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Review Foot Guards Officer plus canine friend from Castle Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone,

    We all know a dog is mans best friend but sometimes they say they are often very much alike ....this is the idea in the series from Castle Miniatures one of which I reviewed here a while back: https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/dogs-life-from-castle-miniatures.81498/

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    In that review the subject was the lowly soldier with a mongrol in this review we will be going to the other end of the social scale .....an officer and his Greyhound.

    Castle Miniatures have chosen to depict one of the elite British regiments ...the 2nd Foot Guards ( Coldstream ) in it we have a officer who is tall, thin and with a wiry body , striking a pose left hand on hip , the other bent with a riding crop in hand ...., he has a long pointed nose ....just like his canine companion that sits upright next to his master.

    • Our subject wear the undress uniform coat folded back to reveal the blue facings that together with the bicorne with a very flamboyant group of feathers on the crown
    • On his chest we have medal possibly the Waterloo with a service bar
    • Around the waist we see a crimson sash in silk net, this was about 6" wide and 88" long with 10" long tassel fringe, the Lt coy officers ( which is depicted in the resin ) had crimson silk cords with "bell rope" tassels.
    • Pantaloons were white buckskin being worn with half boots if not on duty
    • Sword consists of a very expensive "mameluke" style of weapon

    This is a painted version from Castle Miniatures website

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    Hunting was a much in vogue in this period and hounds were treasured commodities used fro such as well as pampered family members , often depicted in paintings in the household and stately homes of the upper classes like our officer with the purchase of rank in the select regiments also being done .


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    Continued in next post

    Nap
  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Lets open up that box

    Details of the release

    Title: Lieutenant of 2nd Regiment of Foot Guards with greyhound

    Reference: C75 - 03

    Scale: 75mm

    Material: Grey Resin

    No of parts: 9

    Sculptor : Vladmir Danilov

    Box Art: N/A on Review box

    Painted version above (this is the box art): Kirill Kanaev

    As with the majority of companies nowadays the parts were held in a good cardboard box with a black and white picture on the top ( the box art has since been completed by Kirill ) , the resin parts themselves were held in clear resealable bags .

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    The resin consists of the main figure with left arm , the right arm , head , feather plume , back piece of the whip/crop, sword, 2 halves for the dog and a base.

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    General thoughts

    • The figure is early regency with the flamboyance of the uniform and the fact he has a "Waterloo" medal.
    • Casting is of a high quality on flawless resin
    Prep

    Armed with my trusty optiviisor I searched for casting lines all over ...none could be found ...very happy

    There is minimal work to be done to the remaining pieces

    • Main Figure ...remove the small "L" shaped casting pieces from under boots
    • Feathered plume....remove the small casting post and fit to head wear
    • Sword...Remove casting post from the strap , tiny flashing between knot cords
    • Arm...Casting plug to remove from elbow and fit
    • Whip end ....remove small post on elbow and small one from hanging strap
    • Dog...Tiny excess on tail , small amount of filler needed when parts together
    That's it ...very little work indeed so wash the figures , dry and prime and paint


    Lets look at the pieces now

    Main figure

    Standing upright as sid hand on hip right leg slightly back , first impressions ...a quality sculpt full of details.....

    The collar is peeking over the top edges above the cravat that is wrapped round the neck , very good folds in this , at the point where the lower collar meets there is a rather nice lace ruff again well shown .

    Running down the front middle we see the lapels buttoned in pairs on each side , these are well formed the actual edging has the lacework in place , really good definition

    Moving to the shoulders , on the left we have the Light company wings ...this is a really beautifully detailed area with the fringed edges , the epaulette has the regiments badge and the hunting horn above , these are clearly seen and a joy to see , the one on the right has just the epaulette with a locating piece that brings the wing together when the arm is fitted .

    Both the collar and cuffs have lace around the edges as has the rear pockets and coat tails.

    Looking at the rear of the figure the first thing to note are the well defined clothing seams , very well done , the coat tails have a bugle horn on each one again as good as the other on the wings.

