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54mm
Achilles, 1250 BC

by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]


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Historicus Forma

The film "Troy" sparked fresh interest in the Trojan Wars and one of the latest releases from Carter & Crowley is a 54mm resin figure of Achilles, based on Brad Pitt's portrayal of the legendary Greek hero. Achilles is a central character in the Iliad and was famously made invulnerable by being dipped in the River Styx as a baby - except for the point on his heel where his mother held him...

The kit
Carter & Crowley's model is quite simple, consisting of 13 parts, including a base. The casting is flawless and the parts will need very little clean-up. Achilles is depicted running and comes with a choice of right arms to allow the figure to hold either a sword or spear. 2 spear tips are provided, but no dimensions for the shaft are given.

The detail on the clothing and equipment is beautifully done and a comparison with stills from the film shows that it matches the big-screen version very well.

Painting
Carter & Crowley provide a useful set of painting instructions. Skilled figure painters will relish the challenge offered by the deceptively simple scheme of blackened bronze armour and leather; pics from the film show the patina of the armour could vary considerable with changes in lighting.

This is an excellent figure of an unusual subject. Now all we need is a figure of Hector...

Thank you to MMD-Squadron for kindly supplying the review sample.
SUMMARY
The film Troy sparked fresh interest in the Trojan Wars and one of the latest releases from Carter & Crowley is a 54mm resin figure of Achilles, based on Brad Pitt's portrayal of the legendary Greek hero.
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 54mm
  Mfg. ID: 54029
  Suggested Retail: $14.95
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 29, 2004
  NATIONALITY: Greece / Ελλάδα
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 77.50%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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