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Review Landsnecht from Castle Miniatures ( Part 2/2 of The Partners )

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Following on from my review here:

    https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/landsknecht-from-castle-miniatures.192081/

    ......this looked at the standing figure in the set , being part 1 of 2 figures in the set

    This review will look at the 2nd figure and prone figure lying on the ground itself , ready to meet his maker .

    The shipping was fast and well packed but obviously you will get them in the box when you purchase the set ( The Partners )

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    Details of the release:

    Title: Tu mea sola socium

    Scale: 75mm

    Material: a mix of dark and light gray resin

    No of parts: 7

    Sculptor: Vladimir Danilov ( A PF member )

    Box Art : None on review piece



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    You can refer to the original review for references etc but here are a couple for inspiration ....colourful fellows eh !!!

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    This above shows the shoe style often seen in use

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    As a regiment

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    Very popular with wargamers as well

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    Couple of books

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    Continued in next post

    Nap
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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Lets look at the resin

    Consisting of 7 pieces , the larger base the full torso less lower legs , right arm and head all of which are cast onto separate resin formers , there is also a sword scabbard

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    Prep

    Torso .....small casting line underneath ( although this does not show when in place )

    Lower legs....remove from formers and fit before putting torso to base , tiny bit of filler needed

    Arm......As with the lower legs , slight flashing between fingers...a sharp craft knife will suffice for this

    Head...Remove from former and fit to neck area ... filler required for a air hole on the lower left neck

    Scabbard...Remove from former and fit to position on left hip

    Base....Remove 2 casting plugs from rear and sand around edges

    A lot of words really for what is extremely minimal prep needed so well done to the casting team

    General Comments

    • A quality resin has been used , holding details well
    • Definition is excellent
    • Fit is as expected ...very very good
    Lets look at the pieces

    Torso

    Sculpted prone with his legs raised and bent up at the knees , the head slightly raised when in pace

    Wearing the slashed clothing in different styles on the legs and ribbons of slashing on the upper arms

    Around the waist a sash with very sharply worked bow , a belt and buckle working its way from this

    The lower part of his clothing at the waist is scalloped in shaping , good undercuts are evident everywhere , there is also the lacing that attached the leggings to the small shorts worn at this time

    The left arm and hand rests to his chest ...underneath a wound perhaps

    Moving up just below the cloak he wears around his shoulder we have bag of money , nicely detailed

    The cloak is full of folds again well worked

    The knees show a ripped area , this guy has been on campaign for a while !!

    Legs are bent at the knees underneath locating holes for the lower legs

    And of course we have a full and shapely cod piece !!!

    In the centre of the torso we have cutout into which fits the shtanding figure as in the first review

    The rear of the resin is flat with no detail that not going to be shown when in position on base

    Fit to the base is really accurate and no filler is needed


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    Head

    Another fine sculpt , a older man with no hair but a fine beard , details on the head is sharp and as good as ever , the mouth is open exposing the teeth ( with a gap ) , the expression is one of pain , eyebrows raised , viens straining on either side of his temples , facial features are spot on

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    In the box the head and arm are on the same former , I split them for pictures

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    Arm

    Raised up the hand pleading for mercy , fingers outstretched , long and bony in features , slightly apart , again veins are straining , the lower sleev has good folds and creases

    Fit is accurate to the torso

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    Lower legs

    Again highly sculpted , folds and creases are well done and we have torn area as well , the shoes are the wide fronted with slashed uppers , again well defined

    Fit again easy and accurate


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    Scabbard

    Fitting easily to the left hip , small straps wrap around the top edge matching the torso sword straps

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    Base

    Oval in shape , textured , cast onto the base is the cape itself , well worn and torn at the edges , good folds as well , at the upper base part there is the cap that has come off the head

    Included in the base is the thing these soldiers valued most ...money ...in the shape of coinage falling out of a bag with a drawstring ...nice touch , enveloped in the cloak on the right there is his sword ...now sadly useless to him , even though its nearly hidden the work on the handle is good

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    Lets have a couple detailed shots I cropped from pics from the website as well:

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    Final Thoughts

    A great figure that shows a lot of sculpting skill , casting as good as ever from Castle Miniature , painting will bring out te excellent detail work

    Together with the standing figure its a great vignette ...and as colourful as you want

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


    For more details on this including the great "Dogs Life" series 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

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    Happy Modelling

    Nap
  3. Gary_81 Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nice to see the final part in your review Nap. It does go to show just how detailed this kit is and just how much care and attention went into creating it.
    This really will make a great scene without any other additions needed.

    Gary
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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys

    Alex has sent me some pictures which I share with you all

    Painting by Kirill I believe

    ENJOY

    Nap

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    These are from Canadian modeller Colin Fraser ( Thanks for the pictures )

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  5. Richard Baxter A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Available in the UK from Steve Kirtley, skminiatures.
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  6. john din Active Member

    Country:
    Greece
  7. TERRYSOMME1916 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great totally thorough review of what seems to be a top quality kit and of course the exceptional painting showing the finished result makes this one very hard to resist, stunning.
    TERRY

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