About the figure
The term huskarl
has its first meaning as man of the court
(hus - court, karl - man, peasant etc). In England, the first meaning of the word was replaced by another mercenary and huscarles represented a kind of professional soldiers. It was a very powerful and very closed organization. Huscarles were the bone of Anglosaxon army in 11th Century. In Viking's army, the huscarles were a guard, bodyguards of the King.
The first written mention of huscarles appeared in 1000-1018 in northern Europe (in Yomsborg, Baltic sea). Thet were also called as tingamannen
, mercenaries. English kings and nobility hired them very often and they became a real power in England inthe second half of 11th century.
There were 4800 men in usual Anglosaxon army. Usually every earl had 200-300 huscarles as his best warriors. Huscarles were noble men and they were really appreciated by English lords.
The Battle of Hastings - 14 October 1066 - was the decisive Norman victory in the Norman Conquest of England. It was fought between the Norman army of Duke William II of Normandy and the English army of Harold II. The battle took place at Senlac Hill, approximately 6 miles northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex. Harold II was killed in the battleit is traditionally said that he was shot through the eye with an arrow. Although there was further English resistance, this battle is seen as the point at which William gained control of England.
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 for the figure details and back to show painting details of the shield. Th boxart is painted by Diego Ruina
and can serve a simple painting guide.
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including brief information about Huscarles prepared by G.Marseglia
. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English.
Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.
The figure is sculpted by Gianni La Rocca
and made up of 8 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. There is not much need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding. A fast clean of vertical seamlines and slightly brushing with a metal brush and washing will make it ready for priming.
The main part is torso with head and legs
. Facial details, hair, beard and moustache are well defined. He wears a conical helmet with a noseguard and wide cheek guards. There is a mail hauberk with elbow length sleeves over his tunic. 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. He carries a narrow leather belt on his waist and dagger is attached to the belt with a strap. A wide leather belt decorated with round metal studs is crossed on right shoulder and used to carry the sword. The strap of the shield crossed on left shoulder is also cast on the figure. He wears ample trousers . There are cloth or leather straps wound closely about the calf to confine the loose folds of the ample trousers and providing protection from cold and dirt in bad weather conditions. These strap leggings are called Wininga
. The footwear is leather shoes made of cow hide which are called as Scoh
Other parts are ;
Cloak part -1 : It makes a good fit to the back part of the figure and shows nice cloth folds. There is a hole on this part to make the shield assembly.
Cloak part -2 : It shows nice cloth folds and will be glued to the left side of the cloak. Note that the assembly of this part needs some extra care and you better dry-fit a few times for the correct posing. When you find the correct fit in a short time,you will see the two cloak parts fit together very well.
Forearms : Posed to put his two hands on his axe. Cloth folds on the sleeves of tunic are well defined.
Axe : He carries a single bladed axe with a long wooden handle named Broad axe or Dane axe.
Sword : He carries a double-edged straight long sword with Semispatha type hilt in natural leather scabbard. Anglo Saxon swords have 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 of the figure.
Dagger : He carries a single-edged dagger with a ivory hilt named Seax. The dagger will be assembled horizontally attached to the strap of the belt on the front part of the figure.
Shield : Unlike the round-shaped Anglo-Saxon shields, he carries a kite shield with a centered metal boss and 4 big metal studs around the boss. A dragon symbol is cast on the shield to make the painting easier. It makes a very good fit to the hole on the cloak.
Figure base : Ground texture is well defined with different sized small rocks.
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