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I’m a 58-year-old Aspergic gardening CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

S is for Seen Elsewhere - Ancients and Medievals

Although we're starting with part of a fantasy vignette, which sort of covers both periods while actually being of neither! It's a odd genre, fantasy, sort of mythology without the real people or places, yet always with the extraordinary odds, but mostly a more medieval setting, with lots of iron and steel dragging it away from the Ancient period, which is technically set in the Bronze Age?

McFarlane Toys have a series of Lego-likey sets pertaining to the recent phenomena known as Game of Thrones, and each of the sets, alongside all the standard and shaped bricks, have a number of PVC vinyl figures, this is the  . . . can't remember and it's in storage now, black throne, iron throne, throne of steel . . . as you can tell I haven't followed it at all! There's a dragon I think, and some snow-yetis who live in a wall, and a 'babe' who keeps getting her 'tits out for the lads'?

Although they look like action figures, they are more like the stuff we've bee seeing from 3D/4D/4M; plug/slot together, soft polymer 'kits', and while the standing chap (character or generic guard?) has slight movement in his helmet and a separate sword (which keeps falling off!), he's no more sophisticated than a swoppet, just better detailed, but with little interchangeability.

The semi-dead, skinny-cadaver bloke on the throne is a 'site specific' sculpt and just sits there looking bloody miserable and a bit evil. But they are nice figures; about 55/60mm, they'll fit-in with all sorts of other stuff.

Acedo Knights; Acedo Medieval Soldiers; Acedo Mounted; Elastolin Hausser; Elastolin Toy Soldiers; Medieval Knights; Siege Engine; Siege Mantlets; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Ooh, these are nice! Proper 'Ancients'; they're Greek Greeks . . . from Greece! Sculpting is similar to the Crio premiums, but they are 120-odd mm, I have one somewhere, but this quadripartite squad are 54mm and while they may share a sculptor, and could be another Crio issue, I suspect from the colours and single pose (I bought them individually, but from the same seller) that they may be from a local (to Greece) board-game? Help appreciated on this one!

Acedo Knights; Acedo Medieval Soldiers; Acedo Mounted; Elastolin Hausser; Elastolin Toy Soldiers; Medieval Knights; Siege Engine; Siege Mantlets; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Fun shot - there are several sets of Hong Kong Romans, taken from various sources, but these conversations (mostly paint) from Crescent knights are the most fun, Peter Evans gave me two or all three of the small scale (25mm) ones, and I think the 54mm's may have come from Chris Smith - cheers both!

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These two are the larger figures from the Design Eye books which we looked at on Small Scale World a while ago, but I also shot them both for another place - Horus and a generic royal who could be one of Eleanor's brood; Richard I or John?

Ultimate Explorers - Ancient Egypt
Ultimate Explorers - Castle

Taking us nicely from Ancient to Medieval;

Acedo Knights; Acedo Medieval Soldiers; Acedo Mounted; Elastolin Hausser; Elastolin Toy Soldiers; Medieval Knights; Siege Engine; Siege Mantlets; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
These are Acedo, late soft polyethylene production (I think I have some hard 'styrene, earlier ones somewhere, but the chocolate/maroon bases and colour schemes are the same I think), and rather nice, there's a late Norman look to them and a clear French'ness, I feel, to the sculpts?

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I wasn't sure about this chap as he was hard plastic, but came with the above, however I was assured he was another Acedo, so he'll do! He needs a sword, but I have a bag full of old swords including broken ones, so I'll have a look and see if there's something suitable for a blob of glue!

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I scored these at the Spring Sandown Park show I think, and they may have been on the blog - checks; yes they were, and so were yesterday's Elastolin aliens, but that's the nature of these posts! Compare this catapult with the probably Ougan one in the above Design Eye castle-post link, a much nicer finished item altogether!

Acedo Knights; Acedo Medieval Soldiers; Acedo Mounted; Elastolin Hausser; Elastolin Toy Soldiers; Medieval Knights; Siege Engine; Siege Mantlets; Siege Weapons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
The maneuverable mantlet shields and blacksmith, back with his wheel! As we have seen them before I can't add much, but they were a nice group of lesser-common siege accessories and crew in the smaller 40mm range, happy to have them!

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