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Infantry subaltern, 1855
Infantry subaltern, 1855
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

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Historicus Forma

about the figure

In 1852; Camillo Benso of Cavour became the Prime minister of the Savoy Kingdom, precursor of Italy as an independent country. The strategy of his domestic policy turned towards economic and industrial development. As regards the foreign policy ; his main concern was that of bringing the Italian question to the attention of the European Powers. The opportunity came with the out brake of the hostilities between Turkey and Russia in the Crimean. On the 26 January 1855; Cavour formed an alliance with England and France against Russia with the military agreement of participating in the conflict by providing a contingent of Sardinian troops. Thus, 15,000 men headed for the Crimean peninsula under the command of General Alfonso Ferrero della Marmora and participated in both the Battle of Cernaia and the Siege of Sevastopoli, the powerful stronghold which resisted to the Anglo-French-Piedmontese troops for about a year.
(This paragraph is taken from the historical note provided in the kit.)

The figure represents an infantry subaltern of the Sardinian Piedmont troops in May 1855, during Crimean War. For who may not be familiar to the word; Subaltern means low-ranking military officer, higher than a NCO, who has a lot of operational responsibility but almost no autonomy.

The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 30 mm.standard Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows 2 photos of the painted figure– front view, left side close up .

Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including short historical info and painting instructions for this figure. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English. The historical search of this figure is made by Fabrizio Fraschetti and translation is made by Riccardo Carrabino.

Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.

The figure is sculpted by Russian master sculptor Victor Konnov and made up of 6 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. No need for a serious clean up, filling or sanding.

The main part is torso with head, right arm and left leg. He wears a blue-greyish front- button cloth great coat-Capote with a round edged collar that could be turned up. There are two paralel cuffbands on each sleeves. A crosswise thick sash is worn on the right shoulder and tied on the left waist. He carries a white thick leather belt with a decorated brass buckle. He wears loose fatigue trousers with white lining and knee height leather boots.

Facial details like chin puff beard, handlebar moustache, strap of kepi under chin are well presented. Cloth folds, cuffbands, buttons and symbol on the belt buckle, straps of the scabbard are well defined.

Other parts are;

  • Right leg : Nice cloth folds on trousers and it makes a good fit to the main part .

  • Right hand : Posed to raise the sabre and wearing gloves. The Sabre is a single-edged sword with slight curve and large hand guard, covering the knuckles of the hand as well as the thumb and forefinger.

  • Left arm : Posed to grab the scabbard and makes a good fit to main part.

  • Kepi : He wears French sytle military Kepi - a smal cap with a flat circular top and a visor. In this version kepi is covered with a cloth and neckguard behind as the French Foreign Legionaries. The round part on the front top is to show rank and insignia.

  • Tassel of sash : It shows nice details.

  • Figure base : A simple figure base with a nice ground texture.


    Another unique subject from Romeo Models especially for Crimean War fans. Clean casting, easy assembly and perfect fit on parts.

    Highly Recommended

    Highs: Sculpted in very good details, strong posing and rare subject for Crimean War fans.
    Lows: Figure boxart photo shows difference from the kit supplied figure base.
    Verdict: A unique figure in good details.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 54mm
      Mfg. ID: RM-54-077
      Suggested Retail: 26.00EUR
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      PUBLISHED: Jan 03, 2008
      NATIONALITY: Italy
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.18%

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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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    Thanks for the review, bro Sheesh you added those pics quickly... I was just reading the review without pics in the staging area and the next thing it's live Nice figure, but as you say, pity about the base - it really compliments the figure. Once again, great review. Rudi
    JAN 03, 2008 - 02:09 AM

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