It has been a troubling time for us all recently with all the negativity going around the world, so it is very nice to be able to immerse our-selves in this marvellous hobby of ours to escape from the daily grind. I am happy to be reviewing my first ever purchase from El Greco’s own branded range.
If you have been living in a cave or just do not know about El Greco Miniatures, they are a store based down in Cornwall (I say down because I am waaaay up North) where you can find many of the awesome miniatures from all across the world. Especially historical subjects.
With Brexit hitting the UK, and it seems Europe too (specifically on shipping costs etc), I recommend you look at using UK based stores such as El Greco Miniatures and Mr Lee's Minis.
Today I am looking at the resin 54mm kit A Moment in Time 1755. The First Nations history is something I have a very deep interest in. I have a very dear friend over in Canada who is Full Blood Cree so I have an emotional link to this genre too.
While looking for a kit from El Greco, A Moment in Time was a clear winner. So let’s take a look at the kit and see what I thought about it.
The kit...The theme of the kit is two scouting characters, which I assume are Iroquois warriors, that have happened across a clock sitting in a shallow brook. One of the characters is crouching down and looking at the clock and I can imagine he is pondering on how it arrived at its location and who it could have belonged to. The other is stood up looking into the distance with possibly the same thoughts on his mind.
The kit is cast in resin. Scaled at 54mm and is sculpted by Alan Ball with the box art painted by Marion Ball.
On opening the delivery package I can see that El Greco has put some thought into the presentation of this kit.
The box is super rigid and printed with the company logo. It is wrapped in a printed sleeved with a full colour printed box art adhesive label added to it.
Opening the box there is a contents sticker also on the inside of the lid which is a nice detail to keep track of what is, or should be in the box.
Inside the wood shavings packaging is a ziplock bag with the miniatures inside, and the scenic base.
The base is cast in one piece and is full of detail. Tree sections and roots are nicely sculpted. The ground is suitably detailed with varying texture. Instead of just mud the rocks look very real and the brook bed is so nicely done too.
This is one of the nicest scenic bases I have seen and is not just a throw away piece like many bases. Ending up being swapped out for home made scenes.
In hand you can see the sculpting is real nice. The clothing textures are done well and the folds and creases are as you would expect them rather than seeming forced or exaggerated.
The anatomy is fine and the feathers are small but still detailed. One of my most hated things to paint but I still love the aesthetic of the native genre.
The clock which looks like it was made in the style of a fusee bracket or mantel clock type is nice and crisp with no casting defects. I think it may need some weathering or damage doing to it as it has fallen of some ones wagon perhaps? Who knows? It all adds to the mystery of how it got to its resting place.
The sculpted aspect of this kit is really good and it will be nice to paint at some point in the future.