The Fireforge Games Teutonic Knights box has been my starter for ten. For around £18, you get twelve circa 1250 to 1350 knights on caparisoned horses. Simply remove the odd horns and such from the helms and away you go. I would give the set 8 out of 10 - a very good start.
- Value for money.
- Decent variety of such fittings as weapons and helms (if you carve off the horns, etc., as above).
- Four different rider figures which, with the weapon and helm options, give numerous different figures from the same box.
- Usable for all sorts of basic projects from later Crusader (Damietta, Acre, etc) to Baron's Wars to East Prussia to Courtrai to Scots' Wars........
- Overall good fit to the parts.
- Limited horse variety.
- Need to fix them together, which does not suit everyone (me included).
- The way the horses are fixed to the sprue as clipping off within the saddle leaves a lot of annoying carving to do to get rid of the remains to properly seat the rider.
- Moulded on sword scabbards means carving off hilts if you equip the rider with a sword. Separate scabbards would have been better.
|The basic rider sprue - four riders, numerous heads, weapons, shields, etc.|
|The reverse of the above. The sharp-eyed will notice that some of the shields have arms attached. Separate arms are supplied for the others, increasing rider variety.|
|Teutonic helms. Simply remove horns and file/ sand/ trim as necessary. It is harder to do this with some (the two central, horned ones, for example) than others.|
|Weapon options. I will probably cut off the lances, should I choose that option, and replace them with metal versions for strength. There is also a version of this basic sprue with musician arm, flag and cross options, to add a command element.|
|And with bits stuck together.|
|Another completed build, with horns carved off this particular helm.|