by: Alguhan Akşar [ ]
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Disclaimer: The image above were supplied by the manufacturer and painted by their artists.
The archers gradually replaced during the 15th century by the crossbowmen. The crossbow, introduced early in the 14th century, consisted of a bow mounted on a stock that could be cranked or pulled into place using more leverage than could be used on a conventional longbow. The result was a very high-powered, lower trajectoried weapon of great destructive potential. It fired a bolt, a shorter version of an arrow. However, the firing time on a crossbow was slow compared to the longbow. Crossbows were sometimes considered inhumane or unfair weapons, since an inexperienced crossbowman could use one to kill a knight who had a lifetime of training.
Seil Models comes with a nice figure of a crossbowman. He is standing in shooting position with his crossbow.
The figure comes in Seil Models beautiful box. I call these boxes “jewellery boxes” of Seil. You have the feeling that you are handling a quality product before seeing the figure. Outside we find a nice cover with the box art picture on front. After taking this out, you reveal a hard carton black box, with Seil’s logo with Golden lettering. Inside there are 2 thick sheets of foam to protect the white metal pieces. The small pieces are packaged separetely in a small plastic bag and vacuumed not to be dispersed. Inside the box, there is a sheet with 4 color photos taken from different angles. I would like to find in the box also a brief historical information about the figure.
The figure is sculpted by Yury Serebryakov and boxart painter is Kim Man Jin.
The figure is made up of 13 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very very good details. There are some slight molding lines that can be easily cleaned with a X-acto knife or fine sandpaper. No more need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding.
The main parts is body casted together with the head. He wears an armor over his tunic, leg/knee protectors and an iron helmet. The face is very well detailed but will be hard to paint due to the helmet. There are holes for assembling the other pieces. Dry fit try showed that some of these holes need to be deepen and enlarged a little bit.
Other parts are ;
Arms : Very clean casted and with pins to assembly. Wearing hard leather gloves.
Crossbow’s stock : Casted together with the hands. Very well detailed piece.
Shield : Clean casted. Has a pin to fit in its hole on the back of the figure.
Cocking aid : Consist of two pieces. Very clean casted, won’t need any cleaning procedure. This is a ratched type cocking aid I think.
Bolt case : Made of fox fur (or something similar), adds nice detail.
Neck rest for the crossbow
The white metal quality is very high, and the casting is also in very high level. The little pieces are very carefully cleaned after the casting without harming the well sculpted details. The white metal pieces are very clean, shiny and smooth. They also are very well packaged, even that little thin bolt was not curved when I took it out to examine. These clean casted pieces will result a ready to paint figure in just 30 min I think.
I received this wonderful figure as an award after taking the first place at our monthly SEIL’s figure of the month contest (November 2006). I’d like to thank the SEIL Models for their generosity and for supporting this event.