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75mm
Viking Warrior
Viking Warrior
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


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Historicus Forma

introduction

Romeo Models released another high quality 75 mm figure ; RM-75-009 depicts a Viking Warrior showing a strong pose in his typical clothing and weapons.
about the figure

The term usually denoting those Vikings explorers, traders and warriors, Norse, originating in Scandinavia, which made raids on ships off the coast of the British Isles, France and other parts of Europe in the late eighth and XI century. In this period of European history (generally contained between the years 793 and 1066) usually refers to the name of Viking era. This term can also refer to all the people who lived those years in Scandinavia and their settlements in other parts d 'Europe. The Vikings were among the Norsemen, except that the term Viking means a member of those coastal communities, which are located in fjords (vik means "bay"), which were devoted to piracy. Famous for their ability to navigators and the long boats, the Vikings in a few centuries colonized the coasts and rivers in most of Europe, the Shetland, Orkney, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland; pushed south to the shores of North Africa and east to Russia and Constantinople, both for trade and for plunder.
The Vikings are also known for being the first explorers of North America, reached between the late tenth and early eleventh century (in this connection see Bjarni Bjarni, the first European to sight the American continent centuries before the travel well 5 Christopher Columbus, and L'Anse aux Meadows, an ancient Viking settlement of the eleventh century found on the island of Newfoundland, in today's Canada). The journeys of the Vikings became less frequent after the introduction of Christianity in Scandinavia in the late tenth and early eleventh century. The Viking era is conventionally regarded as concluded by the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.
(From the historical note provided in the kit)
box

The figure comes in Romeo Models metal box with 130 x 90 x 50 mm. dimensions. The four sides of the metal box includes the company logo and the bottom of the box gives company information and some warnings about white metal models. The front cover shows one big- front view and two small photos – back view for shield pattern and close up for personal gear -of the figure painted by Italian painter F.Sapienza which can basically serve as a painting guide.
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including information about the Vikings prepared by Giuseppe Marseglia and represented in 2 languages; Italian and English.
Parts are packed carefully between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and the figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.
parts

The figure is sculpted by Russian master sculptor Victor Konnov and made up of 10 white metal parts . The parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. There is not much need for a serious cleanwork, sanding or filling. Only a slightly visible seamlines need some cleaning. A fast brushing with a metal brush and washing the figure will make it ready for priming.

The main parts is Body with legs, upper arms and cloak. He wears woolen long tunic, woolen trousers and knee high leg wrappings to protect him from cold,mud and thorns. As for the footgear; he has closed goatskin shoes with two leather toggles at the outer side named Turnshoe. Over his tunic; he wears a Gambeson which is a is a padded defensive jacket, worn as armour separately, or combined with mail or plate armour. It was produced with a sewing technique called quilting. He carries a large cloak crossed on the right shoulder and secured with a metal brouche and wide leather weapon belt with a brass buckle. All details on the main part are well defined.

Other parts are ;
  • Cloak ; Lower part of the cloak is given as a seperate part and makes a good fit to the body. The hole makes the shield assembly easier. Cloth folds are well defined.

  • Head ; Facial details, beard, moustache and waving long hair are well defined. There is leather strap under the chin to secure the helm.

  • Helmet ; He wears a Wenceslas single piece conical steel helmet with a short nasal guard and metal stud reinforcements on the edges which looks like a Spangen helm in shape. The difference is the lamellar construction of the spangenhelm.

  • Arms ; Both arms are given joined together posing to hold the axe. Hands and cloth folds are well defined. It makes a very good fit to the figure.

  • Sword ; He carries a double-edged straight long Viking sword with Semispatha type hilt in natural leather scabbard. Those long swords have pommel, upper guard and lower guard built up from small components rather than cast or forged in one piece. During the Viking age, swords grew slightly in length to 930 mm (36.6") and took on a slightly more acute distal taper and point. These blades had deep fullers running their length, yet still had single-handed hilts which often sported a lobed or cocked-hat style pommel. The fuller was used to increase the strength and flexibility of the sword while reducing the weight of the sword at the same time. This weight reduction and flexibility would allow the wielder to swing faster and harder strokes while, at the same time, allowing the sword to bend but not break when it hit bone. While the pattern of hilt and blade design of this time might readily be called "the Viking sword" to do so would be to disregard the widespread popularity swords of this sort enjoyed. All over continental Europe between 700-1000 AD this design and its small variations could be found. While the sword was the most popular weapon of the Viking age, it must be remembered that the battle-axe was the preferred weapon among most Vikings because it was a cheaper weapon to buy than were swords. Only the wealthier Viking nobles and sometimes freemen wielded swords or others, while the more ordinary freeman tended to carry axes or spears. The sword is carried on a leather scabbard with a few decorations. The sword shows nice details and makes a good fit to the hole on the left side over the leather belt.

  • Seax ; Seax/Sax is a Viking’s everyday use item which can also be used as a weapon by warriors of all ranks. It is a straight, single-edged dagger or a long knife about 30 cm.s carried in a blade size scabbard usually hung horizontally with two straps in front of the belt. The scabbard shows nice decorations on this figure.

  • Leather bag ; A leather utility bad with a flap cover is carried on the right side and makes a good fit to the figure.

  • Axe ; A Dane axe/broad axe which is a logn axe specified as a weapon developed in response to the widespread use of ringmail armour. On a 120 or 180 cm haft was a mouned large heavy blade with a crescent shaped edge.

  • Shield ; He carries a large, round shaped, wooden Gokstad shield mounted on his back. For Vikings, shield was the most common means of defence. The Viking shield was typically round, being a successor to earlier Germanic shields with a diameter of around 80–90 cm or more and a typical thickness of less than 10mm. They were made from planks of woods such as fir, pine, willow or linden. They usually had a central hole with a hand grip and the hand protected by a metal boss over the middle. Shields were likely covered with rawhide or leather. The wooden texture, metal reinforcements around the shield and the battle damage on the front side even on the boss are very well represented.

  • Figure base ; A figure base with a nice ground texture and a few rocks are given in the kit.
    references

    The following books can be useful when painting this figure.
  • Europa Militaria - 006 - Vikings by Nurmann, Schultz & Verhülsdonk
  • Osprey Publishing - Elite Series 003 - The Vikings by Ian Heath & Angus McBride
    conclusion

    Another great addition to Romeo Models battle-axed figures. Strong posing, very good fit on parts, nice sculpt and high quality cast. A unique figure to paint for all painters.

    Very Highy recommended

  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Strong posing, nice sculpt and cast, easy assembly and good fit.
    Lows: No lows on this product.
    Verdict: Great figure for Middle ages painters.
    Percentage Rating
    95%
      Scale: 75mm
      Mfg. ID: RM-75-009
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      PUBLISHED: Jun 03, 2010
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.18%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
    FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Comments

    In my opinion one of the best Vikings ever. Face, pose, details - great figure indeed. Thanks for review and your effort on preparing some useful information on Viking weapons and armor Engin! (BTW, Turnshoe link seems to be broken)
    JUN 03, 2010 - 07:08 AM
    Thansk my friend. Broken link is fixed.
    JUN 03, 2010 - 08:01 PM
       

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