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Casting around - October 2014
Paul Stocker looks at the latest castings to arrive on the market
Having depicted the French Foreign Legion during the Mexican Adventure and the action at
Camaron, Gareth Morgan has now moved on to the probably more familiar setting of North Africa with the release of six Tuareg Arabs to provide fresh opposition for his Legion figures.
In the 19th century, the Tuareg resisted the French invasion of their homelands and French troops met some of the strongest resistance in southern Morocco and Algeria. The Tuareg's often handmade jezals were made in smoothbore and rifled versions and rifling combined with their long barrels made them very accurate firearms for the time. Eventually the Tuareg territories were taken under French governance and their confederations were largely dismantled and reorganised.
Gareth's new releases are a Tuareg advancing with a distinctly medieval looking broadsword, one firing a characteristic jezal, one running with a knife and either a jezal or European rifle, one advancing with a knife and a jezal, one running with a jezal and one loading his jezal.
The castings are all of the usual high standard and the fit of parts is as good as ever so that assembly, simply fixing arms to torsos, is very easy. Gareth's pictures of painted versions show how good they look when carefully painted.
Gareth's castings measure 60mm approx. Foot figures cost £9.50 each and matt painted foot figures cost £30 each. UK recorded delivery P&P - £1.50 for the first figure, 60p for each subsequent figure; Europe - £2.50 for the first figure, £1.50 for each additional figure; Rest of the World - email for a quote to firstname.lastname@example.org. Gareth accepts payment via Paypal for overseas customers.
Gareth is still not using a website for the time being. Gareth's blog at morganminiatures.blogspot.com displays his figures and invites discussion about them. UK and European customers can email Gareth and he will send pictures of figures they are interested in to help them chose the ones they want. American customers can view and order his figures on the Michigan Toy Soldier website http://www.michtoy.com.
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