|Miniature: Bonnie Steampunk|
|Manufacturer: Another World|
Another World is a relatively young miniatures company I had not been acquainted with until I received some of their product. It’s equal parts a blessing and a curse that there are so many boutique miniatures companies; a blessing because fresh work can be great and a curse because it is easy to get lost in the crowd.
The main premise of Another World seems to be making an eclectic assortment of miniatures from various genres, most of which are female. This first review is for Bonnie, a steampunk girl with a gun.
- Parts List:
- Right hand with gun
- Standard slot base
The business model of Another World is to do limited runs in resin of their figures along with unlimited metal castings. This review is for the resin version.
At first glance Bonnie reminds me of a cabaret girl due to the bustle dress that is draped open to reveal her legs. Heeled boots climb to just below her knee and details sculpted on her upper thighs leave the painter open to decide if they are garters or if she is wearing stockings.
The dress has some fantastic fine details. The corset boning is delicately sculpted with just enough detail to be seen without the grooves being too deep. All of the lace work along the hem of the split skirt and everywhere else has a very nice consistency in the way it was sculpted and communicates the idea of lace quite effectively. Even the tiny laces on the corset are well cast!
Her hair is sculpted well enough to give a nice wavy texture without being overdone. I wish the same could be said for the face. While all the details are clear and well cast, it lacks any sort of character. It looks like they wanted her to sport a smirk or wry smile, but the effect is so subtle that it gets lost. A skilled painter might be able to bring some life out of her face, but it will be a challenge.
The disconnected right hand will be challenging to affix. The bit of wrist is very small, meaning pinning is a challenge. As a competition piece you could probably get away with just gluing it on, but it will be a delicate joint.
Outside two very small sections of flash under her arms I couldn’t find any areas that needed cleaning. Even when I removed the gate from the gun hand there was very minimal cleanup needed. Casting quality is excellent.
My biggest issue with this figure is that it comes off feeling a bit crude. This feeling can be partly attributed to the ridiculously over-sized breasts, but the overall composition comes together in a way I don’t like.
By contrast, the Rotten Belles from Wyrd pull off the cabaret style in a superior thematic way. They show a lot more skin, but do so in a way that doesn’t leave me with a negative feeling. Part of this is because there is a better, more cohesive design that combines their attractiveness with a repellent monstrous nature. Bonnie just feels like she’s provocative just to be on display.
Another problem is that Bonnie isn’t selling the Steampunk genre. Sure, she’s wearing Victorian style clothing and is carrying a weird looking gun… but that’s it. By contrast an extremely lazy search revealed two more steampunk women-with-guns that have a superior grasp of theme.
It also doesn’t help that this figure reminds me of the Steampunk Jen Haley miniature I reviewed years ago, which I think is probably the best version of this archetype you can currently buy… and for only a few dollars more than Bonnie.
From a technical standpoint Bonnie is a success that deserves some praise. The details are crisp, the fabric work is excellent, and the hair is very well done. Learning how to sculpt character into a figure is the next step. Once Another World gets this down they will be producing some excellent stuff.