Not Yet Dead Miniatures
1/35 Survivor Max Madden (NYD-S019)
Not Yet Dead Miniatures of Germany specializes in 1/35 and 28mm resin and white metal figures of survivors and zombies, a popular modeling topic with the appearance of several recent post-apocalyptic and zombie television shows and movies.
Not Yet Dead Miniatures’ (NYDM) resin 1/35 “Survivor Max Madden” came in a white cardboard box with a color paper sleeve of a painted photo of the figure, a trademark of their kits. Removing the sleeve and opening the box with a clear plastic window reveals the figure padded with blue foam and bubblepaper.
The kit contents are:
• Figure of Max Madden (single-piece cast)
• Left arm
• Right arm holding double-barrel sawed-off shotgun
• Black plastic circular disc
Although a black plastic circular disc comes with the kit, the figure isn’t really intended as a wargaming figure since all of NYDM’s figures are scale models and thus lack the “heroic proportions” (that squat-squashed appearance) found in wargaming figures.
Max’s pour blocks are conveniently located at the bottom of his boots, leaving the rest of the figure’s surface unscathed. I did not detect any casting errors with my review sample, no runs, lumps, sinkholes, warping, flash, seam lines, or blobs. The figure’s detail looks very good with nice casting and pretty sharp details.
Max wears an open jacket with vest pockets stuffed with equipment and ammunition, all molded in place, over a long-sleeve shirt. A combat knife, attached upside down, adorns his left chest while a magazine clip rests on his right chest pocket and a bandolier of shotgun shells is on his right waist. A leather armor pad with three rivets on the edge rests on his right shoulder. An empty open shotgun holster rests on his right thigh with a homemade kneepad strapped over his left knee. Max wears two knee-high boots that don’t appear to be combat boots since they lack string lacing. Instead, the boots have two snaps on the top of each foot. Max’s shabby attire does look the part for a survivor as the jacket has one pronounced hole and the pants has some pinhole stitching that somewhat resembles the rectangular pattern of a golfer’s wide plaid pants. The homemade armored shoulder pad and kneepad look both stylistic and fashionable in their practical sense, giving this figure a vigilante or survivor appearance that would place him in scenes from post-apocalyptic to gangs to militia to Sci-Fi. Max’s attire isn’t too futuristic, nor too salvaged, therefore Max could be placed in almost any modern or fictional future setting the figure builder desires.
The shotgun arm has a torn jacket sleeve at the bicep, exposing the long T-shirt sleeve underneath. The shotgun arm has a pin that goes into the hole in the torso while the left arm has a flat gluing surface. I testfitted the arms and they fit well against the torso. Both of Max’s hands have bandages wrapped around them; the empty left hand forming a fist.
The sawed-off double barrel shotgun looks decent; Max’s finger rests on the trigger. I did notice that the sawed-off barrels did not have holes in them and instead has little slits. It’s an oversight and since the shotgun points downward, perhaps won’t be noticed. Even though Max has what appears to be a pistol magazine clip in his right chest pocket, he doesn’t carry a pistol. Therefore, enterprising figure builders may want to add a handgun in holster from their spares.
Max has a decent facial expression with well-crafted eyes, nose, and lips of an adult male. The hair looks realistically sculpted.
I compared Max to my standing 1/35 DML “Light Infantry” figure and Max’s height matches the DML figure almost perfectly.
NYDM’s unique 1/35 “Survivor Max Madden” should fit in a variety of modern and fictional future settings. The casting and figure’s details appear decent and with the pour blocks at the bottom of the boots, there should hardly be any cleanup. The homemade accessories of molded-on armored shoulder pad, kneepad, and jacket pocket with equipment are a nice touch in identifying Max as a non-military warrior and not an ordinary civilian.
Special Thanks to Not Yet Dead Miniatures for the review sample. Photos with a red background are from Not Yet Dead Miniatures.
Highs: Decent casting and details, homemade accessories of shoulder armor, kneepad, shotgun shell bandolier and equipment pockets. Proportional civilian figure appears properly equipped for combat.Lows: No barrel holes in sawed-off double barrel shotgun.Verdict: A well-cast figure of a 1/35 armed civilian with a sawed-off double barrel shotgun.
About Peter Ong (Trisaw) FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
I model modern topics, mainly post 1991 Gulf War onwards.
My modeling interests include:
* Science-fiction/ fantasy
* 1/100 Gundam
* 1/35 armor
* Kitbashed projects
* Special Forces
* Resin or plastic modern figures
* 1/24 Police, fire, medical, and Government vehicles
* Rare, unique, ori...