Logo of the Iron Crows project
the dwarfiest dwarves that ever dwarfed
The Iron Crows of Kazhuk Izril, range of miniatures by Durgin Paint Forge

In 1973, a study carried out by researchers from the University of Borghetto San Nicolò elaborated the "Scale of happiness" (or De Carli's Scale, by its creator's name), an order of magnitude which measures the happiness of a person on the basis of certain factors. Without going into details, the various studies correlated the proportion between the income of an individual and the extent of his collection of Dwarves: in 94% of cases, it has been demonstrated that those who spend at least 42% of their income in dwarf miniatures are on average happier than others.This discovery shocked the scientific community at that time, generating fierce debates and disputes, but everything was soon hushed up by the lobbies of fashion which saw in Elves a model of beauty more functional to their business. In defiance of the system and the standards imposed from above, we of the Durgin Paint Forge have worked hard for more than two years to realize a collection of Dwarves that can allow you to take a leap forward in your personal De Carli's Scale.

"The Iron Crows and other dwarves of Kazhuk Izril" is an act of love, in an all-Italian way: spontaneous, visceral, loud and often inappropriate.

The Mighty Mega Box
the essence of dwarfsome
3d prints of dwarf characters, made by Durgin Paint Forge

Although the eponymous scale of magnitude has made Professor De Carli known to the general public, it is only at the end of his career, with his studies on the concept of dwarfsome ("eccezionanità" in Italian), that he reached the full maturity of his thought . Deepening the results of years of research in the field, in fact, the professor and his collaborators were able to summarize, if one can say, the sense of De Carli’s scale, thus answering the question that for centuries has involved philosophers and thinkers: what is the beautiful?

We have always been used to think about beauty as a completely subjective parameter: after all, Britney Spears has sold millions of records. Professor De Carli, however, was a man with a voracious curiosity and could not be satisfied with this bland aesthetic palliative, generally used by mothers to comfort their children after a sentimental failure.

"Beauty cannot be detached from rationality, there must be a common denominator in every object that we consider beautiful and I will find it!". It was 1982 when the professor threw down the gauntlet during an interview with Super Quark, in front of an astonished Piero Angela. Many called him crazy, some of the mythomaniac. Most Italians, however, were still intent on celebrating the world championship just won by the team of Bearzot (poo po po po pooo poooo).

De Carli was not intimidated by the skepticism of the cultural elite and, after having sealed his studio in Piazza Mazzini, Bordighera, he set off resolutely for the world, determined to find the essence of beauty. For years he interviewed people of all ethnicities and religions, mapping what he later called "the aesthetic Yggdrasill".

3d print of Galarr, Great Master of the Iron Crows
3d print of the Adventurer
3d print of Iron Crow Warrior

He discovered that, in spite of every culture and every individual having a unique concept of beauty and entirely heterogeneous parameters of judgment, some aesthetic concepts reappeared with a statistically relevant recurrence. De Carli then tried to go back through this imperceptible trail of crumbs left on the ground by humanity, combining these details common to all cultures to recreate the original loaf from which the concept of beauty originated. The result was a mind-blowing creature: the Dwarf.

Short and stocky ("the round and compact shapes give a sense of security and tenderness, inspiring confidence") but with the appearance of a classic pater familiae ("the archetype of the grandfather inspires safety and protection"), the creature harmoniously merged into aesthetic features pleasing to man, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or geographical origin. Thus De Carli elaborated the concept of dwarfsome, a beauty perceivably by any individual, the true trait of union of humanity. "

De carli's legacy

At this point I imagine you would be wondering what the role of prof. De Carli in this project of ours is. Far from being a trivial rhetorical exercise, however significant, on which to reflect abstractly, we at Durgin Paint Forge have made the dictates of the Master a real beacon with which to illuminate the vast sea of ​​miniatures modeling, a light of hope that can signal to you, adventurous sailors looking for resin treasures, a safe harbor to dock at.

"The Iron Crows and other Dwarves of Kazhuk Izril" is not just a range of miniatures intended for commerce, but a real tribute to that message that De Carli wanted to give to the world before leaving us tragically in the famous 2006 air crash at the “Meeting for Short-sighted Scale Aircraft Builders”, in the general indifference of the Italians, still drunk with the celebrations of the world championship just won by the national team of Lippi (po po po po po pooo pooo!).

"I dedicated my life to research, traveling the world far and wide for sixty years. I saw the dawn rise on the Sea of ​​Japan, I swam with the hippos in Ngorongoro, I interrogated the stars in the silence of Urubamba. And I'll die because of that damned 1:7 scale Messerschmitt."

With these poignant words one of the brightest minds of the 21st century rose to heaven, and it is precisely on these words that we laid the foundation stone of Durgin Paint Forge.

In imagining the range "The Iron Crows and other Dwarves of Kazhuk Izril" we did not set limits but we tried to create a range of miniatures that, when a 1: 7 scale Messerschmitt will fall on our heads and we will rethink our past life, will make us serenely say: "it was worth it".

3d print of the Augu-Nornir