by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
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Orange 3D Miniatures is a new resin miniature company based in Singapore. The company made quite an introduction with their first figure release; a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk piece in 1/20 scale named Magenta. The figure is not just another post-apocalyptic military Stalker design we have been seeing lately... Magenta is something completely different. Here's the story behind the figure concept:
„In the 109th biennial of the waning suns, environmental shifts have threatened the very existence of the commune Li. 17 year old Magenta leaves her adopted family in search of 11 sonic rhythms in order to bring them to the mythical device called 'the collective'... a quest that may hold the key to the planet's future and unlock the mystery of Magenta's past.“
I was really excited when I heard from Sonny Sy, the owner of O3D Miniatures, who expressed interest in Historicus Forma website and the possibility of getting Magenta reviewed for HF readers. I’ve been following Sonny’s blog since late 2009, watching him transform Ray Toh’s character concept art into a three-dimensional miniature of Magenta. The figure was taking shape and slowly coming to life. It was a really nice sculpt from the start but with all the extras Sonny added to the figure it became clear Magenta is turning into a masterpiece...
The kit arrived safely packed in a hard cardboard box, additionally protected by Styrofoam peanuts. The kit box looks very posh; the cover leaflet shows Magenta concept artwork on the front, two pictures of unpainted figure sample with kit contents listed on the back as well as several interesting details about the figure. The box includes 2 zip-lock bags full of figure parts:
- 18 resin parts
- 25 photo etched parts
- brass tube and wire
A comprehensive construction guide is included as well.
The parts are cast in cream resin; there are no air bubbles but I have noticed several seam lines to clean. The seam lines are not very pronounced and after some careful sanding I managed to get rid of casting imperfections. All the big pour blocks could be a bit difficult to remove, especially on the most delicate parts, but with some patience you shouldn’t have a problem. The PE fret looks great and the brass pieces are a welcome addition as well... adding all the small multimedia details to the figure is definitely going to bring this model to the next level. The instructions are very detailed; they list all the parts and show step-by-step process of building the figure including suggested paint subassemblies.
The figure is composed of 4 main resin body parts: full body with legs, left arm, right arm and the head. Magenta is dressed in a tight undershirt and baggy pants. She’s wearing a lot of protective gear: gloves, knee pads, elbow pads, shoulder pads and breast plate. Her heavy boots are reinforced with steel supports, which make them ideal for walking trough derelict terrain. Magenta’s helmet reminds me of a modern aircrew headwear, equipped with retractable visor and integrated communications system. Several small PE parts featuring thermo-optical sensor, processor voice interface and microphone add to the futuristic design of the helmet.
The basic body sculpt looks really good; the anatomical proportions are correct and the head is sculpted very nicely with distinctive Asian features. All the clothing details are sharp and well rendered in scale. I had no problems assembling the main parts of Magenta as the build is pretty straightforward. Some puttywork is needed when attaching the arms to the torso.
As for accessories, this kit really has a lot to offer; the portable CPU, survival backpack, various pouches, concentrated hydration fluid bottle and tin cup cast in resin, as well as number of delicate PE details; CPU antenna with flag, the watch, suspenders, wrenches, various buckles and straps, memory dog-tags, glasses... The biggest accessory in the kit is definitely Magenta’s sonic staff, a piece consisting of oscillator, transducer, frequency modulator and signal pennants... all together 10 parts. Assembling the staff is a bit complex, but the instructions list the build procedure very methodically and by following the guide I had no problems with putting all the staff parts together.
The accessories look great and I absolutely love the design of Magenta’s sonic staff... with so many pieces is can be considered a kit on its own. Using brass wire supplied with the kit, you could add some wiring and connect the sonic staff to CPU portable unit, as well as CPU to the helmet communication system.
The base is a last piece in this kit. Showing rocky derelict terrain and sculpted with “Magenta” name plate, it is everything you need for a single figure sci-fi/post-apocalyptic vignette.
As you can see, I didn’t display the full figure build in this article, assembling just the main figure parts using Blu-tack in order to get some pictures for the review. I chose not to add all the accessories to the figure... it should ease the process of painting. My intention is to show the complete building and painting process here on HF very soon. So, stay tuned for a Magenta blog...
When you first see this figure, you immediately notice it is a work of art. The concept Ray Toh developed is very imaginative and definitely not just another post-apocalyptic military design. Sonny Sy did a great job on sculpting the figure, the facial details are nicely defined and the kit includes loads of multimedia extras. The only thing I didn’t like are couple of very annoying seam lines across Magenta’s legs.
Orange 3D has set a high standard for their next releases. Their post-apocalyptic world concept seems very interesting and Magenta is a “seed project”... O3D hopes to develop her universe across multiple media: comics, toys, animation and even games. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you, guys!