by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ]
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The Order of the Teutonic Knights of St. Mary's Hospital in Jerusalem or for short the Teutonic Order is a German Roman Catholic religious order. It was formed to aid Christians on their pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to establish hospitals to care for the sick and injured. Its members have commonly been known as the Teutonic Knights, since they also served as a crusading military order during the Middle Ages.
Order was formed at the end of the 12th century in Acre on wave of crusades but in later ages moved to invade Prussia and established its presence in the northern Europe for many year.
Order became involved in campaigns against its Christian neighbors, the Kingdom of Poland, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and the Novgorod Republic.
In 1410, a Polish-Lithuanian army led by Polish king Wladyslaw II Jagiello and Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas (Witold) decisively defeated the Order and broke its military power at the Battle of Grunwald (Tannenberg).
In 1515 at Vienna the emperor made arrangements with Sigismund I of Poland-Lithuania. Empire failed to aid the Teutonic Order Grand Master against the same. The Order steadily declined until 1525 when Grand Master Albert of Brandenburg resigned and converted to Lutheranism to become Duke of Prussia.
Napoleon Bonaparte ordered its dissolution and the Order lost its last secular holdings in 1809. The Order continued to exist, headed by Habsburgs through World War I and was outlawed by Hitler in 1938. After 1945 they resumed and today operate primarily with charitable aims in Central Europe.
The kit shows Teutonic Infantryman as in 1410 - during the war with Poland and Lithuania. Infantryman is wearing chain mail with mail hood, long tunic, cloth trousers, turn-shoes, and kettle hat. He stands still holding pavise - a large convex shield with prominent central ridge Ė in his left hand. In right hand he holds a spear. Dagger and sword in scabbard are attached to his belt.
Soldierís hands are fully covered with chain mail. Mail hood covers most of face leaving only eyes, nose, mouth and small parts of cheeks visible.
Figure stands on simple round base showing part of cobblestone road.
Kit is packed in hard black cardboard box covered with dust jacket made of nice glossy paper with M-Model logo and company information printed on it. Itís a standard dust jacket of M-Model and specific kit information and picture of painted figure is nicely glued to it giving very good first impression.
Cardboard box is not only protection for the parts - they are placed in small plastic bag and wrapped with bubble wrap. Along with resin parts kit contains a piece of steel wire for spearís pole.
- kettle hat
- head with shoulders
- body in tunic
- left hand
- right hand
- pavise shield
- swordís scabbard
- swordís hilt
- spearís tip
- metal wire for spearís pole
Assembly and painting
No assembly and painting instruction is attached except for the picture of painted figure placed on a boxís cover.
Painting of figure is mostly in white and black which were Teutonic colors. Tunic is white with black cross on a chest. So is the pavise shield except for red strip on the top of it.
Turn-shoes and scabbards are leather and trousers are made of two-colored cloth.
Detailing and quality
Parts are made of good quality beige-grey resin with details nicely visible.
Figure is well sculpted; rivets and straps are nicely visible.
Chain mail has hard texture so it should be relatively easy to paint and give good look of the figure from the distance. It is not very detailed though.
Eyes are bit odd (one eyeball is convex, second one is hollow).
Seam lines are almost not present on the parts and the visible ones are delicate and should be easy to remove. Surfaces are smooth and clean, no bubbles or other marks were spotted.
Very nice 54mm figure made of good material, showing member of order that managed to gain and hold its own country in the time of its greatness. Very low price (about 6,4 EUR) and itís good quality makes this figure worth buying.
Figure is quite simple to build and paint too so it may be good choice even for a first kit.