    Around the waist the sash with good texture , the rear where its joined is pulled together with a small toggle type securing it , leading from this there are the cords and the tassels ...spot on in type and all well detailed.

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    Just below the wait we have the sword belt with the snake "S" clasp , the strap runs round under the coat tails at which point there is the upper sword connecting belt ...nice work on the buckle and scabbard ring .

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    Pantaloons are crafted well to the leg shape leading down to the hessian style boots , the tops have lace and a tassel again nicely done.

    Both the uniform and the trouser have good natural folds in position

    Lastly there is of course the medal ...a very impressive bit of work ...sitting proudly on the chest .

    With all this great sculpting and quality casting painting is going to be a pleasure for sure.

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    A great start for sure

    Arm

    There is only, the right to fit this is cleverly engineered withe the actual wing being sculpted to the arm edge at the shoulder , this fits extremely well onto the epaulette on the main figure , details are very good as expected the work on the gloved hands the same applies , the edge of the crop is a gem ...a horses head ....very accurate and very much the image of the officers wealth, the end has a loop , fit is as explained previously.

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    Head

    Wearing the fore and aft bicorne, well shaped with good tassel hanging out at the points , the cockade and cord on the right side well sculpted , on the top there is the locating hole fro the plume of feathers

    The work on the head continues with a good face , like the nose and the protruding chin

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    Feather/Plume

    This is a flurry of feathers , blowing around in the wind , individually worked and looking good when in place.

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    Sword

    In mameluke style, with a fancy handle , scabbard is nicely shaped and has a long heel on it , on the handle there is a sword knot , delicate and with good cording , fit is easy and accurate by means of a small piece of resin on the rear of scabbard fitting well to the cutout on the left thigh .

    Good to see the lower strap cast on ...fit is excellent

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    Continued in next part

    Nap
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  3. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    On now to the final parts

    Dog

    Cast into 2 parts fitting together well with a little bit of filling and sanding needed where they meet.

    The left side has the neck and head sculpted with the other side fitting just where the collar is .

    The pose is one of alertness , head held high the long legs evident , good muscle definition , the neck is powerful leading to the head , good sculpting on the greyhounds features , the long snout , slightly pointed, ears folded down , the collar he wears is studded with a drop pendant at the front , perhaps the regimental badge.

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    I said "he" and its certainly a male , we have the necessary equipment in place!!!

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    Base

    A simple but suitable round base with textured surfaces , locating cutouts for the 2 subjects.

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    Final Thoughts

    Another good addition to this series of "Dogs Life" , great sculpting well cast and packed with details , minimal prep , and bags of characater both in the Officer and the Greyhound

    Highly recommended(y)

    Before I finish lets enjoy some more shots of the piece firstly some unpainted

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    For more details on this and other releases from Castle Miniatures why not go to the website:

    www.castleminiatures.com

    or of course there is the FB page

    or PM here on PF

    Or by e mail to : info@castleminiatures.com

    Thanks to Alex at Castle miniatures for the review piece and for you all for looking in

    Happy Modelling

    Nap
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  4. Redcap Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Super review Kevin thank you. Whilst not 'my thing' to paint, I think this dog and owner range by Castle Mins. is one of the most imaginative ranges created within the hobby for many years now.

    Gary
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  5. Richard Baxter Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Scotland
    A very nice figure, although I could do without the dog. Don't suppose it's available separately?
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  6. Zastrow.cuirassier A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    My god it's not a BUST !!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Another great review from ................DeadNap !!
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  7. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys

    Thanks for the comments it's a fine piece

    Richard in respect the figure being available separate might I suggest you contact Alex at Castle Ministures via PM or website .

    ZC ...my goodness you are right ....it's got legs !...LOl nice one Luc

    Thanks for looking in

    Nap
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  8. ometz Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Great review of a beautiful figure. My only critique is that the figure takes some artistic license in creating this scene, i.e., as a greyhound owner, I have never seen this breed sit like this canine. Only time I've seen a hound sit is for a quick scratch. A minor quibble re: a very nice figure (and one I intend to buy).
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  9. Fantomas Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Thank you for a nice review, Kevin!
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