Review Barbarian & the Lost Princess
- Company: Black Sun Miniatures
- Sculptor: Joaquin Palacios
- Scale: 75mm
- Material: Resin
- Availability: Available
- Number of parts: 8
I have two of Black Sun Miniatures’ busts in my collection but this is my first of their full miniatures. Both of the busts were high quality so my expectations were quite high for this kit.
It’s very obvious where the inspiration for this kit comes from, Robert E Howard’s Conan. He first created the character back in 1932 and Conan has been a popular character, both in the movies (live-action and animated) and in comics. If you want to know more of the history, you can read more about Conan here.
I, myself haven’t read much of the comics but growing up in the 80s, I have seen the movies, many, many times. While I was looking around for information and pictures related to Conan I came across what has to be the main source of inspiration, a picture from a comic by the current license holder, Dark Horse Comics.
The actual concept might not be the most original but looking at that image and comparing it with the miniature, you can definitely see that the sculptor has captured both the look and the character very well.
Joaquin Palacios, who sculpted the miniature, did a very good job and the miniature really looks like it does in both the concept art and in the movies. He has a stubborn and tired look to him and I think that fits with the character.
The Lost Princess is also well made and I actually like her more than I do the Barbarian. I think it’s all in her facial expression, happy to be rescued but still quite angry.
While the casting is good, there’s some cleaning required, a couple of mould lines and a bit of flash but if you’ve worked on resin miniatures before, you have nothing to fear here.
There’s no sign of any serious imperfections like air bubble holes or casting slippage.
The biggest mould line, which you can see in the photos, are on the torso of the Lost Princess, which should still be easy to remove.
Just like the two busts I have from Black Sun Miniatures, this kit doesn’t disappoint me. The sculpting is at a very high quality and the casting just a notch below.
The concept isn’t very original but it is very well executed and that, for me, is more important. All-in-all, it’s a great product and one I can see being used in a fantasy diorama.