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Haley Starshine
Haley Starshine Order Of The Stick
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Introduction
Haley Starshine by Morland Studios is a 32mm (1/56) resin and metal figure. She is part of their officially licensed Order Of The Stick series. The figure arms can be adjusted.
    Created by Rich Burlew. Sculpted by Marc Merlynkovanitzkovich AKA Marc Merlyn.

    The Order Of The Stick is an award winning web comic created and drawn by Rich Burlew that parodies D&D, role-playing games and medieval fantasy.

This is my first look at Morland Studios kits and Order of the Stick items. You can view this model on the vendor's site via Click here for additional images for this review, below.

The Kit
Haley is packed in two ziplock baggies held in a flip-top plastic case. Two separate cards are the front and back "box art."

The kit consists of a resin body - the head and torso, and metal arms and legs, and a ponytail. A metal bow and arrow, and plastic base complete the contents.

The resin part is nicely cast with a smooth finish and crisp details, no air pocks nor sink dimples, and just a little flash and light seam lines. The sculptor sculpted shallow dimples for attaching the ponytail, arms, and legs.

Detail
Haley's face is detailed with recessed cartoon eyes and a smirk, and a low raised hairline.

Her clothes are a V-neck crop-top shirt and shorts. Her bellybutton is an "innie."

Her arms and legs are metal stick-figure types. She has three fingers and mismatched footwear.

There is no string for the bow and the arrow has two Fletches.

Assembly and Painting Instructions
None are provided in the kit box but Morland Studios created two excellent online instructional guides. They are geared to first-timers and feature optional steps, too. The author stresses safety and offers information on paint types, and tools and glue.

(Order of the) Sticking Haley Together
Assembly was straight forward and simple. After I cleaned her up, a quick and simple process - the flash just brushed away - I went "rookie" because I was overly enthusiastic to paint her. Thus, I made assembly more difficult than it needed to be.

Remember the shallow dimples to mount the arms and legs into? I think they are woefully shallow and need to be drilled out. I did so.

If you intend to build her mounted on the base, one leg should not be removed from the sprue because that sprue becomes the tab you mount into the slot in the base. Then the other leg was mounted to the base followed by inserting the legs into the holes drilled into the torso. Then I inserted the arms. Both sets of limbs were attached with Cyanoacrylates (CA) "superglue." Into the back of her head went the ponytail. Then I painted the pieces. Morland Studios' guide completely assembles the figure prior to priming and painting. This is where my silly rush to paint the figure bit me as my CA did not like the paint. I decided to have Haley with an arrow notched. Then I painted the pieces. Morland Studios glued the arrow to both the right hand and the bow for extra stability of the parts. The thin metal limbs are easy to bend, even when you do not want them to be bent. I bent the arms so she can grip her bow and have an arrow at the ready.

I generally followed the painting guidance except for the shirt color. My kid likes this genre and I bought Haley Starshine for her, so I gave her the call on colors.

After the figure dried (CA and paints) I touched up a clumsy black mark and, after it cured in the summer afternoon sun, gave a generous covering with a matte clearcoat.

Conclusion
My Order Of The Stick figure was a fun change of pace. I like the detail and positional arms and legs. The metal used for the legs and arms is not fragile but it is soft thin metal, and thus has a low fatigue factor. Use care to not bend it often. Apparently, gamers game with these models. I suspect with gentle handling.

The online instructions are excellent. Read them before you start the kit!

I enjoyed making Morland Studio's Order Of The Stick Haley Starshine. The biggest problem was the modeler who assembled the kit. I plan to acquire and build and paint more of these cool, fun 'lil figures, and I think you will enjoy them, too.

Recommenced.

Please remember to mention to Morland Studios and vendors that you saw this model here - on ModelGeek.

Click here for additional images for this review.

SUMMARY
Highs: Good detail and positionable arms and legs. The online instructions are excellent.
Lows: The metal used for the legs and arms is not fragile but it is soft metal, thin, and thus has a low fatigue factor.
Verdict: I plan to acquire and build and paint more of these fun, cool 'lil figures, and I think you will enjoy them, too.
  Scale: Other Scal
  Suggested Retail: $14
  Related Link: Assembly & Painting
  PUBLISHED: Sep 22, 2019
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.00%

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2019 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.



   

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