April 20, 2013

REVIEW - Knight of the Holy Sepulchre Order


SUBJECT

Knight of the Holy Sepulchre Order, first half of 12th Century
Pegaso Models - Ref. 54/525
54 mm - Metal
Sculpted by Andrea Jula
Painted by Danilo Cartacci



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MY PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS

When this Pegaso Models miniature was released on the market, it did not take me long to order it from my usual model shop. In my opinion this is one of the must have figures if you are interested in the Crusades and the Christian Orders that took part in it.

On arrival of the parcel I remember opening the box with great anticipation. All my expectations were met however, and between the layers of protective foam I found 37 parts, all finely cast with overall detail being just marvelous. Just look at the scale armour, the mail, the regalia of the horse harness, etc. Casting is as clean and sharp as can be.

The engineering of the kit offered some remarkable solutions though. For instance the main parts that make up the saddle drop into a section cut out in the horse body halves. These parts do fit snugly however, but still a few minor gaps around the joints will need some puttying after glueing. Also, I think that it will be best - just to add some strenght and extra support - to fill up the inside of the horse body and avoid any deplacement of the saddle in the later building or painting stages. To be honest I prefer the usual engineering with the saddle parts sitting on top of the horse back which is the case with all mounted miniatures I have seen before. Here, there is no alternative than to glue the saddle, but with the fringes of the saddle cloth extending below the horse belly, the painting of this area will be seriously hampered. What I do like however, is that the upright parts of the saddle in front and at the back and supporting the rider are cast in one piece, and that these parts hide the joint of the saddle halves any further which are covered by the crusader already.

Another oddity is the sheated sword which has to be build with 2 little and seperate pieces: the hilt annex crossbar and the tip of the sheat both have to be bonded with the main component being cast onto the left leg part. This will take some carefull lining and pegging.

To end, the cloak fits into a wide slot across the miniature's back and just below the edge of the carrying belt for the shield.

Over to the face. This is really tiny as it is surrounded by the helmet and the scarve wrapped around the head of the crusader. On top of that and on attachment, the protective nose piece hides a large piece of the face. I have seen finished copies on which the nose piece was left unattached and maybe that is not a bad idea at all because this is really a beautifull and expressive face. In which case the slot on the helmet front will have to be filled up, and its edges rebuild. I have not decided yet what I will do with it, though. 

I am also happy that the pole of the banner is offered as a piece of brass rod and not as the usual white metal casting that never can be straightened decently anyway. Both the banner and spearpoint will have to be drilled prior to glueing.

Now although the engineering of the kit is somewhat unusual, the fitting of parts with my copy is really excellent. Overall a little filling will be necessary of course, but I never came across a miniature that did not need any of this treatment before.

As already said in the beginning, this is truly a must have for any crusader enthusiast. Extremely recommended.

For a brief history about the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepuchre of Jerusalem, please click HERE.


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© Pegaso Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

© Pegaso Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

© Pegaso Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

© Pegaso Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

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