by: Engin Kayral [ ]
about the figure
Geronimo or Goyaalé (spelled as Goyathlay in English) which means one who yawns in Apache language, had his new name Geronimo by Mexican soldiers, though it’s not sure the reason why.
He was born in June, 16, 1829, near Turkey Creek, in a territory actually Arizona or western New Mexico, which was still under Mexican control. He was of the Bedonkohe band of Apaches, not a hereditary chief, but later he became a leader of Chiricahua, a medicine man and a prophet. During his youth, Goyathlay had a quiet life, without close contacts with whites.
On March 5 of 1851 (but other sources give 1858), when Geronimo and other Bedonkohe members were in Mexico for trading, 400 soldiers of Sonora attacked the Apache village, killing all the women and children, included the mother, the wife and the three sons of Geronimo. After this tragedy, he claimed vengeance and fought against Mexicans and later U.S. troopers, terrorizing the settlers of territories bordering USA and Mexico. When the Chiricahua were forcibly removed on 1876 to the reservation of San Carlos in eastern Arizona, Geronimo fled with a band of followers into Mexico. He was soon arrested and returned to reserve., until 1881, when he returned to war activities from a secret camp in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Sensationalized press reports exaggerated Geronimo's activities, making him the most feared Apache. The last few months of the campaign required over 5000 soldiers and 500 scouts, and perhaps up to 3000 Mexican soldiers to track down Geronimo and his band. Geronimo surrendered on March 25, 1886 to Gen. George CROOK, but he fled again, finally surrendering to Gen. Nelson MILES on September 4, 1886, finishing last significant Indian guerrilla action in the United States.
The government transported Geronimo and nearly 450 Apache men, women, and children to Florida in Forts Marion and Pickens, then at Mont Vernon in Alabama, and in 1894 they were removed to Fort Sill. Geronimo was introduced in public, he met also President Roosevelt, but he was considered still as prisoner of war, when he died on February 17, 1909. He was buried in the Apache cemetary at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
The text above is taken from the historical note provided in the figure kit.
The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 30 mm.standard Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows 2 photos of the painted figure– front view and back view .
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including historical info about Apache leader Geronimo and painting instructions of the figure. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English. The historical search of this figure and preparation of the text is made by Marcello Grimaldi.
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 Italian master sculptor Maurizio Bruno and made up of 5 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. This is one of the best castings of Romeo Models I have ever seen so there is no need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding.
The main part is full body with left leg. He wears a long cotton tunic shirt with long sleeves and no front buttons. A scarf or foulard covers his neck. Over his shirt, he wears an open front waistcoat with 6 buttons. He carries 2 cartridge belts; the upper one is a U.S Army canvas belt and the other is a leather belt with a long knife attached on the left side. He wears loosy pants tightening with leather leggings on the knees and indian style moccasins. Typical indian breechclout is worn over the trousers. All details like cloth folds, belt buckles, cartridges on belt, buttons and details on moccasins are well defined.
Other parts are ;
Head : As compared to the photos, Maurizio did a great job on sculpting the face of Geronimo. The facial details are perfect. He wears a bandana over his long hair. The head makes a very good fit on the neck hole of the figure.
Right leg : It makes a good fit to the main part. Breechclout, legging and moccasin is well represented.
Left arm : Posed to hold the forestock of the rifle and cast in fine cloth folds.
Right arm with rifle : Posed to hold the stock of the rifle. He carries a Marlin 1881cal. 45-70, a lever action rifle with steel barrel and leverages, wooden stock and butt. Left hand is cast with the rifle grabbing the forestock. Details of the rifle are very well defined.
Figure base : Rocky ground is well represented and 2 holes on the ground makes figure assemby easier.
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A very unique subject sculpted in nice details. The similarity of the face to historical references is perfect and as usual in all Romeo figures ; clean casting and easy assembly. A good piece to add Pegaso – Romeo Native American Series.