What we have here is an historical miniature in 54mm from Russia produced by SK Ė Tankmaster and he appears to be a 17th Century musketeer in long coat. The figure comes in a sequence of small zippered plastic bugs and in a total of 11 pieces. One light gray resin for the body (feet , torso and head together) and 10 more in white metal. Metal parts include the arm with the rifle, a hand with shooting base , and seven more small parts for ammunition containers that hang across his chest belt. The final part is the sword in the scabbard.
A small document comes also with the figure, but since I cannot speak Russian...
The casting on the resin body piece is acceptable, but on my sample I could see tiny air bubble holes (nothing serious). There will be some cleaning of the molding lines on the sides of the figure. Also some smooth sanding on the surface will detach small particles and resin residue. The metal parts require a similar cleaning process.
One nice aspect of a one-piece body is the process of assembly and gap filling is eliminated and the builder can prepare for painting quickly.
The figureís facial characteristics are nice and it has a nicely rendered expression of closing one eye when shooting. I think that with proper painting the face will come out nicely .
The musketeer appears to be wearing a long which should simplify the painting process. On The Tankmaster website the coast appears to be painted dark red, but I suspect checking other references may give the builder other color options as well. For instance, I found also some dark green long coats that could be used.
The rifle is good enough with acceptable detail but will need some care in treatment as it is soft metal and bends easily.
I donít recall seeing a a similar figure offered on the market (not that I know all of them !!!) and I think this a different subject that will set the builder back about $8 but with the red coat should make a nice addition to display case.
Overall, this is a decent figure and I believe for $8 (USD) it could be a nice addition to your collection. Beginning painters shouldnít find that difficult either .
This figure was kindly handed for review from Vyacheslav Ryzhenkov - Tankmaster. For more info on the figure , purchasing and pictures of the finished one check at: www.thetankmaster.com