Andrea Miniatures' 54mm Norman Warrior is available online from
This is Andrea Miniatures' 54mm
metal Norman Warrior.
overall finish and casting were fine and the kit features separate
legs, torso, arms, and hands. The right hand is integrally molded
with the spear - you must line up the base, legs, torso, right arm,
and hand/spear to get everything to fit together at the right
angles. Then you must line up the shield and left arm. I used small
dots of superglue to tack everything in place. Once cured and
aligned, I removed the right hand and spear to avoid damage during
painting. I used gap filling superglue to strengthen the remaining
bonds and fill the gaps. Pinning wasn't necessary since there's very
little stress on the parts.
The figure was painted using Andrea Acrylics built up in a number of
fast drying, transluscent layers. The mail is gunmetal with a black
wash. Heavier washes were applied in shadowed areas - such as folds,
under the sleeves, and armpits - while silver and gunmetal were
mixed to paint the highlights. The helmet and spear point are the
natural metal color of the kit buffed with a motor-tool. The sword
and shield are separate parts and were added after painting.
The kit base depicts a somewhat uneven, rocky terrain. This was
painted using various shades of browns, tans, grays, and greens.
Crushed oregano was attached using a solution of white glue and
water. The oregano 'leaves' were then painted to depict a late
summer/early fall ground cover.