Knight of Alcántara

This is a test piece for me as I haven’t done much along these lines only one or two pieces. 54mm Pegaso, depicting the Order of Alcántara, A Spanish order of knights under the order of the Knights of Calatrava. Now I am prepared to take some stick and guidance on this as the information on this order is pretty sketchy, even though the order of Calatrava still kind of exists today. The figure its self has really stood up to the test of time and is still one of the best sellers for Pegaso, says a lot for the sculpting of Pietro Balloni I look forward to the comments

3 comments:

Matabele said...

Dave, for a "test piece" (!) this seems to have passed the test....
overall, good tones and colour choices, and the heraldry ( plus the additional touches you have made to the shield) make this a cracking little piece.

Jamie Stokes said...

Dave,
good execution of painting, shield emblem is symmetrical, holds together overall....
great little piece.

Cheers

Miguel said...

From A History of Spain from the Earliest Times to the Death of Ferdinand the Catholic
Page 248, para 2, “The Knights of Alcantara wore a white mantle with a capoch and black scapulary three inches wide reaching down to the girdle. In 1441 the present white mantle embroidered with a green cross, in form and shape precisely similar to that of Calatrava was substituted for the former black insignia.”

I’m sorry to point this out when the work you’ve done must have been very painstaking but if the quoted reference is accurate then the tunic is mid 15th century while the helmet is two hundred years older.