by: Peter Ong [ ]
Limbo Miniatures enters into the realm of fantasy with the release of two popular monsters, the “Demon Vanguard,” a demon creature that resembles a popular hobbit and troll movie or videogame series, and the “Medusa,” the infamous female monster with a hair of snakes and a stare that can turn men into stone.
Deemed as a cross between a model kit and a resin statue, the Demon Vanguard figure is too large to be considered a wargaming miniature. While a scale isn’t given for the Demon Vanguard, modelers should note that Limbo Miniatures cites a height of 80mm from the bottom of the base to the top of the demon’s head.
My review sample came in a nice black cardboard box with the Limbo Miniatures brand name on the cover. I found this kind of unexpected as most figure kits have a color photo of the painted model on the box cover.
Opening the cover reveals the following black resin parts sandwiched between two foam pads and Styrofoam peanuts:
• Circular base with rocks, lava flow, feet, and left hand molded on
• Sword with right hand molded onto the handle
• Demon’s head
• Shoulder skull
• Body with loin cloth, left arm, and thighs
• Right arm
• Left wing
• Right wing
At 80mm from the bottom of the base to the top of the head, the demon isn’t very large. The single-piece body has nice molded-on details of muscle sinews, horns along the spine, a wrapped waist cloth, a loin cloth with skull ornament, and some thigh armor plating. The demon’s legs are molded bent, kneeling forward, as he peers over the edge of the base and is coiled ready to strike with his sword. I found a little string of flash on the thigh side and small pour block remnant on the flat gluing surfaces. Overall, the black resin casting appears excellent with no sinkholes, runs, blobs, or errors. Surfaces and ridges are smooth and defined with the grooves clear of debris. Spikes are straight and sharp.
The demon’s head is a very small piece, almost the size of a 54mm (1/32) head. The horns are molded on. The head’s detail appears excellent, crisp and nicely cast with each fang separated and defined in the menacing grin and nice tiny ridges and striations to denote hair and skin. Best of all, despite being a small piece, the head’s resin seems pretty rugged which is nice to prevent the horns from snapping off. There’s a small pour block at the base of the neck that requires sanding off.
The main large pieces of the Demon Vanguard, the wings and base, do not disappoint in detail and size. The base itself measures 85mm in diameter and has a pretty hefty weight considering the amount of molded resin rocks on top. Visually, the base looks impressive at about 40mm at its highest point. I testfitted the demon’s body to the molded-on feet and hand on the base and the alignment was practically perfect.
The large wings have nice refined skeletal structures, webbing at the edges, and subtle grooves to denote a leathery surface. I don’t know exactly where to place them since the demon’s back has no socket holes; therefore, I suspect any attempt to glue on the wings to the back would make for a weak connection since the wings’ connection to the demon’s back is just a very small gluing surface along the top main wing bone. I would have hoped that a plug-in-socket connection would make for a stronger join. The wingtip of my right wing’s top bone was broken and I couldn’t find the missing piece in my box.
The spiky sword with the right hand molded on looks wicked. The sword measures 80mm long, with the armored right hand molded onto the handle. My sword has a slight curve of about two degrees off-center at its length that I’m hoping to fix with some hot water.
The shoulder skull has nice refined features of crisp fangs, hollowed out eyes, and grooves for the horns and skin. As one of the larger pieces, this visually-impressive skull acts as a secondary focal point to the demon’s body. The armored right bicep goes under the shoulder skull and a testfitting shows that the bicep fits nicely to the flat gluing surfaces.
While assembly appears pretty straightforward, I would have liked a color photo or printout to come with the box for assembly and painting purposes and I was surprised Limbo Miniatures didn’t include this like most other vendors.
Special Thanks to Limbo Miniatures for the review sample. Painted and assembled photos are from Limbo Miniatures.