by: Costas Rodopoulos [ ]
Korean Seil Model’s range of figures goes in different themesand periods of history The latest releases show this .One of them is Sh-54021 a Woodland Indianfrommid of 18th Century , sculpted by Alan Ball.
Alan Ball has created a lot of fine Indian figures and he has a big experience as a sculptor. Woodland Indians is like a trademark for him, so I think it was a good choice for Seil
Well known company’s effective and classy boxing is here as usual .
A luxurious black sturdy hard carton box, with 2 thick dark grey sheets of protective foam hold all 12 pieces of white metal for the figure and the base and a small frame with 12 photo etched feathers. Outside of this a dark glossy paper sleeve with 2 different pictures of the painted boxart by Liu Song Hui, makes the final wrapping.
Whenever you open a Seil Model figure kit you are amazed by the shiny metal surface of all pieces .
The quality of the metal parts is really in top standards, with smooth surface, and no cleaning need , than a pet with the fine steel wool to polish even more the figure. The almost invisible moldlines will disappear at first touch .
There is also a paper sheet included with 4 printed photographs of all sides of the figure and there are more of them on the web site of the company.
Torso with head
2 hands on rifle
Pack of equipment (powder horn, axe,bag)
Small piece of clothe
Photo etched sheet of feathers
Quality and Detail
The pose is nice as the Indian is on a kind of high site staring at the horizon, or whatever else you can imagine ,holding his rifle with his 2 hands on the right side
Sculpting level is very good , and shows nice detail and that’s normal from a high skilled and experienced sculptor like Alan Ball and especially wince he is dealing with his favorite theme ,the Woodland Indians . All pieces items are clearly shaped and outlined and the total look and picture of the figure are nice.
Dry fit showed that he pieces match perfectly and you will not have any kind of assembly problems
This is not a very easy to paint figure , but you will have to “play” with leathers and decorative pieces as well as wood and clothing .There are many options for alternative painting schemes , than the boxart , and a little research will open a lot of color schemes , while the boxart suggestion is not a bad one.
The base is a good piece and with some additions you can improve it more
Conclusion – Final Verdict
One more Seil beautiful 54mm figure with nice quality of material ,and interesting theme from wellknown and skilled Alan Ball .
Special Thanks to Seil Model for the review sample
Stay tuned for more SEIL Models figures to be reviewed soon
Historical Notes – Sources
Woodland Indian tribes lived east of the Plains Indians and extended from New England and Maryland to the Great Lakes Area and into Maine. They lived in the forests near lakes or streams, which is why they're called Eastern Woodland Indians. Their food, shelter, clothing, weapons and tools came from the forest. The Iroquois, Mound Builders, Algonquian and Shawnee are a few Woodland tribes.
Woodland tribes lived in wigwams and longhouses. Wigwams are round, wooden-framed structures, covered in bark. Only one family lived in a wigwam. Longhouses are made the same way as wigwams except they are rectangular, instead of round. They have a long hallway with rooms on both sides. Several related families lived in longhouses.
Living in the woods meant there were plenty of resources, including food. Woodland tribes were hunters and gatherers. They hunted bear, moose and bison, and were effective fishmen. They also ate raccoons, rabbits, beavers, corn, beans and berries. Woodland Indians grew squash, pumpkins and melons. Tribes in the Great Lakes Area ate a lot of rice.
When someone in a Woodland tribe died, the tribe Woodland Indians would hold a cry ceremony. The chief sang and danced around the fire. This ceremony lasted for five days. The day before it started, five knots were tied in a piece of milkweed. Every day of the ceremony a knot was untied.
Face paint was a big deal to Woodland Indians. They wore it to express feelings (each color meant something: red = life, black = death or eternal grief and purple = royalty) and for special occasions. Before going to war, they painted themselves, performed magical rites and took special medicines. Several of the tribes performed many songs and rites. They used special equipment which they thought helped them talk to their gods. They also wore ugly masks to cure diseases. The ugly masks were supposed to scare the evil spirit out of the sick person.
Clothing was made from the pelts (animal skin with the hair or fur still on it) of animals they ate. The Iroquois, for example, wore shirts, leggings and moccasins made of buckskin (animal skin without the fur or hair) during the winter. The women wore skirts woven out of wild grass and covered with furs. They wore leggings underneath. During the hot weather, men only wore a loincloth (a small piece of buckskin between their legs and tucked into a belt) and woman wore their grass dresses. Children wore nothing.
Did You Know...?
Shawnee men often wore silver nose rings and earrings. The men would even cut slits into their ears and wrap the skin in coils of silver wire. The weight of the metal would stretch the skin into great loops, which were admired. Some of them hung down two or three inches.
Here's one hairstyle you won't see come back into style. Woodland Indians pulled or plucked out most of their hair except for a square or round patch that covered the crown or top part of the head.
Text taken from : http://www.runningdeerslonghouse.com/webdoc239.htm
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Art Work from Robert Griffing for the Woodland Indians and more