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The conquest of the Holy Sepulchre
during the first crusade was followed by the foundation of the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem whose first king was Geoffrey of Buglione
, conqueror of the Holy Sepulchre.
The overseas territories were then organized by the Christian Knights, generally called Franks by the Muslims and the Byzantines, according to the feudal system already in use in Western European Countries. The templar knights of the 13 th Century wore the traditional dress of the Order, a plain white tunic distinguished by a red cross. The Order did not allow the knights to display any personal heraldic coats of arms on clothes or shields and recommended the brother knights to observe the monastic rigour of the Order refusing to wear any coloured belts, or buckles made out of precious metals. The templar knight’s appearance was as simple as possible and his outward appearance was the mirror of his soul as his entire life was dedicated to the army of Christ.
This paragraph is quoted from the historical text inside the figure kit.
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 3 different angles – front, left side and back.
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including historical info about Holy Land Templar Knights and painting instructions for this figure. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English. Italian text is prepared by Lorenzo Romeo
,owner of Romeo Models and text is translated to English by R.Carrabino
Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figre base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.
The figure is sculpted by Gianni La Rocca
and made up of 11 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details.There is only a slightly visible vertical seamline on the left side of the figure and a small excess metal to clean inside the shield. No more need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding. Don’t forget to brush your figure with a wirebrush and then wash with a mild detergent or soap to make details apparent and prime it to make paint adhere much better on the figure.
The main part is torso with legs. He wears the standard plain textile white Templar surcoat over his mail hauberk with long sleeves. A rope is tied on the waist like a belt. Cloth folds on surcoat, sword belt and buckle, chainmail leggings are well defined. He wears short leather boots with prick spurs tied on the boots with leather straps.The neck part of the figure is molded with a big hole to make a good fit to the head part. The fit of head and torso is really perfect. Please be careful not to damage the small prick spurs when brushing the figure.
Other parts are ;
Left skirt of surcoat : It makes a good fit to the main part with no gap.Cloth folds are well defined and the hole on the left thigh makes the scabbard assembly easier.
Right skirt of surcoat : Cloth folds are well defined and the hole on the right thigh makes the dagger assembly easier.
Head : He wears a helmet with noseguard over his mail coif. Chainmail of coif, trim and studs on the front of helmet are well defined. Over his helmet, he wears a Turban or better to name this one as a Keffiyeh. Different than the long length Ottoman style turbans wrapped around the head ; Keffiyeh,commonly used by Arabic and Palestinians, is a square piece of cloth replaced on head and held in place with a rope or a circlet named Agal.
Left arm : It is posed to hold the shield. The pins fit the holes on the armpit well and make the posing of arm easier for the modeler.
Right arm : Twisted up from elbow to carry the sword on his right shoulder. Pins make assembly easier and hole on the wrist makes a good fit to the hand.
Right hand with sword : He carries a sword with long crossguards and a disc pommel on hilt.
Kite shield : Arm support, straps and wooden texture are well defined inside the shield. Trimming with studs on both sides and centered metal boss make it a good Templar shield.
Scabbard : Leather scabbard with metal ending.
Dagger in scabbard : He also carries a dagger with a simple handle in leather scabbard.
Figure base : Ground texture is well defined and lots of small rocks in different sizes and shapes add realism to the base.
A classical Templar figure in nice posing and different headdress makes it unique and oriental. High quality casting, easy assembly, perfect fit with pins on parts and nice details.
Note that this figure can be used together with Pegaso Models 54-225 - Crusader Knight in Holy Land to build a nice Holy Land / Jerusalem vignette.