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Review "The Tempter" from Himini

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi to all

    Following on from my first look at a Himini release here :
    https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/medieval-cuman-horse-archer-from-himini.119070/

    Its my pleasure to be able to show you another 75mm scale piece , this was announced here by the company:
    https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/himini-official-news-the-tempter-75mm.119044/

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    This time we are moving forward in time to depict some of the day to day happenings that might occur in a soldier's life ...the soldier being a Landsknecht , hard fighting , hard drinking and hard playing .....

    ......and as we will see in this release very much .."hands on";)

    I am sure we have all heard of and seen these soldiers , colourful , fierce in battle , unruly at times , often changing sides ...and sometimes in mid battle !!!......flamboyant to say the least and I am sure the ranks were full of character's..young and older veterans.....all hard drinking as well

    Discipline was harsh with executions being very common , by the sword and without trial

    One of the solace's in a soldiers life was the " services" offered by the sultler or camp women , the appropriate period name is “Trossfrau”, meaning ‘baggage train woman (or wife), who along with the children formed the ever growing baggage train , suffering alongside the hardships of campaign and often first to plunder.

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    Some of the weapons we see on the release:

    Sword or Katzbalger

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    Dagger

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    Continued in next post

    Nap
  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Lets have some books that are of use when looking at this release:

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    Lets go to the release details:

    Title: The Tempter , 16th Century

    Referenece: HI-75-003

    Material : Gray Resin

    No of pieces: 26 plus Insert

    Sculptor: Stepan Nikolaev

    Box Art: None present

    Casting: Russian Company local to Himini

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    Initial thoughts

    • Very good presentation and packing
    • Casting of high quality using 100% smooth cast 300 resin ( details from Himini )
    • Access to remove parts from plugs is easy
    • Minimal use of filler
    • Nice touch that the sculptor signs the insert and the cover
    As before all packing is very secure in a laser cut wooden box , with the parts in bags and in recycled materials (straw type) , the box being held by a push on cardboard surround with pictures on one side ( not colour ) and on the other the fact that the release is a New Year edition

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    The insert itself is full of details and some nice reference pictures

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    You get a lot of quality resin a lot of parts , but all well wrapped for safety

    • Of particular note is that the sword is individually wrapped to protect the delicate hand guard.
    Parts consist of:

    • 4 parts of the base
    • Soldier: Full Torso with left leg , separate right leg and the arms , 2 left lower hands , head, hat, 4 feathers , 2 weapons , small piece of equipt ( small brass powder flask )
    • Sutler: Full body , 2 arms , head , left foot
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    Prep
    • Remove pieces from formers and fit into place
    • Slight sanding to underside of female
    Note : The fit of both heads to the pegs is really very good , no filling needed where the head met the neck.

    Lets look at the Base first

    Consisting of a actual base with the framework , I would like to say that the fit is very well thought out with cutouts and insets being very well angled, there is a casting block to take away ...razor saw will do that with ease , all of the surfaces are wood textured , allowing washes etc to bring out the detail easily .

    You can see the pieces in the pic above.

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    Continued in next post

    Nap
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  3. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Lets look now at the Landsknecht

    These comments will more than suffice
    • Very high quality castings throughout
    • Fit is equally as good
    • Excellent undercuts and slashing definition
    • Position of the hand onto the females rear is good ....seconds before he gets hit by her left hand or the jug of ale !!!
    • Folds and creases are very natural and well presented
    • Detail work on the ties that kept everything together when worn ..again well shown and sitting well against
    • The work on the hands are very accurate and natural
    • Head is a cheeky character ..certainly with thoughts in his mind .......great smirk on him , hair is well shaped and defined
    • a very impressive codpiece!!
    Lets the pictures do the talking ....Its an IMPRESSIVE sculpt and casting:)

    Main figure

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    Head

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    The Right Leg

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    Arms

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    Note: in this picture we also have the powder flask and the females left foot

