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Old Russian Warrior - Author Sculpt Miniatures Review

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Guy, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Item Number - AS001-54Z
    Old Russian Warrior, 14th Century
    54mm resin
    17 resin parts
    Sculpted by Sergey Zlobov

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    Alot of us have been patiently waiting for the Russian Sculpters who kept Seil Miniatures supplied with so many beautiful figures and now the time has come and I have recieved their first release of many to come.

    Old Russian 01.JPG

    Arriving in the mail after 7 days shipping the kit was packaged in what looks to be like a book. Easy to stand on its end like above or to be stacked on its side.

    Old Russian 02.JPG

    Laying the box on its side and breaking the seal I discovered a photo card of the sculpted figure and the first layer of bubble wrap.

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    Inside were 2 sealed bags containing parts for the horse and for the figure.

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    Above you see the box as it was opened for the first time.

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    Above are the two bags of sealed parts that were sandwiched between layers of bubble wrap.

    Parts 01.JPG

    Above are the parts of the figure as they came out of the bag.

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    Above are the parts of the horse along with the resin base.

    The Figure

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  2. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Figure 05.JPG Figure 06.JPG

    Above are the separate cast arms attached to the mold block.

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    Above you see the front and back view of the sword and axe.

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    Above are the front and back views of the shield and banner that attaches to the spear.

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    Above is the bow in its case and the quiver at the bottom.

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    Above is the resin base furnished with the kit.

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  3. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    The Horse

    Horse 01.JPG Horse 02.JPG

    Horse 03.JPG Horse 05.JPG

    Above is 1/2 of the horse with the head. You can see the female holes for assembling the horse. The mold blocks should come off easy with a jewelers saw and then sanded.

    Horse 07a.JPG Horse 09.JPG

    Horse 08.JPG

    Above you see the second 1/2 of the horse with corresponding pegs for assembly alignment. The bottom photo show the horse half from the top to show you how straight the seam is when the two 1/2's are joined.

    Close ups
    Horse

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    Horse 12.JPG

    Horse 14.JPG

    Above you see some close ups of the detail Sergey has sculpted into the horse.

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  4. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Horse 15.JPG

    Above is the separate cast saddle attached to a mold block.

    Horse 18.JPG Horse 19.JPG

    Horse 20.JPG

    Above is the beautifully sculpted detailed tail which fits snuggly into the rear locater hole.

    Additional Photographs

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    Conclusion:
    This is by far one of the finest figure kits I have seen in years. Much better casted than by Seil and Sergey's attention to detail is awesome. Some mold block clean-up needed and sanding afterwards. Extremely recommended!!!

    Author Sculpt web-site
    click here

    R238
  5. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Thats indeed a crispy and awesome casting.
    I would now, is the resin a soft or hard. In the past i had a melting problem in my drybox with a resin that became soft. It destroyed my figure.
    Hope this one is harder, or i put a smaller lamp then 60 W in it.

    Marc
  6. Tommi A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    That is such a fantastic piece of casting, :eek:the figure and horse are awesome, I will definately be having one of these, many thanks for the review Guy
    Cheers
    Tommi
  7. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Marc,

    I would be careful with putting this in a drying box. At least lower your watt bulb to a smaller one and keep an eye out on the casting as you dry it. In some places (mane and tail) the resin is pretty thin.
  8. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Very clever and well executed packaging (that's the graphic designer in me talking). Looks like a very well done figure. The mold plug on the head of the axe looks tricky but over all, clean and VERY well sculpted piece. Thanks for sharing guy!

    Jay H.
    OKC
  9. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Totally stunning sulpting and superb casting, cant wait to see more from Author Sculpt.

    David
  10. MinervaMini New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Guy,

    Thank you for the review...I think I'm in love with this figure. And I am now beginning to understand how others wind up with the perverbial grey army. I may need to pick one of these up and put in on the shelf until my painting skill level can do this amazing work of sculpting proper justice.

    -Julia
  11. "Tarakaman" New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    great figure!! love the cleaver packaging idea as well!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the review Guy!!
  12. Kevin D. Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    IN - CREDIBLE!

    Beautiful Piece!!
  13. Zlobov*S Active Member

    Guy - thanks for the review!
    Yours faithfully.
  14. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Well boys and girls, I got to see this one in the flesh over at Guy's place just yesterday and I have to admit, it's a BEAUTY! The casting is impecable, the sculpting is top notch and fit and finish is perfect. I don't think anyone would be dissapointed with one of these kits!

    Jay H.
    OKC
  15. alexandros New Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Hello Guy,
    I hope you are still in touch with this post?
    I chose this figure as my very first figure and it's sitting on my desk at home waiting to be assembled. Have I been a bit ambitious?
    Any hints on reference material for colour schemes?
    Cheers from Oz
  16. Zlobov*S Active Member

    Hello Alexandros!
    Please look many illustrations here:

    http://www.modelsculpt.org/forum/viewtopic.php? t=489&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

    Also I used a picture from the book "Horsemen of war", and some additional images.
    Yours faithfully, I hope these colour illustrations will help to choose colour for a figure.

    Attached Files:

  17. Zlobov*S Active Member

    and...

    Attached Files:

  18. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Yes, i think you are a little bit to ambitious:eek:.
    But you gotta start with something.
    Now, seriously....if this is your very first figure ever i would go for a more easyer figure and save this one for later.

    marc
  19. Zlobov*S Active Member

    Hi my friend Marc!
    Once I have asked the friend to the artist:
    - "it is necessary to paint with What colour the horseman?",
    he has answered so:
    - " It is necessary to paint a horse in" horse colour ", it is necessary to paint iron with" iron paints ", and it is necessary to paint a skin (person) in" colour of a skin "!." :) :)
  20. alexandros New Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks for the replies folks. Those are great images Zlobov*s and will definitely help.
    Any suggestions on a good medieval or ancient figure to start with and what scale would be best?
    I look at the size of a 54mm figure and I look at some of the artistry produced by people on figures of that scale and I'm just amazed at the detail! Maybe I should start with something 75mm or greater?
    cheers

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