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Zeybek-Ottoman Irregular Militia
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

Originally published on:
Historicus Forma


During 17th century, Zeybeks were men, settled in mountains of West Anatolia, who rebelled and protected populace against local pressures and injustices. As Indepence War started in 1919, they became irregular militia of Aegean Region and fought against Greek invasion. Their guerrilla warfare gave time to Turkish resistance to form a defense. With the formation of national army, most of them joined and continued their resistance till the end of war on 1922. After declaration of Republic, they were awarded with medals, military ranks and pensions.
Leaders were called as EFE and recruits as KIZAN. There was a tribe democracy in group to take decisions all together but authority of Efe was incontrovertible on the battlefield.
Zeybeks followed definite rituals for all actions. They had a special dance named Harmandali in which performers simulates an eagle.

The figure comes in Romeo Models standard medium size cardboard box. The front cover shows the figure painted by Andrea Terzolo which can serve as a basic painting guide.
Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts. A quality certificate is given inside the box for any problem on the parts.

Figure is sculpted by Maurizio Bruno and cast in 8 white metal parts. Parts are ;
  • Torso with legs
  • Head
  • Right arm
  • Left arm
  • Cloth sash with weapons
  • Stock of flintlock
  • Musket rifle
  • Figure base

    Zeybeks had a unique colorful traditional clothing. They wear a reddish fez made of broad-cloth which is called Kabalak. A few cloth sashes full of needlework embroidary are wrapped around their headgear. They have baggy short trousers on knee length, jackets with false sleeves named Cepken ; both made of blue or dark-blue broad-cloth and decorated with the black-silk thread with various motifs and silver-thread embroidery. A large cloth sash is worn to the waist as a belt and a leather weapon case is carried under this sash. As for the footwear, they have slipper style shoes and under-knee leggings named Kepmen. Leggings also show gold-thread embroidery.

    They carry a flintlock pistol, a dagger and a reverse angled sword – Yatagan on his belt and also a musket rifle. Powder case is carried on the right side and bullet case on the back.

    As the figure has no standard on gear except blue color jacket and trousers, painters may vary colors in their own taste but for a realistic figure, you may visit this link. It is in Turkish but photos and drawings will be a great guide on painting this figure.

    Details are very well defined on the figure. Another top quality figure for painters who like colorful figures.
    Highs: Nice sculpt in crisp details, nice casting
    Lows: Maybe reason is boxart painting in dark flesh tones, but face and beard style looks like Moorish/North African more than Turkish.
    Verdict: A colorful unique figure for historical figure painters.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 75mm
      Mfg. ID: RM 75-37
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      PUBLISHED: Jan 16, 2014
      NATIONALITY: Turkey / Türkçe
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.18%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Thanks for the review!
    JAN 16, 2014 - 09:59 PM

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