Sunday, 31 July 2016

Britains Knights and Turks - Part 2

In this post I will cover the mounted Knights and Turks and the Turk Foot figures.

Mounted Knights


The mounted Knights were introduced in 1973.  Colour variations were minimal, the main differences being the caparisons and lance colours.   The lances which sometimes broke or went missing, could be replaced by resin ones  from a manufacturer called Lunar Tick Miniatures, but unfortunately he is no longer in business.   At a pinch, the Timpo lance can be made to fit but is slightly longer.
The front three figures are China Production, with better/more detailed paint schemes.

Turk Foot


Again, this series was introduced in 1973, the same remarks regarding colour schemes apply here as well.   The first row of figures are China Production.   As an aside, the figure on the right (708) had the sword hand modified early in production so as to have the sword at right angles to the body rather than running alongside it. 

Mounted Turks


As before, this series was introduced in 1973.   Same remarks regarding caparisons and lances as mentioned earlier apply here as well.

Robin Hood

Well, he came back from the Crusades, so I guess he fits in here.


The Robin Hood set was introduced in 1996 and was China Production.
They are nice figures, Friar Tuck being especially good.   Robin really needs more archers and some Sheriff's Men to oppose him.   Replicants do a set of Sheriff's Men, so that might be worth checking out.


The Castle

Of course, every Knight needs something to call his Castle so a few years I scratchbuilt this one.    It was designed to be modular, so I could make it smaller if required and for ease of storage.




The structure's modules were made from Foamcore and 3 mm MDF where strength was a requirement i.e at joining sections etc.   The joining sections were simply Rawl plugs that plugged into holes on their opposite numbers.   These pieces were all jig drilled to ensure uniformity.


The corners of the towers had quoins made up from card and some random stonework for a bit of texture was applied to the various walls.


The castle was then given a coat or two of Grey Stone Fleck Paint.   Unfortunately, this made the applied stonework a bit hard to see!   Details such as doors and arrow slits were picked out.




Finally some pictures of various bits of siege equipment that I have pieced together over the years
The Battering Ram, Mantlet, Scaling Ladders and Gabions were built over twenty years ago.
The Siege Tower needs finishing as do the Timpo Tents.   The catapults actually use tensioned twine and are quite effective.

The information for the release dates etc of the Deetails series was taken from that most excellent publication "Suspended Animation" by Peter Cole. 












10 comments:

  1. Game on! Check out some Medieval rules mate, do a siege :)

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    1. Thanks Mate! Will try to get around to it, one day!
      Cheers
      Col

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  2. The magnificent castle, its made of using idea.
    Magnificent knights attack, in bright sunshine
    and the Turkish infantry looks very powerful

    Impressive knights attack, in bright sunshine
    and the Turkish infantry looks very powerful,
    and cavalry too

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    1. Thank You Maxi! I did not show the 4 boxes of unpainted Italeri Saracen Cavalry I have waiting in the wings!

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  3. All lovely stuff. Good to see it all.
    Did you make some modular destroyed towers and wall sections that you can insert in the castle as the besiegers reduce it to make weak points?

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    1. Thanks Captain! You have just reminded that I did consider doing just that when I made the castle. I guess I will have to put that on the to-do list!
      Cheers
      Col

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  4. Cool, beautiful colors and nice job on the figures...and great looking castle!

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  5. I really love the castle Col. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Mate! I really wish I had more opportunities to take it out of it's storage and give it a run!
      Cheers
      Col

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