February 9, 2013

REVIEW - Hideyoshi Toyotomi


SUBJECT

Hideyoshi Toyotomi
Pegaso Models - Ref. 75/907
75 mm - Metal
Sculpted by Andrea Jula
Box art painted by Diego Ruina


This famous 16th century Japanese mounted warlord known as Japan's second 'great unifier', was one of the recent 75 mm releases of Pegaso Models that I really wanted to add to my grey army. I never bought or painted a Samurai before but this figurine, sculpted by master Andre Jula, proved just too spectacular to let it pass on me.
Let there be no mistake: Japan's history and the role of Samurai warlords in it have never been my main field of predilection. So with this review I have no intention to talk about the historical correctness of the figurine. I humbly admit that I just lack any expertise on the subject. Trying to pretend otherwise would be very pretentious and would lead me right onto a very slippery slope. If you want to know more about Hideyoshi Toyotomi and his role in 16th century Japan, I suggest you buy a good book or do some research on the internet.

So my aim is nothing more than to present the Pegaso Models' product as it comes out of the box and to comment on its casting quality, the beauty of its parts and detail. Nevertheless, I hope that this will be of some use to the fellow figure painters who contemplate to buy this figurine too.

OK, here goes...

First some general comments: as usual the figurine comes packed in the well-known and sturdy blue box from Pegaso, all parts protected by large pieces of thick foam. The smaller parts are packed seperately in a plastic bag.

Contrary to this Sienese manufacturer's habit there is no box art photo of the painted piece. There is only a photo of the primed figurine on top of the box. Also a coloured drawing of Hideyoshi Toyotomi on his rearing horse, has been added. This is a bit of a pity as I would have loved to see this magnificent piece painted by one of the expert Pegaso painters. But maybe there just was not enough time left between the production and the release on the market. Time is money, as they say!

What does not lack however is the usual leaflet in four languages (Italian, English, German and French) with some historical notes and a general colour guide by Marco Colombelli.

The box with its parts is very heavy which is not surprising given its 75 mm size. As you will see on the photos below there are many parts too. In total there are no less than 47 parts that make up the figure.

And now, let us look at some photos of the parts.

First the body parts and some accessories that make up Hideyoshi Toyotomi himself.


and some close ups of these parts...



The helmeted head with its protrusions...


A close up of the face...


And finally the 3 parts of Hideyoshi's coat. I am sure there must be a Japanese name for it...


Then the horse's parts which are massive lumps of metal...


With a close up of the horse's head and its armour...


 And some extra decorations that complete the armour of the horse...


Especially the armoured dragon's head decoration that sits on top of the horse's head is really beautiful...

The parts that make up the saddle...


Tassels, reigns, stirrups and other decorations...


And let us not forget that there is a rudimentary baseplate too...



MY PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS

As the above pictures clearly testify, this is another masterpiece released by Pegaso Models with all parts beautifully casted. Detail is simply stunning. Some parts suffer from bits of excess metal, especially in the undercut areas. Nothing to bother too much about though. As usual, Pegaso does full justice to its reputation of being one of the leading manufacturers of figurines.

However, this is a very, very complex kit. If you are a novice in the hobby then this is not a kit for you. Of course you can buy it, but I suggest to stowe it away until you feel strong enough to tackle such an ambitious project.

With 47 parts it will take many hours - rather count in some days - of meticulous cleaning up, pinning and construction. I did some dry fitting already and I noticed that some areas will need filling. Again nothing dramatic though. Given the complexity of the kit one might even say that this is normal. But the Pegaso team did every effort to reduce or hide the points where parts meet one another and have to be glued together. After first inspection some pieces might have to be painted at the back side first, then glued and filled before you can start to paint the front side. Of course this does not make work any easier.

Anyhow, if you are ready and have the patience to spend many hours on the preparation before you can even start to think on getting your brushes out, then you will end up with a spectacular piece of art, even in its unpainted state.

I purchased this figure at the CA VA ALLER model shop.


BOX ART PHOTOS

(c) Pegaso Models - Painted by Diego Ruina

(c) Pegaso Models - Painted by Diego Ruina

(c) Pegaso Models - Painted by Diego Ruina

(c) Pegaso Models - Painted by Diego Ruina


(c) Pegaso Models - Painted by Diego Ruina

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