by: Al LaFleche [ ]
BASEThe Pursuit starts with a 4x4 inch base in light tan resin (fig. 1). The sculpting is extremely well textured with quite a number of rocks molded in place. This is a piece of art in itself. There is even texture under overhanging rocks. Experience with his “Moment in Time” suggests washing the base thoroughly is essential to remove mold release agents or paint will not adhere well. A small price to pay, indeed.
The only problem with the base is that it is essentially flat. When the two figures are placed as suggested, the fellow in back will be hidden by the hurdler. This can be overcome by raising the back portion and making the two figures run downhill.
Next comes the log (fig. 2) which the figure in the foreground is hurdling. Good texture with many little knots that will give the painted piece character. It fits into two grooves on the left and nestles between two rocks on the right.
HURDLERThe more active of the two figures, and the one that will be the center of attention, is hurdling the aforementioned log with his weight on his left hand. He consists of a one piece body including head and legs, (figs. 3 & 4) left arm with hand, right arm (fig 5) and right hand with musket (fig. 6). His arms had moderately heavy plugs at the shoulder and cleaning one off, I damaged the shoulder. Milliput was used to blend this in. Since his entire weight will be along the left arm, I pinned it into the torso and have a brass rod running up his arm to secure him to the log. Other than having to repair damage from removing the plug, dry fitting both arms showed an excellent fit.
He wears a well sculpted split roach and relatively short lock. Mr. Ball has been very careful to sculpt in earrings and other adornments. The breechclout, haversack neck knife and powder horn suggest the motion of the rest of the figure. The face is well done and should prevent no problem. Tiny resin plugs are under the moccasins making clean up a breeze. There was a very minor amount of translucent flash to clean up.
RUNNERHe consists of only five pieces, body/head (figs. 7 & 8), arms (fig. 5), left hand with rifle (fig. 6) and right hand with hatchet. (fig. 9). His weight is on his right leg and again, resin plugs are under the moccasins. He, too, wears a split roach and has good detail sculpted on with flowing gear to give motion to the figure. There were two air holes; one at the lower front edge of the hatchet (fig. 9) which was easily repaired with superglue, and one clean through his left shoulder. Coincidentally, this was exactly the size of a piece of Verlinden resin rod, so the repair took only seconds. As with the hurdler, dry fitting shows very tight fit fro the arms to the torso. One of his arms has the resin plug on the elbow which was much easier to clean up. Figure 8 shows a slight seam along the back of the right leg which will need a bit of cleaning.
There are also a number of resin feathers with nicely sculpted texture to add to the hair (and muskets, if you wish) (fig 10).
A note about the packing of the muskets: (fig 6) These are naturally very delicate parts and would be prone to breakage in packing/transport. Michael Roberts lightly tapes these to a piece of corrugated cardboard larger than the muskets, providing superb protection and ease of removal.
A painting guide is included and the box art (fig 11) is the finished and painted kit.
ReferencesAmerican Woodland Indians by Johnson and Hook from Osprey
The Artwork of Robert Griffing: His Journey into the Eastern Frontier from East/West Visions
Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America by Johnson and Hook from Chartwell Books