Here's a video showing some of the steps and tips for assembling the Smaug model. Its basically a large forgeworld dragon with all the problems associated with that. The fit is generally good, but because I need to leave the wings off for painting I needed to spend some extra time on him.
This guy is huge... he doesn't fit on any of my shelves properly, so either the base is going to stick out, or I'm going to have to find somewhere else for him. Looking forward to painting him, but am not sure how much time I'll have over the holidays (I'm also working on finishing my basement).
Here's some more pictures of Smaug showing his size... this model is huge. I'm still working on getting the wings to fit on perfectly and add magnets so I can paint it easily. Once I'm done them then I can add the last spikes and start painting.
In other news, I ordered a set of Badger Minitaire Paints and they arrived today. I hope to get them out shortly and do a review of them as I'm painting Smaug.
Here's some pictures of Smaug as I assemble him. Overall its a fairly straightforward assembly... probably a standard forgeworld type model with some fitting and trimming necessary. The mold lines are mostly good, with just a few areas that need touching up. The scale is starting to get impressive... as I get closer to finishing it's going to get huge.
I'm also pretty sure that I'll need to magnetize the wings... I don't think I'd be able to paint the model with them attached, so that'll take a bit of extra work.
I've also noticed some evidence of 3d printing. There are some areas (where the wings attach) that you can see some small ridges that are left over from printing. You can see them in the third last pic below.
I picked up my Smaug at the local GW today (along with the new White Dwarf) and here's the unboxing. I'm going to continue with an assembly walk through and painting video as well... hopefully I'll have enough time over the Christmas holidays.
Anyway, first impressions are good for this model. There are no visible mold lines, and the casting is pretty much flawless. We'll see how well the different parts fit, but so far the warnings about expert modeling skills seem over blown... those are needed to fill in bubbles on finecast.
Some size comparison Pics and unboxing video below...
Saw this pop up on my facebook feed. It looks like Michael Perry digitally sculpted Smaug before they left earlier this year. Does this mean its the last model in the Hobbit lineup? I wonder if the comment about plastic is a sign of internal discussions... I mean, why would they go to the trouble of having him do his first digital model if it wasn't intended to be plastic? My guess would be that the plan was for plastic, but when the Hobbit flopped (from a miniatures sales point of view) they back peddled to forgeworld resin.
Well, it looks like GW's awesome policies have struck again... I had my Smaug delivered to my local GW thinking that it would help ensure I got him on time. Well, he's there now, but I can't have him until Saturday, because that's the release date (so says the single staff member when I called). Whoever made this policy needs to give their head a shake. I know its not up to my local manager, he seems like a nice guy.
You already have my money, the guy is sold out, and its just sitting there. If I had selected home delivery I'd have it by now. Why do I have to wait?
You won't usually see me gripe about GW here, but this one seems worth noting.
Here's a quick look at the new Plastic Archon model that came out with the Dark Eldar release... I've wanted to open him up and assemble earlier, but haven't had the time.
I'm not a huge fan of this model due to the statuesque pose, but the detail is pretty cool. I left his head and trophy rack off for painting, but assembled everything else. I suppose you could make a case for leaving off his cape, but I didn't want to deal with any gaps on his shoulders.
I'm not sure when this guy will get painted up, but here's a look at him compared to the finecast crap version I painted a little while back. Unboxing and assembly video after the break.