|A pair of 1/12 scale resin figure kits from atelier iT of Japan|
First up is the unimaginatively titled HQ12-02 or as I like to call her the Race Queen. If you are a motorsport fan then you will likely have come across models at racing tracks be it the pit stops or starting grid. Race Queens are a unique Japanese phenomenon in that they are viewed as glamorous models and they usually have many fans of their own. With her pose, the Race Queen figurine is ideal for placement next to a similarly sized vehicle, not unlike what you would see in car shows.
|atelier iT 1/12 scale resin figure kit - HQ12-02 Race Queen|
|Packaging comprises a fairly hard cardboard box with the resin parts enclosed in bubble wrap|
|No assembly instructions are provided but in my opinion none are needed|
|A simple kit, the Race Queen comes in only five resin parts|
She makes for a good subject matter for airbrush novices mainly because there is potentially little masking required when painting her. With the exception of her head, the flesh parts are by and large separated from her torso. This clear demarcation between parts mean they can be painted separately before being put together without worry of paint over-spray. Only her head and hair would require either masking or careful painting within the lines as it's connected to the torso.
|Fine details on her face are excellent with a well sculpted smiling expression|
|Clear demarcation between her torso and the exposed flesh of her arms ...|
Detail-wise the Race Queen sculpt is excellent. I love the smiling expression on her face as well as her realistic anatomy, not to mention the creases and folds on her outfit. As I intend to paint the pieces separately before attaching all of them together, I may have to pin the individual resin parts with some brass rods. Pinning would serve two purposes i.e. enable parts to be held and manipulated easily when painting and also allow for stronger joints to be formed when glued together.
|... and legs makes for easier airbrushing i.e. less need for masking except for her head|
|Clear muscle definition and bone protrusions on both legs will help in the placement of shadows and highlights|
|Actual size of the 1/12 scale atelier iT HQ12-02 resin figure kit|
Then it was the turn of HQ12-04 or Girl with Spear to be unboxed. Overall, the Girl with Spear seems to have much better details then the Race Queen, especially the facial features. The former also comes with an additional arm option i.e. her left arm can either rest on her hips or extend by her side holding on to something which provides creative options for diorama or vignettes.
|atelier iT 1/12 scale resin figure kit - HQ12-04 Girl with Spear|
|Girl with Spear box art displays the extra option for her right arm|
|Packaging is sparse but functional|
|Girl with Spear comes in 11 separate resin parts|
Despite comprising more parts, the Girl with Spear too seems well suited to the airbrush novice with similarly clear demarcations between the flesh and non-flesh parts. Even her fringe/bangs come as a separate piece thus making it easier to delineate between her hair and face. The one thing I found curious was as to why the spear was sculpted in two parts. Perhaps it has something to do with the opening in her left hand. I will know more once I do a proper dry fit test of the figurine.
|Her bangs come in a separate piece which will make painting the face easier|
|There are two right arm options for the Girl with Spear kit|
|As with the Race Queen, the Girl with Spear also has great details on both her bare legs|
|Reverse view of both legs showing the outer side|
|Not sure why the spear came in separate pieces but it may have something to do with the opening in her left hand|
|Actual size of the 1/12 scale atelier iT HQ12-04 resin figure kit|
So with both muses in my target sight, I now have something inspirational to work towards as I practice at gaining some semblance of fine motor control over the airbrush. It's not just resin figurines though. The airbrush should also provide access to weathering techniques for AFV model kits. So I'll be continuing work on that front too - on a previously reviewed 1/48 scale AT-ST Imperial Walker, a 1/35 scale King Tiger tank and hopefully a 1/1000 scale Space Battleship Yamato kit. Lots to do but as always I'm fighting a losing battle trying to slow the flow of sand grains in the hour glass. So what else is new, eh? Well, that's it for this week. Thanks for reading and enjoy what's left of the weekend.