Have to address the "lens on the barrell of the plasma pistol" comment. This is Science Fiction. Has anyone ever seen a working plasma pistol? Who is to say the plasma energy isn't focused through a lens instead of a barrel. I paint all my plasma and laser weapons this way, as I think it adds to the sci-fi quality. wartmcbeighn, if you have a working plasma pistol, and it in fact does have a barrel, please pardon the response.
This is stuning mini regardless of iconography. I'm afraid wartmcbeign is getting notorious for giving great minis low scores based on tiny details which should not bring a mini like this down to a 5 which is supposedly tabletop quality. This is obviously not tabletop quality and I'm just waiting for him to post some minis of his own. Come on wartmcbeign, were all waiting?
Does it really matter about the iconography? I think voting a 5 because of this is getting a bit nit-picky. The flames look great as does all the freehand. The highlights on the black has been painted extremely well and subdued. And the gold on the shoulder pad trims is absolutely fantastic! I think the only thing that needs work is the base, it just looks to plain and the wrong 'setting' 7.5.