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US Army Modern Heads
US Army Modern Heads with ESS Crossbow Goggles
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]

Introduction

Live Resin is a Russian company specialized in producing high quality, amazingly detailed modern figure aftermarket sets. So far the company was oriented towards creating 1/35 scale weapons and accessories, digitally sculpted using 3D software and cast in resin (some of Live Resin goodies are reviewed here.

This review covers the first Live Resin head set available on the market: US Army Modern Heads (LRE-35067). The set consists of 5 heads designed to upgrade modern US Army figures.

Review

The US Army Modern Head set comes packed in a zip-lock bag safely secured between a firm cardboard backing (9x10cm). The box art on the front shows all the kit parts, while the one on the back lists Live Resin offerings which could be used with the heads: MICH helmet and accessories (LRE 35019-35025) as well as PASGT helmet and accessories ( LRE 35040-35044).

The kit consists of 5 different heads cast in grey resin. The resin looks really good and I found no imperfections in the cast; there are no air-bubbles, no seam lines, nothing… even the tiniest and most delicate details are perfectly rendered. The heads feature small protrusions on the top which serve as "anchoring points" for helmets. I tried fitting the heads with one of Live Resin ACH/MICH helmets and found a perfect match: the protrusion on the head clicks perfectly with a corresponding recess in the helmet. Another aspect of the set that has to be mentioned are slightly thicker and longer necks than usual. Longer necks will come in handy while fitting the head to the torso, allowing a good connection at almost any angle.

Each head included in this set is slightly different, with facial details suggesting diverse characters and races. The heads do not feature any specific facial expressions, but there are several head sets in Live Resin pipeline which will be covering a wide range of different appearances and emotions: shouting, smiling, smoking, laughing, etc. thus giving the figures more “personality”.
Two heads in this set are wearing ESS Crossbow Goggles, which are on the US Army Authorized Protective Eyewear list and are usually supplied with Clear, Smoke Grey or Hi-Def Yellow lenses. One of the heads is wearing ESS Profile Goggles. All heads in this set are sculpted with 4-point chinstrap suspension system, which was adopted in 2003 for ACH/MICH helmets. Older PASGT helmets usually employed 2-point chinstrap suspension system, but could have also been upgraded with the 4-point chinstrap.

One more thing that needs to be mentioned in this kind of a review is definitely the size comparison between Live Resin heads and offerings from other resin figure manufacturers. I measured up Live Resin heads to those from Evolution Miniatures, Bravo6, Minisoldiers, NATO in Miniatures, Hobby Fan, Airborne Miniatures and Alpine Miniatures... and found a really good size match to all of those figures.

Conclusion

We are witnessing a major change in sculpting techniques. Digital software is assisting scale model manufacturers to produce exact replicas of various models with the incredible amount of fine details. But can 3D software be used to realistically sculpt living forms? Is computer modeling going to replace talented hands of traditional figure sculptors? I was going to put my money on conventional sculptures... however, after seeing Live Resin digitally sculpted head sets, I think I might be proved wrong very soon. Although wearing neutral expressions, the facial features of the heads in the set are very well defined. The heads are perfectly cast and by combining different helmets and helmet accessories, which are available separately from Live Resin, modelers have an option of making almost any headgear setup they desire.

Thanks to Yaroslav from Live Resin for this review sample.
SUMMARY
Highs: Nicely sculpted, full of details and perfectly cast. Easy to fit any type of Live Resin helmets. The head size is compatible with most modern figures from other resin figure manufacturers.
Lows: None noticed.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LRE-35067
  Related Link: Live Resin website
  PUBLISHED: May 05, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.37%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.95%

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Comments

Thanks for publishing this one so fast. I have several more sets of goodies from Live Resin... so stay tuned for new reviews on Armorama soon. Mario
MAY 07, 2012 - 11:15 AM
These heads are excellent! I used one on a resin body and the fit and scale is wonderful once I sanded down the next to fit the collar. Live-Resin's contributions to the 1/35 figure market really progresses the figures to 2012 state-of-the-art appearances.
MAY 12, 2012 - 03:53 PM
This,and a few others about the same company, feels like it was submitted by the manufacturer, or someone related to them. That isn't a review, it belongs in the news section, where vendors provide their own material.
MAY 16, 2012 - 12:45 AM
Can you explain this claim a bit further? What is it that you find not suitable for a review? Mario BTW, I'm in no way connected to Live Resin.
MAY 16, 2012 - 01:42 AM
Sorry but if your statement is implying Mario is somehow a mouth piece for these guys, and is giving them a shining review because he's some how in their pay then you are sorely wrong. Mario is, in my opinion, one of the few reviewers who truly knows his stuff. Had Live Resin produced a piece of crap Mario would have said so, as it is (and I have the head set as well) these are an absolutely superb item.
MAY 16, 2012 - 03:21 AM
I've got this set, and to be honest, Mario's review is spot on. He's covered casting, accuracy, scale, issues with computer 3D sculpting. It states it's an in-box review. It's comes out as a glowing review with very few issues, because that's what this product is -it's good! And as said, I have this set as well. The neutral expressions are a limitation of 3D sculpting, but I can work round that (I can sculpt in a traditional sense, so feel capable of adding a bit more character) and I just noticed Rob has replied to this, and I'm 100% in agreement
MAY 16, 2012 - 03:43 AM
Thanks for the support guys, I appreciate it! I guess people who never saw Liver Resin stuff in person have no idea how great these sets really are and think of my reviews as an exaggeration. Mario
MAY 24, 2012 - 05:13 AM
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