|Just how well do the plastic Kingdom Death models stack up to the resin ones?
|Kentaro Miura's Berserk inspired me to convert my own version of its protagonist Guts, the Black Swordsman.
|Kingdom Death always goes the extra mile to make each of their releases special, and feel like a premium item, with little art prints, numbered certificates, and classy boxes.
|The Storm Knight comes in a multitude of parts, so many it is difficult to know where to begin!
Nothing drives home this point further than the release of the Storm Knight, a towering knightly construct of steel, engulfed in a maelstrom of wind, water, and lightning. The swirling miasma of lightning and steam billowing from the cracks in his armor quickly made the model one of my favorites in the Kingdom Death line. Despite the limited production run of 450, I managed to acquired one. My excitement about the model was quickly dashed on the rocks upon receiving it. Despite getting a relatively nice cast of the model, nearly every piece contained at least one noticeable defect requiring modeling putty work to remedy (and with ~16 pieces...). And just like that, the model went into a box filled with countless other unassembled models. Eventually I brought myself to begin work on the model, working on and off over the period of a month or two. After a lot of trimming, pinning, gluing, and putty work, the model is done, and I must say I am pleased with the results and think the effort was worth it.
|Assembling the Storm Knight is not for the faint of heart, requiring ample modelling putty work and patience to avoid breaking or losing any of its components.
|At first glance, there is so much going on with the Storm Knight that you might miss all the little plumes of steam and lightning projecting from the Knights back and all the little slots in his armor.
|The King's Hand model is one of my favorite from the Kingdom Death range. I can't help but think the model draws heavy influences from the different members of the God Hand in Berserk.
|To maintain the level of detail seen in the resin casts, the plastic models have been cut into a huge number of tiny pieces.
Both versions of the model were pretty similar in ease of build. The resin version had fewer individual pieces, expediting the build time, while the plastic version was easier to work with because the pieces were much more resilient to breaking. Each of the components of the two models fit together nicely with only minimal seams, that could be easily filled with normal or liquid greenstuff. I cannot really stress enough how this relative ease of assembly for the resin version is more the exception, rather than the norm. Every single plastic pinup model will be straightforward and quick to assemble, while maybe 1 in 10 of the resin versions I have are that way. I don’t want to discourage anyone from buying the resin versions of Kingdom Death models (I have purchased several and will continue to do so), but I think it is important to know that you have to be willing to put in a significant amount of effort if you want them to look as nice as they were intended to by the sculptor. If you are an seasoned modeler, this might not be an issue, but if you are relatively new to the hobby and do not have much experience with green stuff or resin, I would seriously consider just waiting for the plastic counterparts.
|While both of the Architect models were pretty easy to build, the resin one required more modelling putty work, including having to re-sculpt one of the tassels on her cloak.
|The two Architects mirror one another closely, but the plastic version is noticeably larger.
|In most cases, you can only really notice a difference between the resin and plastic if compared side-by-side. In this case, notice the detailing on the mask of the plastic version is lacking.
- Adam Wier