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The Bursar
Discworld Miniatures - The Unseen University Bursar
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by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ENDRJU007 ]


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Introduction

Discworld is a fantasy (or rather a comedy fantasy) book series by Sir Terry Pratchett. All episodes are set on flat world placed on backs of four giant elephants which stand on a back Great A’Tuin – giant turtle. Sun and moon orbit around them and turning of disc assures changes of seasons (eight of them). Terry Pratchett created and carefully described vast number of characters and places that evolve through whole series.

One of locations described in some of Discworld books is Unseen University in city of Ankh-Morpork. Unseen University is home of the greatest wizards of whole Discworld (and some of the worst too). It’s official motto is "Nunc Id Vides, Nunc Ne Vides" which means "Now you see it, now you don't" but the unofficial motto:"η β π", or "Eta Beta Pi" (Eat A Better Pie) says a lot about University’s staff and graduates…
One of UU staff members is the Bursar (Professor A.A. Dinwiddie, DM (7th), D.Thau., B.Occ., M.Coll.). He was a quiet, reserved person, with great interest in numbers written in columns whose idea of excitement was a soft-boiled egg. Unfortunatelly for him current Archchancellor is his complete antithesis. Loud, brash and impatient Archchancellor Ridcully destroyed quiet and systematic world of Dr. Dinwiddie and now he is almost completely insane. He functions only thanks to large doses of dried frog pills (which actually are hallucinogens causing Bursar hallucinate that he is sane) but proper dosage is hard to find and Bursar usually believes that he can fly. The Bursar's insanity has become a byword in Ankh-Morpork; "to go Bursar" is "to go crazy."


The figure

Micro Art Studio offers another Discworld Miniature created by Łukasz Krysa. It shows Bursar in his usual state: not entirely steady. He stands with his knees together and shoe noses touching. He raises his hands like he was joyfully waving. He has long beard (he is a wizard after all). He smiles and squints in a way that only dried frog pills can cause.
Bursar wears tall wizard’s hat that looks like it has seen better times: it is bended in several places and has an arrow sticking up from it (arrow came from Mustrum Ridcully’s crossbow).
He also wears a shirt, jacket, belt, knee long trousers, tights, shoes with noses bended up, and obligatory wizard’s robe with octogram shaped clasp.
Figure does not exactly match standard Pratchett’s wizard: they did not wear trousers (in few occasions they had to they felt very uncomfortably), just robes. It’s obviously based on Paul Kidby’s (main Pratchett’s novels illustrator) art.


The Kit

Figure comes in a blister with Paul Kidby’s Discworld artwork and name of the kit printed on it. It is protected by dark grey foam and blister’s plastic which seams to be enough because figure came intact.
Box contains only two parts: Bursar’s figure which comes in one piece and round flat plastic base with a slot in the middle. Micro Art Studio logo attached to figure’s feet matches this slot so the base may useful during painting, but in my opinion is not enough to be a final base for nicely painted figure.


Assembly and Painting

Since the figure is one part only no assembly will be necessary.
No painting instruction is available but it should not be a problem for any Discworld fan – Sir Terry Pratchett described Discworld wizards many times and it should not be difficult to paint one of them. For people that do not know the Discworld novels but like the figure anyway there is very nice painting reference available on Micro Art Studio website.
It shows Bursar wearing red hat, robe and coat with yellow or gold symbols on them. His shirt and tights are white, and his jacket and shoes have natural leather look.
It is very nice painting scheme and it sure matches Discworld’s atmosphere.


Detailing and Quality

Figure is cast in white metal. Casting, except for delicate seam line and very small surface error on hat’s brim is flawless. Surfaces are clean and details are crisp and nicely visible.
Taking under considerations the fact that this is 30mm (or actually 40mm including the hat) figure the face is sculpted really nicely. Beard is sculpted with precision and even wrinkles on face are visible. Eyes are sculpted as if they were trying to pop out which in funny way strengthens the impression of Bursar’s madness.


Conclusion

It is another nice figure from Micro Art Studio’s Discworld series. Apart from delicate nonconformance from standard Discworld wizard description (U.U. wizards did not wear trausers) figure perfectly represents one of novel’s characters.
Unfortunately figure is sold without proper base, which, for figure of this size is not a big problem, but a proper base would be a good addition to this very nice 30mm figure.
Figure is simple and no assembly problems may destroy fun of painting it and in the same time it doesn’t lack any significant detail.
Very good casting is another advantage of this figure.
Although the Bursar was never one of the main characters his figure on the shelf will be great addition to any Discworld fan’s collection.
Recommended!

Pictures of painted figure came from Micro Art Studio’s website
SUMMARY
Highs: Very funny and nicely sculpted figure from great series. Good details and quality.
Lows: Just few minor errors not worth mentioning.
Verdict: Great figure for Discworld fans and collectors completely not familiar with Sir Pratchett's novels. Funny looking and nicely casted figure will give a lot of fun for any miniature painter.
Percentage Rating
93%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: D02500
  Suggested Retail: 8,54€
  Related Link: Product on vendor's website
  PUBLISHED: Sep 15, 2010
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 85.58%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.26%

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About Andrzej Snigorski (endrju007)
FROM: WOJEWODZTWO PODKARPACKIE, POLAND

My first contact with model making took place over 20 years ago – I’ve made few models of planes when I was 9. They were all destroyed in one disastrous accident. Pain after loosing results of my own work was so big that I’ve left model making for about 15 years ;) . I’ve returned to building models...

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Comments

Great review! I love the intro with explanation of Bursar's character... Amazing figure with great details for such a small scale. I do wish MicroArt would supply the base which they show on the boxart... it would definitely be a big bonus. Thanks Andrzej, I really enjoy reading your Discworld figure reviews. Mario
SEP 14, 2010 - 10:19 PM
Thank you very much Mario! Bases MAS used for taking pictures of painted figures are available in their shop HERE. You get 5 for about 5€, so they are quite cheap, but it's a pity that you don't get one with the figure. Once again, thanks for reading! I'm very happy you liked my review!. Andrzej
SEP 14, 2010 - 10:43 PM
Thanks for the link. Those are some really nice bases... however, I think the boxart should be done with the stuff you get in the box. This way, it is pretty misleading to show the base if it is not included. I'm looking forward to reading your next review... have you decided which Discworld character is it going to be? Mario
SEP 14, 2010 - 10:54 PM
Can't agree more with that... I don't know. Esme and Bursar were delivered as samples by MAS. I still have three or two samples from them I need to review from that package. They've prommised to send some more samples for us to review, but I have no idea if there will be anything from their Discworld Miniatures series. Keep safe my friend!
SEP 14, 2010 - 11:36 PM
Thanks for another great review!
SEP 15, 2010 - 12:31 AM
Thanks for reading and for kind oppinion! A.
SEP 15, 2010 - 12:37 AM
   

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