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Offline trev

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #60 on: November 23, 2021, 11:42:43 AM »
Stunning work.  A lovely bit of nostalgia.

Offline Melnibonean

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #61 on: November 23, 2021, 09:26:02 PM »
It's good to see these figures painted up to such a good standard. Just goes to show that their quality has stood the test of time.
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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #62 on: December 07, 2021, 05:42:22 PM »
These guys always worried me - they're in such an odd pose. I know the limitations of the mould must have been frustrating for the sculptor, but even so ... I'm not sure they even played Twister back then. Anyhoo, I had fun doing tiny symmetrical boar designs on the red shield, in the style of the Uffington White Horse.

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Offline Captain Blood

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #63 on: December 07, 2021, 08:18:26 PM »
Great paintwork again. Not quite a sow’s ear. But definitely a silk purse.

Yes, this pose always bothered me too - even my 8 year old self. Almost every Airfix set had one or two bizarre poses. This was definitely one of them in the Ancient Britons set.

Offline cadbren

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #64 on: December 07, 2021, 08:26:49 PM »
These guys always worried me - they're in such an odd pose. I know the limitations of the mould must have been frustrating for the sculptor, but even so ... I'm not sure they even played Twister back then. Anyhoo, I had fun doing tiny symmetrical boar designs on the red shield, in the style of the Uffington White Horse.



Wonderful painting.
The only thing that makes sense is that they're stepping to the right and preparing to thrust their swords around the shields of their opponents - so they're going to try and stab the other guy in the side with a horizontal attack. That's not likely to work against a Roman though as their shields had a big curve on them which prevented such attacks.

Offline Cubs

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #65 on: December 08, 2021, 10:16:16 AM »
Maybe it's an ancient version of the Cha-Cha Slide, with druids calling out the moves?

Offline has.been

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #66 on: December 08, 2021, 12:47:25 PM »
Quote
Maybe it's an ancient version of the Cha-Cha Slide, with druids calling out the moves?

In one of the Asterix books the Roman Spy is discovered during
the dance when the Caller sings, 'Pull your partner's moustache'
He tries to get out of it by saying, 'It's the latest thing...detachable
moustaches'
 lol lol lol

Great painting by the way.

Offline steders

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #67 on: December 14, 2021, 07:18:22 PM »
Great painting cubs. I have to say those shields are incredible.
Yeah this pose bothered me as well, I always thought he had his sword stuck in its scabbard and was trying to yank it out

Offline Cacique Caribe

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #68 on: December 15, 2021, 05:58:47 AM »
Wow.  This really feels like a trip down memory lane.  Beautifully painted too.

The Airfix Britons were my very FIRST set of minis.  They kept my brother and me enthralled for countless hours every week.  That and a shared copy of Chainmail.

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #69 on: December 16, 2021, 10:37:08 PM »
Here we go, a mad swordsman (I must have lost the other one in the box, but I do have other boxes on the shelf so he won't be lonely for long), the standard bearer (I will also be converting one to a carnyx blower), and the Chieftain (it doesn't show on the photo, but his raven wings have some fancy shimmer effect and his shield has some gems).

There will be chariots and the skirmishers to follow, but I am taking a break from these fellas until the new year.


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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #70 on: December 16, 2021, 11:17:46 PM »
They’re beautiful  :-*
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Offline has.been

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #71 on: December 17, 2021, 11:22:29 AM »
I look forward to seeing more after Christmas.

Offline WuZhuiQiu

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #72 on: December 20, 2021, 04:39:36 AM »
Here we go, a mad swordsman (I must have lost the other one in the box, but I do have other boxes on the shelf so he won't be lonely for long), the standard bearer (I will also be converting one to a carnyx blower), and the Chieftain (it doesn't show on the photo, but his raven wings have some fancy shimmer effect and his shield has some gems).

There will be chariots and the skirmishers to follow, but I am taking a break from these fellas until the new year.



Nice work! I had converted some of those swordsmen into javelinmen and others by using a needle heated in a candle flame. The needle's eye end was stuck in cork from a wine bottle. The repositioned arms really ought to have been fixed with more sculpting than the heated needle would have enabled.

Offline Kaiphranos

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #73 on: January 01, 2022, 12:27:19 AM »
These are delightful! I was fortunate enough to have grown up during the great 1/72 scale miniatures boom of the last couple of decades, but it's always inspiring to see what people accomplish with the classics.

Offline carlos marighela

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Re: Airfix Ancient Britons
« Reply #74 on: January 01, 2022, 07:18:29 AM »
Wonderful painting.
The only thing that makes sense is that they're stepping to the right and preparing to thrust their swords around the shields of their opponents - so they're going to try and stab the other guy in the side with a horizontal attack. That's not likely to work against a Roman though as their shields had a big curve on them which prevented such attacks.

You put your left foot in, you put your right foot out
You put your left foot in and you shake it all about…….


Probably still popular when the figures were originally sculpted.
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