I spent last evening watching an old Peter Cushing horror film (From Beyond the Grave) and setting up these soldiers. Here are the rest of the figures I have.
Generally these ones came off better, so to speak, as they don't have as much damage to their bases as the nice Risorgimento figures seen in the last post.
So here we go:
There are clues. Many of the mounted knights have firearms shouldered.
These charging knights held my attention as a little kid, and I must say, even today, they are impressive.
The two colourful marquees are hand carved balsa wood.
Up next the Papal Swiss
I wish I had more of these. These gladiators are really something. Odd, but I don't recall seeing these in the original display. The memories of children are often glossed over by whistful adults. I have only three, but I have seen that Chialu made a lot of animals, so no doubt he had or had planned a Colloseum display.
And here's the general giving a final disdainful inspection.
Obviously she didn't like the knights.
Thinking back, it would make a lot of sense for a bicycle mechanic to make a mobile display using bike wheels and chains and sprockets. I recall a single line of Papal soldiers marching around one display setting, so they must have been mounted on a bicycle chain.
I wonder whatever happened to that display.