Draconia is a relatively new figure company brought to us by Jose Jarque, who also brought us Ares Mythologic. The range of figures currently comprises of 30mm and 54mm fantasy figures. The subject of this review is the third of the four Lords of War: the 54mm “Lord of War 3”, or “Lord of the West, Brother of the South, North and East, Maestro of the Steel”.
FAN-03 “Lord of War 3” is a 54mm white metal figure sculpted by Phillip Damont with box-art by José M. Palomares. The warrior is portrayed wearing garb with a mixture of Asian influences advancing holding two large and dangerous looking swords.
Now, as I mentioned when reviewing the “Lord of War 1” figure, I must admit before starting the review proper that despite searching for more background on this range of figures, the only information I could find was on the Draconia website, which unfortunately only presented it in Spanish – not a language I am familiar with, nor was BabelFish particularly helpful in translating it correctly. Thus, although I suspect it is based on an RPG character, I am sadly not able to provide more information on the background of this figure.
What’s in the box?
Figure Fan-03 Lord of War 3, cast in white metal, comes in a kit form consisting of the following five (5) parts:Full figure, excluding arms and lower right leg;
Left and right arms with swords;
Lower right leg with skirt attached; and
The kit is packaged in a small, clear acetate blister pack. Strangely enough despite there being two pieces of foam in the pack, the parts were not sandwiched between them. Unfortunately as a result of this packaging, the right arm and sword arrived broken; the right sword arrived broken away from the hand just beneath the cross-piece.
The figure is well sculpted by Phillip Damont, but unfortunately while the casting is generally clean there appears to have been a slight misalignment of the mould, resulting in a hairline casting line running the circumference of the figure proper and arms. Sadly, the fitment pins and sockets are also not as well cast as the rest of the piece.
The figure proper is a single piece cast consisting of the head, torso and left leg. This piece is as a whole well rendered. The head is structurally nicely sculpted, and the figure’s long hair flows slickly from the head midway down his back. I must admit that although the eye patch appears nicely rendered, I am not quite convinced by its unseen join at the back of the head. The angle at which the strip would have to fall from the top of the head to the base of the neck is rather sharp, and perhaps not plausible.
The rest of the figure proper is well sculpted and cast; there is plenty of fine detail and despite the aforementioned casting line the detail is carried through on the cast. The drapery of the various layers of cloth appears quite realistic, particularly the breeches which appear to bloom slightly. The sculptor has elected to place many detail lines for symbols and to reinforce clear divisions between the symbols and surrounding cloth.
As I have mentioned, the casting on this figure is generally quite clean not withstanding the seam line. The modeller should practice care when cleaning this as it does run across detail in certain places, for example the detail lines on the shoulders. In addition to this flaw, the only other casting fault I could find was the left shoulder socket, which appears rather rough. This will need to be rubbed smooth prior to placing the arm. There also appears to be a bit of reside in the placement socket itself, which should be drilled or dug out.
The right and left arms are well represented, as are the two very large swords. Now granted some may feel that these are over-sized, however they should agree that with fantasy pieces we provide a little more leeway to the laws of reality. In truth, I rather like these oversized Goliah type swords. The arms are well cast, with only the ever present casting lines. The left pins will require slight clean-up in order to fit correctly. As I mentioned above, the right sword arrived separated from the hand below the cross-piece of the sword.
The final part, the lower right leg with a section of skirt attached, is as the rest of the piece nicely sculpted. This piece is spared the same affliction of the previous three pieces; this piece does not suffer the casting line issue.
The groundwork/base provided with the kit, which despite the slate-type relief, is in my opinion rather plain. It is definitely recommended that modellers enhance the groundwork for better presentation.
Draconia’s “Lord of War 3” is a well sculpted figure which will provide for an interesting subject to figure painters due to the freedom of the palette. Despite the hairline casting line, the casting is actually clean, and those issues that do exist can easily be remedied.
Draconia’s “Lord of War 3” is currently priced at £13.70 (GBP) from El Greco Miniatures, which is less than similar 54mm white metal fantasy offerings from the established European figure houses. Despite its problems, this figure will make for an entertaining piece to paint, and it will be interesting to see the various colour schemes appearing on the forums, at clubs and competitions alike.
Historicus Forma thanks El Greco Miniatures, who supplied the sample on behalf of Draconia for the purposed of this review.