Friday, July 21, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Bettina has been taking some great photos but just hasn't wanted to blog them, finding it easier to just post on facebook. I'd love to post more of her work but there's very little time to do my own photos but I couldn't pass up this opportunity to share some pics and video that she took a couple of days ago. We are in the midst of the Monsoon season here in the American Southewest and when the atmosphere gets really juiced we have some wonderful vistas - all right outside our door. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
If I recall my history correctly (without looking at references) the Viking's first recorded appearance in England was a raid on a monastary close to the east coast. They laid waste to the inhabitants and the structure and that began a couple hundred years of pure mayhem at the hands of these new invaders. It's fitting these figures come from Russia - Land of The Rus, a group of Swedish Vikings! This warrior is carrying a battle axe and heavy shield of wooden planks held by a copper(?) frame. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Having several castles in the collection I thought it would be cool to some day put together a Knights vs. Knights (or Turks, or Saracens, or Vikings, or whatever) so to that end I've been s-l-o-w-l-y gathering figures. To-date I have some Britains Knights and Saracens but wanted to gather up a small hoard of Vikings. It was while searching for Vikings that I came across this really cool line of figures from the Russian Federation. They're marketed under the name 'Tehnolog' and are part of a line of fantasy figures. The sets come packaged in a poly bag with colorful graphics and the company's line of figures are depicted on the reverse. Unfortunately they appear to have only one set of Vikings but maybe I can find use for some of the other sets. Each set has five figures measuring about 2 1/8"(5.39cm) high making them great for 54mm displays. I'll post a different figure each day and have also given them names because - well heck, even though one of my grandparents was from St. Petersburg, Russia (Old Pre-Revolution Russia ), I didn't grow up reading Cyrillic and don't believe the packaging gives them names. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina
What a fierce looking mob. If one were to mix these in with other brands of Viking figures you would definitely have a raiding party to strike fear in the European countryside!
He just looks like the guy in charge.