Thursday, 25 August 2011

Camel Cataphracts - and why not?

I was originally going to call this post 'Dusty Warriors', but the late Richard Holmes had already bagged it.  On Sunday afternoon I set about doing more tidying up of some of the figures rescued from JR's attic last month.  With the aid of a 2-inch paintbrush the worst of the dust (see the photo in my previous post) has now been removed from these chaps - to reveal some really rather nice paintwork.  Can anyone help with identifying the manufacturer?


My plan is to base up the painted figures and (in the fullness of time...) paint some more in order to get some use out of these rather splendid figures. I have noticed that these older 25mm metal figures are fairly compatible with many of the newer plastics - and Martin has many of the latter which we have used in Strategos / Lost Battles games.  
Clearly I was drawn to the sheer ridiculousness of what WRG used to call 'Extra-Heavy Camelry' - what better place to start?

12 comments:

Conrad Kinch said...

Tish pershaw nonsense, proper Heavy Camelry have guns mounted on 'em!

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
Nice idea, but perhaps a little beyond the technology of 53BC...

Mosstrooper said...

Did the extra heavy camelry ever exist in real life I wonder ? ( if it didn't it should have !)

Ross Mac said...

and they do look very pretty.

I'm no expert but the riders look like PB series Minifigs to me. The camels look older but I have nothing to compare them to.

(rather ironically the google verification word for today is "hords"

-Ross

Don M said...

They look Hinchcliff to me

Tim Gow said...

Mosstrooper
I'm really not sure, but what the hell - they exist now!

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
In terms of style, the riders look more like Minifigs than Hinchliffe. There are no markings on the camels' bases. Not to worry - they are an interesting historical curiosity.

Tim Gow said...

Don M
Could be, but see my reply to Ross.

Paul said...

I used to smoke Camels Tim. They were quite delicious.

Nothing further to report on the matter. Good luck.

Regards Paul

Tim Gow said...

Paul
Thanks mate - helpful as ever!

Chris Kemp said...

Conan the Barbarian would surely have faced Armoured Cavalry with extra added camelness. Use 'em in a Hordes of the Things army :O)

Tim Gow said...

Chris Kemp
Steady on - you'll be on at me to get some goblins next!