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Vintage 25mm Minifigs Saxons


Rob Dean
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I started painting again on my vintage Minifigs Middle Earth/Mythical Earth/Tolkien project recently, and finished off a bunch last weekend.  Since I got a unit done, I gave myself permission to relax and paint a couple of individuals from start to finish.  In keeping with the vintage Minifigs theme, these guys are catalog numbers NS9 (leveled spear), NS12 (club), and NS25 (raised spear).  

 

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I had to reinforce the raised spear, which I discovered had cracked, with some superglue; I probably should have gone the rest of the way and improvised some sort of pennant wrapped around the spear shaft, since it left some irregularity.  While these fellows are theoretically historical, they could see service in Middle Earth as militia of Bree, Laketowners, dismounted Rohirrim, Sharkey’s thugs, Dunlendings, or the more rustic Gondorians without being too much of a stretch.

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I found an ad for the range, which had been newly released as of October 1976, so just over 45 years ago.  Minifigs apparently thought they were crossover figures of interest in the fantasy market, at least enough to put an ad in The Dragon (before it lost the “The”). All of you kids can be glad that you have modern figures to work with. 😁  For those who were there with me BITD, I will note that it is a lot easier to paint these today with acrylic paint triads and brushes that will hold a point than it was to use Testors or Humbrol enamels when these were new.

 

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