by: Costas Rodopoulos [ ]
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Once started , Authors Sculpt keeps on releasing beautiful pieces at 75mm scale.
This time we will inspect their latest release with the title Umayyad infantryman (early 8th century)
This 75mm mounted (on a camel) kit is, sculpted by Russian sculptor Sergey Lupanov, that is showing really nice samples of his skills.
About the figure
Umayyads. The Umayyad Muslim caliphs were descendants of aristocratic caravan merchants, the Umayya, to which Muawiyah, the first Umayyad caliph, belonged. During his reign, Muawiyah stabilized the Muslim community after Ali's assassination. He moved the capital of Islam from Medina to Damascus, bringing the Muslim rulers into contact with the more advanced cultural and administrative traditions of the Byzantine Empire. Muawiyah also dispensed with the practice of electing the caliph by designating his son Yazid as heir apparent. The principle of election was acknowledged formally, however, by having the council of elders pledge to support the designated heir. The practice of hereditary succession continued throughout the Umayyad dynasty and in subsequent dynasties as well. Many Muslims, however, later disapproved of it as a deviation from the essential nature of Islam.
Packing – First Impression
This time AS has succeeded to surprise us. Because of the bigger size of the camel (comparing to a same scale horse) the standard box of the company was not sufficient for this kit .
So they used a semi transparent plastic container , inside a hard carton sleeve with the well known earth colour scheme s that the company uses. Unpainted version of the constructed kit photograph is there instead of a painted box art.
As we open , there are many plastic bags to include the kit’s pieces. The box proved totally safe to carry the figures with no problem of damage.
The Kit (what’s in the box)
The kit comes in a medium grey color resin material and is made of 16 pieces that could be considered not many for a 75mm mounted kit.
6 of them for the camel and the rest for the rider.
Unfortunately there was not a painting guide , to help the painter
All pieces were safe and solid once I unpacked , as I told before .
Quality – Detail
Sergey’s sculpting is really nice and totally in my taste as is intense enough for the scale , and that will definitely help the painter. It seems that he is kind of specializing with camels, as Sergey Zlobov is doing with horses !
This kit is not an exception from the rest of AS miniatures.
All pieces have the quality to make a beautiful piece
The camel is really nicely represented and once assembled you have a big size animal that is absolutely impressive , even without the rider ! I loved it from the first moment !
The rider is in a pose that he has just released an arrow . The detail of him is also nicely made, and is quite impressive that his outer cloth is given in 2 separate and delicate parts instead of being sculpted directly on him. The fitting of them is really accurate and nice.
As it has been so far, with the previous kits, the casting of AS, is really nice. Crisp, accurate, clean and without problems of deformation or holes , is completing the good impression for the company’s effort
This time you will need some time to clean the casting blocks as they are present on all parts of the kit . Just a fresh blade , clippers and some care will do the job . You will not use putty , not even at the two halves of the camel join. You will not have any problems with the assembly , and I am convinced due to the size and scale of the kit , that you will be tempted to do some conversion or addition.
And of course is good that with not much of preparation you will be able to prime and start painting.
This Arabian origin mounted kit is really something different and nice .
As it has been told before a 75mm mounted kit cannot be one for absolute beginners . And especially when there is a big camel to paint . Animals always cause some trouble to most painters . But modeling is a hobby that anyone can try anything !
.When you do your internet or book research for the painting scheme , you can choose what you prefer and have a nice result . This is a theme with not really strict painting schemes, or something extremely hard to paint . But it will need time and patience , because of the size of the camel , and also the details to be brought up with outlining and profiling . This is the beauty of painting anyway .
Regarding the scenery, there are many options , but due to the pose , mostly an country area of battle would do .
That’s a different release. Camel mounted kits are not many , and especially at 75mm. So this alone is a nice reason to get it. The sculpture quality is also something that will tempt you along with the high quality casting and easiness of assembly .
As I have been informed , more kits will be released on this scale , mounted , and some of them, with camels. So maybe you will be tempted to add more than one at your collection .
Finally, all the above make this one an excellent option for choosing .