CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF
(from: Curse of the Werewolf -
Manufacturer: House of Hammer
Sculptor: Mike Hill
Material: Cold Cast Porcelain Resin
Curse of the Werewolf
has always been one of my favorite werewolf movies. Oliver Reed does
an outstanding job as the tortured soul afflicted with Lycanthropy
and the make up design is one of the classiest renditions ever.
Mike Hill’s sculpt is up to his usual
superior standards. He has an uncanny knack for nailing a likeness
dead on and his physical positioning catches the character in
mid-motion giving it a great feeling of action. You can count on any
piece by Mike to be exceptional.
This model was my first encounter
with building a cold cast porcelain kit. It didn’t really present
any major difficulties or difference from any other resin kit. The
big thing that jumped out was when I was drilling holes for pinning
or sanding it, it smelled different than what I was used to. But
because the kit is porcelain, the casting is perfect. There were no
seams, pinholes or air bubbles. Assembly was a breeze and when
completed, the figure stands just over 12” tall.
I was in a quandary as to whether I
should build this straight out of the box or try to customize it
with a different base. I opted, for once, to keep it simple and just
build it straight up. I’m pretty happy with the result but in
retrospect, my biggest dissatisfaction turned out to be the base
itself. The overturned bowl of food just doesn’t look good. If I
were to do the kit again I would either do a new base or remove the
There is plenty of painting reference
on this kit floating about on the internet. The film was in color so
there’s a very good guideline for your painting. I did everything
pretty much as in the film. He’s painted entirely by hand in
acrylics. I used multiple washes and dry brushing to achieve the
textures I wanted. There was no airbrushing on this one.
This kit is not elaborate but due to
the craftsmanship of Mike Hill, the model stands out on the shelf
among much more involved kits. It’s just a good solid monster model
that is a great addition to any collection.