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European Knight from Altores Studio

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi everybody

    The russian company continues in the release of another in their range of releases this time we are taken back to 14th Century .

    The release was announced here on PF and on Social media sites



    The knight was the equal of today's MBT , covered in armour with very flexible joints , able to move freely and provide a shock troop to an enemy thundering down to their battle lines .

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    As always we have a selection of books to look out for , all provide great information particularly the Europa Mili taire ones

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Lets look at the resin

    Details of the release

    Title : European Knight 14th Century

    Reference: F-75-016

    Scale: 75mm (1/24th)

    Material: Gray resin

    No of pieces: 13

    Sculptor: Oleg Pogosyan

    Box Art: N/A

    Again we have the same quality packaging with the parts in bags between foam layers , no box art was available so we have a sharp picture of the unpainted figure on the top.
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    Yet again this is a quick and easy process with the casting plugs situated in an easy to access position , a quick snip and sand and will be ready to fit then pieces ready to prime and paint.
    Parts consist of the main figure , 2 arms , head , 2 pieces of headwear , knee armour , 2 weapons, the coat ,the flag and a base.
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    The figure is sculpted holding a flag and a sword and cast for the coat to be fitted , a look over the pieces revealed a smooth surface with sharp details all over .

    I will split the review looking at the main figure and the Arms in this part
    Main figure
    This is a knight who is wealthy , fully armoured apart from his head as he wears a comfortable headwear which derived from the hood being worn over the head , this became the fashionable "chaperon" which was a tailor made roll with an end hanging ...often seen with the badge of the household ...all very much the in thing for that "night" on the town..lol

    Now I looked long and hard for casting faults and could only find a slight casting line at the back ( this would be hidden by the coat) , the whole figure shouts QUALITY at me , wearing a studded armour shirt over his mailed vest .
    The details of these elements are really very good sharply worked and cast.
    Around the waist we are treated to 2 belts one being very impressive , well sculpted and looping over at the slightly off centre on the right thigh , the other is smaller but equally as good in definition
    The mail is again nicely shown ..I am amazed at the sculptors and the patience they must have .
    The legs are fully armoured with separate knee pieces , excellent strapping and very good representation of the pieces of armor themselves
    The feet are not armored though he is wearing shoes with the laces hanging down each side , well worked as in the reference picture.
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    These parts continue in the same vein of high quality But what is really nice to see is the gauntlet fingers , very nicely done , again we have mail and the armour sections being easily defined , fit to the main figure is easy and clean
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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Now to the remaining pieces


    In this we see a bearded character , again showing nice facial features , the head is designed to have the headwear on but I can see no reason to do a bit of converting , adding a hood and there you have it another option , it is however really nice to see a knight not wearing a helmet and looking more casual in attire

    No issues with the fitting , at the neck we have mail

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    Consisting of 2 pieces the main piece and the naging down part , suffice to say the folds are very naturally shown , on the roll we have a livery/household badge of a cross , this matches the one worn around his neck very nicely ...good bit of bling there .

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    This is a large piec of resin and shows a good understanding of the wearing of clothing during the period , a full coat with slashed sleeve , hanging down all the way round , it certainly looks like it could be a warm item of clothing ...displaying the knights wealth by the quality and material.

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    Knee pieces and Weapons

    These are all good versions of the real items with the knee pieces fitting easily in place ( make sure you fit them up the right way!!)

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    The weapons consist of a unsheathed sword ( we have no scabbard though) with both this and the dagger being a good shape and easy to fit , both handles are ringed to help in the handling of them .

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    This is a nicely scaled piece particularly in the actual thickness , looking correct , the flag hangs down blowing slightly in the wind, the folds are again well worked , the challenge here is to paint it with a design on or you could of course leave it plain!!!, the shaft is topped by a good spear point .

    Fit is easy again with the left handed gauntlet being sculpted to the actual pole itself
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    This is a chunky bit of groundwork textured all over with the cutouts for the figure to sit into .

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    Final Thoughts

    So there you have it another release from Altores , no doubt a popular subject and again its nice to see that they have not dropped in quality , this I am positive will continue .

    Another good addition to he range from Altores , well sculpted giving the modeller lots of potential to do his own version .

    Casting is also of the same high standard and they have certainly set themselves a high benchmark

    Lets have some pictures of the piece made up but before casting


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    For details on this and more from them :

    E-mail: altoress@mail.ru

    Website: www.altores.com

    They are also a member of FaceBook and the forum here on PF

    Thanks to [IMG] for the review piece

    Also to you all for looking in ...ENJOY the modelling

  4. ATTİLA the HUN Well-Known Member

    MASTER oleg made a AWESOME sculpt.(not my interest army)
    I love all OLEG sculpts. THANKS for sharing
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  5. swralph A Fixture

    Another thoroughly enjoyable and comprehensive review.
    Thank you so much for all the effort you put in Nap:).
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  6. Tommi A Fixture

    Nice review again Nap. I picked this kit up a few months back and have to say that its a fantastic casting and all fits together very well.

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  7. mortier A Fixture

    Thank you for the next very good Altores-special
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