by: Costas Rodopoulos [ ]
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Romeo’s range of figures does not only cover 54mm but also some nice pieces in 90mm.One of them is the Ghulam Warrior. Animpressive figure of the big scale sculpted by Gianni La Rocca
A figure that takes us back to the first Crusade , and can be paired with Pegaso “Miles Christi” Crusader Warrior into an impressive 1- 1 battle if you re brave enough topaint these 2 90mmfigures !
So since this is one more review of a Romeo Kit figure, I have to remind fellow readers that Italian Romeo is almost a “sister” company of also Italian Pegaso. That means that they “share “ great sculptors, casting quality ,and control for their products . They also produce different figures of course, but with great interest both . So I hope these figures that are reviewed from Romeo will introduce you to their nice range of Miniatures.
Back to the miniature, under scope , is RM 90 – 10 Ghulam Amir
A Big blue colored box with 2 white thick foam sheets , holds pretty safely all 18 white metal pieces of the figure and the base. The quality of the metal parts is really in very high standards, with smooth surface, and almost no cleaning need , than a pet with the fine steel wool to polish the figure. No moldlines here as figure is “cut” in a clever way .
As this is a heavy figure of big size , I would definitely use strong pins toinsert in the left hand between torso and feet and also between head and torso.Usealso only 2part epoxy glue to assembly the figure cause with CA glue you will not avoid parts detachment some time in a clampsy handling of the figure.
Also take extreme care if u use a high speed motor tool for polishing with a steelbrush on it cause you might damage delicate sculpted detail on the bodyarmot or else where.
A single doubleprinted sheet of paper holds bilingual (English and Italian) historical text by Marco Giuliani (that I transferred here for your information) and also a very detailed and accurate paint guide, piece by piece, with possible alternatives.
Torso with right arm raised
Left arm -hand
Right hand with sword
Head with Helmet
6 leather decorative stripes for the waist area
Piece of clothe
2 pieces for the base representing part of stone made stairs
Quality and Detail
The pose is pretty nice and fully active as it shows the warrior attacking with the sword raised high and ready to detach the enemies head , as the same time his left hand holds the shield lowered to prevent the enemies hit !He is walking down the stone stairs against the supposed enemy.
Pegaso Crusader is attacking with an axe , while going up the same stairs ,so this vigniette would definitely be deadly attracting !
Sculpting level from La Rocca is pretty high , and the armor detail is simply splendid. Head with helmet all in one piece is also pretty expressive and with proper painting will play its role on the miniature. Super fine decoration on the shield cries for delicate paint handling and nice shading .Clothe and helmet are likely to have freehand painting so you will pay some extra effort there to make them look nicer.
Dry fit shows very good assembly and also fitting of feet on the base footmarks
Material - metal – is very good, the surface is pretty smooth and clean almost polished !
Just some fine steel wool touch will finish the preparation and also will enhance the already good stuff you get . Then some washing in bath with a mild detergent – water mix to make it as clean as it gets before priming.
This is definitely difficult figure to paint as it is 90 mm and will not forgive any mistake. Can be pretty colorfull and has different textures like metals, leather, clothe, chain mail, feathers, so it’s a good exercise. As information says you have some liberty in coloring the clothes and also the symbols on his helmet and dress will need some research .
Good thing is that sculpting is so clean and defined that will help u in all points of our effort.
I would definitely use the nice well sized base provided from the kit . It represents 2 stairs made from stone. Sculpting is nice and texturing, and spend some time to make it look really good to represent a clean cut Hussar as this Unit he belongs was not fighting, but something like police. So you don’t have to care for anything more than a nice painting of the base .
Conclusion – Final Verdict
One more nice figure from Italian Romeo Models , that brings the company closest to the top leading brands of figure making. Very high quality of metal , casting, and Gianni La Rocca giving us a big sized figure that if painted good will definitely be a show piece and one of your favourites ! Lovers of the Era will surely enjoy this one , and I surely plan to paint this myself
Middle Eastern Warriors
The dominant professional soldier of the Middle East was the ghulam. Ghulams were bought as slaves while boys. They were then trained as disciplined horse-archers and freed when their training was complete. Some ghulams rose to considerable rank in Seljuq and Ayyubid armies. Most ghulams were of Turkish origin, but Khurasanians, Kurds, Circassians, Armenians and Greeks were also employed.
Unlike Central Asian horse-archers, ghulams were well protected, rode larger horses and used a variety of tactics. This included rapid volleys of arrows at short-range to break up an opponent's attack. These were supplemented by light arrows that were fired into zones at long-range to harass an opponent.
The bow case was worn on the left hip and angled backward, with the bow-shaft closest to the riders body. The quiver was of a Middle-Eastern style, which was angled and open to the rear. The quiver exposed much of the arrow shafts, thus permitting the rapid removal of several arrows at a time. Arrows had specialised heads and were of different weights for different targets. The quiver sat on the right-hip. Both bow-case and quiver were hung off a reinforced belt that left the upper body unecumbered to use the bow. The bow was of composite construction and relatively powerful. Unlike Western archers, arrows were drawn using a thumb-ring (not fingers).
In this period, melee weapons included the gurz-mace (a zoomorphic assymetric mace), a sabre, a saddle-sword (qarachur) or the saddle-ax (tabarzan). Spears, lances (niza) or javelins could also be used, but lances were typically gripped in two-hands. Spears could be used in an over-arm thrusting stance. Lances were not couched in this period. Swords were straight or slightly curved, without the prominent 'acorn' pommel of Western swords. The quillons could be assymetric. True curved swords were a Central Asian influence only widely adopted in the post-Mongol period. Ottomans and Mamluks preferred a short, heavy and relatively straight sabre however.
Armour consisted of khazaghand mail-armour and/or a lamellar cuirass (jawshan). The shield (turs) was probably heavier than Central Asian cane-shields and made from poplar wood. Horse armour could be employed as a felt or quilt tijfaf-barding. This could incorporate tassels and medallions. The tijfaf was usually done as a single-sheet rather than as Western front and rear bards. Lamellar horse-armours appear in the post-Mongol period. Helmets were either done in a baydeh (lit. egg) style or khud/tark (tall-segmented helmet), with an aventail or coif of mail. When the shield was not in use it was hung over the bowcase. Shields were not slung on the back as this would interfere with use of the bow.
Horses had the standard Turco-Iranian kit. Horse tails would be knotted and bound. The crupper-strap was done in a T-style. A throat-tassel or ribbon was tied around the neck of the horse. The saddle had large angular flaps, with circular flaps becoming widespread in the 13th C. The rider rode a low-saddle with a short-stirrup. This expedited the horse-archery tactics of the ghulams by increasing balance and mobility. Taller saddles and a longer-stirrup are adopted by heavy cavalry after this period.
Ethnically distinct from Turks, Khurasanians were found in many armies throughout the Middle-East. They were mostly employed as cavalry or siege-specialists. Some Khurasanian foot (eg. Sagzi from Sistan) also enjoyed a high reputation.
Khurasanian mounted used standard Turco-Iranian horse equipment. The riders differed in a number of respects. Khurasanians favoured a cropped-hair style. Turks preferred long hair, often woven into plaits. Khurasanian mounted wore baggier trousers and tunics than Turks. The tunic was of a solid-front, rather than double-breasted. Split-riding boots are also relatively common among Khurasanians.
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