Review Longbowman from Legion Miniatures

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  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi to one and all

    Legion Miniatures have recently released figures under the banner of "OLD SCHOOL is the BEST SCHOOL" one being the full figure I am going to share with you here

    The release was announced along with another ( which I will review later ) here:

    The figure being this:
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    It does of course depict a archer with the infamous and lethal longbow , seen in deadly use at Crecy and Agincourt amongst others

    • The archer was a powerful man with archological evidence in skeletons that the shoulders were extremely well developed to pull the bow to its full capacity
    • Replicas of bows like those of the Mary Rose have demonstrated to withstand maximum traction of 84 kg, with an average of about 70kg.
    • With arrows that weighed half a pound, the longbows were able to shoot a distance of about 330 m.
    • Arrows that weighed one pound could reach up to 250 m.
    • During a sporting event, one of Edward III’ archers reached a distance close to 370 m.
    • However, during their training, archers had to aim for their target, which often consisted of a cloth lying on the ground. This target was placed at least 200 m away, which was the typical maximum shooting distance in battle.
    • The longbow can be considered the medieval machine gun. It has been calculated that an archer fighting in the Hundred Years’ War was able to shoot around 10 to 12 arrows per minute.
    Here we have some references and of course books that are good reading as well

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    some books



    As with all Legion miniatures the contents were in a laser cut box with unpainted images on the top and a side

    Legion Longbowman 001.jpg Longbowman.jpg legion 1-001.jpg

    Contents consist of torso, legs, arms , head, a arrow case , a blanket/bedroll, 2 bows , a small bag , sword , helmet and a base

    Note in the picture there are only 14 pieces , the missing piece is the hanging end part of the hood as seen here in the lighter resin hanging down at the back

    Details of the release :

    Title: Longbowman

    Reference: LMM 007

    Scale: 90mm

    No of pieces: 15

    Material: Medium Gray resin

    Sculptor: A. Bleskin

    Casting: In house

    Box Art: N/A on Review box

    Continued in next post

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Lets look at the Prep

    Torso...Casting line on the left side and resin post on lower edge
    Legs....Remove casting post from under feet and put together ...slight filling needed
    Arms ....Remove casting excess from shoulder and fit into position on torso
    Head... Remove casting post from underneath and fit to torso
    Bows...Small casting pot to remove on both and string bow as required
    Helmet...Cut away excess resin at rear underside , fit to left thigh ( a resin pin is provided but on review it broke off ...use a pin )
    Sword...Cut away small post from pommel and fit
    Small bag... Remove from former
    Arrow case/blanket roll...remove casting posts and fit into place

    General thoughts
    • Casting is very good with sharp undercuts and details like lacing ties being well worked and shown
    • Minimal prep
    • Plan your build ie: paint before attaching the arrow case and bedroll, sword, bag
    • The figure shows very well the power of the archers body ...a robust and strong individual
    Onto the resin


    This is just the upper body with our archer wearing clothing often seen as in my reference pictures , strewn with belts holding his equipt with a belt
    Very good folds and creases with the belts pulling correctly into the material , he wears a coif which sits on the shoulders , blousing out with the belts ...a nice touch
    Whats always seen on the legion figures is the good undercuts and belt details like buckles
    The lower edge is inset and rounded fitting nicely into the cutout when the legs are together

    Locating areas for arm and head are deeply inset making fitment easy , a slither of putty is needed ..but only a tiny amount

    Legion Longbowman 008.jpg Legion Longbowman 006.jpg Legion Longbowman 004.jpg

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    Long and powerful in thigh , wearing pull up separate leg coverings , these are held in place by ties which are hanging from underneath the "jack"he wears , the jack is sectioned as this is shown well

    The leggings taper slightly down towards the ankle with 4 seams in place , all defined well , a tiny bit of wear in the form of a tear on the right thigh at the front

    On the right there is a cut out to fit the small bag into

    On the left belts and straps , one leading to the sword at the front and rear the others are the chin strap for the helmet..matching well when in position

    On each side we have his manhood which shows up well encased in a material

    Particularly of note is the work on the boots on each foot , both well detailed with the tongue flopping over with wear at the top , soles are defined well with the lacing hanging over to the sides

    Fitting together well with again a minimal amount of putty needed , these then fit to the torso , making the full figure

