Viking Raider 9th-11th
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Raider 9th-11th Century
Warrior's 54mm Viking Raider is molded in yellow resin and consists
of four parts: the base, cross, seated figure, and the figure's lower
left leg. There were no bubbles or casting flaws in the figure. No
painting instructions are included; the modeler is left with a somewhat
pixellated, out-of-focus photo of the figure painted by Joe Porter
pasted on the box. In a nutshell, the photo does not do justice to the
talents of Mr. Porter.
Owing to the one-piece casting and folded-up nature of the pose, cleanup
was bit involved. While the major pour plugs are easily removed, the
area under and behind the axe handle, for instance, took longer. Once
cleaned up, the parts were all test fitted. You can set the figure on
the base and add the lower leg, but leave the cross off until after
painting; otherwise, it just gets in the way.
The figure was primed - by brush - with Floquil's Gray Primer then
painted with Andrea's Acrylic paints. I made him a bit more colorful to
provide some contrast to the stark gray stone base and cross. The bag o'
loot was painted with a variety of metallics, then given a light coat of
semi-gloss to make the coins sparkle. I noticed during painting that the
delineation between some of the details was a bit tenuous; there are
areas where you are not certain where some articles of clothing begin
and others end. Dark washes can help here, since you can hide some of
these areas in deep shadow. Or, do some carving and resculpting during
the cleanup process. Your call.
For the most part, this is actually a nice figure and I think the
relaxed pose and leg draped over the base adds a bit of whimsy. While
all of the other figures in the display case are standing gazing
heroically into the sunset, this one seems to chilling out.
We could all probably use some of that...
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