From Russia With Love

Some days you wake and fudge your way through routine, from your morning cruller to filing your TPS reports to reheating leftover pizza. Other days you find a box on your doorstep with the image of some sort of giant undead rat monster staring at you. Those are good days. I recently received a care package from Punga Miniatures, creators of some truly spectacular resin sculpts for a certain fantasy football game, along with some other truly odd artistic endeavors. Let me welcome you to the silliness.

First out of the gate, a rat ogre. This is an exceptionally convenient figure for me given that one of my Brush Wielders Union goals for 2021 is to paint up a Blood Bowl team, and I just happen to have the Skaven team here, awaiting some brush love. The rat ogre is a ver clean sculpt, with the resin channels all in spots that will be hidden by joins when the model is assembled.

With the exception of the neck join, the connections are well masked by the model itself. A little green stuff will take care of that gap. While the rat ogre range includes a number of fantastic looking models, including one wearing a diving helmet, I love that this one has a plate labeled “Big Guy” on his chest in case the scale didn’t immediately give it away.

Now this,,, this is something magical. Punga does a range of “canitaurs” and “felitaurs”, in a variety of classic fantasy roles. The Poodle Warlock is a vision of elegance, grace, and obsequiously pompous extremity flufifness. This model may have been made from a different resin than the rat ogre, it almost feels more like GW’s Finecast.

Assembly was straightforward, though I was concerned about how much of the channel I needed to cut off the left hand. I’ll need to apply a little hot/cold water to straighten the scepter before painting, but let’s face it, this thing just *looks* like it’s going to be a hoot to paint, right down to the little belt pouches.

Our triumvirate is rounded out with the Black Oriental Assassin, a return to the same resin as the rat ogre. I was very surprised to see the knife blade is a separate component; I would have thought to at least make it the blade-and-guard, to allow for a broader connection point, but it is what it is.

As with the other two models, there’s some gap filling required, but again all resin channels are hidden by joints or under the feet of the model. Once again the detail is very clean and crisp. One thing that did surprise me was just how long the  legs are, but a quick google of the Black Oriental Shorthair shows that almost comically long legs are 100% in line with the concept.

The Black Oriental’s legs make it easily the tallest of the three models, and if the rat ogre actually stood upright it’d dwarf the Poodle as well. I’m not sure what I expected in terms of height scale, but I’m not convinced this was it. Still, each is a very fun piece, and I’m very much looking forward to painting them when their turn comes up in the paint desk roster.

Punga Miniatures operate out of Russia, so expect shipping to take a little while, but there’s no questioning that they make some mighty fun models and do a very solid job of casting their pieces. They are currently working on the Stern Buoys, an aquatic themed Dwarf team for Blood Bowl (or other fantasy football games). They also have a great range of alternate Skaven models for Age of Sigmar. How many Jezzails did you need?