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Valdemar

Set VI006

Teutonic Sergeant with Great Axe

All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2009
Contents 1 figure
Poses 1 pose
Material Plastic (Fairly Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)

Review

Teutonic warriors were little different in costume to other German knights of their era except in the supposed simplicity of their modest arms and armour, and in the colour and devices. This figure wears perfectly normal costume of a mail hauberk over his tunic, and over both a quilted fabric armour which would be particularly effective in cushioning blows. On his head he wears a kettle-hat, which was a very popular choice for many, and clearly he wears a cloak, which would suggest the cold northerly latitudes that the Teutonic Order operated in once Palestine was lost.

He has a large sheathed sword but it is the great axe that is most prominent here. This is an unusually large example, and clearly would have required both hands to use, hence the lack of a shield.

The axe and sword are separate items and need to be glued in place. The length of the axe handle means the figure’s hand holds it just where the blade touches it, so we had to take a little off the handle to allow the comfortable fit pictured. However the hard resin/plastic material takes glue well, and also shows the exceptional levels of detail very well indeed. This is a beautiful piece, with perfect proportions, detail etc, and is as fine a figure as you could hope to get. The complete lack of any trace of mould lines or excess plastic complete the rosy picture.

The pose is nicely done, and this is a really great figure. While it might not be common for sergeants to carry such large axes, this nonetheless makes a very imposing model which is a shade too tall but otherwise without blemish.

Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 10
Pose Number
Sculpting 10
Mould 10

Further Reading
Books
"Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300" - Wargames Research Group - Ian Heath - 9780904417432
"German Medieval Armies 1000-1300" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.310) - Christopher Gravett - 9781855326576
"Teutonic Knight" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.124) - David Nicolle - 9781846030758
"The Scandinavian Baltic Crusades 1100-1500" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.436) - David Lindholm & David Nicolle - 9781841769882

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