Splendid,l had forgotten the Britains ballista,thanks for your picture reminding me of my childhood.
It is a super little model. I have been trying to remember when and where I obtained it. Most of my Deetail stuff I bought when a couple of high street shops closed down and they had loads of Britains stuff going for a few pence. I remember having big ideas for a battle, painted many of them, then lost interest and put them away. They have been sitting in storage for 20+ years.
When I were a lad, my dads shift work enabled us to spend a weekend with my grandparents in Ringwood. Before we went, mum and dad would do some shopping in Egham and i would get a Britains or Timpo figure from a knick knack shop on the high street. One Friday - probably 1973 or 4 - I asked for a knight, thinking of the lovely Herald figures. Dad came home with this hideous, evil-looking Deetail figure: they had just superseded the Heralds. I absolutely hated this thing and was stuck with it for the weekend! It eventually became a sort of Darth Vader character, always the bad guy. It must have had an impact as even now I won't touch medievals with a barge pole.
I tend to agree. I have some Herald mounted knights (next box I think) and I really like them, albeit a little small. I think it is the horses in the deetail offerings that look scary - more like they should be hauling a hearse. I read somewhere that Britains decided to go for generic figures, silver and black. The sculptor let his imagination run wild when he produced the 'turks'. This is one of the reasons that I decided to paint them when I got them.
A fine array! Plenty for feuding magnates, with the King and his retinue ready to knock heads together...
Looking forward to giving it a go!
Way back I had tons of those..sadly all now Long gone :-(
How many times could I say that. I gave away loads of stuff back in the 70s.
Also the late 70´s for me. Terrible when one thinks about it. I used to Keep lists of my armies and I had at least 2000 1/32nd figs with AFV´s, guns etc..even some old lead ones! When I moved out from home they were all trusted to my brother..who gave them away! The years of pocket Money saved for them..the hours painting some..all gone!!!! :-(
I can remember giving away a huge carton of Airfix figures in the 70s. Many I have renewed over the years when I can get hold of them.
Lovely stuff chief. Are you going to try a game?
I am going to try. I plan to use some basic rules of my own - Featherstone style.