Dark Celaeno, Harpy of the Stormwinds from Veiled Lamp

Welcome back to another GreyMountain Review.

Today I am taking a look at the latest release from Veiled Lamp by Sebastian Archer. Dark Celaeno, Harpy of the Stormwinds.

Previously we have looked at the first 2 releases on GMR so I was keen to purchase the latest piece and see what it is like.

Dark Celaeno, Harpy of the Storwinds is a 1/12 scale traditionally sculpted bust, is cast in polyurethane resin and consists of 4 nicely detailed parts. All with a $70 Australian dollars (AUD) price tag.

So to put that in UK Pounds that comes to £37.21 at today’s (15th August 2021) currency levels.

As you can see by the image you also get another art card from Nicolas Amoroso at Stamnos Edition...

So a Bargain indeed.

With the Veiled Lamp brand, Seb has gone for quality throughout.

The boxes are keepers for sure.

As mentioned in previous reviews, if a box is as nice as these ones they are very much part of the experience and can be utilised for many other things, so this is a nice little bonus when purchasing these busts.

Seb has taken what is typically a stereotypical Harpy of Greek mythology and interpreted it in his own way.

Instead of wings as you see in mythological art, Seb had pushed the bird aesthetic into the torso and face to create a much more sinister looking creature.

What I like about this release is the link to the bust has been echoed in the metal tag on the box. Dark Celaeno has bird skull ear rings which is the same as the metal tab. The previous releases had the same synergy too.

The Harpy was said to have been a beautiful maiden that sang to sailors and they devoured them when they crashed upon the rocks around them. This bust is not that.... this bust is a monster in its own right.

The sagging skin looks very creepy framed by feathers and some very uncomfortable looking external vertebrae. Needle like fingers and skull like features make this piece look very sinister indeed.

But what do we see on the finger of the left hand?

Yes a little bird...

Do we see a moment of serenity between a bird like monster and an innocent bird seemingly unafraid of the beast?

Or do we have a monster looking for more jewellery and a snack??

What do you imagine the scene is?

The sculpting that has gone into this piece is amazing. The facial features alone are just so nice with the protruding teeth and pointy nose.

The old saggy body gives that extra gross aesthetic and the spinal protrusions just scream pain. This vulture like creature is just full of character like many of Sebastian’s sculptures and you can see just how much work has gone into it when it is in hand.

The casting quality is quite nice too, I cannot see any major mold lines on the main parts however there is a small one on the bird which I saw when editing the photo, my eyes are getting so old haha...

So ordinarily I would launch into a tirade of disappointment in the castor but on this occasion there is no need. What I can see is simply nothing compared to some other big brands out there.

So to summarise; I can see this is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it definitely is mine. With all the textures on this, it will be a painters dream. Especially if you love skin tones. You are going to love this kit as you can literally go wild with your imagination.

Value for money is just right, even with shipping from Australia it was still a very nice deal.

My favourite part of this kit is the face... I keep saying sinister but just look at it... not something ya want to see as ya crawling out of a wrecked ship...

So for me this piece was a pleasure and I hope you guys and gals out there take a chance and pick up a copy.

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Thanks for your time to read this and I hope it has been informative.

Please have fun and stay safe in whatever you do and remember Do Not Drink The Paint Water...

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