Sometimes I just do things for fun, strange I know. Ever since I was a kid playing with toy knights on my bedroom floor I’ve loved the plate armour look. Thankfully to scratch that itch alongside your average poundshop toy soldier with their WW2-ish kit, you can often find bags of 54mm, or 1/32 knights on the cheap. A lot of them have decent detail, but have the usual odd proportions, squashed heads, questionable poses and bizarre weaponry. I still love them though, there’s something about the potential of a bag of plastic crap, like a blank canvass or empty notebook, that just gets the creative juices flowing.
I also find myself with odd hobby inclinations, I spend the majority of my time painting and enjoy it, but always want to burn through stuff as quickly as possible. I enjoy quick paint schemes that are striking, rather than slowly picking out all the details. To that end, and with a big amazon box full of cheap plastic knights, last weekend I started making the stuff below.
Turns out that if you’re willing to put a little effort in you can easily chop and change arms and legs on these figures, and put them back together with a bit of superglue. I got some really decent poses compared to what I started with, and there’s not a single repeated figure in the bunch.
I painted them quickly and easily using tried and tested techniques consisting mostly of washes and drybrusing. The bases were really important too in selling the chosen element of the figures.
I’m not sure if this leads anywhere. I’ll probably put together some small skirmish game, but I have noticed that eight figures ranked up looks a decent size, so I might be thinking about bigger battles. A civil war between the various elements, or are there other cheap figures out there that would make good enemies?