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PostPosted: October 29th, 2017, 7:42 pm 
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Emhar makes Viking and Saxon figures in K-resin in 1/32
For general medievalness, again polythene or K-resin moulded figures or Andrea white metal in 54mm or 1/32.
The Emhar vikings look about as good as can be expected from single piece figures, and K-resin can at least be worked and cemented. This could be a workable low-cost option. Andrea is far from the only producer metal knights; the number of possible suppliers for these is huge.

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Then there are the old Imai kits of 15th/16th century armoured knights - Aurora boxed a version of the same knights, 1/12 scale afair. Miniart does figures which are 1/16 [afair] of 15th c knights - English knight, Burgundian, French, they also do a couple of Roman Legionaires
For greater expense are the old Airfix 1/12 figures; Richard 1st, Black Prince, Joan of Arc, Julius Caesar. These fetch really large sums of money - if you can find one to buy
I'm aware of Miniart, but construction is apparently quite the challenge, both due to fit issues and the not quite hard plastic used. The old Airfix kits are good plastic, of course, but those too have (if memory serves) considerable fit issues. Hence, I didn't recommend them to a relative newcomer in figure land.


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I'll dig around my various bookmarks and such later to see if I can find anything good in polystyrene or resin.
A few nice knights (among all sorts of other stuff) here in resin, mainly in 75mm.
http://tin-soldiers.org/model-kit/resin-kit/

Don't know how dependable the shop is, my only order with them was fired off two days ago, so it's too early to tell.


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PostPosted: October 29th, 2017, 11:07 pm 
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I'd normally post these in the swap shop, but this might be a better context....

A short while ago, I picked up an Italeri set of 54mm French hussars (2x4 figures and horses), a Call to Arms set of 54mm French dragoons (4 different figures, 4 identical horses), and a 1/72 Revell set of Austrian dragoons and Prussian hussars. Main purpose of this was to get a feel for the quality and material used in ready made figures these days, while picking up some nice figures in the best case. The quality of these sets is OK, though not spectacular, but sadly the material is nasty squishy stuff. Not what I'd really want to invest much time and effort in.

On the other hand, they could serve as perfectly good training material for figure painting, each with the potential to yield a pretty nice group of figures. So, up for grabs, free to a good home:

1 set of 54mm French dragoons (2 with broken swords, will add patches from spares)
2 sets of 54mm French hussars (each set half of the Italeri set)
1 set of 1/72 Austrian dragoons
1 set of 1/72 Prussian hussars

I'll throw in some more complete info on colours and such, just to make things interesting.

If anyone wants to play with them, either for the GB, in preparation for the GB, or for any other reason really, PM me with you address and which set you'd like, and I'll get them sent your way.


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PostPosted: October 30th, 2017, 1:27 am 
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Given we are in somewhat uncharted territory, perhaps some wandering of the internet for figure-oriented forums and such, with posting here, might be helpful.
I know there is a lot more out there than I am aware of.

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PostPosted: October 30th, 2017, 8:55 am 
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jRatz wrote:
Given we are in somewhat uncharted territory, perhaps some wandering of the internet for figure-oriented forums and such, with posting here, might be helpful.
I know there is a lot more out there than I am aware of.
Good plan. I know of one tutorial I've found very helpful, but the version currently on the web has lost it's photos :cry: I have a local backup (it's good to be paranoid), but it would be excessively rude, not to mention illegal, to put that up without permission from the author. I'll try to contact him, see what can be done.


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I've a couple of 120mm (IIRC) sci-if figures one of whom looks very reminiscent of Kaylee the ship's engineer from Firefly. I did a lot of Citadel figures in my teens but since then only cockpit crew and the occasional 1/32 figure

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PostPosted: October 30th, 2017, 7:01 pm 
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perhaps some wandering of the internet for figure-oriented forums and such, with posting here, might be helpful
I'm no acrylics guy, but this seems to make a lot of sense, and most of what is described here also applies to enamels (biggest difference being that enamels are inherently slower, so blending for example is easier, while you have to slow down more when doing multiple layers/washes).
http://www.how-to-paint-miniatures.com/


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I've a couple of 120mm (IIRC) sci-if figures one of whom looks very reminiscent of Kaylee the ship's engineer from Firefly.
Well, bring her to the party then :grin:


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jRatz wrote:
perhaps some wandering of the internet for figure-oriented forums and such, with posting here, might be helpful
Feeding the words 'model figure painting tutorial' into google gives you entrances to more youtube demos than you can watch in a week. Peek around.


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PostPosted: October 30th, 2017, 8:39 pm 
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I'm thinking as much of the obscure (to me) manufacturers and their lines, who knows what I am missing ?

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A few more youtube links with tutorials/walkthroughs.

Down and dirty face work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxK8vvzLGD4

And the start of a series that covers just about everything in a figure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP3HCiHos_Q


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PostPosted: October 30th, 2017, 9:13 pm 
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jRatz wrote:
I'm thinking as much of the obscure (to me) manufacturers and their lines, who knows what I am missing ?
Ah, well, in that case, some links to webshops. Even if you don't buy there (like me, they're all in Europe, so shipping might be expensive to other continents), their catalogs will give you names of brands to hunt for.

https://www.historexagents.com/
https://www.zinnfigur.com/en/Round-Figures/Blank-kits/
http://www.art-girona.com/
https://www.wendysminiatures.nl/c-3654023/figures/


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Here's one that always "bugged" me -- what's the equivalency of "1/ scale" to "mm scale" for figures.

This page seems to explain it all.

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Quite erroneously 1/72 & 1/76 are often refered to as 20mm scale, 1/32 as 54mm scale and 1/144 as 15mm [and vice versa]

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Ah, well, in that case, some links to webshops. Even if you don't buy there (like me, they're all in Europe, so shipping might be expensive to other continents), their catalogs will give you names of brands to hunt for.

A few more, this time including a Canadian and 2 US based companies, which might make them more accessible to those accross the pond from me.

https://www.elgrecominiatures.co.uk/
https://highcalibreminiatures.com/pages/about
https://redlancers.com/
http://www.histomin.com/wpline/wpline.htm

If anyone is still stuck with finding what they want after scrounging through these sites, please post; that is one exotic project you're contemplating, and we like to hear about those :-D


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