As it is well known, Pegaso Models is one of the ruling companies of the Historical Miniature world. And usually in their every month releases there are some gems, either in historical miniatures or in fantasy subjects, or even civilian ones.
One bust in 200mm scale is the Charlotte de Berry – La Corsaire, that caught my attention is the one we will review here.
Some Historical notes
Born in England in 1636, Charlotte de Berry fell in love with a sailor. When the Royal Navy ordered him to sea, she donned male clothes and joined him on board his ship as his brother. One version of how she became a pirate said the two fought side by side in six major battles. An officer discovered Charlotte's ruse, but said nothing because he wanted her for himself. When his first attempt to get rid of her lover failed, the officer accused him of trying to start a mutiny. He was found guilt and flogged around the fleet, a punishment that killed him. Charlotte refused the officer's advances, stabbed him, and fled ashore.
She became an entertainer in waterfront saloons that sailors frequented. One sea captain kidnapped her, forced her to wed him, then set sail for Africa. Charlotte convinced the crew to mutiny and turn to piracy.
Another version says that sometime after the navy ship departed England, pirates attacked it. The pirate captain discovered Charlotte's true identity, but she engaged him in a duel and lopped off his head. The pirates rejoiced on hearing of his death, and made Charlotte their new captain. Rumors soon spread about her ferocity and cruelty. One claimed she had sewn shut one captain's mouth. Throughout her life as a pirate she pretended to be a man.
How and when she died is uncertain, but one story claims she married a wealthy Spaniard who joined her crew. A storm sank their ship and they survived without food and water for eight days aboard a raft. The survivors decided the only way they would continue to live was if they drew lots.
The loser would forfeit his life to feed the others. Charlotte's husband was the first slain just before a merchantman rescued them. Pirates attacked that ship. Charlotte fought them off, saved her rescuers, then leapt overboard to join her dead husband.
The Bust (what’s in the box):
This 200mm bust, comes in a total of 12 pieces: 2 white metal ones 10 resin.
Sturdy, hard luxury glossy black carton box with 5 printed colored pictures of the box art painted by Pepa Saveedra (which if i recall correctly is doing her first work for Pegaso). Inside all the pieces are carefully placed, in a thick mass of paper strips and also protected in plastic zipper lock bags.
Quality – Detail:
Pegaso quality is really amazing either the kit is white metal or resin. So there are no worries for that. A light gray color resin, is the material for the head, the hat, the hair , part of the chest belt , hat feathers, earings , and 2 small crosses.
All pieces are in fine situation, and cleaning process will last .. no more than 2 minutes.
Everything fits perfectly, but I would suggest to use 2 parts epoxy glue as the pieces of hat, head and feathers are relatively big, and you wouldn’t like to have any after painting surprises!
You can assemble most of the bust, and leave aside for separate painting and mounting the head and the hat.
The sculpture of Andrea Jula, is very clean and well defined, the characteristics of the face are perfect, and the details on the jewelry complex on her neck are really amazing. There will be needed the most of painters work, as there is a lot of outlining and definition to be done.
The legend said that the specific girl was very ugly, and she used her exposed breats to take the enemies attention at the time of the battle, but thank God, Andrea has sculpted a real Playboy model here so I really accept this artistic license change!
Her exposed breast is really breathtaking in anatomical terms always, and the finished bust is really impressive thanks to the big hat and the feathers also.
The box art is a characteristic paint guide, but I guess there are no serious restrictions to alter the painting scheme.
It is a bust for everyone, since the details are good sized, and the color combinations are easy to follow. Experience will play its role when it comes for the extra touches on the face and the numerous details on the decoration complex on the front part of the bust. The boys and men will be separated as I use to say!
This can be a different bust theme in your collection and a good piece for shows and competitions definately and a must have for women themes lovers.
For bust lovers, and also for every painter this is a definitely challenging option, for a bust of high quality to paint. Casting, minimal clean , and skilled sculpting along with an easy paint scheme is attractive. The size is not huge, nor small so I think no one will complain. Personally I like it.