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CaptainYM20 Mar 2022 9:20 p.m. PST

I am looking to paint some miniatures as different characters from Arthurian literature. I prefer the medieval romance, Malory style of King Arthur, and am thus looking for high medieval miniatures. I'd also prefer for them to have shields so that I could paint the different knights' coats of arms upon them. They could be 28mm or 1/72. Thank you for the help.

FilsduPoitou21 Mar 2022 5:35 a.m. PST

Temple of the West/Daniel Mersey has been working on a series that sounds right up your alley: Knights of the Round Table.


Not out yet, but apparently they are in the casting phase.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2022 7:04 a.m. PST

Thunderbolt mountain

True 25mm

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2022 7:35 a.m. PST

Yea…good suggestion Deucey.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2022 8:23 a.m. PST

Without knowing exactly what figures you are looking at, a number of 1/72 plastics already have heraldry molded onto the shields, so you may need to deal with that first.

blacksmith21 Mar 2022 9:48 a.m. PST

Check Plastic soldier review page: link

Phillius Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Mar 2022 12:59 p.m. PST

40mm, Triguard Miniatures. But then I'm biased.

CaptainYM21 Mar 2022 3:00 p.m. PST

Without knowing exactly what figures you are looking at, a number of 1/72 plastics already have heraldry molded onto the shields, so you may need to deal with that first.

Do you think sanding it off would work fine?
Such as in this Italeri set

Lamorak21 Mar 2022 3:59 p.m. PST

In part the choice of figures depends on what look you want to achieve.

If you want the romantic view of Victorian and Edwardian illustrators like Howard Pyle, Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Rackham, then Tom Meier's Thunderbolt Mountain Arthurians (now available from are perfect.

There are many Armorials from the 1400's to 1500's that list the heraldic devices and crests attributed to Arthur's knights. A list of some of these documents can be found here: link. These appear to have been compiled to allow medieval LARP tournaments to be held. They are also contemporary with the works of Sir Thomas Mallory. Most 100 years war or war of the roses ranges would work well here.

The early Romances such as the Prose Vulgate cycle and the works of Chretien de Troyes date from around 1150 to 1250 and appear to describe the period when Heraldry is just being introduced. The knights all wear mail armour and only display their heraldic devices on their shields. Later Crusades and Barons War figures would work well for this period. The Heraldry attributed to the knights is roughly the same as given in the armorials, but for some knights, notably Sir Gawain and his brothers, is very different (see link).

Personally, when I worked on a project like this I used the Thunderbolt Mountain Arthurian figures. They are fantastic models, but suffer from being true 25mm size. They do have some really nice heraldic devices sculped onto the shields, but because I wanted to use the medieval heraldry they had to be filed off. If I was to repeat the project now I think that I would use the earlier Barons War or Later Crusader figures, and use the earlier heraldry.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2022 6:45 a.m. PST

I'm thinking you should look at late Hundred Years War or maybe Wars of the Roses. Plenty of choices out there in both scales.

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