Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ahklut: Early WIP

The Ahklut: concept art

Disclaimer: I'm backing another Kickstarter (Warrior and Spirit beast Models by Paymaster Games). I want it to succeed. Hopefully a look at a miniature from Paymaster's first Kickstarter will further the current campaign.

With that out of the way, it's time to look at some shiny metal bits.

Reaper mini shown for scale

The subject is refreshingly original: the Ahklut, a shape-changing whale/wolf hybrid from Inuit myth. The mini comes in four pieces: right body, left body, head, and lower jaw. While the components fit together quite nicely, some putty work will be required to deal with the joints. No big deal.

That slender ankle supports the whole shebang

Two small concerns: 1) The entire mini is attached to the base only by the right, rear leg. Some extra care is needed when handling this guy. 2) The mouth is open but there's no tongue to be seen. The tongue seems pretty prominent in photos of open mouthed orcas; some remedial sculpting may be required.

The trailing edges of the flukes are a bit thick. One side has been filed down. the other to follow.

Nit-picking aside, the miniature's strong points are many: subject, pose, fit, casting quality. A very nice piece overall. It should be a fun build.

A green from the current campaign


  1. just by that skinny ankle? i like the sketch pose better

    1. Me too... which is not to say that I dislike the actual pose. Curiously the two spirit beasts from the first Kickstarter deviate significantly from the concept art while those from the current campaign really hit the nail on the head.

      I'm working on a fix for the ankle.

  2. It is indeed unique ... a killer on both land and sea.

    1. Agreed. This guy galloping from the surf in ones direction is a scary thought.