Three days of frenzied cutting, carving, converting and gluing later, I have two "bands" on the go, one of crossbowmen (mercenaries from Gascony for the English) and one of Scots spearmen. I am about half way through painting the former already, so will post some pics when I get them done. A picture of the latter is included in the offerings below.
But firstly, what do I think of the sprues?
- Lots of options.
- Even more options when you consider how many different figures can be made from eight separate bodies, ten separate heads, eight spear arms, six hand weapon arms.......like I said (twice!!!), lots of options.
- Easy to cut from the sprues without damaging them.
- Easy to carve and convert, the latter being something I enjoy doing when in the mood.
- Good fitting parts.
- Minimal mould lines vs some other plastic kit figures.
- 48 in a box for about £25.
- Enough to make three standard units to "Hail Caesar" (if I use these rules....)
- Bases included.
- Nice overall sculpts.
- Enough detail to allow for washes and similar techniques to help bring the figures to life.
- Awkward so-and-so's like me who want Scots have to provide our own weapons and cut out hands to fit them. Those supplied are only about a scale 6 feet long.
- Some of the basic body poses are possibly unsuitable for all potential weapon options.
- I have to build the figures, which I cannot always be bothered doing.
- No definitive command options included.
|The basic sprue, with everything on one frame - another plus point!|
|Five of the ten head options|
|Weapon and shield options|
|The eight body options|
|Sample Scots spearman.|
|Closer view of the above figure, showing how much carving (and necessary repair work to finish) I had to do to insert a proper length spear|
|Another Scot, complete with free hair on camera lens.....|
|More hand carving and a buckler from the bits box, complete with arrow, went to create this back-ranker for my first schiltron.|
|Another back-ranker, a bigger arrow (flights to be fitted) and one of the shields supplied.|
|I have filled out the ranks of the first schiltron with some old figures I bought secondhand ages ago. I think they are Essex. The buckler is another from my spares box.|
|The complete 24 figure schiltron, complete with a couple of (Essex?) commanders and standard bearers who will get their flags when I have painted the basic figures.|