Dated: November 18, 2010.
I found them a pleasure to paint. The great thing about this era is there are no uniforms and your imagination can have a field day varying the costume and still stay in the realm of historicity. I had just finished reading an excellent article on the Battle of Tours and was struck by the comment of the variety of colors worn by the Muslim armies of the day. I wanted to keep that idea while realizing that the rigors of campaigning might affect how brightly the colors shone.
The figures painted easily. I find this soft plastic, though the professed bane of modelers, to take paint well and have a minimum of flaking or peeling using acrylics. I would suggest using the hot water method to close the legs of the riders a bit so there is a tighter fit on the horses. That is something I will do when I buy full sets of the figures. It doesn't IMHO take away from the quality of the sculpting. I also intend to do some hot water conversions with some of the spearmen to create a greater variety of poses. The choice of arm positions by the sculptor I think will make this very simple to do with satisfying results.
Overall, much pleased and impressed by this and the other sets.
Many thanks to Mr. Wood
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