in clear bags , no company details were present but I know that the are based in the city of Tula in Russia and are an internet sales only company with a presence on PF of course.

    Parts consist of 5 pieces , the torso the head and 3 hair pieces , the piece looks a small in relation to others in this size but to be honest I am willing to suffer ...after all the exhausting research!!!
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    Prep was simple , removing the hair strands and positioning them to the head , quick clean cuts with the knife and a tiny bit of filler if you think its needed , the underside of the neck has a small casting plug to sand down as does the bottom of the torso ....but apart from a simple 5 minute prepping the casting was super smooth .
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    Fit of the head into the torso was good and no issues were encountered !!!

    Looking at the head first:

    Sculpting is very good when comparing with picture references , delicate in all area's, nice eye detail with the lips tightly closed (a smiling version might be a nice idea as well ) , the hair is put up , tightly sweeping round her sides of the face into a "bub" at the back , hair detailing is good particularly at the lower part near the hairstyle at the rear. Here ears gently peek out from underneath.

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    The face is nicely sculpted with the pose looking straight ahead , not a blemish on the skin ..this is a great chance to test your skin tones out of ...delicately of course .
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    The strands of hair now:

    There are 3 to locate , nicely worked and looking like in her pictures ..rather sexy ....Oh ist a hard life reviewing !!!

    Now to the torso:

    Our Nat wears her official UKRANIAN and not Russian uniform , very smartly turned out , collar and tie , both nicely worked , the neck area is super smooth , with the back of the bust being finished high up on the shoulders , I like this style of sculpting , on her lapels we have gold embroidery and a badge with her shoulders being adorned with the wide shoulder boards on which we see the 2 stars of her rank (she since been promoted as seen in some pictures if you google!!) , the surface of these have the appropriate decoration on.
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    Sculpting of the torso is again really smooth with fine details on the badges etc

    Final Thoughts:

    When together she looks really nice , prep is easy , casting and sculpting are good , perhaps an insert card could have been included with the review model ( they might be with production ones), at the end of your time with Natasha you will certainly have had fun...

    Oh did I mention you best check her out on You Tube as well as collecting suitable references ...it's hard being a bust painter eh ......

    When based up you will have an unusual subject to display , one which you will have enjoyed in all aspects I am sure!!:whistle:
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    Thanks to AVE Miniatures for the review model ( I will have more to share with you) so for more info and to order why not follow the link in the release thread from AVE :


    or e mail them at :



    or pm Andrew via the PF user ID [IMG] AVE.M

    Thanks to you all for looking in ..off to lay down in a dark room!!!

    Happy modelling

    Nap


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  2. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    Great review Kevin.
    Many thanks for posting.
    Keith
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  3. swralph A Fixture

    Another great review.
    Ralph.
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  4. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great review Kevin, as usual. (y)

    Although I am not sure if this will be on everyone's wish-list! Maybe it will do well in the internal 'Russian' market. Although I cannot see it doing well outside of that said market. :(

    It feels like a silly! almost childish, Russian' response to .. 'Amal Clooney'. Which begs the question for what reason ??

    Regards,

    Mark
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  5. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi Mark,

    You could be right ..think many would not know who she was outside the Russian States ..but hey do I care ..had lots of fun researching !

    Nice painting exercise though

    Off to rub myself down with a wet flannel !

    Thanks for looking in

    Nap
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  6. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    :D , Kevin.

    Be careful about giving away too many personal secrets! 'A Russian bit of 'Totty', in military uniform, followed by wet flannels ? Hmm :LOL:

    Mark
  7. Joe55 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Nap, I think you have a fetish! But, I can see why, what a doll!

    We can always count on you to find us the obscure and esoteric stuff. Another well researched and informative review!

    Joe
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  8. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thank you for the review. I am not sure that they quite captured her looks (the actual Natalia is quite the looker), but I wouldn't mind picking this one up.
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  9. david pickford Active Member

    Great review, interesting model, have to disagree you don't see many good looking lawyers, I work in the trade and there are lots of good looking women, I promise you!
    I think the eyes are too far apart on the model...
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  10. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    David!
    You are not thinking or contemplating about 'De-Frocking', her are you? and being barred to the bench! ( Ooops! sorry from the bench)?:D

    Regards,

    Mark
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  11. AVE.M Member

    Country:
    Russian-Federation
    Kevin, thanks for the great review! We are ready for you the next bust)
    And thank you all for your comments )

    Andrew
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  12. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Good review Kevin. Bit of an unusual bust though.
  13. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Jazz,

    It's a unusual subject for sure certainly not run of the mill as they say ...be good to see it painted up


    Thanks for looking in

    Nap
  14. Eludia A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great review Kevin, as usual.

    I've ordered this bust for a theme night at my local IPMS club meeting later this month..."Crimea, Past & Present". I already have a Cameron Highlander, circa 1854, to take along and this is perfect for the "Present" half of the equation. I just hope it arrives on time, no problems with AVE though..ordered on Thursday, despatched on Friday (y). I'm now at the mercy of the postal system
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  15. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Eludia,

    That will nake an interesting theme night ..please do share your painting of Natalia .especiall any uniforms detail

    Enjoy

    Nap
  16. Eludia A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    The uniform doesn't look too complicated, it's basically dark blue with a bit of grey and gold (famous last words). The challenging bit will be the hair I think, it looks like there's a lot going on there...lots of different browns, and the blonde highlights ofc ;)

    Nevertheless, I'll have some fun researching this further :)
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  17. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Eludia,

    " a bit of grey and gold" ......famous last words indeed

    Looking forward to seeing how you do the hair ...be careful what you google!!

    Happy painting

    Nap
  18. theBaron A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    "She's a babe!" - Garth Algar.
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  19. garyhiggins A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Wow!!! She certainly isn't Rosa Klebb.
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  20. Wayneb A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Great review Nap.I'm American but have to admit;Just have a thing for foreign women............Wayne
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