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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Friday, March 9, 2018

R is for Real Armeria or 'Royal Armories'

Having looked at museum exhibits from Brain the last two days (as well as the knights we looked at in a past Papo post; also from Mr. B), it was rather fortuitous I picked this up at Sandown last Saturday, well, actually Mr. Little as good as gave it to me at the end of the show - so big shout out to Mercator Trading.

Before cleaning

I give you Philip III of Spain (and the various other places he claimed!) C1570-1621 wearing his Milanese-made Parade armour which I'm assuming is on show at the Madrid Royal Armories.

I think I first saw these in Plastic Warrior magazine about 20 years ago (?), and I seem to recall there are others (I remember two?) to find (my back-issues are in storage so I can't check), also; I think there are larger versions, more like the Marx and Aurora kits, but I might be making that last bit up as I go along?

Or maybe the Marx or Aurora kits - someone else made some large knights, one of the Japanese kit makers; Crown? Aoshima? - were the larger ones, also made-up for sale in the museum's gift-shop?

After cleaning

Whatever the facts, the smaller ones as seen here are exquisite little polystyrene kits, a tad smaller than 54mm (closer to 50-mil or 1:35th scale) made-up and painted as a commercial exercise, the smaller and larger plinths also being in styrene, as is the base-plate.

He needed a dusting and re-gluing but I tend to shoot the show-stuff as I'm doing the initial sort and before I get round to cleaning, so the four-way image above has him teetering . . . the camera may never lie, but it can hide a multitude of sins and this two way highlights the poor finish, but he is now glued firmly back on his plinth.

Decoration is minimal with a gunmetal wash, silver over that and an over-paint or wash of a nice pale-gold which shines well in the light, minimal colour has been applied to the saddle-cloth and the horse gets a few splodges of thinned-black, however, all this appears to have happened after assembly so the sides of Phillip and the armpit area are bereft of decoration,

You can also see a richer, yellower gold used for highlights on the horse furniture and saddle and the only damage I can find is the very tip of the sword has been lost, but a dab of paint at some point will all but hide the fact it's not there.


Ranalcus said...

I saw some older 1/12 or 1/20 Knight model kits from AOSHIMA
But they were all foot soldier/knights without horses

Hugh Walter said...

That may be what I'm thinking of Renalcus, There was a phase in the mid-1970's for bigger knight kits, I'm sure there were several, some may have been issued in Revell Germany packaging as well . . . or Italaeri?