February 25, 2015

OPEN BOX - Secutor


SUBJECT

Secutor
Pegaso Models - Ref. 75-106
75 mm - Metal
Sculpted by Carles Vaquero
Painted by Alexander Cortina



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MY PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS

This is the second Secutor-class gladiator of Pegaso Models in the 75 mm range, and obviously it is designed to pair up wonderfully with the Alexandros Models Retiarius (ref. SPQR/46), which is of the same size and also sculpted by Carles Vaquero.

The Secutor was the 'natural' adversary of the Retiarius in the Roman arenas, and, as with all gladiators, their armour and weapons were adapted as to ensure a balanced and fair fight. Armed with a short stabbing sword, the Secutor wore a rounded helmet with two small loopholes, a shield and a protective greave on the left leg. Except for the helmet, this was all very similar to the Murmillo. On the other hand and apart from a brimmed shoulderplate, the Retiarius was barely protected, but he had a long trident with which he could fend off his opponent or pierce him, and a large fishnet to hit and entangle his challenger before he would be able to give the deathblow. Mind, it is a wide-spread misconception that gladiatorial fights always ended in the dead of the vanquished party. For their owners, gladiators were a valuable form of livestock!

With this miniature Pegaso Models offers - yet again - quite an attractive miniature. Especially the helmet proper to the Secutor adds to the overall drama. It must have been a very unpleasant and claustrophobic feeling to have your head stuck in such an enclosing piece of metal, especially in the hot Mediterranean climate.

Given its limited amount of parts this miniature is also very simple to build. Cleverly cut at natural joints, the fit of parts is good. With my copy the torso-waist joint will need some putty to fill a small gap though. The visor of the typical Secutor helmet has been casted as a seperate part and the major head part has some rough detail around the eyes. Although this is a laudable effort of the sculptor, I do not know why this has been engineered like that because when the visor has been attached, nothing of the face's detail can be seen through the small loop holes. In short, just fix the visor and do not bother anymore!

Painting wise this miniature serves as a good excercise to get to grips with skintones and the reproduction of bronze or other metal parts. Also the large rectangular shield is an ideal canvas for elaborate designs, but you can keep it rather straithforward too with just one, nicely weathered colour or whatever. The box art painting done by the immensely talented Alexandre Bonastre Cortina may guide you on the path of enlightenment for that matter.

For the groundwork it might suffice to simulate just the bloodstained sand to grant a 360° view on the miniature, although you could go the extra mile and back it up with part of an arena wall or some kind of fence marking the edges of the 'battlefield'; and of course, posed against the Retiarius from Alexandros Models, you will end up with a very nice vignette of a gladiatorial fight.

Highly recommended.


BOX ART PHOTOS

© Pegaso Models - Painted by Alexandre Cortina

© Pegaso Models - Painted by Alexandre Cortina

© Pegaso Models - Painted by Alexandre Cortina

© Pegaso Models - Painted by Alexandre Cortina




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