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Review Man At Arms -La Meridiana Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi to all on PF ,
    Sometimes a model just shouts at me to review and I was lucky enough to get a copy of this from El Greco Miniatures ....so to stop the shouting off we go .

    Scale : 200mm

    Material : Resin

    Reference Number : BRI - 05

    Sculptor : Charles Vaquero

    Box Art : Danilo Cartacci

    The model was received well packed in a padded jiffy bag from El Greco and on opening this up found a stout box which has front and rear views of a completed model ...great reference .On opening the actual box up the parts were found safe and secure between 2 fitted pieces of foam , so there is no chance of any damage in transit .

    The model consists 4 pieces in a beige resin , these being the torso with arms (which also incorprates a pillar base) , the head complete with helmet , the plume for the helmet and the polearm .

    Also included is a instructions sheet (in Italian), this can be translated by El Greco if you wish , just contact them.

    On a dry fitting all parts were spot on with the miniscule swipes required with the wet and dry (mostly under the torso) .

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Starting with the Torso :

    This is sculpted to the highest degre , he is wearing armour over which he wears a jacket , of particular note are the ties that are depicted at the top of the sleeves which themselves look padded , the jacket has no design on it this allows the modeller to put on what ever heraldic design he wishes.

    All straps and buckles are really well detailed and defined , a credit to both the sculptor and caster , this obviously will assist the painting as so wonderfully shown by the box art .

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  3. Nap A Fixture

    On now to the head:

    This is cast with a helmet on which has an open front (allowing the face to be seen in all its glory) , all studs are well sculpted and cast as is the fluting on the top of the helmet , the undercutting is wonderfully recreated .

    The facial features are full of character and of a tough battle tried veteran , he has the start of a beard ...stubble !!! The face has the style of the late and sadly missed Derek Holmes , so that is a credit to the sculptor in my opinion.

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  4. pinsel Active Member

    nice surely an pure painters item.the more elaborate you can paint repetetative pattern the better it will turn out in end
  5. Nap A Fixture

    Now to the 2 final pieces :

    The feather for the helmet and the polearm , what can I say except on both the detailing is really very very good , particularly the feather which has the right look as well , the polearm is just one of many versions in use during this period of history , it has a wicked look complete with a hammer on one side , the cutting blade on the other side and the spike coming from the centre ...viscious !!! and all mounted on a wooden pole (great wood definition)

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  6. Nap A Fixture

    Putting all the pieces together now , it was found to be excellent throughout , I would probably reposition the polearm but thats my personal choice .

    Even in its unpainted state its a imposing and very distinctive model which highlights the quality both in sculpting and casting .

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  7. Nap A Fixture

    This is a model that has been really well thought through , both in subject matter and in presentation .
    Sculpting is 1st class which is further enhanced by the box art , all those involved are to be congratulated .
    We will I am sure see this featured in many versions on both club stands and competition tables , providing the modeller with hours of enjoyment and satisfaction.


    Suggested References: Osprey series MAA 136 (Medeival Italian Armies), and The Medeival Soldier by Gerry Embleton and John Howe in addition to Medevial Military Costume (Europa Miltaria series No 8)

    The model can be purchased direct from La Meridiana (www.meridianaitalia.com) at a cost of 40 euro's plus shipping

    In the UK it can be got from El Greco of course (excellent customer service is assurred) at a cost of £35 plus shipping

    Phone: +44 (0)1280 840364

    Email: info@elgrecominiatures.co.uk

    Home Page: http://www.elgrecominiatures.co.uk

    The Red Lancer should stock the model in the USA info@redlancers.com

    gordy and Jim Patrick like this.
  8. gordy Well-Known Member

    Great review Kevin thanks for posting (y)

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