This white metal casting consists of 5 major parts: base (fig. 1), body (figs. 2 & 3) with head (fig. 4), arms and powder horn. The right hand is griping a musket. There are two feathers and a length of brass wire for the powder horn (fig. 5).
The base (fig. 1) is about 1.5 inches square with a fallen log, a rock, and various vegetation molded on. There is a slight depression for the figures right foot.
The figure wears a split roach, but the medium doesn’t allow for quite the detail as found in the resin figures mentioned above. He has a longer top knot and this is nicely sculpted to enhance the feeling of motion. There is a very small seam along the plucked forehead that will clean up very quickly. Again, Mr. Ball has shown earrings and the typical ear splitting worn by many of these warriors. The flowing haversack has good detail to simplify painting the bead work. Since he is balanced on one foot, I added a brass rod up his right leg to stabilize him.
While there are no instructions, there are four color photographs of the assembled and painted figure as a guide. The box is somewhat oversized and has plenty of bubble wrap to protect the contents. A copy of one of the four enclosed photos decorates the outside (fig. 6).
References: American Woodland Indians, by Johnson and Hook from Osprey The Artwork of Robert Griffing: His Journey into the Eastern Frontier from East/West Visions Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America, by Johnson and Hook from Chartwell Books
This is a new release from what I believe to be a new company, MB Miniatures (Marion and Alan Ball Esensperger). The sculpting is by Alan Ball and will work as a great companion piece to his resin vignette “The Pursuit” by Michael Roberts, reviewed elsewhere here. The figure is from the general Algonkian tribes whose area ranged from roughly Kentucky to Canada. They included Cherokee, Mohican, Mohawk, Abenaki and many other tribes. Early on, they adopted the use of trade shirts as regular garb but, for the most part were not the horsemen their cousins of the Plains would become. During the French and Indian Wars, they allied with the French, who had treated them much more fairly. This is the period represented by this figure.