Monday 21 March 2016

European Mounted Men-at-Arms (RedBox)

As with the Mounted Men-at-arms set, this has 12 bods and 12 nags. 6 individual poses for the bods, and again, my  only complaint, ..only 2 horse poses and they are the same poses from the Mounted Men-at-Arms set.
There´s two "spare" arms with the set, 2 with each bod sprue so 4 in total, one Holding a Lance and the other a mace. The bod they are intended for has a rather Long peg, way too Long for the hole in each of the arms. Do not cut it shorter so it fits into the hole. Use a thick needle and make a hole all the way through the arm, then push the peg through and using a hot pin weld the protruding part of the peg onto the shoulder  removing any excess as you go. Fill the join between the upper chest and shoulder with glue.
You get a better Picture of the set (the, Flash,  arms and Long peg etc) from the PSR  Scans (no Review as of time of posting this) HERE

10 in total. The bod on the far right. OOB, the flail is in front of and attached to the plume but with a bit of carefull snipping and a Twist of his wrist it Ends up looking more natural
From left to right;
1. Flail and helmet plume removed, flagpole and flag added
2. Using the hot water method, arm Holding the Lance bent, plume removed
From left to right;
1. Was Holding his Lance incorrectly(see below), arm and head swop
2. The hammer that came with the changeable arm was too thick so got replaced with a mace from the Accurate Hundred Years War Knights Of France set
3. To make up the numbers, one of the bods from the RedBox Mounted Men at Arms set , Hammer from Valdemar                           
Bods from Both sets added together..a total of 20......I converted another two to add to the original 8 from the Mounted Men - at - Arms set.
I´ll find a Bod to represent Richard III before basing them ...which presents Problems..what did he (and his nag) look like??
With a surcoat and gilded armour (Nag with full caparison and Chanfron/Criniere)
With a shield, plain steel armour and crown ? (nag with Chanfron/Criniere/Peytral and no Caparison)
A mix of plain steel and gilded armour? ( Nag with half caparison and Chanfron/Criniere/Peytral)
Or something more like this....Plain steel, some gilding, shield (nag with Chanfron/Criniere/Croupiere/Peytral/)..basically, the bod  and nag Combo from the redbox men-at-arms set but with a crown

Unlike the first Redbox Mounted men-at_arms set, Flash abounds with this lot. A lot of the  bods and the nags are surrounded in the stuff. It took over two hours of toe curling work using a razorblade to remove it all.

The bod on the right holds his Lance a bit loosely, basically, the fingers don´t surround the shaft so I removed the arm and the Lance entirely and replaced it with one of the spare arms that Comes with the set.
I also replaced the head. Reason being that the torse, the  twisted roll of fabric around the helmet,  is only scuplted at the back.
Example of a Torse
Basically,  compared with the Mounted Men-at-Arms set, there´s a lot more work involved  to get  a decent number of useable bods, re-aranging /re-placing weapons and arms, head swops and removal of Flash but after all that´s over, I like em.


  1. They look fantastic and colorfull! Great job done again Paul, also on the small conversions!


  2. Very nice indeed, although the unpainted figures look rather poor you demonstrate that with a little skill and nice paint job they can look superb.

  3. I just love the colours that you have used with these Paul, but my word you have had to work hard tidying them up!

  4. Damn fine painting. Love the spiral lances.

  5. These look great Paul. Cleaning that amount of flash off must have been a nightmare but it has paid off.

  6. Just cleaning all the flash off them would of drove me nuts, but after seeing them painted well all I can say is WoW!!! You have a true talent, I'm just a little bit green with envy!

  7. Very nice paint job on what looks like less than promising material, lovely metal finish.
    Best Iain

  8. Well it seems they sell lumps of hard plastic with no instructions on how to cut and model a figure from it. So congratulations Paul,your effort at putting these figures together has paid off. Often we only see an end result of an artists work so its good to see and consider what dead boring labour went into slicing that awful stuff off. The Painting is Ace Cool,and to my liking and how you wish to present your work my friend is up to you.I`m sure get my drift.
    Keep painting your Bods Paul,and i will keep a good eye looking out for them. BB

    1. Thanks Paul. I get your drift ;-D If the pics are blurred, then either I or someone else Needs glasses and seeing as I wear glasses...:-D

  9. Blimey! that is a lot of flash Paul but the work you have put in and the conversion work has paid off.