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54mm
Anglo Saxon Chief VII C. AD

by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Disclaimer: The images above were supplied by the manufacturer and painted by their artists.



about the figure

The figure represents an Anglo-Saxon Chief in VII century A.D. His clothing and weapons shows he was a leader for a group of nobleman-warrior called Thegns. This term, originally meaning servant, is used for the man who held land from the king or another hereditary noble by right of military service he owed that person.

box

The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 30 mm.standard Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows a photo of the painted figure from 2 different angles – front and right side. On the back side of the cover, some general info about figure kits in different languages and Romeo Models company info like address,phone/fax number, website and e-mail address are noted.

Inside the box, there is a paper sheet including a short historical note about Anglo-Saxons and painting instructions for this figure. This document is prepared by Lorenzo Romeo,owner of Romeo Models and presented in 2 languages; Italian and English.

Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figure base is placed seperately under the polyfoam to protect parts from an unexpected damage.

parts

The figure is sculpted by Italian master Gianni La Rocca and made up of 9 white metal parts. The parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. There is not much need for a serious cleanwork, sanding or filling. Only a slightly visible seamline on the right side of the cloak needs some cleaning. A fast brushing with a metal brush and washing the figure will make it ready for priming.

The first main part is upper torso with left arm and cloak. He wears a sheep skin garment over his chain mail hauberk which is known as Byrne. There is a woolen yarn textile tunic with long sleeves under the hauberk.The rectangular shape knee-length cloak is attached with a metal brooch on the right shoulder. Anglo-Saxon cloaks are usually colored with vegetable dye in sky blue, olive green or brick red but also can be painted in chequered pattern or tartan design. Leather belt with a big, emboidered metal buckle and small yellow or white metal studs is worn over the sheep skin. The lower left arm is posed as slightly grabbing the cloak and a metal bracelet covers the wrist. The folds on cloak, sheep skin texture, metal brooch of cloak and embroidered metal belt buckle are well defined. Two mounds on this part make the assembly to the lower torso part very easy and a perfect fit

The second main part is lower torso with legs. Knee length tunic, chain mail hauberk and sheep skin garment are also shown in this part. He wears leather leggings in grey, off white or brown color over his trousers. The leggings were useful in two ways ; confining the loose folds of the ample trousers and providing protection from cold and dirt in bad weather conditions. The footwear is cow hide shoes which are called as Scoh or Gesceo. There is a sword belt with small buckles and strap ends molded over the sheep skin garment and a small bag is attached on the right side of the waist. Two holes on the left side and one hole on the right make the assembly of sword and dagger parts easier.

Other parts are;

  • Head with Sutton Hoo helmet : He wears the characteristic earlier Anglo-Saxon helmet ; Sutton Hoo. The exterior of the helmet is entirely covered with thin metal plates tinned to give a silvered appearance. Eyebrows and facemask had additional decoration in gold leaf and garnets. This helmet has been said to represent a barbarian version of a late Roman Cavalry helmet. Head makes a very good fit to the neck of upper torso part with the help of pins and holes on parts. Note that the head should be placed as the figure looking at left side.
  • Right arm : Posed to hold his hand on the waist. A wide metal bracelet covers his wrist and it makes a good fit to the arm pit on the upper torso part.
  • Sword : He carries a long sword with Semispatha type hilt in natural leather scabbard. This sword has pommel, upper guard and lower guard built up from small components rather than cast or forged in one piece. There is a ring or ring shaped ornament on the hilt as a symbol of bravery or service. Hilt and pommel are in bronze or silver. It fits well to the hole on the right waist.
  • Dagger : He carries a single edged dagger or a small Seax on the left waist.
  • Shield : The round shape shield is supplied in the kit as an accessory to add on the figure base. Anglo-Saxon shields were constructed of wooden planks, covered with stout cow hide and had big metal bosses that makes the shield a secondary weapon. The shield is also strengthened with metal enforcements. It can be painted in one color or decorated with geometric patterns.
  • Figure base ; It shows a nice ground texture with small rocks and a skull on the ground. The foot holes makes the figure assembly easier.
  • Wooden fence : This part gives the figure base an impressive barbarian and bloody look. Wooden fence is made of 8 vertical piles tied together with 2 horizonal piles. There are 1 head and 2 skulls attached on the piles. The texture of wooden piles and heads are well defined.

conclusion

A strong posing figure in very good details,ease on assembly, perfect fit and a really impressive figure base. The Sutton Hoo helmet is a nice detail for this Anglo-Saxon figure.

Highly Recommended

Note that this is a Pegaso Models Warranty covered product.



SUMMARY
Romeo Models brings another top quality figure on market. 54-59 Anglo Saxon Chief offers figure painters a unique subject that features a strong posing figure with a nice base in good details.
  SUBJECT/POSING:90%
  CASTING:90%
  DETAILS:90%
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 54mm
  Mfg. ID: RM 54-59
  Suggested Retail: 26,50 Euros
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 28, 2006
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.18%

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About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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Very nice review on a very very nice figure !!!!!
AUG 27, 2006 - 02:34 PM
   

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