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about the figure
The producer presents a historical background of the figure as follows:
Of the many Wallachian princes who seized power in the 15th century is Vlad Tepes "the impaler" (1418-1456). Legendary for his sadistic cruelty, he was a brave and determined soldier. He attempted to defy the Ottomans, and achivied dramatic if short-lived success, but like his rivals eventually had to concede suzerainty. Unlike other Balkan vassal states,however, Wallachia survived as a separate Christian entity, never being wholly swallowed by the Ottoman Empire. He wear an hybrid European-Arabian dress style. The coats is an Ottoman characteristics decorated as the tunic and trousers decoration, a typical Central Europe chainmail, arabian boots, a Wallachian Hat, and one sabe.
As a Turk living in Romania ; I can add to this information that Vlad III (aka Vlad Tepes), the son of Vlad II Dracul, is an important historical person to Romanian people because of his courage on defending his lands against a super power of his era. Unfortunately the world knows him as “dracula”, a fictitious novel character.
After searching a little bit on the internet I must say that the year he has borned seems to be 1431 and his death was in december 1476.
The figure comes in a F.M. Beneito box, sized as 17x11x4 cm. In this box we find another cardboard box containing 10 white metal casted pieces, sandwiched between two pieces of sponge. There is also an assembling and painting guide for the figure printed in black & white. The historical information about it which I copied above is written in French, Spanish and English in this booklet.
On the front of the box there is a nice picture of the painted figure by Jose Hidalgo Rojo
, and the back some shots of the Beneito shop from Madrid.
The parts present little casting excesses, which don’t need a serious cleaning process.
The main part is the body casted together with the legs and the coat. Represents very well the details of chain mail and the breast armor. At the back between the sleeves and the rest of the coat the details are a little bit lost at casting process. As I tried to fit the arms to the body I saw that these pieces find their places easily, no filling will be needed. The fur detail of the coat is adding a nice opulence touch to the figure.
The head of the figure is similar to Vlad’s well known portrait. The head is sculpted very well with his drastic expression. This expression fits very well to his brave standing pose. He is wearing a well detailed hat, too.
Arms are casted well. Right arm is twisted up from elbow to carry the sword on his right shoulder. The left arm will hold the shield.
The sword and spear are well casted, almost without any casting seams.
The shield is a small one without a handle. You have to add a custom made handle.
Figure base Ground texture is rocky textured, when get painted it will be very realistic. Two holes for the feet are made to fix the figure perfectly.
High quality casting, easy to assemble and well detailed pieces. The pose fits well with Vlad’s known cruel and brave character. I especially like his well represented chain mail. Over all it is a nice figure to paint with his colorful and assorted dressing.