While you may not yet have heard of Trifon Miniatures from Argentina, it is very likely that you will be in the near future. And so HFM is glad to familiarize with them.
The subject of this review is a bust of a relatively popular theme in the miniature world: Caius Julius Caesar. The scale is 1:9 and the medium is vanilla yellow colored resin.
The Bust (what’s in the box):
Well, there really are not many things to describe, as the bust comes in one solid piece and has the clever idea of an incorporated small conical base. This can serve as a standing pole while painting and the intermediate piece when mounting it on a wooden base. Of course, if you don’t need it, it’s a minute’s work to get rid of it.
Quality – Detail:
To be honest the resin of the casting, is a bit different than the “bone hard” resin you usually encounter in resin castings. It’s softer on the surface, but not vinyl soft. It’s... different. Contacting Guillermo from Trifon Miniatures, he explained that they have found that this one mix is easier to use in casting and cause less problems with air bubbles and the other typical resin problems. The casting is flawless indeed and I couldn’t spot any air holes as is usual in resin castings of a big surface.
There is a seam line from the casting, on the shoulder sides of the figure and the neck, but nothing that can be easily lifted with a fresh blade and some sand paper. And in this procedure the softer type of resin proved also useful as it was friendly to the blade and dint lead to wrong cuts while cleaning. After you do this minor cleaning, you can proceed to priming and painting. The heaven of the painter is minimum preparation.
The sculpture is very well refined and the surface of the casting is pretty smooth and mild without a rough spot. I really turned over and over many times to find something but it was really nice all over.
The sculpting detail and technique is really nice. Alex Lopez is responsible for this. A high skilled sculptor with much of experience in busts. The detail of the face with a serious and “cold” expression, and the delicate details on the cuirass, are really beautiful, and I think that the painter, will enjoy it a lot! Alex Lopez is really good in simulating existing persons and this bust is not an exception. I think this is one of the best renderings of Julius as far as I have seen them.
The boxart is a typical version of a painted bust, since more or less the color scheme should be standard. Few colors, big metallic surface and a character to be rendered on a bust with nice intense definitions of the different items and textures.
This could be easily a bust for the highly experienced painter that wants the character in his collection, but also a bust for a beginner, since there is not some point I could call a hard spot.
For bust lovers, but also for figure painters that don’t put restrictions to their interests, this is nice classic subject and character to paint. Good quality, single piece of casting, will make your life. Concentrate on painting, and showoff the person that is represented.