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In-Box Review
St. John Order Knight -XIII c.

by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

Originally published on:
Historicus Forma


The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 30 mm.Pegaso Models yellow-red colored cardboard box which is called Gold box. Gold boxes contain some bonus materials and optional parts for the figure included in the kit. The front cover shows a photo of the figure painted by Pietro Balloni from 3 different angles front, left side and back.

Inside the box, there is a paper sheet including historical info about St.John Order and painting instructions for this figure. This document is prepared by Marco Giuliani and presented in 2 languages; Italian and English.

Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick gray polyfoam and small parts are secured in a punched plastic bag.


The figure is sculpted by Pietro Balloni and made up of 12 white metal parts. Casting of all parts is very well detailed, clean and crisp. There is no need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding. You will only need a hobby knife to seperate swords and scabbard from the metal sprue. Brushing with wirebrush will be enough for cleaning process.It will remove excess metal and will make the details more apparent. I advice you to brush your figure with an old toothbrush and mild detergent or soap to make it shine before priming. Remember that brushing figures makes details visible and priming makes paint adhere much better on metal figures.

The main part is torso with right leg. He wears a surcoat over his mail hauberk, a cloth sash and a leather sword belt with no metal buckles. Chainmail on skirts and leg, cloth folds and straps on the surcoat are well defined. As painting the cross on the surcoat; it should be kept in mind that in first quarter of XIII century the Cross took its typical geometric 8 pointed shape.

Left arm and cape are cast together. Chainmail texture is well defined on the arm and there are 2 holes to attach the shield in correct form.The cape in this figure is called cappa clausa ; monks hooded mantle in black color with a white cross on the heart. Nice cloth folds are represented on the cape especially on the hood part.

Other parts are;

  • Head ; he wears a helmet with nasal-nose guard over mail coif. It fits well to the hole on the cape part but some attention needed for the correct posing. Head should slightly look at the right side as shown in boxart.
  • Left leg ; it makes a good fit to the hole on the main part. Chainmail and leather straps of the spur are well defined.
  • Right arm ; Some attention is needed to assembly the arm in correct position. Note that right arm should be attached after torso and cape parts assembled. There is a hole on the wrist for easy fit of the right hand.
  • Right hand with flag pole
  • Right hand holding a sword ; an optional right hand is included in the kit . It is casted as the hand grabbing the hand guards of sword to hold it upside down.
  • Flag with spear headed pole ; Folds are well defined on the waving flag.
  • Kite shield ; it makes a good fit to the holes on the left arm.
  • Sword
  • Scabbard
  • Figure base ; Ground texture and stones are well represented. Two holes make the figure assembly easier. Horizontal seamline on the stones needs to be cleaned.
  • In addition to the 12 parts of the figure ; a bonus material from Panoplies set of Pegaso objects is included in the kit. This can be used as a nice nameplate for the figure with a careful paintwork.


Clean cast in fine details, good fit, strong posing, optional parts for different posing and extra parts. Another nice medieval figure to have in your display case.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Luca Marchetti of Pegaso Models for the review sample.

Another Hospitaller Knight figure review can be seen here

Pegaso Models has many St. John Order Knight figures on their product list. One of them is 54117 St. John Order Knight with flag, first half XIII c. which offers medieval figure painters a unique subject that features a strong posing figure with a realistic base. Images of the painted model are taken from Pegaso Models website.
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  Scale: 54mm
  Mfg. ID: 54-117
  Suggested Retail: 35 Euros
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  PUBLISHED: May 14, 2006

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About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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