Shamal & Zafila
Posted by meronpan on June 9, 2010
Heilkräftige Hand des Windes & Blauer Wolf… Healing Hand of the Wind & Blue Wolf? Seriously, Zafila/Zafira’s title is Blue Wolf? Ah well, just going by what’s printed on the box :P
To be quite honest I wouldn’t have picked her up if I weren’t completing the set, perhaps that’s why I was pleasantly surprised ^^;
Another thing about not being too enthusiastic about her… for some reason that made me think she was 1/8 or something. That’s anything but true as you’ll see in some comparison shots later… for now, here’s the huge box!
…that doesn’t really tell you much without a reference does it? Well, it’s about as tall as nanoha’s box.
She definitely feels like the most simple of the gang with just the book. And poor zafira is tiny.
Is he supposed to be in puppy mode? ^^;
Don’t mind saber in the background :P
…i really shoulda shot this with the lights on to give a little more color to the background ^^;
…let’s put zafira out of his misery. Just have 2 more shots of him ^^;
On the bright side it’s nice to have the whole gang ^^;
Hey let’s try something… 800 width images!
woo! Apologies in advance to my 1024×768 viewers… a little over a year ago you guys were about 14% of my readership (or at least, the readers who voted :P) and as time goes on I assume people keep upgrading. I’ll run the poll again to see what ppl think (i remember even some higher rez folk actually preferred small pics) but I must say one of the few things I can deliver is sharp pics… so rather than try to be foobarbaz or artistic like Tier I’d rather just build on my strength ^^
Speaking of sharpness check these out:
…for examples of not sharp! ^^;; Alas, that’s the trade off shooting wide open on my 50 f/1.4.
If nice creamy bokeh from a fast lens is something you’re aspiring for, be sure to check reviews and be ready for less than optimal results shooting wide open (sharpness wise). Here’s some ISO 12233 shots from a great Canon review site I frequent. Of course, being able to shoot at f/1.4 can be the difference between having a shot or no shot, so it’s not terrible by any means. But moral of the story, remember that your lens performance may vary quite a bit throughout its aperture range!
Here’s my 100mm @ f/2.8
And a side by side comparison:
Both shots were focused on the eyes.
Alright, enough geeking out with camera babble. gomen!
Then again, not really much to say about shamal ^^; Her outfit is relatively simple and she lacks the exciting accessories everyone else has.
You can see the clear plastic support bar included to suspend the 闇の書 above.
Unfortunately her device is a ring… not the most exciting thing in a figure ^^;
And the other hand~
A little more camera babble… sorry, can’t help myself ^^; But another reason to get a circular polarizer… shot without:
Much better, darou? ^^
Not having much to work on, the sculptor perhaps put all the effort into her pantsu?
fancy pantsu! not expecting that ^^;
The support for shamal’s foot is built in to the base/pre-attached so no futzing around with that ^^
Closer look at 闇の書
Maybe if shamal was less of the team mom she’d be more exciting? ^^;;
below shot prolly woulda been better without that support bar ^^;
i think it is the impressive 1/7 scale that makes this figure for me ^^
Speaking of which, here are those comparison shots i promised:
Saber’s…1/6? and you can see Shamal’s raised hand gives her a definite height advantage. (ignore my stupid f/2.8 putting saber all out of focus ^^;;)
Here we go. f/10 ftw ^^; KOS-MOS is 1/6! Haruka is 1/8. Shamal wins ^^;
Sorry for the delayed review. She was set to ship together with another May release, I forget who, but whoever it was was delayed and I forgot to change her to ship immediately. Hobby Search’s system doesn’t really take care of those sort of things by itself ^^;
Check out foo… wait… foobarbaz didn’t get her? ^^;; hmmm… did anyone else put up a review? ^^;;; My google reader search isn’t turning up with anything and as you’ve probably noticed my starcraft playing has cut deeply into my blog reading ^^;;; Well, let me know if you see a review up.
At nearly 10,000 yen I can see why people were hesitant to pick her up, but hey, I had to catch ’em all ^^;