More knights & men at arms

These are all Heritage models. Sort of. Left to right, the first guy is from the “Chivalry” line, produced under the brand name Custom Cast, while the rest are from Heritage’s Knights & Magick line. But the the first three were all cast more recently by Classic Miniatures, which is strenuously trying to reproduce all of Heritage’s lines, in so far as masters can be found to create new molds. The website is still down but you can find them on Ye Booke of Faces. I especially like that Classic Miniatures is bothering to actually get secure the rights/licences required to recast. I understand a certain Italian company that bought out Grenadier’s molds is not respecting the fact that some lines belong to their original sculptors and have been ignoring cease & desist letters for years. 😦

ANYWAY the guy in the center with a greatsword is really nicely done. The plume or favor attached to his helmet supports the blade of his sword, so I think he’d have survived from the old days even if he weren’t a more recent casting.

The last two, on the far right, are men-at-arms. I really need to do better with shields. For nor I just try respect the convention that metals (white, yellow) and colors (the remaining possible colors) must always be separated. (You shouldn’t have blue on red, say, or white on yellow, but always color of metal or metal on color). I actually do have a few books on heraldry I should consult for better designs.

The guy with the axe was an early favorite of mine, but the original casting my brother got ages ago broke. This recast makes it pretty clear why — the axe head is kind of badly sculpted, and slightly crooked, so you’d be tempted to bend it straight, but the point of connection is rather thin and it would break. I’ll leave this one a little crooked. Here’s the old one, with a replacement axe, I posted a while ago, next to another man-at-arms:

 

The next two are somewhat more recent. On the left, a plastic officer from the Zvedza “Ring of Rule” line (a short-lived fantasy venture by a company that mostly does soft plastic 1/72 historicals). The Ring of Rule sounds like a Tolkien rip-off, but actually referred a circle of wizards in the background materials for the wargame. The setting had Orku, orcs that are seven or eight feet tall in minis scale; a Cursed Legion of undead Imeprial Roman types; a late medieval human kingdom this guy was from; and elves that had some bitching hippogriffin cavalry. So somewhat Tolkien, but probably more of a Warhammer ripoff.

Anyway he’s just a little big for 25mm but not the “heroic” 28 to 32 mm scale you see today. I think Zvedza made these in the early 2000s, when 28mm+ was already de rigeour which is maybe why they didn’t do so well. The last guy, I’m thinking, is a Julie Guthrie “Personalities” figure from Grenadier, or possibly something she did for Ral Partha? He has an extra active pose, though, which I don’t usually see in her work, so maybe I’m wrong about. <Update: two minutes after posting this, I checked Partha’s site and yes, he was Ral Partha, paladin with sword and shield. He’s now “DF-159” but I’m not sure what range would have been originally, or who the sculptor is.>

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  1. I like the eyes on the swordsman in red with the “T” shield.

    • Thanks!

  2. Formerly a “Fighting Paladin (02-931) – LostMinis has him as part of the “All Things Dark & Dangerous” line. It’s a Guthrie. Nice figure!

    • Cool, thanks for tracking him down. I always blanch at the Lost Minis Wiki page for Ral Partha — way too many lines to check for a given mini. What the wiki really needs is a lot more metadata on the OOP lines (years in print, sculptor, that sort of thing). Damned if I have the time or knowledge to do it though. 🙂

      • In this search, I just looked for “Ral Partha paladin” – it helped you had already found him with that name on the IWM site. Their search isn’t all that great on that site. I find that if I do “site:” searches from Google with various bits, that seems to work better sometimes – and I can use their image tab to narrow it down a bit.

  3. Nice work! I hadn’t heard the story about the Italian company (I know which one you mean but won’t name them) receiving/ignoring cease and desist letters.

    • Saw it on the sculptor’s Facebook page. Not sure if it was a C&D from a lawyer or just personal correspondence. But still.


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