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Toy Soldier Art

Knightly Fun

These are some of the crudest miniature knights I have ever handled. They come from the Castings Inc #5677  Mold "Knights of the Round Table".  They are lumps! The armor has almost no definition.  Talk about a challenge! The trick was to paint them well enough for our castle.  A little a paint makes me wonder just how lumpy they were.  However, all of the detail is a matter of paintwork.  There is one other trick.

I drill a hole into the top of the helmet. After the knight is painted, I add a piece of chenille.  (Some of you know it as colored pipe cleaners). Voila!  The knight has a plume.  With these knights, I have to file the emblem off the shield so as to have a flat surface to paint. I used a variety of symbols on the shields.  Knights like this came before the establishment of organized heraldry.  They represent figures circa 1100 - 1250 CE.

These are knights from a Castings mold, but they are from an older and more realistic model. I have made weapons for them.  You can see that some have had chenille plumes added, while others have plumes that were "molded on."  I had to remove the molded plumes when using chenille. This is a good basic pose and it is easily adapted.

Another Castings Inc pose, not from the Deetail series. This figure has a lot of detail, even if his legs are spindly. The pole weapons are made from thin metal and wooden sticks.  The shield is an embossed brass button. The mace is a flanged bead on a pointed stick. Only one of these fellows has a plume. Color variations are a matter of technique.  I like to paint some of them black, and then drybrush or "rub and buff" the highlights.  The amount of steely shine depends on how thickly I do the highlights.

Here is a closer look at the last type of knights. You can see the small details. Actual size is about 60mm ( 2 3/8 inches) Both were painted black, and then highlighted with metal color.

I get the impression that this particular suit of armor is especially suited for a mounted soldier. No horse, no problem.  They still look pretty good!










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