Thursday, March 20

Pegaso Models latest winged fantasy really is real

…Or it WAS real – the famous ( and feared angelic wings of the Polish Winged Hussar on top of his resplendent mount is the subject of this month of March’s latest sculpt by Pegaso…

March 2014 release from Pegaso Models:
Kit no: 75-911
Sculptor Richard Galiceck
Painter: Aleks Michelotti
Material: White Metal
Size: 75mm/ Scale:1:24
Price:€ 85,12
This month there is one figure on sale from Pegaso and it sure is a spectacular one at that – the famous Polish Winged Hussar of theclassic” period of the 1600’s. The term Hussar derives from the Hungarian Huszár. Exiled Hungarian warriors introduced hussar horsemen who joined with the Polish to make the elite cavalry feared in Europe in the 16th -19th centuries.
I think you might have picked it – but the real talking point of this figure is the large feathered “wings” (hence the name) on the back of this Hussar. Each of the wings were constructed of high wooden frames upon which eagle feathers were attached, although ostrich, swan and goose feathers had also been used.  Feathers were inserted into a series of holes bored into the length of the wood and the frame was either painted, or covered with crimson velvet and mounted in brass. The Hussars were said to have worn these wings to intimidate their enemies – which I reckon would have worked on me!

No one really actually knows 100% for sure what these wings were used for – In reality the Hussars probably donned these wings mostly only for the ceremonial purposes and victory parades. The size and weight of such apparatus would have been cumbersome if not self-defeating during battles. Legend has it that the mere sight of these huge wings and the rustling sound they apparently made as the steeds charged in battle, were enough to unnerve infantrymen and horses.  Such a spectacular sight would indeed alarm the enemy, but it is highly unlikely that feathers could emit any sound in the din of battle.  However, one other feature contributed to the awesome appearance of the Polish Hussars: in addition to their uniforms (and wings), draped over one shoulder would be the pelt of a leopard, tiger, or wolf, the total of which must have struck fear in their enemies before they even attacked.

'Classic' Hussar, mid-late 1600's.
 Legend: A – Skrydla (Wings);
B – Sszyszak (Helmet);
C – Obojcznik (Gorget);
D – Narammionik (Pauldrons);
E – Karwasze (Vambraces/Bazubands);
F – Napiersnik/Napiecznik (Breastplate/Backplate);
G – Nabiodrki (Cuisses).

This sculpt by Richard Galiceck depicts all of the trademark features of a Hussar in full flight – the red and white flag on the lance as his horse reins up – The Hussar is seen leaning forward with his massive wings towering over both he and his steed. You can see the leopard skin on the mounted man’s shoulders as well as the typical long thin sword of the Hussar and the small shield and ornate cloth saddle blanket. This figure has been masterfully painted by Aleks Michelotti.
Made from 53 pieces of white metal, this Hussar and his mount is cast in 75mm/ or 1:24th Scale and is available now from the Pegaso Webstore.