October 9, 2011 By:

Zvezda 1/72 8027 – Medieval Field Powder Artillery

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This is a very nice set…a combination of figure painting and a bit of model construction. The set contains 10 figures, of which only two are repeats, the cannonier firing the guns., 2 cannons, a horse team and sacks, buckets, rams and ammunition boxes.

All the poses are natural and fit perfectly to the artillery pieces.

The guns themselves
Each gun fits together perfectly…no glueing required whatsoever. I advise building each gun before painting. This makes painting them a bit more complicated than painting each section individually but it will save a lot of annoyance when putting the parts together and seeing your paintwork rub off!! The wheels can be painted seperately and fitted last. Here I advise a prefit. The holes in the wheels fit very tightly on the axles..and it may be necessary to open them up a bit with the tip of a toothpick. When you finally fit them, add a thin film of vaseline to the axle..it helps to ease them on.

Veuglaire. A chamber loaded piece. It was aimed through use of the bracket, raising or lowering the barrel by putting a pin through the bracket, the rear end of the barrel would then sit on this pin.

Serpentine. It got it´s name from the long barrel (snake like) This is also a chamber loaded piece, the aiming is, like the veuglair achieved by means of the (in this case) double bracket. Like the veuglaire, the barrel of this model can actually be elevated or depressed!!

Ribauldequin. The machine gun of the period. A multi barreled weapon, this would be used in rows on the battlefield or placed in gateways to concentrate the effct of all the barrels being fired in one go. This model has 8 barrels, a shield to protect the crew and spears at the front..used to keep off attackers.

Now on to the rest of the set,

The crews…I have added the crews to the guns…I won´t make any comment about them, apart from they are all historically correct and a real joy, there are enough in the set to service every weapon!! 😀

All figures and weapons painted with acrylics. Basework, Mixture from sand and woodglue, with natural and synthetic decoration.


You can buy this Zvezda set here.

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