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Predatorstuff Reviews Narin’s Series 04 Bad Blood Predator Kit, Painted by Joe Dunaway!

September 18th, 2009

Predators… known throughout science fiction circles as a lethal hunter, searching the galaxy for large and deadly game to test its skills and weaponry.  A fair hunter, the Predator does not engage defenseless animals or creatures it feels are not worthy of its attention.  But unlike others of its species, this alien intruder is no sport hunter, but a blood-crazed psychotic, a butcher of its own kind, an unhinged killing machine.. he is the Bad Blood, and Narin has brought him to life.

As promised in my Death Warrior review, here is the latest series direct from Narin, the Bad Blood Predator!  This is a brand new release that was announced a couple of months ago and is the insanely gorgeous follow-up to the successful Death Warrior kit from last summer.  The piece is sculpted and produced directly by Narin himself, and follows suit with the previous release with insane details and high quality castings in superior quality resin.  The kit is scaled in Narin’s usual slightly larger 1:6 scale (It’s a bit bigger than 1:6 scale but not quite 1:5 scale) and comes in (brace yourself) 96 parts, including 65 individual dread locks for 2 of the 3 Predator heads contained within this kit!  This is also a limited release kit with a total edition of 99 kits being released, and each base is stamped with the issue number as well as Narin’s signature.  The edition numbering method is a bit different on these kits than on the Death Warrior kits, making it much more difficult for recasters to make copies that resemble an original.  The edition number and signature is hand-signed by Narin in a small sunken area on the base, and then covered in clear resin.

The sculpt features the Bad Blood Predator, a maniacal killer loaded with battle scars and a taste for Predator blood. He stalks his prey with two Predator skulls mounted to his back armor and slices and dices his kills with a MASSIVE axe and spear, which comes decorated with his latest victim. The base features equally impressive details with another kill at his feet, complete with dreads, bio helmet and a complete upper torso. Narin’s AMAZING skills earning him the title of KING of the Predator kits come shining through once again in another MUST-HAVE release!  Both the Bad Blood’s head and the speared victim include individual dreads with a ton of beads and detail sculpted in… the third Predator head on the base has the dreads all molded as part of the base, so it isn’t complete torture for kit builders lol!  Poor Joe… he hates doing dreads.

SCULPT AND CASTING

Narin once again blows my mind with his amazing ability to include the tiniest details imaginable in every aspect of the sculpt… even underside areas you would never normally look at are meticulously sculpted with the finest details.  You’ve got a crazy amount of scars, spikes, bumps, textures and things that ooze…  the Predator on the base has an entire arm shredded right off and you can clearly see all sorts of important innards spilling out of the massive wound.  This is definitely one of the more gory kits Narin has done, even going so far as to adding an eyeball torn out of the speared Predator’s eye socket and hanging by a few tendrils of nastiness.  Every millimeter of weaponry is also exquisitely detailed, with all kinds of beveled edges and worked metal, making the weapons works of art all by themselves.  The Predator skulls Bad Blood carries on his back are also extremely impressive and detailed… I shudder to think of how long it must have taken to sculpt all of those tiny dread holes, each with little cracks and textures almost too small to see with the naked eye.  I don’t know how he does it, but Narin once again puts out the perfect kit and proves himself a sculpting master.

Once you’ve managed to assemble this killer with all his trophies, fresh kills and clanking arsenal, he stands just over 18" tall!  This is officially Narin’s tallest 1:6 scale kit to date.

The castings are once again in that peach colored high quality resin and are extremely clean and almost ready to paint right out of the box.  Joe did report to me that his copy did have a number of seamlines on the dreads that needed to be sanded out, but other than that the kit was flawless.  I do know Narin did have some problems with the mold making process on a few of the more complicated and detailed parts, but he redid the molds until the parts were coming out to his satisfaction, which apparently means damn near perfect!  Narin once again shows us the quality and time he puts in to his personal releases and the near flawless castings show it.

