by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary content, telling stories of the marvels we hope to see: futuristic science and technology, space travel, humanoid robots and androids… it also deals with people, ideas, and a world different from our own, whether in time, attitude or knowledge. It is „a controlled way to think and dream about the future“.
Micro Art Studio is a company from Poland specialized in producing high quality miniatures, bases and accessories for wargamers. One of the most elaborate bases Micro Art Studio released so far is Sci-Fi Diorama #1 (T00045), a base suitable for any futuristic miniature in 28mm scale.
The kit is packed in a hard cardboard box featuring box art picture and basic information about the product. Kit parts are additionally protected with packing peanuts. The base consists of 9 parts... seven pieces are cast in resin and two (handrails) are made from laser-cut cardboard:
- base floor
- side wall
- door frame
- stairs (3X)
- handrails (2X).
The resin pieces are molded in gray resin; I did not find any casting imperfections on the parts. Moreover, all the parts are clean of pouring blocks and ready to assemble. The fit of pieces is excellent and I did not have any problems building the base as the construction process is completely straightforward. The only thing that requires a bit more attention during the assembly are the handrails which need to fit to all the stairs and door frame as well. The finished base has dimensions of approximately 63x63x73mm (2,5x2,5x2,9”).
The kit depicts a portion of a spaceship or battle base, some kind of underground habitat, top secret cybernetics lab, engineering facility, modular docking platform... I'm not sure what it really is, but the base has a definite futuristic appearance. The side wall features a vertical support beam, pipes and tubing, plasma lights and a display showing system status or some kind of diagnostic report. The floor section is even more complex; it consists of flat floor grill, door opening mechanism, pipes and tubing, a row of plasma lights and even a small depression featuring miniature closed doors... probably an entrance to a narrow tunnel providing access to critical systems. Three mesh stairs lead from the floor to slightly raised doorway. The stairs have grooves on their bottom, so there is almost no possibility of misaligning them when attaching to the designated places of the floor section. The handrails are made of hard cardboard; they connect mesh stairs and the door frame. Again, small indentations help in positioning all the parts well. The door frame part is beautifully sculpted with plasma lights built in throughout the inside of the frame. Door security access panel is located on the right hand side of the doorway; it looks great with all the keypads and display details well rendered. The door is depicted as 2-part sliding door, opening up and down, with a lock mechanism located in the middle. Since the door frame is completely detailed even on the inside of the door opening, the modeler can decide to leave the doors open without compromising the detail.
Painting the base should be fun… there are no rules or “correct” paintcharts for this kit, so modelers can let their imagination run free. I attached some pictures of the Micro Art Studio box art model that could be used as a reference, although I’m sure you have all seen number of SciFi movies and TV series and have a general idea how the base could be painted. I also attached a picture showing a 28mm figure displayed on the base, just to give you an insight to the size of this kit.
If you want to display your Sci-Fi miniature figure masterpiece in an appropriate and elaborate setting, look no further... this is a perfect base for you. Well cast and easy to assemble, Sci-Fi Diorama #1 is a base which will definitely raise your miniature to a whole new display level.