Viking miniatures are a classic choice of subject for almost all figure manufacturers. They are also one - if not the most - of my favorite miniature subjects.
To date Seil Models
has two Viking figures in their 54mm range, both sculpted by Yuri Serebriakov with boxart is painted by Kim Man Jim. These two figures can be used together in a vignette. In fact, Seil have already released the pair together with a lovely double base for them (SH54032).
Yuri, one of my favorite sculptors, is one of the specialists when it comes to sculpting chain-mail. After all the above we have to
open the “Viking Warrior (19th Century AD) SH 54024
and review it.
Typically a grey glossy sleeve (with two pictures of the figure ) surrounds the classical black box Seil figures are shipped in. All nine white metal pieces that make up the figure box are safely sandwiched between two dark grey thick foam sheets. The quality of the metal parts is really very high. With an entirely smooth surface, other than a pet with the fine steel wool to polish the figure, almost no cleaning is needed.
The kit consists of the following nine pieces:
The 2 legs
Torso with head
Right arm – hand holding a big axe
Left arm – hand holding the shield
Scabbard with sword
Dagger with small bag
Quality and Detail
The pose is somewhat different than usual. With the two arms are opened wide, the pose could be translated in many ways, including: praying to a god, asking for something; or yelling after a victorious battle. It has spirit, and I like it!
The sculpted detail is nice, but then that is expected given the experienced sculptor and high quality cast. The detail has very clean lines, excellent definition and separation. The chain-mail, which was my priority in this figure, is just perfect. It is realistically sized for the scale and clearly a lot of work has gone into creating it “clean” and ring by ring. The wolf fur looks very authentic.
All these details are things that will definitely attract the painter; this is definitely a painter's figure!
The white metal material is excellent. The surface is smooth and clean. In fact the total look is that of the figure you have always dreamt of when opening the box
There are no molding lines evident, so all you need to do is to lightly polish the metal with some fine steel wool followed by a wash with a mild detergent-water mix to clean it prior to priming.
I would say that this is a medium to hard figure for painting .
There are many different textures to render. The large amount of mail needs some attention to paint it realisticly, as does the fur. Leather and cloth are also present, so this figure really does feature almost all painting textures possibilities.
Since half of the face is hidden by the helmet, those fearing painting flesh should not have too many problems!
Making the base will be fun as you have free range of outer space and possibly on a top of a hill either with snow or just some vegetation .
Conclusion – Final Verdict
With yet another fantastic figure, Seil Models improve with every new figure they release. With high quality metal, perfect surfaces, clean castings and highly skilled sculptors Seil Models assure lots of fun hours for the modeler.
Historical Notes - Links
Viking Empires. Forte, Oram, Pedersen. Cambridge University Press. 2005
Halvgrimrs Viking/PreViking Helm Presentation/Webpage
The Norwegian Viking Swords. Jan Petersen (1919) - translated by Kristin Noer (1998)
Weapons of a Wealthy 7th Century Northern European Warrior. Viscount Tarrach Alfson, KSCA
Ravensgards Viking Age Page - Military
The textiles in the Oseberg ship. Anne Stine Ingstad
The Viking Shield from Achaeology. Peter Beatson - NVG Miklagard
Regia Anglorum: Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman and British Living History