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1/72 Orion 72039 Hussite War Wagon And Command

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Orion 72039 Hussite War Wagon And Command

Another tiny review for one of the latest released set, this time the Orion Hussite War Wagon and Command, 72039 set.
First of all I must said than figures in this set have a high quality sculpture, and are a must be in any Hussite or Medieval army in our scale, but the set have other odds which don’t glad to me. The most important the lack of instructions to built the wagon, which haves around 35 parts, and just a one angle picture in the box’s back will be your only help.

Orion Hussite War Wagon built.

Hussite Wagons were covered time ago by MiniArt, but this new wagon from Orion have some better features, and also another odd, which is size. Figures are completely covered by the wagon wall, while this probably is more accurate it means than the figures you will be painting a couple of hours will be almost hidden. The best of the wagon is the wooden pattern, clearly visible in all pieces.

Comparative between Orion Hussite War Wagon and MiniArt's ones.

Another odd of the set is that Orion don’t managed new horses for this great figures, they just re-release one sprue of horses used in previous sets, which we must say are too small for the riders, as pictures show. I replaced them by some Italei horses, but just for the pictures, i don’t know which will be the definitive horses if i paint this set.

Orion horses aren't the best of this set.

Figures of the set depict three own named historic personages plus three figures including one horse standart and one driver for the wagon. The historic personages are Jan Hus, Jan Ziska and Prokop the Great.

Jan Hus (1369 – 6 July 1415) is who named the Hussites, he is the first actual Church reformer, prior to Luther or Calvin. Their defense and rebellion against Roman Catholics became known as the Hussite Wars.He died burned at the stake for heresy, something very common in that time.

The left figure represent Jan Hus.

Jan Ziska (1360–1424) was an Hussite Leader, probably the famous ones and is one of the four general in history who never was defeated. One of his innovations were the War Wagons which are a tank precursor 5 hundred years before. I recommend the lecture of the Wiki article, as he was a really impressive and important General who improved and changed the medieval warfare forever.

Prokop the Great (1380 – 1434) Another Hussite Command, who was the most prominent leader of the latter Hussite Wars.

Prokop in the center, Jan Ziska on right.

The last feature remarkable of the set are the couple of ox, which are not common in our hobby. MiniArt’s wagon use horses. Take care that real War Wagons were capable to acommodate 15 or 20 men, which are impossible with these two representations.

You can buy the set here.

6 thoughts on “1/72 Orion 72039 Hussite War Wagon And Command

  1. José Manuel Chasco González

    It's hard to say, his left eye seems to be sculpted in a different way, but he isn't wearing a patch and some portraits depict him with a patch in the right eye not in the left… so i think the figure has both eyes… !
    Anyway you can easily add a patch to the figure, just drop a little square of paper tissue 🙂
    Cheers.

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  2. Pryzmek

    Thanks.
    Ech – I can see the goose on the baner, what is a total heresy. The goose in Czech language is "hus" and German chroniclers maliciously presented Hussites under that sign. Oryginaly Hussites used only chalice in different combinations.

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  3. José Manuel Chasco González

    Thanks for the info Pryzmek ! is very common to see that flags and symbols for Hussites, i didn't know this.

    If you are thinking about purchase it I recommended it, the only bad are the horses (and the flag as i see…), figures are nicely sculpted and the wagon is much better than the old MiniArt's ones, a great complement for the also recently released Red Box's Hussite sets, which you can also see reviewed here and i also recommend, a great improvement from Red Box.

    Cheers !

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  4. Pryzmek

    I will. I must chack my deliverer…
    I had the goose on the baner, but my Czech colleague explain me that: chalice: mel symbolizovat jeden z požadavku hnutí – prijímání podbojí, jakožto výrazu rovnosti duchovních a laiku:):):). And I removed the goose. You can see my hussite on my blog: http://histofigsy.blogspot.com/search/label/husyc
    Regards

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