|(L-R on foot) Sir Gwaine, Prince Valiant, Wilhelm, and Oscar.|
Two mounted Norman knights. Elastolin 40mm figures.
I must have been about ten years old when my parents gave me the most wonderful Christmas present that I could imagine. It was an Elastolin castle made out of a composition of sawdust and glue and rather garishly painted.
|Elastolin composition toy castle|
All of the castle components fit inside the base of the model (when it is turned upside down), which measures 14 1/2" by 18" and 4" in height. The individual pieces have thin spikes or nails that fit into a corresponding hole in the base of the castle. The most intriguing piece is the gate tower with a metal drawbridge that you can raise or lower with a chain. The drawbridge rests on a ramp that measures 15" long and 3 1/2" wide (and 4" height at its apex).
A few years ago I was able to purchase the castle on eBay, having long lost the one that I owned in my boyhood days. I also picked up a few of the figures at one of the toy soldier shows in Chicago. So I am slowly replacing all of the lost warriors as well.
For many years I used the castle as the headquarters for my 54mm William Britain's Grenadier Guards. However, the castle also came with an assortment of 40mm hard plastic warriors from Elastolin that depicted some of the characters from the Prince Valiant comic strip. The figures looked like Saxons circa 900AD to 1066AD and they were largely clad in cloth tunics, metal helmets and round wooden shields. There were also some mounted Norman knights and a few foot Norman warriors.
|Illustration from the original Prince Valiant comic strip.|
|The rest of the Saxon gang.|
|The Norman cavalry|
|The 40mm Saxons and Normans.|
|40mm Siege Tower and Trebuchet|
|Over the top and over the walls!|
|Siege Tower with climbing figures.|
I wonder how many other war gamers got their start on Elastolin figures and how many of them still have them in their collections?
If you have any of the 40mm figures and you would like to get rid of them, then Bob's your uncle and contact me if you are interested.