by: Engin Kayral [ ]
about the figure
Around the end of the VI Century B.C. the Tarquinians were expelled from Rome. The one named the Superb (VII and last king of Rome), in order to regain the throne, asked the help of the Etruscan Dodecapolis, which was a Confederation of twelve towns of Etruria, the most important culture at that time in the Italian peninsula. Lars Porsenna the King of Clusium was nominated as the Commanding Officer of the army. Around the year 508 Porsenna laid siege to Rome and his name became legendary, along with the names of his famous Roman enemies Publio Orazio Coclite (one-eyed) and Muzio Cordo Scevola (left- handed). The siege ended with no change in the situation. Porsenna was defeated in Ariccia by the Latin League in the year 505. The figurine is based on archaeological finds exhibited in the museums of Athens, Rome, London and New York.
This paragraph is taken from the historical note supplied in the kit.
The figure RM 54-80 represents Etruscian King Lars Porsenna in a commanding pose.
The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 30 mm.standard Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows a photo of the figure painted by Danilo Cartaccifrom 3 different angles front, back to show the cloak and head to show the helmet and crest details.
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including historical info and painting instructions for this figure. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English. Historical research is made by Stefano Castracane and text is translated to English 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 Italian master sculptor Maurizio Bruno and made up of 6 white metal parts. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details. The figure almost has a small need for a clean up, just a quick brushing and sanding the molding line on cloak will make it figure for priming.
The main part is torso with legs. He wears a Greek style bronze Cuirass made of two pieces of metal armor covering the wearers breast and back. A long triangular metal part attached to cuirass covers the crotch. This type of cuirass is called bell type. It is an evolution of the archaic type and precedes the muscular type cuirass. Under his cuirass, he wears a short loosy tunic called Chiton. He carries his sword on the left side with a right shoulder cross-wise leather belt. He has knee-length bronze Greaves, shin guards covering his calves and thighs are also covered with metal protectors. Feet are also protected by metal parts covering upper part and heel.
It makes a good fit to the cloak part with 2 holes. Folds of chiton,armor details and leather straps are all well defined.
Other parts are ;
Cloak : He wears a large cloak attached with a metal pin on the right shoulder. Cloak folds are very well defined. One of the best details of this kit is the hair plaits on the back and left side of the neck.
Head : He wears an Archaic type helmet with a short neck guard and long cheek guards. The hole on the top of helmet make the asssembly of the crest easier and good fit. Facial details are well represented.
Crest : A distinctive lenghtwise crest made of horse hair decorates the helmet. The small pin makes a good fit to the hole on the helmet.
Left arm : Posed to grap the handle of his sword. The scabbard of the sword shows decorations on the top and tip.
Right arm : Posed to hold the double edged axe in a commanding pose. Besides being a good weapon, the axe was the symbol of command. He carries shoulder and upper arm protectors.
The figure is presented in a commanding pose therefore the big round shield-Hoplon that protects the left side of the body is not included in the kit. Note that though the King Porsenna is splendidly armed with bronze protections,he carries a Hoplon during battle.
Figure base : A figure base with nice ground texture is supplied.
Another good posed historical figure representing a famous character. The great sculpt of Maurizio Bruno and high quality casting of Romeo Models in nice details makes it a unique figure for painters.
Very Highly Recommended