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Templar Knights - Medieval era

  • Kit Manufacturer: Italeri
  • Major Material: Plastic
  • Model Specifications: 1:32 Scale (54mm)
  • Work Experience: This kit contains a total of six figures, however it should be noted that only four are of different characters and in different poses as shown in the picture below, the other two are duplicates of the leftmost and the rightmost ones. This is my first attempt on painting 54mm figures. It turned out that it is not as difficult to achieve somewhat realistic effects as I thought. I first spray paint a coat of flat white for the clothes, and then hand painted the armors and faces of the men and the exposed body of the horses and their gears. The fine details and weathering effects are achieved by washing and dry brushing. It took me about two hours to paint one figure, that is, one man and one horse.

Historical Notes: The Knight Templars are a historical Order of knights who are known as religious men practiced an ascetic lifestyle, and vowed to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land of Jerusalem. The formation was established in 1120AD and was dissolved and shoveled out by the pope and the French king Philp IV (Philip the Fair) in 1312AD. The last master of the order, Jacques de Molay, together with more than fifty comrades were executed by burning at the stake in May 1310. It is said that the order had accumulated a huge wealth when they were in power, but their legacy has never been found after the dissolution. Due to their enigmatic rise and fall and the mysterious lost of their treasure, the legend of the Knight Templars has been featured in many contemporary novels such as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, Steve Berry's The Templar Legacy, Raymond Khoury's The Last Templar, and Julia Navarro's The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud, just to name a few.

Front View of the Four Knights   |  1st Knight front view   |  1st Knight side view   |  2nd Knight side view
3rd Knight close up view   |  4th Knight close up view   |  On-Shelf Display

Recommended References:

  1. God's Warriors
  2. Painting Ancient and Medieval Warriors (Schiffer Book for Hobbyists)
  3. The Art of Painting Miniatures: Faces & Figures (Compendium Modelling Classics)

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