|(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.
You ought to have a chat with Ross Mac.
I will check out his blog.Delete
Due to a family holiday as a boy to Switzerland l discovered Elastolin. My parents bought me some and on my return to the uk my father discovered an importer. I remember the hand typed lists they issued. My father used to order me some as a present. I have some still which I use in games with other 40mm figures from more modern manufacturers.ReplyDelete
They look very 'Black Shield of Falworth', such a pity they are not more readily available nowadays .ReplyDelete
Yonda lies da castle of my fadda.Delete
Loving the siege tower in particular! Happy new Year, Jim. Here's to a prosperous 2022. Best regardsReplyDelete
Thank you Phil, and the same back at you.😀Delete
I remember seeing these figures when I lived in Germany in the 70's Jim, I wanted some but they were pricey so my Dad bought me some Airfix figures instead. Always think of the film the long ships or the Vikings when I look at these.ReplyDelete
All I have left is a mounted George Washington. seems someone could reproduce something of this style doesn’t itReplyDelete
That just might be the same castle and figures my late first cousin owned - along with a Viking ship with figures. Both of which I enviously drooled over in my youth. Way more expensive than my family could afford - so it was Airfix for me. Possible my 90+ uncle still has that stuff around somewhere.ReplyDelete
I hope that you can find those things.Delete
As beautiful as the figures are, I can’t see starting another medieval collection in another non-compatible scale, to go with the, uh, four (?) I already have. One could scale things down a little, though…the Revell 1/72 Saxons in particular include a number of Elastolin copies reduced in size. 1/72 castles aren’t too hard to find either. BTW, one of the first medieval things I remember owning was a Marx Knights and Vikings playset, with the tin litho castle. It, too, has been lost to the mists of time, though I still have one Viking (the rather dramatic chieftain) and one knight to remember it by.ReplyDelete
I received the archer in round helmet and green tunic as a gift around 50 years ago. I wanted many more and especially the castle and siege equipment but they were way too expensive. I kept the archer and he is in great shape - including the wire bowstring.ReplyDelete