Thunderbolt Mountain 54mm Wizard with Staff | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 25 September 2006
Don takes a look at TBM's wonderful "Wizard with Staff" sculpture. Even though it is out of print, you can still find copies of this supremely crafted model available on web outlets.

This Wizard Casts a Spell

Figure from the front � note the detailed lettering on the sleeves.

I picked this miniature up at GenCon, and unfortunately did not realize that they were there because Thunderbolt Mountain is discontinuing them. We considered not running a review of an out-of-print product, but because this piece is so awesome and is still available online, we decided to go ahead with the article. Next time, I'll ask.

This miniature is beautiful. I've received many compliments about the paint job from those who've seen it or one of the pictures. I'm here to tell you that it's the workmanship of the artist, Tom Meier, that makes this figure so wonderful, not my painting skills! Take a look at some of my multi-product 15mm reviews and you'll realize how true that is. Most of those miniatures were extremely well crafted, and yet they do not rise to the level of this figure. Note that I also picked up some in-print miniatures created by Tom, mounted knights sold as Sir Percivale and Sir Boors, and at 20mm the detail is comparable to this wizard. (I of course ignored their intended use and painted them up to match kingdoms in our role-playing world. Watch for them soon.)

The figure comes in two pieces, the wizard and the stand. There was a minimal amount of flash, and cutting the pegs off the feet to match the height of the stand is trivial. It fits perfectly into the stand in the manner you expect, and overall, assembly is a five-minute job if you own a trimmer.

The cuts are near perfect, with realistic folds in the robes and cloak and boots that bend as you would expect them to were the wizard standing in front of you. The staff appears as carved wood, and the head is forked such that you could mount a small gem in it if you so chose.

From every angle this figure is finely detailed.

The face of the figure is clearly defined, and the beard flows well. The eyes are well positioned and proportioned; the lips are clearly there under the beard; and the hair hangs out of the hat over the eyes just enough to be clear, but not so much as to obscure the eyes.

The one niggling negative I encountered was with the belt pouch. The space between the pouch and the robes is so tight that I did not have a brush tiny enough to get in there. After several tries I was able to make the two mesh, so this isn't a huge deal. But if you're an impatient painter, you should paint the pouch first and the robes second. Though this is counter to what most people advise, in this case, it will save you pain repainting that bit. As fine as this miniature is, it certainly doesn't take away from the overall figure.

I painted this miniature completely with Adikolor paints. While I'm not normally a fan of Adikolor because our Adikolor set of 59 paints tends toward the inky or the thick, and requires a lot of maintenance to make it usable for a given job, I didn't have the right Citadel and Reaper paints to do this figure in the colors and layers I wanted to, and all of my Valejo paints are in military colors, so they wouldn't do the trick either. In this case, I think the Adikolor did the job just fine.

If you can find one of these, and you have a use for 54mm miniatures, buy it. You won't regret it.

Note the way the cloak flows across the figure's back, appearing to be in motion by the right hand.

Manufacturer: Thunder Mountain
Price: Out of Print (Available at Noble Knight Games for $4.95 (USD):

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