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Henrietta Jekyll
Henrietta Jekyll
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Introduction:

Although I'm mostly oriented to painting large scale military figures, I have to admit I always had a soft spot for minis... Infamy Miniatures caught my attention couple of months ago; their imaginative steampunk figure concepts were breath of fresh air in my usual world of military modeling. After running several news stories and introducing HF readers to Infamy Miniatures and their releases, I got the chance to review some of the miniatures as well.

Infamy Miniatures is a figure company specialized in producing high-quality resin miniatures. The company is actually a one-man band with James Griffiths and his dream of creating not only beautifully illustrated, exquisitely sculpted and perfectly cast minis, but also generating a whole new world behind those brilliant miniatures. Inspired by famous literary characters, each Infamy miniature is twisted to fit into a steampunk version of London in the late 19th century.
(For a full story on the world created by Infamy Miniatures, see the introduction to Sherlock Holmes review published previously on HF (link)).


Henrietta Jekyll:

Once a respected and famed chemist, Henrietta Jekyll's life changed the day her sister, Edwina Hyde, was put into a comatose state. Jekyll became obsessed with reviving her sister and finally brewed a potent mix of elements for that purpose. However, once a sweet and fragile girl, Hyde came back as a psychotic killing machine and Jekyll found herself on the run, with the monster she had created.

Henrietta Jekyll is the very first figure produced under Infamy Miniatures label. The miniature is safely packed in a cardboard box and secured between three layers of protective foam. The box includes a 32mm scale resin miniature of Henrietta Jekyll, a simple 30mm round plastic base and a certificate card showing both figure concept art and painted miniature. The certificate card indicates the casting number of this particular miniature, which is limited to 275 first run castings, thus ensuring the highest casting standard.


Sculpture:

A very imaginative concept from Martin McKenna was wonderfully transformed into a miniature by the talented hands of Sebastian Archer. The sculpt conveys the image of a slightly deranged chemist really well: packed with an arsenal of scientific equipment for developing deadly substances, Henrietta Jekyll is a one-person portable chemical laboratory. Clad in a Victorian-style lab coat ripped at knee-length and heavy boots, Jekyll has her hair up in a chignon secured with a stylish molecule hair clip. Her protective goggles are pulled down around her neck. She sports a ton of laboratory vials, flasks and tubes around her waist, all coupled for synthesizing poisonous chemical substances with the end products stored in several small flask-bombs carried around Jekyll's left shoulder. In her left hand she is holding a flask oozing with toxic fumes and, additionally armed with a large Bunsen Burner fed from two high-pressure propane gas cylinders strapped to her belt, Jekyll definitely means business.


Cast:

The figure is cast in grey resin and consists of 2 parts:

- full body
- right hand with the flamethrower.

The pieces are cast really well and all the details on this figure are exceptionally transferred to the resin. I did notice an awkward seam line going along Jekyll's left arm; this kind of casting imperfection could be a bit difficult to remove without damaging the detail on the left sleeve of the figure.


Assembly:

With only two pieces, the assembly of Jekyll miniature is very easy. The right arm connects well to the torso and the flamethrower hose fits nicely to the gas cylinder opening.


Painting:

With all the glassware strapped on Jekyll, this figure should be a real treat to paint. I added several pictures of the model done by Stephan Rath to this review... those pics show Jekyll in all her splendor. More pictures can be found on CoolMiniOrNot website, so be sure to check them out.


Conclusion:

Although the first in Infamy Miniature's range, Henrietta Jekyll miniature is far from being steampunk mainstream and I'm sure Robert Louis Stevenson himself would be thrilled to see the idea behind his most famous literary character: Jekyll is depicted as an unbalanced chemist looking like a one-person portable chemistry laboratory. A very interesting concept and, being around scientists all my life, I can definitely confirm this mini is not far from reality. :-)
SUMMARY
Highs: Just looking at this miniature makes you feel the "chemistry". Incredibly interesting concept and great sculpting should make this miniature a treat to paint.
Lows: A seam line along left arm.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
89%
  Scale: Other Scal
  Suggested Retail: 12.99
  Related Link: Infamy Miniatures website
  PUBLISHED: Aug 04, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.37%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.00%

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About Mario Matijasic (Maki)
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