Client: Museo del Ejercito, Toledo

 

The Alcazar of Toledo is a heavily restored fortification dominating the city. Originally a Roman construction, it was rebuilt as a palace and strong- point in the 16th century.

Almost totally destroyed during the Spanish Civil War it has now been completely restored and is the home of the new Spanish Army Museum which tries to portray the history of the Spanish Army as part of the cultural history of Spain.

TM AG was commissioned to make a number of costumed figures illustrating Spanish warriors from Ibero-Celtic times to the 18th century Colonial Empire. There is surprisingly little deeply researched reference material available on the Spanish Army and we started our work by conducting our own research to supplement what the museum could supply.

Above: A Celto-Iberian warrior.

Above left: Soldiers of the Spanish Tercios at the beginning of the 17th century featuring an armour made by George Jolliot and helmets made by Albert Collins. Both are extremely skilled armourers and very efficient and pleasant to work with.

Above right: Samuel Embleton, much more than a simple assistant, has been working in TM AG’s studio and on site since childhood and has absorbed all our techniques like a sponge. Next to him rides an archer of the Queen of Grenada’s light cavalry c 1350 mounted on one of David Hayes spirited horses.

Below left: A soldier of one of Spain’s Colonial Regiments in Cuba during the late 18th century. Below right: An 11th century Spanish Christian Knight.

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