April 4, 2013

REVIEW - The Jacobite


SUBJECT

The Jacobite - 1746
Romeo Models - Ref. RM75/019
75 mm - Metal
Sculpted by Maurizio Bruno
Box art painted by Danilo Cartacci



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MY PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS

Maurizio Bruno's exquisite sculpt of The Jacobite has been inspired on Robert Griffing's eponymous painting.

'The Jacobite' by Robert Griffing

It is set around the Battle of Culloden in 1746, which ended the Jacobite rebellion intended to restore the House of Stuart back to the throne.  As we all know, the battle ended in a complete defeat for the Stuart supporters.

As the Jacobites insurgents were routed from the battlefield by the governmental troops, and given its 'clean' appearance, it is obvious that this figure must be a pre-battle representation.

It is a rather straightforward miniature made up of only 8 parts. Overall, detail is just excellent thanks to a flawless casting with a minimal amount of seamlines. The draping and creases of the shirt and the so-called belted plaid, look very natural.

Worth mentioning is also the nice rendition of the musket and the broadsword. The sculpting and casting of the musket's outer mechanical parts, and the sword's basket is crisp and truly beautiful.

Remarkable for this scale is that the dagger has been cast in situ on the belt. I for one would have preferred this as a seperate part, but after painting this is barely noticable anymore, however.

Testfitting showed no problems whatsoever, but then again there is not much to glue, is it not... Considering the limited amount of parts, the preparation of the figure prior to painting will be quick and minimal. Good news for those like me who dislike filing, filling and sanding.

As usual with Highlander figures, the end result will largely depend on the painting of the tartan and the checkered socks. Of course, for mortals like me it will be hard to equal, let alone surpass Danilo Cartacci's box art, but in his book Painting Miniatures he is showing his way to tackle this challenge step by step.

To end I can only highly recommend this Romeo Models figure. I like everything about it, but I have to admit that I am very biassed here as I am a huge fan of Maurizio Bruno's work.

If you want to know more about Highlanders, their tartans and much more, then the Scottish Tartans Authority website is a good start and inspiration.


BOX ART PHOTOS

© Romeo Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci
© Romeo Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci
© Romeo Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

© Romeo Models - Painted by Danilo Cartacci

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