    Continued in next post


    Nap
  4. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Now to the young lady and then the remaining pieces

    • She wears the clothing as seen in woodcuts and references
    • Folds are good hanging naturally
    • Apron is hooked ath the waist around a cord
    • The waist cord has keys hanging on it .....
    • The bodice is well formed with the ties "straining" to keep her ample attributes ;) in place
    • Work on the shoes are again as expected , good and well represented
    • Fit of the arms are clean and easy , minimal filler will be needed
    • The arms are covered with loose hanging sleeve , nicely ruffled at the wrist , hands are delicate and well formed
    • Facial features are very finely done , she wears a headscarf ..similar to the picture " The girl with the Pearl Earring"
    Here are the pictures:
    Main Figure


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    Arms


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    Head


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    Remaining pieces
    • The cap is again a nice representation of original items
    • The jug and the tankards are a good shape and fit easily
    • Feathers ( x 4 ) all shaped to fit the cap , all with fine surface work
    • Weapons are little gems ..particularly the sword ..very well worked
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    Final Thoughts

    So there you have it a really good and well executed release , casting is of the high standard as with my previous review ., Himini are a welcome company to the hobby and I look forward to seeing more from them.....
    for now I will say ..HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and well done Himini

    I would like to see a website from them but for now you can contact by :

    but you can contact Vasily either by :

    Message on FB page

    Or a PM via this forum to user ID HIMINI

    Email: himini@bk.ru

    If you are in the UK then El Greco Miniatures are showing the releases

    As a finale lets have some pics of a painted version from Himini

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    Thanks to Himini and for you all for looking in

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  5. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very nicely done, but who's tempting whom, tempter or temptress?

    Mike
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  6. HIMINI Member

    Thank you Mike!
    I shall give a small explanation of the Idea))

    Kitchen girl is tempted by mercenary. She tried to pick up an empty mug from the landsknecht but he moves away his right hand and catch her with his left)
    And she didn`t know how to deal with that situation:
    1. Break the jug over his head
    2. Pretend that nothing happened
    3. Encourage him ;)

    You can choose the end of that story by yourself.

    Besides there is some inner meaning about that sculpture. For example the beer mug and the position of his ballock dagger (reminds something :whistle: ) is the allegory to life with a lot of fun. And the shape of a column similar to a gibbet is a reference to Death which stands behind.



    Here are a couple of pictures in addition to Kevin's we used as reference for interest

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  7. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Canada
    Nice review..must admit I scroll thru the references without much glance until I get to the meat of the review, then if promising may go back..but that’s just my way..you’ve turned it up a notch.
  8. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England

    Hi John

    Thanks for the comments ...as for the reference it's something I like to do not everybody has access to a lbrary like me or knows where to look for details ..up to the reader of course .......PM sent

    Nap
  9. Wings5797 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    France
    A cracking review Kev.
    Thank you for pulling it all together.
    Keith
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  10. Zastrow.cuirassier PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    France
    [IMG]
    Good Berthier, current affairs are settled, what do you think of my last review in planet figure?
    - Beautiful as usual Nap ...
  11. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Canada
    Now that’s a fine concept for a piece..
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  12. Redcap Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent review thank you Kevin and what a character piece that is. These young Russian sculptors are so full of imagination and ideas that they are now (IMHO) the leaders in the figure world.

    THIS is what the hobby needs...not even more Crusaders, French Hussars, Romans in lorica armour and Celts!

    Gary
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  13. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Canada
    Very much so Gary..you nailed it..
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  14. HansDig Active Member

    Country:
    Netherlands
    I'm working on this one as we speak and it is an amazing piece. The very sharp casting and fantastic detail make it a joy to work on. Even with my limited craftmanship this might turn out to be a piece that makes me proud.
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  15. clrsgt A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Great review as always. I am sorely tempted by this one. I also think that Napoleon and Berthier is a great idea as well.
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