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In-Box Review
Spartan Officer
Spartan Officer 5th century B.C
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by: Alguhan Akşar [ WAMPUM ]

about the figure

The figure is the first piece manufactured under Bestsoldiers brand, and it is inspired from the period of the most uneven battle of the history, the battle of Thermopylae.

The figure is a bravely and proud standing Spartan Officer.

The figure comes in 125 x 95 x 50 mm.s black cardboard box. The front cover shows a photo of the painted figure from 3 different angles – front, back and right side of the figure, and a close-up photo of the Hoplon's painting details.Boxart is painted by Diego Ruina and can serve as a simple painting guide.

Inside the box, you find the pieces of the figure securely sandwiched between three black polyfoam slabs. There is no historical or painting guide for the figure.

The figure is sculpted by Fausto Gutierres and made up of 8 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. There is not much need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding. A fast clean of slightly visible vertical seamlines and brushing using a metal brush and washing will make it ready for priming.

The figure has two main parts;
  • Torso with legs: He wears a Spartan muscle armour with leather straps. These kind of cuirasses were effective at deflecting a blow from a spear, sword, arrow dart or stone, all which were employed by the ancient Greek warriors. Legs are protected with Spartan greaves.

  • Cloak: He also wears a impressive Spartan cloak.

    Other parts are;

  • Head : He wears an ancient Korinthian type helmet with crest. The details are nicely sculpted.

  • Hoplon : The classic Spartan round shield which can be painted with decorative motives. The handgrip are cast on the shield.

  • Right arm : Holding the sword. It shows nice muscular details.

  • Left arm : Posed to hold the shield. The armband is cast on the arm. The assembly with the shield may need attention.

  • Scabbard : Will be attached on the left side of the figure.

  • Figure base : A simple one with ground texture.

    Sculpture and casting are first class. Assembling a 75 mm figure can be a nightmare but this one will be just fun. A very good first product of Bestsoldiers , so a must have in the collection. I wish luck to our friend Marco Ganghini of Bestsoldiers on marketing this nice piece and manufacturing the new ones in the near future.

    Highly recommended
    Highs: The first piece on the market with Bestsoldiers brand. Nicely sculpted and cast figure, inspired from one of the most interesting period of history.
    Lows: The boxart photo could have a better quality. A sheet with painting instructions and historical notes would be nice.
    Verdict: A high quality Spartan figure at an eye catching scale (75 mm).
      Scale: 75mm
      Mfg. ID: 75001
      PUBLISHED: Mar 27, 2010
      NATIONALITY: Greece / Ελλάδα
      THIS REVIEWER: 85.07%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 0.00%

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    About Alguhan Akşar (wampum)

    Born in 1973, Istanbul.I'm married and I have two lovely sons. As a son of a modeller I've built many aircraft models when I was just a little kid. Then by my father's suggestions I've built some sailing ships in large scales. Later my favorites were 1/35 dioramas, mostly WW2 German till I met the ...

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    I expecting a lot more of this figure from the box art which sold it to me as a sealed item. Of course, Diego Ruina can make anything look fabulous! Specifically, the cloak folds did not look very natural and were somewhat 'stiff' in appearance. The head was a loose and sloppy fit as well. Of more concern however was the dreadful left arm to shield 'join'. The shield inner to represent the slot through which the wrist and lower arm passed through the shield was very heavy and 'clunky' in appearance. It's not too evident from the photo due to the angle that the photograph was taken. The reviewer seems to suggest a problem in that area however effectively glosses over this without elaborating. In scale, it looked like he had strapped a housebrick to his wrist and the figure would have needed a lot of the metal removing to get a scale appearance. How that would have effected the ability to pin the shield to the arm for a strong join is anyone's guess.If left 'as is' and just glued as a butt join, in white metal over time the large and heavy hoplon will most likely fall off. On a final note, there is no clear position for the scabbard and it just seemed to 'float' above the clothing/straps. On a positive note, the parts were cleanly cast and the packaging was very good. Overall, I was very disapointed and would want to look in the box BEFORE I bought a "Best Soldiers" figure ever again. Gary
    APR 04, 2010 - 10:49 PM
    Thank you for an honest review of this kit, to many people seem to gloss over these faults , with manufactuers only showing us the box art and kits are not getting cheaper it's good to see a true review mistermagoo
    APR 09, 2010 - 09:33 AM
    hello, I hope this pictures of Diego work can help sincerely Marco
    APR 11, 2010 - 03:22 AM

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