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