|Miniature: Selene la Fleur du Mal|
|Manufacturer: Another World Miniatures|
From Another World we’ve seen a unique figure and a take on a 40k archetype. Selene seems to be another tribute miniature, this time aping the style of the Chaos Marines as her backpack is adorned with impaled heads and a large demonic skull sits on her left pauldron.
She has a nice pose that doesn’t feel rigid. While the production shots show the gun in her left hand resting atop her knee, you could easily reposition the weapon to point at a target. It’s not a choice I would make as it makes the figure look a little unbalanced, but it is something that can be done easily.
- Parts List:
- Left arm w/ gun
One problem I have with her pose is the position of her right arm. It’s at such a sharp 90 degree angle from her body that it’s very unrealistic. If they could have tweaked the arm forward at least another 15 degrees this sculpt would look a lot better. If they could have managed a 45 degree arc with the arm the overall composition would be quite nice. But, alas.
I am happy they were able to give her left leg a nice, natural angle out from her body. That, combined with all of the natural curves to her body position, are the elements that save Selene from being stamped as static or lifeless. Even with the poor positioning of her right arm she looks good.
She has some nice detail work. The hair is at least as good as that of their Bonnie Steampunk figure. The plates of the torso armor are well defined and contain an interesting pattern that was probably quite complex to sculpt. The boots have a strange wood grain like pattern to them. It’s an interesting idea I’ve never seen done before, but I’m not sure if it works with the overall design of Selene as it’s so very different than any of the other details.
The backpack has its impaled heads and sci-fi style tubes. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t fit well. Even after filing down almost all of the tab that’s supposed to fit into Selene’s back I couldn’t get a flush fit between the parts, so have your greenstuff handy.
The left arm is easy to slot into place and the overhanging pauldron means that the join location is well hidden.
The gun is a strange looking contraption. Its inner side has some interesting technical details while the outer side has none. It’s also sculpted onto the arm in a way that makes it look like it’s stuck to her gauntlet instead of looking like a separate item that she’s holding. It also doesn’t look like any of the 40k weapons I’m familiar with. Given how so much of Selene’s design is tied to that franchise, I find it odd that the gun is such a departure from the inspirational material. It’s a design that looks more like something you’d see from pulp era sci-fi.
The chainsword has some problems. On my copy there’s a bend in the middle and the edges aren’t true. The dinged edges given the weapon a used feel, but the bend is an obvious problem. There’s also an issue with the blade’s teeth- they have some inconsistencies in shape and detail. On the one hand it could be used looking, but to me it seems like a problem with the quality on that section of the mini. It’s also lacking in any interesting ornamentation or little designs that could have filled the empty space. It does provide a place for some freehand work if you so desire.
Overall, Selene is a marked improvement in both quality and design. In an email I was told by Another World that She was one of their best sellers and a miniature they are quite proud of. I’m happy to say that this miniature surprised me given their previous products I had reviewed.
If you like the look of Selene, then I would suggest you give her a chance. If Another World continues to improve like this, then we can expect some more good miniatures from them.