Teutonic Order Knights

Italeri 1:72 Scale Figure Review

Teutonic Order Knights, 1:72 Italeri Miniatures 6019

Italeri's Teutonic Knights are beautifully sculpted, and they will look very impressive when painted. The variety of mounted poses is excellent, but the box contains no foot troops or light horse which would be needed to raise a complete Teutonic Order army for miniature wargames. These miniatures may be converted to serve as other knights of the period, although the superimposed crosses and emblems can be difficult to remove from shields, tunics, and horse trappings.

Contents

17 riders in 9 poses – 25 mm equal 180 cm height

  • Knight with standard and Topfhelm
  • Guidon bearer with iron hat(2)
  • Knight with flail and Topfhelm (2)
  • Knight with lance and Topfhelm (2)
  • Knight with sword and Topfhelm (2)
  • Knight with sword and conical helmet (2)
  • Knight with sword and iron hat (2)
  • Knight with sword and mail coif (2)
  • Knight with battle axe and Topfhelm (2)

17 horses in 4 poses – 22 mm equal 15.2 hands

  • Caparisoned horse with Teutonic cross (4)
  • Caparisoned horse with eagle emblem (5)
  • Caparisoned horse with castle emblem (4)
  • Unarmored horse (4)

2 lances - 30 mm equal 216 cm length

Evaluation

Armour plate, helmets, shields, and other items of personal equipment are historically accurate and very detailed.

The heraldic emblems are superimposed to facilitate painting.

Flags and lance pennons for Italeri's Teutonic Knights may be downloaded from our Miniatures Forum.

Noticeable flash along mould lines needs to be removed carefully prior to painting.

The chainmail armour on most of the figures shows very little texture, and it will be completely obscured if the knights are painted. Drybrush the figures to highlight sections of chainmail and create the impression of texture.

The two lances in this set are much too short, they should measure 50 mm. Replace them with lances made from piano wire.

The figures can be difficult to convert, because heraldic emblems are superimposed on tunics, shields, and horse trappings.

Three of the four horse poses are sculpted in an unnatural gait. One wonders why figure sculptors do not study horses more, and allow themselves be inspired by the superb horse poses of several Revell cavalry sets.

Historical Employment

Possible Conversion

  • 12th and 13th Century Knights

Bibliography

The Teutonic Knights are an excellent figure set, well worth the money. It is hoped that Italeri will release spearmen, crossbowmen and other Teutonic Order foot troops to accompany the Teutonic Knights into battle.

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