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Review The Orc from MJ Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi folks,

    a.png again enters the dark world of Fantasy with the recent release , coming in from the deep and very dangerous parts of the sinister forests , armoured up with every weapon possible we have the warrior orcs .

    The release was announced here on PF : http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/the-orc-box-art-of-mj-miniatures.78464/ , as well as on social media as always

    Orcs are fierce fighters , ruthless in battle .very powerful , muscular , not good looking as always ! razor sharp pointed teeth with armour designed to both maim and scare the living daylights out of the enemy.


    Orcs comes in all types , but all have one thing in common they are evil a0a.jpg

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    Of course books are available , including wargamers ones as well as LOTR and other fantasy fiction.
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    Continued in next post

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Lets open the box

    Details as follows:

    Title: The Orc

    Reference: MJ09-008

    Scale: 1/9th

    Material: Gray Resin

    No of parts: 17

    Sculpting: Choong Sik, Lee

    Box Art: Anson Chen

    Note: The total height is 180mm including weapons , 100mm from lower edge of body to top of hair

    As with all products I have received shipping was fast and efficient with the resin being in a cardboard box , the parts inside being split between 2 bubble wrap envelopes with the parts also being in plastic bags, again on the box top we have the artwork and rather stunning it is as well.
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    Parts consist of the Main Torso , a back piece , 2 shoulder pieces , various ( x 6) horns , teeth etc to use on torso and armour, 3 weapons ( 2 daggers , one sword , 1 spear and 2 other types, plus a base Ogre MJ 002.jpg
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    As always minimal casting plugs to remove from resin , the teeth etc are on formers and need fitting , as does the shoulder pieces , the back part might benefit of a smidge of filler when in place , weapons are provided separate but I would suggest painting and then putting onto the bust.

    We will look at the Torso , back piece and armour in this part , the remainder in the follow up post

    Main Torso this is the larger of the pieces and consist of the full torso with head , beginning with the head ...boy is he an ugly fellow , a real Orc no doubt about that .
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    With protruding teeth with piercings on the lip and the ears , the ears are great , the whole face just shouts at you to paint it , really good sculpting all over , excellent undercuts , the neck has very dominant muscles as has the actual body , all of which will make the painting a joy.
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    The hair is pulled up into a very large pony tail sitting on top the head, tied together and flowing down the back of the head , nice work on the textures .
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    Wearing the latest in Orc fashion , mail is worn over an open and nicely surfaced shirt , we also have a fur cape the edges on the torso are full of fierce looking teeth , have to say the amount of work and undercuts here are amazing to admire , , the furs again is well done . There are also smaller teeth coming out at regular intervals of the shirt , with a teeth necklace being worn with 3 skulls of a foe perhaps , again really well done undercuts .

    Moving down to the lower part there is a top part of a circular armour plate , nice bit of decoration on this , beneath are 2 lugs to locate the larger of the dagger first.

    At the rear of the torso there are 2 holes ready to receive the back piece , the shoulder area's also have the appropriate cut outs for their pieces.
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    The Back piece this is the rear of the fur cloak he wears again following on from the front textures are first class both in sculpting and casting . , he has a "quiver" which holds the 3 "spears" , the inside has a lining sculpted to depict fur , hanging over the top naturally , there are 3 sections for the pieces , the wrappings on the container are of particularnote again well done , natural in form , also on it is a well constructed cut out for the sword itself.

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    Shoulder pieces ... one for each side obviously!!! , his left has a tiered set of armour , lovely textured work again , there are 4 holes ready fro the 4 teeth that is provided. the one on his right is a massive skull , showing fearsome teeth , the surface work is again really good , the skull has all the surface lines the actual skull with there being the remnants of where 2 horns were on the live beast the whole thing is sitting on a similar set of armour as on the left side.

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    Continued in next post

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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Onto the remaining pieces...


    The main and largest is the sword this is a massive bit of his armoury , beautiful work on the wrappings both on the handle and the scabbard , the top of which has fur protruding out , hanging nicely protecting his precious weapon.
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    The other bladed weapons are 2 smaller daggers , one is curved , the other straight , the curved sits at the bottom of the torso in the cutout with the straighter bladed one sitting on its own holes on top the curved , suffice to sat the quality sculpting continues on these pieces.
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    The 3 other weapons , 1 spear , the other 2 are slightly curved versions , edges are all are knocked and cut about , the later 2 have a rather dangerous looking hook on the lower edge, again the weapons are wrapped in materials , the shafts have good wood texture on the surfaces , all 3 fit easily into the container on the torso rear
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    Horns and Teeth!!

    These are held on a former the 4 horns for use on the shoulder armour with the other 2 also being on their own former , ready for fitting to the head ( as in box art), yet again quality seeps out on these parts and when in place look fearsome.
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    As usual fit is very good ( pin it as well) , the base has been shaped nicely which is good to see , in place looks good .
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    Final Thoughts

    While Fantasy is not my choice of resin , MJ Miniatures have a knack of getting modellers to look at other genre of models , this is no exception , its a top quality piece , minimal work needed before the brushes are seen . Sculpting and casting are excellent with lots of surfaces to get to grip with and enjoy painting different types.

    Well done to MJ ...no doubt this will be very popular its the usual HIGH QUALITY from this Korean company and makes for a really wonderful display piece.

    For more details on this and other releases : visit the website



    Many thanks to MJ for the review piece and to you all dear readers for looking in

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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Let us indulge ourselves and end this review on a high ...by looking and and admiring a real artist ...Anson and his great box art

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  5. kagemusha A Fixture

    Nice review....really wanted this but lost the enthusiasm waiting for it to be released in the UK :sleep:
  6. Wayneb A Fixture

    Definately not for me but still like this.......nice review.......
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