PAINT APPLICATION

A piece like this could only go to the only man I know that is either part Predator himself, or lives with an entire family of them… mister Joe Dunaway of www.modelzone.com and one of my good friends.  I’ve known Joe for around 5 years now and have been collecting kits painted by him for just as long.  I love how after 5 years, I am still speechless when I open up a box from him and see an all-new kit that has just been blessed with a visit to his studio.  I have yet to see Joe even come close to botching a paint job.. he simply nails everything he does and never fails to impress me.  It’s hard to fanthom how a guy that has painted so many Predator kits simply does not run out of ideas, in fact, it’s kind of scary.

Joe admitted to me after the fact that this kit would be a personal challenge for him for a couple of reasons… for starters, he was going to attempt a skin pattern, especially on the head, that he’s never tried before and wasn’t sure if it would look ok.  The other thing he’s never done before is extensive amounts of Predator blood that actually LOOKED like neon green, glowing Predator blood.  He’s done a couple of kits that have a little trickle of blood, but for this, he would need to have bloodied up weapons, limbs, and a huge gaping wound on the side of a Predator with guts pouring out.  The main challenge would be achieving a realistic glowing blood effect that didn’t turn out looking cartoony or completely ridiculous.  Not sure what he was so worried about… doesn’t he realize that all things are possible at the hands of Joe D?

So, how did it turn out?  Jaw dropping…  absolutely jaw dropping is the only way I can describe it.  Everything about the final paint job is insanely awesome and the perfect paint application brings out the perfect sculpt.  Yep, the word for today is ‘perfect’ folks.  The new head pattern design he used works beautifully, he looks fierce powerful and the red and yellow eyes make him look like an absolute berserker.  The overall skin tone pattern is awesome, with the dark blotchy areas with the spots being textured in to the lighter skin, with plenty of tiny veins and markings over every tiny fragment of skin.  The end result is incredibly life-like, you pretty much wait for him to walk off the base…

The Predator blood also turned out perfectly… it looks exactly like Predator blood and it’s very realistic.  Predator blood seems to be quick thick when show in the movies, almost looking like the same texture as pea soup or something.  Joe replicated that look down to a T, and the huge wound on the dead Predator laying on the base looks absolutely disgusting… the guts actually look wet and nasty and very realistic.  He kept the blood splatter to a minimum, which really adds to the realism and doesn’t let the super bright paint take over the kit.  The oozing blood matter on the spearhead is also kick ass and looks very realistic as well as the blood oozing down the shaft of the spear under the dead Predator’s gored head.  The metallics are also brilliantly applied and weathered…  one piece in particular really impressed me.  The large section of armor that covers the Predator’s butt is a separate piece that attached to the lower back of the kit, and Joe painted both sides… when I flipped it over to put a dab of super glue on it to secure it in place, I marveled at how amazing the metal effects were.  I swear it looked and felt like real rust or some kind of corrosion and I did a double-take thinking perhaps that part had actually been cast in iron or something.  Impressive, MOST impressive!

In true Joe form, he also added some chains, cord, quills and a bone bracelet for added detailing, which of course looks brilliant.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I do apologize if it sounds like I’m kissing ass here, but honestly, you have to see this in person to understand just how insanely gorgeous and perfect this piece is in every way.  One look at this kit or any other Narin kit painted by Joe in the last few years and you will understand exactly what I am talking about.  There is a global sense of perfection about the entire piece.. nothing is wrong.  Perfect sculpt, perfect castings, perfect pose, perfect paint.  You get the whole deal.  Of course, there are some purists out there that aren’t fans of any Predator styles that go beyond the original movies and that’s fine, but if you do enjoy the original concepts Narin puts out, it’s hard to imagine how you could find something wrong with a kit like this.  And even if you aren’t exactly on par with Joe’s skills, you can still have a blast painting something like this because of all the details and possibilities.  If you do want/have this kit or something else you wish you could get painted, remember to check out my Professional Painting Services page for contact information for all the artists I’ve used in the past and recommend.  Just because you can’t paint doesn’t mean you can’t own a beautifully painted kit in your collection.

And now we move on to media goodies!  We’ve got all kinds of eye candy for you, so please enjoy and tell me what you think… we’ll start off with a fun little video review I did in full HD, which you can check out by clicking HERE or click on the YouTube icon below.  By the way, this is first video I do using free open music under the Creative Commons License, which means I am allowed to use it in my videos without any music big wigs or YouTube getting mad at me.  Let me know when you think of the tunes I chose!