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    Again powerful in the look of each both show good details again with the sleeves tied up at the shoulder , good lacing work

    Each sleeve is sectioned and again well shown , each separated by by what would have been stitching , the material pulling at edge

    Moving down the arms we come to a hand on the left arm only , but this is really well structured with the knuckles and fingers well done , the palm also looks good with the fingers slightly angled in

    The right has no hand as this is sculpted to the bow itself ...more later ! , there is as expected a nice and deep cut out at the sleeve for the hand to fit

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    This piece has the hood surrounding it , nicely open and easy to get to for the painter , good folds on the hood when in place it will sit well into the torso

    The seam shows at the back with there being a cut out that will take the hanging end piece ( this was missing from review box )

    The facial features are very good indeed ...a talented sculptor for sure , both eyes are well shaped with nostril work being the same , mouth is not open , the lips held tightly together

    Under the hood he wears a cap with the sides sitting at the face sides , the materaal is coming away on his right cheek

    Despite all this going on access for painting is really good

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    Continued in next post

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  3. Nap A Fixture

    lets look at the remainder of the pieces


    A choice of 2 to use , one is wrapped up with a protective material often waterproofed to protect the actual bow , the covering is held by 2 ties just below the hand that is cast on , the hand details are good , with the thumb slightly away from the actual bow due to the covering, the fingernails are worked well

    The 2nd option is a uncovered bow , the hand holding high on the bow below this the hand grip used when firing , probably a leather which is held together by lacing running along it in a crisscross pattern the ends are hanging on the fore of the bow

    The bow is shaped the rear rounded with the front flatter

    The hand shows the same good details but with the thumb closer to the other fingers as there is no covering

    Legion Longbowman 025.jpg Legion Longbowman 027.jpg Legion Longbowman 028.jpg Legion Longbowman 026.jpg


    This is in the style of a falchion , a favoured weapon with infantry , it is sculpted in a scabbard , with the rear having the stitching that holds the scabbard together

    The quillons or crossbar are angled and shaped with a cutout with the over tang or grip being wrapped in a cord or wire for grip , the pommel being a flattened roundel

    Fitting of the sword to the left upper leg is by matching the block of reson on the rear to a accirate cutout.

    Legion Minaitures Longbowman 007.jpg Legion Minaitures Longbowman 006.jpg

    Small bag

    This is a full bag ...does it contain money or esentials like food but either way , good strap work and buckle details , there are crosses embossed into the top straps .

    Behind the bag there is a dagger of a type called a bollock ,due to the hilt having 2 oval swellings in the shaping of male anatomy

    Fitting to the body is again by a good cutout and in place little if any filling needed.

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    A good shaping on a sallet type that protects the sides of the head with the front open , rivets and a edging are well defined on it with the fitting by means of a pin ( I suggest you repin it with wire ), in position it sits well on the body linking up to the cast on straps

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    Arrow Case/Blanket

    Both are large pieces of resin , the case being wider at what would be the flight ends with the base tapering where the arrowheads would be , the bag is full and must have been at times awkward to carry with some archers pushing arrows for immediate use through belts

    The case is wrapped and tied at the top and has folds and creases , fit is by a good resin piece of resin

    Legion Longbowman 034.jpg

    The blanket is a full piece of material , tied twice along its length and rolled , the ends show this well , again fit is as the arrow case , on both I would say pin

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    Sufficient fro a single figure with a textured surface , rocks strewn around with 2 cutouts to fit figure to

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    Final Thoughts

    A 90mm figure of a vital part of the medieval army , in a relaxed mode, with a lot of additions to the piece , adding interest

    Painting will be enjoyable with the prep needed be the same , no major concerns

    A solid addition to the Legion catalogue


    Lets have some pics from the website of the full unpainted figure ( master ), click on pics for larger images

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    Contact details

    Legion are members here ( user ID Andrey ) [IMG] ) you can order direct from him here on PF or via the website which is:

    They also have a FB page:

    Thanks to Legion for the review item

    Cheers also to you all for viewing

    Enjoy the modelling

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  4. MCPWilk A Fixture

    It makes you wonder what effect a company of archers would have had at Waterloo with a rate of accurate fire of 10-12 arrows per minute.

    Nap likes this.
  5. mortier A Fixture

    Excellent review and the bowman looks great

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