Review Man at Arms from Legion Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi

    Legion continue to add figures 2 which were announced here
    https://www.planetfigure.com/posts/1068761/

    and I looked at the first here:
    https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/longbowman-from-legion-miniatures.266415/

    This time we will look at the second in the announcement

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    Here we have some pictures from the website :

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    Depicting a armoured man at arms with full armour on the upper body and half armour on the legs , with a visored sallet, armed with a falchion sword a "bollock" style dagger and a lethal pole axe
    Sculpted with him leaning on the pole axe left leg forward with the option of the visor being either positioned up or down

    Lets have a few references

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    Books are plenty here are a few , all giving a good insight into the medieval period

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    This is a extremely good magazine that covers all of the period in the medieval world

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    Continued in next post

    Nap
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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    As normal with Legion parts were in a laser cut box with the resin in bags between foam layers , on the top and sides pictures of the unpainted piece

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    Details of the release :

    Title: Man at Arms XV c.

    Reference: LMM 90-008

    Scale: 90mm

    No of pieces: 19

    Material: Medium Gray resin

    Sculptor: Andrey Bleskin

    Casting: In house

    Box Art: N/A on Review box

    Parts consist of Torso, legs x 2, arms x 2. head 4 pieces of armour , large haversack , refreshment canteen, sword, dagger, poleaxe and a base

    There are 2 small pieces which are the tiny handles that fit into the smaller scabbard on the dagger , you can see these just below the round canteen ( you just use one )

    Legion MAN AT ARMS 003.jpg

    Prep

    • As with the longbowman this is minimal consisting of removal of small casting posts and removing parts from formers
    • The legs fit together in the same way as the longbowman with the torso the same
    • You will need to fit in place various pieces of armour ......around the waist both front and back , fit the circular pieces at the armpits
    • Decide on the visor position
    • Fit in place canteen and haversack as well as sword and dagger ( after fitting one of the tiny handles )
    I will look at the items that make up the main figure in this part


    Torso


    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 flurry of putty is needed ..but only a tiny amount

    Wearing full armour with the breast plate having a shaped lower central part front and back known as a Plackart , good edging on this with accurate strap work that holds the pieces together , this is evident front and back , around the waist the belt end is held in position winding its way under and over

    The neck armour or gorget is well cast and a good style as seen in the reference pics , your given a very well prepared area that the head will fit into

    There are location cut outs for the haversack at the rear and the dagger at the side

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    Legs

    These fit together well and a tiny amount of putty is needed with the torso fitting into the resulting hole , he is wearing a padded doublet which peeks out from the lower edges onto his thighs

    Wearing tied up trousers , as with the bowman the cords are hanging from underneath the trousers are a heavy material with good folds on both legs the armour consists of a Poleyn or knee guard with Fan plates at the side of knee these are heart shaped but fan shaped are also seen

    Its now well known that a armoured man was not static as armour was sectioned allowing very flexible movement including handstands !!! the sectioning is well shown with the knee armour on both legs with the armour being pulled tightly into the trousers by well sculpted straps

    Good to see that the armour is also pushing into the material at the edges


    Wearing no greaves or armour for the lower leg or foot armour called Sabaton but a pair of high strong leather boots opened at the front for fitting which was then held by securing straps , there are 4 on each boot all nicely done

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    Arms

    Both of these are fully armored from the upper arm or Rerebrace to the forearm or Vambrace with elbow guards or Couter

    Again the armour is held close to the material by well placed straps , the armour itself really displays how much movement could be done all the plates are individually defined very sharply

    The left arm has no hand ( this being on the polearm ) , the right has a fully armoured sectioned gauntlet , the hand padding shows well on the palm

    Fit of both presents no problem , you will need to fit the armpit rounded protection for this a locating hole is provided

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    Head

    This is sculpted wearing a shaped helmet that moulds itself to the head around the edges and over the neck
    , the helmet is very well shaped with nice rosettes being added , at the sides there is alocating hole to position the visor

    The neck is protected by a padded collar with a arming cap showing at the sides from under the helmet

    The helmet is held securely in place by a chin strap the end of which slightly drops from the buckle

    The facial features are excellent , a hardened veteran , good eye shaping with laughter , aging lines at the edges , with bags under the eyes , strong chin , looks like a broken nose in a side profile with a thick set of lips ...all of which make him look about early 40 in age

    I would suggest you paint this separately before fitting

    A tiny bit of filler needed to deal with the minute hole at the lip corner

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    Continued in next post

    Nap
  3. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Now the remainder of the pieces

    Armour pieces

    For below the waist this consist of Fauld on which there are 2 Tassets that protect the thigh , the 2 pieces ( front and rear) fit well together below the waist , the rear has just the 3 sectioned pieces

    Casting is cleanly done and with very good edge definition , again we see the belts being well done and when in place really looks the part

    Legion MAN AT ARMS 023.jpg Legion MAN AT ARMS 027.jpg Legion MAN AT ARMS 024.jpg

    The visor forms a full head protection when position down , I think its going to look really good up showing off that face well
    The vision slit is very nicely done and and cleanly cast with only a hint of flashing , the rosettes are again in place at the locating point

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    The Armpit protector are a good circular shaping and easy to position when the arms are in place

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    Weapons

    Consisting of a sword or falchion , a bollock dagger , and a pole axe

    The sword is in the scabbard the strapping winding its way around at the top , good undercuts above these at the chape a cross has been added , the actual handle has a shaped cross guard (Quillons) and handle with the cross being repeated on the pommel

    The dagger is again in a scabbard but with a smaller scabbard added on the top ,you will need to add one of the tiny handles that are provided ( shown with dagger ) , both look good with the main dagger fitting easily into position

    The pole axe is a dangerous looking weapon with a really good axe blade which has a shaped cutout into it ( reduces the weight for the soldier) , on the opposite edge a hammer ...again another weapon on the same pole .

    The handle itself has rivets on the sides holding in a long metal bar to stop the pole being cut apart, at the lower end the grip is covered in leather or a heavy duty cloth with the threads that holds it together being well done

    Below the axe itself there is the hand with the same care being shown on the armour , fit to the arm is no issue

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    Haversack and Canteen

    The haversack is a full bag held together by 2 separate ties that sit onto the surface , containing all the personal items and maybe a bit of plunder

    Te canteen for water or maybe a fine wine or beer is a good shaping with the cord being cast around the edging

    Both fit into pace with a little putty needed when meeting the strap/cord


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    Base

    A simple textured base is provided with cutouts to fit the feet into , fine on its own but you might with to expand the base a little

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    Final thoughts

    A well engineered release which shows a soldier at rest , relaxing perhaps after a battle or just before , good casting in the armour and with a fine character face ...painting will be good with plenty of different surfaces to think about

    Good scale and a good subject as well ...happy benchtime is assured

    RECOMMENDED

    Contact details

    Legion are members here ( user ID Andrey ) [IMG] )

    ....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

    Cheers also to you all for looking in

    Enjoy the modelling

    Nap
  4. Redcap A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent review Kevin thank you.

    That is probably one of the best Medieval soldiers (in any scale) I have ever seen. I love the relaxed and realistic pose on this piece.

    Gary
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  5. mortier A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Again fantastic review of a great figure

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