I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to review yet another Vitruvian Hacks figure today. I usually try to keep my posts relatively diverse but the novelty of these figures hasn’t worn off yet and I just want to keep talking about them. Today I’m going to take a look at Stonefist.
This is easily one of the coolest figures in the line. I’ve already praised the Undead Warrior and the Underworld Warrior so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love this figure too. The build of this figure is identical to those two and his outfit is the same as that of the Undead Warrior. What makes this figure stand out from the pack is the paintwork. The other warrior figures were great but lacking in the paint department, which was fine given their story lines, but Stonefist ups the ante big time when it comes to paint applications. Finally I can show you the full extent of Boss Fight Studio’s (BFS) brilliance.
If you’re not up to date on your Greek mythology, or if you haven’t seen Clash of the Titans, here’s a little recap on Medusa. She’s a cursed Gorgon and anyone who looks her in the eyes is turned to stone. I was always under the impression that those stone warriors were dead but, according to the bios provided by BFS on the card backs, those stone warriors remain alive. They’re cursed to remain completely conscious of the world around them with senses heightened to god-like levels so they can see and hear for miles around them. BFS gives a ray of hope to the cursed though by adding that they can revert back to their human forms if the gorgon who turned them is slain. I don’t know if any of that comes from Greek myth or is BFS just made it up but it’s all pretty cool regardless.
According to Stonefist’s bio he was an Athenian Warrior who, in the midst of being turned to stone, blinded himself in hopes that it would put a halt to the curse. The end result was a blind dude with enhanced senses and an unbreakable stone fist. How cool is that? I don’t know if blinding yourself to stop the curse makes much sense but it’s a neat idea and this is all fantasy so who really cares.
One of the other figures in the V-Hacks line is a generic Athenian Warrior. As was the case with the other warrior figures, Stonefist and the Athenian are the exact same figure construction wise; they share all of the same parts. They even have the same tunic but there are a few paint variations to differentiate the two. Stonefist has blue trim on his skirt whereas the Warrior has tan. Also, Stonefist has blue chainmail on his sides and black button adornments while the Warrior has gold. The multiple paint apps on the crisp white tunics of these Athenian soldiers make them the most regal looking V-Hacks in the line. The biggest paint variation between the two is Stonefist’s left arm is painted grey to resemble stone. The stone arm looks pretty believable. I like the way the speckled paint softly fades into his flesh shoulder. Another cool difference between the two Athenian figures is their skin tones. The warrior is cast in a healthy bronzed flesh tone while Stonefist shares my pasty sickly complexion.
At first I thought Stonefist had a unique head sculpt. Upon closer inspection I realized it’s the standard bald head seen on multiple V-Hack figures. It seems like a different head though because, again, the paint job is fantastic. Stonefist’s pupils are painted a foggy blue and there’s a pink scar across them to show where he blinded himself to stave off the transformation. BFS could have went gory with this effect but I’m glad they didn’t. The subtle paint job tells the story just fine.
The last thing we have to talk about are Stonefist’s accessories. He comes with a bunch of the same stuff we’ve seen with the other figures: 3 swords, a spear, an over the shoulder sheath, leg armour, a tunic, spare hands, a helmet, a display base, and a shield. They’re all great little pieces but there isn’t much to be said about them that hasn’t been said already as far as the sculpting goes. But once again some simple paint apps manage to impress. His helmet has a toothy sneer painted on each side which looks really cool and tells you that this guys is a total badass. Also, he has the same face deco on his shield as the Athenian Warrior but the eyes on Stonefist’s shield are X’ed out to symbolize his own blinding. It’s a small detail but it tells a story and I love it. The scratches even look authentic.