by: Engin Kayral [ ]
about the figure
The Sergeants origined from the from the Latin word serventes in the feudal armies and, consequently, in those of the Monastic-Orders, were armed men whose duties were totally different from the known duties of a sergeant or a warrant officer in a modern armies. In the feudal army, the sergeant was not intended in the chain of command as a liaison officer between the Commanding officers and the troops, and was not a squire at the service of a Knight as the Latin term might induce one to believe. He was a fighter on foot or mounted, whose social level was inferior to that of the Knightly Nobility, therefore he was a Bourgeois, a town inhabitant or a country man subject to control of the Order.
As a man-at-arms, he was equipped with lighter and older weapons than those of the Brother Knights, but superior to those of the simple infantry man. He was also different from a squire due to the fact that he was not of Noble Origins destined to be educated to become a Knight. He was a sergeant and could rise no higher. Obviously this typology of man at arms was also present in other Monastic Orders such as Hospitallers and Templars.
In the XII century, one rule of the Templars established that the sergeants should wear a coat of mail without sleeves and gloves, as well as the substitution of the helmet with an iron hat. The sergeants were not obliged to fight for a long time in a battle because they were not armed as a Knight would be. The Rule established that they would receive the gratitude of God and of the Order if they fought well. They could withdraw from the battle without the need to ask for permission if they had been wounded, or realised they could not in any way continue, and they would not suffer any punishment. This Rule applied only to those armed with light weapons. Sergeants equipped as Knights were expected to fight like Knights would do. Up to the end of the XII century sergeants could not distinguish themselves through heraldic symbols, after the XII century they started to adopt the heraldry of the Order they belonged to, or the feudal army, or their Lord.
The boxart shows the sergeant carries a T-Cross on his gambeson. This type of Cross is also called a Tau Cross or St.Antonys Cross which mostly symbolize life, resurrection, reincarnation and blood sacrifice in Christianity as with the some other ancient socities.
The figure RM-54-083 represents a Sergeant of the Teutonic Order in XIII. - XIV.centuries.
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 figure painted by Fabrizio Fraschetti from 2 different angles front and left.
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including historical info about Sergeants of Teutonic Order and painting instructions for this figure. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English. Historical research is made by M.Lamberucci and text is translated to English by Riccardo Carrabino.
Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and 2 heavy blocks of figure base are placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.
The figure is sculpted by Italian master sculptor Andrea Jula and made up of 5 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and some clean-up needed to clean the seamlines on the breeches.
The main part is Upper body with cloak. He wears a Gambeson, a thick padded jacket worn as an armor seperately or togethr with mail or plate armor. Under the gambeson, there is a mail hauberk covering the body and arms, and a mail coif protecting the head. Over the gambeson, he wears a woolen mantle or cloak tied with robe cords. Cloth folds of mantle, pads of gambeson, and leather belt are well defined. The left arm covered with mantle and left hand grabbing the mantle are cast with the body.
Other parts are ;
Lower body with Legs : The details of the lower part of gambeson, chainmail texture, folds of inner tunic, buckles and holes of weapon belt are well defined. He wears cloth breeches which tightly covers the legs and leather shoes with metal buckles.
Helmet : This type of helmet differs from the classical kettle helmet with its flat top and called as Iron hat helmet.
Right arm : Posed to hold a poleaxe. This type of long poleaxe with long and cleaver type blade is called Bardiche and widely used in medieval and reinnesance armies. The chainmail texture on the arm, leather wrapped covering and metal studs on the poleaxe are well represented.
Sword : He carries a long sword with round pommel and long handguards on its leather scabbard on the right thigh. The small hole on the right side of figure makes the sword assembly easier.
Figure base : A figure base with stoneroad texture. Stones of different shapes and sizes give a nice look to the base.
Another good addition to Romeo Models Medieval series. The strong posing with the poleaxe, nice sculpt and high casting quality makes it unique for all figure fans.