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Yeoman Warder. 1:16

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Yeoman Warder

ICM 1:16



ICM continue their theme of World Guards, with this model of a Yeoman Warder, also known as a Beefeater. The kit comes on two sprues of grey styrene and one of black, with a separate black pedestal. The parts are very well moulded with no sign of flash or other imperfections, and while the build is relatively simple, the painting is not one for the feint hearted. Being 1:16 scale it’s large enough for the detail to be seen and painted, yet small enough to have a nice collection in a display cabinet.


As with the other kits in this series the instructions are not very clear.  They consist of a colour drawing of the completed and painted model, with the parts numbered and arrowed. Seeing that the kit is fairly straightforward it probably won’t worry the seasoned figure builder, but it might put off the beginner. The two legs are glued together as the waist, and then the two part torso is glued together and attached to the legs. The bottom of the tunic is made up from four parts, two rear and two front pieces. These are joined to the waist area, under the belt, which has a separate buckle.




The head is moulded as a single piece. The ruff is also a single piece and should be attached before the head, the hat, made up of the rim, upper part and three sections to the ribbons around it. There are separate rosettes for the sides of the knees and the front of the ankles. The separate arms are posed in such a way as they should just sit nicely, one is down the Wardens side, the other holding the pike, both of which have separate fingers. The pike itself is a single piece part, and there is also a sword with separate hand.




The kit comes with a nicely moulded pedestal, the top of which has a selection of different finishes, plain, curved cobbles, straight cobbles or flag stones. Alternatively the figure can be presented on a plain flat base.






Painting is going to be a case of patience and a very small brush as mainly of the really fine details are moulded to the uniform. But with care the model should come out looking rather splendid.



If you’re a figure modeller then this will be a great way to pass the time. The painting will require a great deal of finesse and patience but the having seen what can be done when I visited ICM in September then the results can be amazing. This is really nicely made though and although quite small, (you will need an optivisor to paint the finer details), and it will look really nice in the display cabinet. As with the previously reviewed US Marine would have liked to have seen more of the details moulded separately.


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