In-Box Preview: New Paint

A couple of weeks ago I asked Monroe Perdu Studios, from Simi Valley in California, whether or not they had scheduled new releases for 2004. Soon after I popped the question, they replied that they where finalizing a new vignette called "New Paint". In their email they also provided a "sneak peak" picture of the box art they where going to use for their new vignette. I must admit, that when I saw the picture, my heart started to beat faster.

What I saw was a vignette with a piece of a building, but not just one of those brick colored buildings we know so well from the WWII scenes that dominate today's"diorama territory". What I did see, was a beautifully colored part of a building. Hey, wait a minute ..... there was more on that picture than the building alone.

When I looked at the picture a bit longer, I noticed I saw a whole scene on it, with only one thing missing ... a figure. Why no figure ? It would have made the scene so much more complete .... Would it ? It looked like the painter had gone for a new can of paint, or ... a larger ladder.....

When I realized the figure could have been gone for a reason, it became clear to me that this scene was really well thought over. It WAS complete.... or would it be just another fancy commercial "box art trick" in order to make things bigger and better than they really are ?

Well, it wouldn't take long before I would find the answer to that last question. Monroe Perdu Studios offered me the chance to review their latest release. Only a couple of days later the mailman handed me the package with the helmet logo on it.

In this review I'll open the box and show you what's inside. You can be the judge on whether or not this kit can be called "a complete scene".

About the Author

About Danny Wennekes (Eagle)

I started modeling at the age of 10. When I was 22 my work forced me to quit the hobby until I returned to the modeling frontline at the age of 36. Nowadays I model dioramas, but in the land of modeling I admire the figure painters.... so skilled and most of them are great guys too.... My favo...


Danny... great job on this article. I look forward to seeing what you do with the full build. Keep up the good work. Jim PS: And why am I the first person replying to this?
APR 01, 2004 - 05:44 PM
Because I did not see this post before? Lol, great article indeed, I like the stuff Monroe Perdu brings out, it is not always cheap, but very good quality and a bit different
APR 01, 2004 - 10:40 PM
Danny, I'm very impressed, I nearly went to thier website to order something, until I remembered that my girlfriend has my creditcard!
APR 07, 2004 - 12:41 AM