Review: Al-Vianna by Studio McVey

In this review we take a look at a limited edition resin miniature by Studio McVey. Let's start by introducing this company:

(from the Studio McVey website)


Studio McVey produces high quality miniatures for gamers, collecters and painters. We aim to produce the very best miniatures in the industry, focussing on high quality and original and innovative design.  





Al-Vianna (limited to 750)

Studio McVey





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The miniature: Al-Vianna

Al-Vianna is a resin miniature, with a limited production of only 750 castings. The miniature comes with a 30 mm base, and a original certificate. It is packed in a sturdy blister package. 


The Sculpt

Obviously I would not have ordered this model if I didn't like the sculpt. It has great proportions and despite the slightly static pose there is a lot of dynamics in this model. The hair and dress give a feel of a strong ocean breeze, which suits the water-nimf model very well.

The detailing on this model is incredible. Some of the details can hardly be seen by the naked eye, but they are there and they are amazingly neat.

Of course, this is a matter of taste but sculpt-wise this miniature is absolutely worth every penny.


Cast Quality

Al-Vianna is a resin miniature. This means that the properties are different from metal miniatures and cast mishaps take different forms through this medium. One of the biggest issues resin casts can have are air-bubbles. They can destroy a smooth surface or some nicely sculpted details. Like metal, resin casts can show both flash and mold lines.

Let me start by saying that before this miniature I've only held a few resin miniatures, but so far I never saw the benefits of the cast material. Well, this miniature definitely helped change my view.

The cast quality of this miniature is very high. I cannot detect a single air bubble, apart from the holes on the bottom of the dress but they are supposed to be there. There are no visible mold lines, and only a few areas that need clean-up: at the left handa small piece of sprue will need to removed and a piece of sprue connecting the dress to the sword needs to be cleaned.


The Verdict

In my opinion, this miniature is perfect. The great detailed sculpt and wonderful cast quality have changed my opinion about resin models. When it is done correctly, this material can give amazing results. The price is a little steep, but for this quality it's definitely worth it.

Hopefully we will continue to see great releases like this from Studio McVey. I know that this will not be the last miniature I will purchase from them.