Trade across the ancient Mediterranean had its peak during the late Roman Republic and the early Empire; this is impressively illustrated by the large numbers of shipwrecks from that era. However, civilian ships are generally underrepresented in the world of ship modelling, and those from antiquity in particular: renown companies such as Krick or Artesania Latina do not offer ancient Greek or Roman merchant ships at all, and I have never been able to locate the one that has allegedly been produced by AER Moldova at any retailer.
This Figure of the Week comes to us from Chris "Raven" Coyne of the Black Games Company and he writes:
"The figures are clean and well defined. The spure are easily cut and the postings allow the figures to be cut free without damage to them. The horses are wonderful, several poses and tack arrangements! Zvezda does a good job of filling the pack with an interesting mix of armor and weapon types. This grouping allows for interesting units and also allows for not much 'mix' (i.e., too many figures of different types grouped together). This last is important to gamers.
...The helmets are more from the 11th century and the armor is a mix of 12th and 13th century styles. The prince is wearing a common Russian design with Hungarian overtones. Pennants were rarely seen on Russian lances until the later part of the 13th century and these pennants are the right shape and size for the period 1290-1320 CE.
...All in all this set works well for medieval or fantasy knights the arc-type is well represented and still the Oriental overtones add a different 'feel' to the whole.
...As always a superb effort by Zvezda.
...Now if they could only do a set of Templar knights!"
Since June 2006, the MSTC staff has been choosing a favourite figure to showcase each week on the site. This one is from September 22-29 2008. We'll be covering the past two years' worth of these by featuring one a day here on Toy Collector until we've caught up when we'll move to one a week.
This is a blog about one man's quest to build the perfect Imperial Roman army and its foes in 1/72 (20mm). It is a big subject for such little men so I will divide the story into a number of sections in which I intend to cover Legionaries, Auxiliary infantry, Cavalry; command figures and assorted equipment. I will also cover how to produce a good looking army from the bare plastic and metal figures. After I have covered the legions, I will have a go at their opponents.