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Review General Bagration from Legion Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Nov 15, 2020.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi to one and all

    Legion miniatures continue to treat us with releases and I was lucky enough to get this one ( as well as others including foot figures recently which I will share whenever I can )

    The subject of this release is a famed Russian general highly regarded in Russia even now for his outstanding bravery ...namely PIOTR BAGRATION

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    Note: above is a Z brush picture

    Lets have a litte bit of background on him:

    His military service began in the age of 17 in 1782 as a sergeant of the Caucasian Musketeer regiment.

    In the rank of General-Major he took part in the Italian campaign of Suvorov in 1799.

    In the Russian-Austrian-French war of 1805 he showed himself as a talented commander of the rear-guard.

    In 1805 he distinguished himself in the bloody battle at Shengraben

    Kutuzov promoted him to the rank of General-Lieutenant and rewarded him witn the Order of St.George of the 2nd Class.

    In 1809 in the rank of General of Infantry was appointed the commander of the Moldavian Army

    At Borodino in 1812 under the command of Bagration infantrymen and artillerymen beat off seven attacks one after another.

    In the eighth attack Bagration was wounded very seriously: a shell-splinter splintered his left hip.

    Wounding of Bagration at Borodino in 1812

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    He continued to command and didn't leave the battle till the loos of blood had weakened him finally.

    He died on September,12, 1812 of this wound in Simy village in Vladimir gubernia. At July,5 1839 his remains were reburied in the Borodino Field near the memorial to the heroes of the war of 1812.

    Bagration took part in many campaigns, wars and battles.

    For his courage, bravery and military skills he was rewarded with many Russian and foreign Orders and arms: the gold sword decorated with diamonds with the inscription "For courage".

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    There are books on the Russian Army including on Borodino itself including these

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    On to the release

    Title: Peter Bagration ( In Russian on the review box ) part of "The Greatest Men " series

    Reference: LMBT081

    Scale: 1/10th

    No of pieces: 4

    Material: Medium Gray resin

    Sculptor: Alexander Bodunov

    Casting: In house

    Box Art: S.Kunz


    Prep

    Legion have gained a extremely high reputation with their releases in respect of the minimal prep needed ...it has continued here with this release

    • 2 castings post to remove from underneath torso and a very fine casting line
    • Remove a tiny bit of excess resin where lower arm meets torso
    • Casting post from under neck to remove and fit head
    • Make up 2 part base after removing excess resin and small flashing ( if you choose to use this)
    General Comment
    1. There is a lot of intricate medal work on this ....and no problems with casting lines going through any detail
    2. Casting is a very high quality
    3. Resin used is smooth and with no blemishes :)
    Again the parts were in a nice laser cut box with a painted version of the piece on the lid , inside parts were sandwiched between foam layers and held in a resealable clear bag

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    Parts consist of torso, head, and a 2 part base

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    Continued in next post

    Nap
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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    On to the resin

    General thoughts
    1. Smoothly cast all over with no pin holes
    2. All details are crisply cast
    3. Build accuracy is spot on
    Head


    As we have said in the past the face is the one thing that must be good .....ia this one ????....you bet , a really good sculpt

    The distinctive nose shape , nostrils are well styled and not filled in , lips are closed together , a good strong chin with the ears being well shaped

    Good cheek features with the same applying to the eyes , with upper and lower eyelids well done , the pupils are nice;y shaped making the painting so much easier

    Above the eyes quite full eyebrows raised in shaping , again as seen in pictures

    The really well worked area is the hair and the side whiskers , every curl and twist is in place , allowing painting of each curl to be done ...when finished the effect will be just great ...just look at the pictures !!

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    Torso

    Where to start .......folds and creases are not overworked which is good to see , the back is cut high to just below the level of the shoulder , the resin being shaped nicely underneath that , leading down to a shaped piece that the base pieces fit to

    Across the chest there is a sash ...a challenge to paint to get the effect but enjoyable ...what is something I like is that the shaping of the awards, crosses etc are showing underneath .

    The sash has folds where it meets the epaulette with the edges being sharp and in scale in depth

    There are numerous awards flowing across the chest and they are really a pleasure to look at , all the details are there and cleanly edged , the pictures will show this better ...suffice to say I AM IMPRESSED

    On the shoulders we have the epaulettes , well sculpted and cast details include a rope cording , with the hanging fringes again being really well done ...and they all sit well and natural onto the shoulders

    The collar was a area I had my doubts about surviving the transit as its very well edged and high ...but it was fine ....and really is another area where casting has brought out the skill of the sculptor , nice edging and the oakleaves are all well shown

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    Details pictures for you to enjoy:

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    Base

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    Consisting of 2 parts with the T piece fits onto the underside shaping with the circular part fits against the curve .....making this base:

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    ( this picture is from the previous review here: https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/marshall-konstantin-rokossovsky-from-legion-miniatures.203237/) but the base fits the same !!


    Final Thoughts

    Do I like it ...absolutely..... a pleasure to be able to share this , plenty of exquisite detailing all well cast and with the minimal of prep , allowing you to get straight on with the painting and enjoy this high quality piece

    There are others in "The Greatest Men" series .....and I am pleased to say not only Napoleonic

    As always I have enjoyed the review hope you have found it interesting and constructive:)


    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED(y)



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    Legion are members here ( user ID Andrey )

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    ....so you can order direct from him here on PF or via the website which is:

    www.legionminiatures.org

    They also have a FB page:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/214757915731528/

    Thanks to Legion for the review item and to you all for looking in

    Enjoy your bench time


    Nap

  3. Tonton Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    If only I wasn’t dedicated to 54mm…

    Jeff
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  4. Richard Baxter Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Scotland
    Excellent piece, very good likeness.

    Irbis do an excellent 75mm figure of him for those of us/you who like our soldiers to have legs.
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  5. clrsgt A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Lovely looking kit. If I did not have the IRBIS 75mm kit, this one would be on my list for sure. Oh yes, excellent review as always Nap.
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  6. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Thank you for your comments believe me it looks even better ...very sharp details

    Happy benchtime ...whatever you paint

    Nap
  7. Edorta A Fixture

    Country:
    Spain
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  8. Ronaldo Well-Known Member

    I wonder how much better these super castings would be in a high quality metal compound ,as nice as it is when blown up to the size in the pictures you do start to see a lot of imperfections ,off course this is nit picking
    but I do tend to compare all with Metal models quality :rolleyes:
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  9. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    A very good point Ron and thank you for commenting ....it would be interesting to see and compare blown up pics of a metal version ....everyone to their own preference of course

    Nap
  10. Billy Dickinson PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great review Nap ! .... but I'm intrigued...what is "Z brush " ?

    Billy
  11. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Thanks Billy

    Z brush is a computer program that allows sculpting as if you have the material in your hand

    More details here https://conceptartempire.com/what-is-zbrush/

    Nap
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  12. Billy Dickinson PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Wow.. now that is impressive... Thanks for the information Nap !

    Billy
  13. Bob Orr Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Another cracking review Kev. Just realised last weekend should have been Bugle Call. Hopefully latter half of 2021 will be better!
  14. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Thanks Bob it's a nice piece ..lookng forward to a better 2021 and BC

    Nap

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