A Visit to the Heart of Pegaso
Of scales and subjectsFrom early days Pegaso, by working in 75mm and 90mm, have not confined themselves to 54mm.
Initially 75mm was not as successful as expected and so, for a few years, the company backed off. However, in 2004, they returned with a range of Romans, which widely very well received by the modelling fraternity. Since then Pegaso has invested greatly in this range, and it has been improving by leaps and bounds. The very simple logic is that a 75mm figure, apart from being a lot cheaper, is easier to handle than a 90mm figure. And, that since it is bigger than a 54mm offering, there is room for more detail and thus is more challenging in terms of painting, with a very small price difference over the same in 54mm.
So now, Pegaso has many different subjects, covering many different historical periods in 75mm, with a new 75mm figure almost every month. By the way, in expressing my desire to see a mounted 75mm figure, I was happily informed that this would probably happen in 2006! Remember, you heard it here first!
Another popular request is to see the fantastic 200mm resin fantasy figures in a smaller scale. This is mostly due to price and the painting ability of modellers. I am glad to say that this is something that is in Pegaso’s pipeline. The problem is having the suitable sculptor to tend to this task. To briefly expand on this, often people ask “Why can’t Andrea Jula just do them?” Well, with so many projects in progress all the time and all the Pegaso members having so many things to do and while meeting tight deadlines, starting a new line is not always the easiest thing to do.
That said, with Pegaso employing new talented sculptors every now and then, I am confident that we will be soon be seeing a nice 54mm or 75mm fantasy range of figures!
On the choice of subjects: for every new release, there is a mixture of staff and artist’s inspiration, modellers’ desires, market statistics and many more factors that all play small but decisive roles in this. For example, I asked why Maurizio Bruno’s Napoleonic masterpieces usually have such static poses. The response was because market research has indicated that these figures are preferred in these poses that really display the beautiful uniforms to their fullest, and not in action pose.
There are always many ideas, some of them crazy, but it’s not always to make them real. One of those crazy ideas that Pegaso has tried lately, and is proving very successful, is the manufacture of base accessories and scenery. These fantastic and accurate solutions have been well received by modellers, which indicate that these solutions have been expected, and there is for more variety. And that is exactly what Pegaso are planning: to keep releasing nice sceneries on regular bases, with different dimensions and themes.
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