Disclaimer: The images above were supplied by the manufacturer and painted by their artists.
about the figure
The Japanese warrior figures are always appreciated by modellers because of their colorful and spectacular battle costumes. The Last Daimyo is a good example of this.
were feudal lords from the 12th century to the 19th century in Japan, literally means "great name." The daimyos appeared by the breakdown of central authority. They leaded the line of warriors which were living on the top of Japanese mountains in Yamashiro
(mountain castles). From chains of these castles they controlled and guarded their provinces. They were loyal to the empire and emperor. In the year 1871 the daimyo era in Japan ended.
Andrea Miniatures SG-F 107 is inspired from the Katsumoto
character acted by Ken Watamabe
in the movie The Last Samurai
The figure comes in a standart Andrea Miniatures box, sized as 12x7x3 cm. We find 11 white metal pieces sandwiched in a two piece hard sponge. There are no assembling or painting guides for the figure, neither some historical information about it.
On the front cover of the box ; there is a nice picture of the painted figure and the backside shows some more detailed shots, which are the only guides for painting the figure. The lateral sides of the box presents the list of Andrea acrylic paints which were used on painting the figure and some recommendations for suitible Andrea wooden bases, brushes, dry transfers, etc.
The parts has very little casting excess, which dont need a serious cleaning process. As I tried to fit the arms and legs to the body I saw that these pieces find their places easily, no filling will be needed.
: The head of the figure is identic with the actors. Has a very realistic expression which fits well with the pose of the entire figure. Especially the modellers which have seen the movie would understand what I mean here.
: Both arms are casted together with the swords helded. He holds a long blade in his right hand and a short bladed one in his left hand.
: Legs are casted with the armour details. The waraji
(straw sandals) are very well defined.
Skirt pieces of armour
are three pieces and presents the details of the classical Japanese warrior armour.
: Ground texture is given by a rocky surface. Two holes for the feet are made to fix the figure perfectly.
High quality casting, easy to assemble and well detailed pieces. The pose reminds the last battle scene from the movie. I think it is a nice figure to paint. I especially recommend it for those who knows the story of Katsumoto and the other honorable warriors of Japan.