Yeah, I know, not very appropriate, but the other option was the bear cav meme/motivational poster thing, which was even less of a reference.
First is my favorite, which was pretty hard to figure out because of how static the saddle was, in particular.
I think this one looks pretty badass, and is definitely a hero/champion's bear, in my opinion, where the bear is the focus. I think the twist gives enough of an opening to make it so the rider still has a lot of options for angles.
As a note, this is a more elaborate version of one of my most common conversions: I find that a huge portion of gaming minis just need a twist in the direction they're looking to move them from decent but static, to dynamic. (Obviously, I also changed a lot more on this one...)
It couldn't stand up without a base, and I thought it was more consistent for the other two to stand on the same one, at that point.
A very short little reviewNormally I don't get to look at 3 different casts of identical models, so this was worth noting.
As with a lot of the more boutique-style resin companies that have been coming up late, Mierce's casting was very nice. Except for a deep mold line on the same piece on all 3 models, they were very good, and the really thin pieces all came out near-perfect, minus some predictable warping from resin's low tolerance for heat.
The sprues were pretty well thought out, and they weren't that hard to deal with; the only complaint I'd have is that it wasn't very clear how the back spikes were organized- some clearly fit, in specific holes, but there didn't seem to be a pattern to them.