Links for Collectors
Peter Greenhill is the heir of Courtenay and Ping, and author of HERALDIC MINIATURE KNIGHTS, the “bible” for collectors. In the world of little lead knights, Peter is the unquestioned king.
Plastic figures just keep getting better and better, and Conte’s figures are as good as any ever made. They do great accessories too; towers and villages and Viking ships. Many of their sets are based on classic old movies. Their figures from The War Lord and The Vikings are terrific. So is their Spartacus set, although I don’t collect Romans. I only wish they’d do Ivanhoe.
The Knights of Avalon
British collector Robert Hill has one of the most extensive and informative sites on the net. He has to be the world’s leading expert on the old lead Timpo knights of the 50s, and covers them exhaustively here, but he also has pages on many other ranges and makers, both old and current.
Schoolteacher by day, master of heraldry by night, Tye takes beat-up old figures by Knights Castle, Britains, and other makers, and converts and repaints them, producing knights worthy of any battlefield or tourney.
Michigan Toy Soldier
There are other shops just as good as the Michigan Toy Soldier Shop, but none that can match the wonders of their website. Plastics, metals, kits, old soldiers and new, supplies, paints, books, magazines, helpful articles on collecting… this site has it all. If there’s a more complete toy soldier site on the web, I haven’t found it yet.
Ron Swaren of the Medieval Zone makes an amazing range of wooden castles, catapults, siege engines, knight’s pavilions, and jousting accountrements to help your displays come to life. He does custom work as well.
Collector Thrills is the official American dealer for the work of Eduard Kasintsev, a terrific Russian sculptor and miniaturist from the Ural Mountains. These are beautiful figures, exquisitely detailed, and very inexpensive. They are sold as unpainted castings, but paint up beautifully for anyone who can hold a brush.
Thor Shiel’s website is a treasure trove of pictures, information, and memories about the toy soldiers we loved when we were children. Thor does not just limit himself to medievals, though the knights are here. He covers spacemen, pirates, gladiators, cowboys… and green plastic “army men,” of course.