 Video Available on YouTube!

When this kit was in the mail and on the way from Joe to me, he asked me if I would be reviewing it and I said of course… he mentioned that I should be ready to take a ton of photos again (I had just finished reviewing the Death Warrior, which had the most photos I’ve ever taken for a single review) and I told him I doubted it would be as many seeing as the Death Warrior seemed to have a ton more detailed little bits that the Bad Blood.  Oh man was I wrong and I knew it as soon as I opened the box.  There is a TON of badass details on this kit that needed to be captured… the result? JUST AS MANY photos as the darn Death Warrior review!!!  Please click the photo icon below to check them all out and I hope the hours I spent behind the lens were worth it!

 

And last but certainly not least, we continue the fun of desktop wallpapers with another 3 new ones of the Bad Blood Predator.  Please use the list below to download whatever wallpapers you like, just make sure you grab the right ones for your screen size.  Enjoy!

 
To download a wallpaper, simply right-click on the appropriate resolution for your desktop size and click "save as" to save it to your computer.

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That, my friends, concludes another review… I hope you nejoyed this piece and I invite anyone looking for more information on this piece to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Please be sure to click to comment button below and leave me your feedback.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this piece, the review, the artwork… anything!  I really value your feedback and try to improve anywhere I can.

Thanks everyone and have an awesome weekend!
Dan

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12 Responses to “ Predatorstuff Reviews Narin’s Series 04 Bad Blood Predator Kit, Painted by Joe Dunaway! ”

  1. Heavy Metal Spike Says:

    First first first first (first) – lol.

    Another classy video and review that sits with Narin’s immaculate sculpting and vision, the perfect casts (I know – I have 2 of these myself!) and the wonderful ultra-PERFECT paintjob by Joe to make an end product that no-one else in the world ever comes close to.

    You collectively make an unbeatable team.

    Congratulations to you all for your talents and artistic abilitites. There are many out there that will be looking at this with way more than a pang of envy. And I say to them – bow to the masters! (lol)

  2. Medorik Says:

    lol near to you the kit seems little…….

    Dont worry folks the kit is very huge……Dan is a giant!!!!!

    I repeat my self…..My leg il like your arm bro!!!!

    Mauro

  3. Destroyer Says:

    LOL Medorik.

    I always had a mental picture of Dan being a skinny weed with glasses… sorry Dan! Obviously, I could not be more wrong, on the first part anyway, but I was right about the glasses.

    The Bad Blood is a sweet kit and more than worth it. I had two arm pieces that weren’t right in mine. I bought mine from Dan before he shut his shop. I told Dan and Narin shipped replacement parts to me for free with a very nice apology note. So buy with confidence! The kit is a great kit, the parts are beautifully cast, well packaged, the service is fantastic and you will not regret it.

    Can you tell I’m happy with this kit or what?

    Destroyer

  4. stelios dermousis Says:

    Absolutely amazing!just perfect!

    keep up the good work!!

    sincerely
    Stelios-Isa

  5. roostir Says:

    man i would pay serious cash to be able to look at this one in person every day:) wow!! im so freakin jealous. its such an amazing combination of artworks.

  6. the BENSIN Says:

    soooooo jealous, I’ll catch up to you one day Faken.
    One dayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! *shakes fist in the air*

  7. David Marfil Says:

    Hello Dan!!!
    This Predator Bad Blood it´s fantastic, and I can see that Joe Dunaway painted this kit fantastic too.
    I have a question for you, how much cost this kit?
    I´from Spain and I buy a Wolf Predator Kit in your web the last year, you recomend me Joe Dunaway and I want to say you one thing: Thanks for everything, Thanks to you and Joe

  8. Amy Says:

    Hi.
    I’m interested in PredatorStuff. However, I don’t know where I can buy bloodpredator kit.
    Please let me know so that I can try.

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  10. connor Says:

    sweet

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  12. chuckykiller Says:

    what can i say im bloody speachless the design the quality the paint detail put sideshow to shame id love 2 own a narin pred but i fear the price to get 1 bought painted then shipped as i cant paint 4 shit lol hope theres more in the pipe line its 1 of my dream collectible just 2 own a expertly painted narin built kit

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