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ppecena11 Oct 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

I bought a beautifully painted Arab Conquest army (15mm) in 1979 or 1980 in the Dallas area. I have not been able to figure out the manufacturer. Can some of you older gamers take a look at these figures and try to solve the mystery?

Some theories so far include Donnington, Mikes Models, or early Essex. However, I contacted both Donnington and Leon Locke who ran Mikes Models back in the 80s and both did not recognize the figures. Leon thought the camels looked familiar, however. He also said they might have been from before his time at Mikes Models. Some may also be conversions.

I will try to post some more photos later today.

IMG_1276 by ppecena, on Flickr

IMG_1277 by ppecena, on Flickr

IMG_1275 by ppecena, on Flickr

IMG_1274 by ppecena, on Flickr

IMG_1273 by ppecena, on Flickr

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Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2019 10:58 a.m. PST

A goid deal are from the old Tabletop ranges.

dwight shrute11 Oct 2019 11:03 a.m. PST

looks like a mix of companies , some remind me of jacobite and others of tabletop games

evilgong11 Oct 2019 1:36 p.m. PST

The camels and (I think) infantry with spear and shield are old minifigs strip figs

Steamingdave212 Oct 2019 2:01 a.m. PST

@ evilgong. The spear and shield infantry do look very similar to my Minifig Sassanids from that period.

Ferd4523112 Oct 2019 7:18 a.m. PST

First, I resent that you called me an "older gamer". Second, as a mature gamer, what makes you think I can see well enough to identify anything that is not physically attached to me! And get those kids off of my lawn. H

ppecena12 Oct 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

Stop that racket you kids, I am trying to typewrite the fifth page of the WRG standing orders for my 25mm Hinchcliffe Byzantines!

gisbygeo12 Oct 2019 1:03 p.m. PST

I don't know the figures, but I have spotted two shield decals from a set I produced back in the '70s.

ppecena12 Oct 2019 3:47 p.m. PST


I want to hear more about the shield decal set! I didn't know that was available in the 70s, especially in 15mm. I only recall seeing hand painted shields during that era.

wmyers18 Oct 2019 8:17 p.m. PST

The red crescent and "flower" beside it.

Those are very nicely painted! A true treasure to be proud of.

PaulByzantios15 Dec 2019 8:21 p.m. PST

They look like some might be Tin Soldier as well. They had a slimmer profile.

Panfilov22 Feb 2020 9:51 a.m. PST

The Spearmen in the Friedman's cap (?) are strip Minifig Roman Auxulia;.

Not sure about the one with a shield boss, maybe a conversion of a (the) strip minifig Zulu Hoplite?

The.camels sure look like strip Minifig, I lost my 1978 catalog a couple of years ago in a family clutter purge intervention. Not sure if there was a colonial range in that era for the bow and camels. Otherwise conversions of the Strip Minifigs?

Same for the bow, they look like the strip Minifig pose. Conversions?

Panfilov22 Feb 2020 9:54 a.m. PST

Look at the figure bases; the Square heavy ones are Minifigs (the way we cut the strips apart, some angular); the oval ones are something else.

Some of those horses sure look like Mikes or Donnington?

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