Newbold World Figures
Velvet Glove Command
Pack VG 1: Price £6.00
Reviewed by Steve Crofts
Opening the packet and taking out the figures I was awestruck with the size of the horses, these are of course "real" warhorses, and I must say these definitely look the part!
Cleaning off the flash.....What flash, again I was delighted to see very little on either of the horses or riders, and soon after cleaning these small amounts and the usual dip for cleaning I was outside giving them their base coat of spray paint.
With the undercoat dried I took my second good look at the figures in the pack.
All were well detailed and finely sculptured, the only bit of detail I did notice that wasnít cut as deep was a small section on the fancy Ornamental band that goes around the horse with the sheepskin saddle cloth, but this was no major defect and it was quite easy to rectify this small fault during the painting process, (donít worry about it honest!), and that was the only point that needed to be done during painting.
The rest of the horse and for that matter the other figures in the pack, were perfect.
Both Horses are well crafted and proportionate. The Standing Horse does have more finer detail added to it, eg the sheepskin saddle cloth and an array of bags and pouches, but the other looks great without so again donít worry on this point either! Both look the biz!
Both are female and also well proportioned.
One of them at first glance I mistook for Joan of Arc, ( you know, the maid of Orleans),and I suppose she could be used as such. Her broad sword is held high and she looks very commanding.
Detail on this figure is not overly done although there is enough to paint, ( I think if the designer had put more on the figure it might have actually detracted you from the delights of the miniature and how it looks).
The other female rider has a few jewellery items around her neck and head and holds what appears to be a double bladed weapon, with the handle in the centre, I thought it was a bow at my first look before my initial spraying ect... but closer inspection revealed otherwise, the figure also carries a sheathed broadsword.
On both figures the folds and creases in their clothing is well designed and the facial features are splendidly carved.
All of the figures in the pack were very easy to paint and I think it would be very difficult to make a bad job of painting these gems.
I enjoyed painting these figures very much and enjoyed the fact that their was plenty of room to manouevre around the figures whilst painting.
As you will probably agree from the pictures, both models are very pleasing to the eye and well worth buying.
Although I do normally accept that I usually pay just under £2.00 a figure, which in my opinion is acceptable for horse and rider, the £3.00 each ticket is a little more than Iíd normally spend on a mounted subject, Although that said you do get a lot of horse for the extra couple of quid and as I said earlier in the review, these beauties really do look the part!
Well done Newbold, keep up the good work, the figures are very nice and delightful to paint and the end product is definitely worth the time it takes to paint them.
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