by: Mario Krajinovic [ ]
Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in a non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of technology remain. Apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic texts re-imagine historical consciousness through the narration of catastrophe.
In other words, representation—modes of representing history and man’s relation to it—are as important to apocalyptic texts as is the catastrophe that is narrated. Perfect for such atmosphere is one of ANT Miniatures post-apocalyptic girls in 1/35 scale; 35-101 POSTAPOCALYPTIC / ADVENTURER GIRL-2.
The kit arrives in a flimsy cardboard box, but the figure is well protected inside by packing bubble wrap. The box features a nice picture of the assembled figure but doesn’t list the sculptor (N. Gordeev). After opening the box and examining zip-lock bag content, I was surprised to count only 10 parts in this kit. Clever design of figure break-up made it possible to cast the figure in 2 variants (more on that later). The complete figure is made of only 3 parts: entire body of the figure is cast as a single piece (plus the arms in) Other parts include a circular base, a hand holding the captured meal – a lizard of some kind, a satchel bag/backpack with a small bunny pendant, a gun (resembling a PPsH soviet sub-machine gun), a trophy in shape of a skull and a piece of armor for the shoulder.
The casting is nice; in gray resin which has some flash and when looking in macro camera mode looks to be a bit grainy. Casting block of the main figure part is big, but well placed, allowing easy clean up with minimal chance of damaging the detail. The assembly of the figures is quite straightforward and the fit is somewhat tricky due to the lack of any protrusions and recesses in corresponding parts which help placing and alignment. However, placing the parts correctly leaves no visible gaps between the pieces so minimal putty work is needed.
The girl is sculpted quite nicely, and features ravaged clothes and a single knee-pad for protection, only apocalyptic female survivors sport I guess, which leaves a lot of skin revealed – not that I mind :). Basically a loincloth and a chest wrap and you’re good to go troll hunting in the deserts of tomorrow. Headwear is also present in the shape of (welding?) goggles that could save her eyesight from radiation of some sort. Also present is some equipment on her waist that one could figure out to be some kind of measuring devices as you can never be actually sure how many rads are you absorbing while walking around and scavenging items.
The cool part about this figure is the options – you get three arms, which you could use for a mutant if you can blend the third arm (and get away with it since it’s an apocalyptic scenario, so why not?) or choose one of the options: either holding the caught prey, or observing something in the distance. A nice feature is a GPS device of some sort on both optional arms. The other arm (non-optional) has a Kukri knife. The gun is nicely molded and is supposed to be stowed on the back, while the skull you can either place on the shoulder of the figure or blend it onto the supplied base
This is a cool figure set from Ant Miniatures that will work perfectly for your apocalyptic dioramas or vignettes. You can display it separately, on the provided base, or work it as a part of a larger scene. The optional arms are a nice touch to this figure. Only thing to nitpick is the grainy molding and somewhat of a less-then-feminine face of the figure. But you can always say that mutation is in the eye of the beholder.
This figure comes recommended for all you SF/apocalypse figure fans.