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Valdemar

Set VA136

Medieval Grieving Persons

All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2010
Contents 5 figures
Poses 5 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 24.5 mm (= 1.77 m)

Review

To be honest there is not a great deal to be said about this set. Most people know about the grief of losing someone, and while the medieval period was a time of widespread religious belief, when many thought the soul would ascend to heaven, this did nothing to make the loss easier to bear. These five figures are all dressed in long mantles with hoods, and are clearly very distressed. However they are not particularly dressed like ordinary people, but more like monks. Naturally monks died just like anyone else, but on occasion, when a rich man died, monks might be paid as mourners just as had happened in ancient times. It would seem then that these are monks grieving, and therefore perhaps their distress is more paid for than any real emotion.

This is an interesting set with all the usual great sculpting that Valdemar regularly produce. The long cloaks or mantles hang with effortless realism, and what little can be seen of the faces shows what high quality figures these are. Made in a hard material, these have no flash, and there is no assembly element either.

While this is an excellent set in terms of production standards, and an unusual subject, it is a little hard to see it being popular with modellers. Nonetheless that need not concern us, so we will just say these are great figures, although the title does not suggest their religious nature which is slightly misleading in our view.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 10
Mould 10

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