|Classic Moorcock imagery by Rodney Matthews. I idly checked out his website; his original paintings are on sale for hundreds of thousands of pounds!|
I've not idea why I've overlooked this range in the past - I love Moorcock's books and have read pretty much all of them from the Eternal Champion saga. I also love Jes Goodwin's figures. So I placed a prospective bid and picked up the set.
Of course, there's the obligatory added bonus with this particular box - it is signed by Jes Goodwin himself:
|Jes Goodwin's iconic rune.|
On opening the box, there was a tantilising glimpse of classic figures, fairly nicely painted in old school paints. Black and red gloss seem to have been popular with the original owner!
|Sadly Corum has suffered a double foot amputation. Happily I have sourced a replacement!|
|Elric and Moonglum face off against a hideous beast of chaos. Notice the high gloss finish on Moonglum's red trousers - rubber or PVC do you think?|
This set has proved to be an unexpected joy to me - the figures are superb and I can't wait to repaint them. In fact I was so enthused by the range that I immediately set out to see what other Eternal Champion figures I could track down.
There are plenty of extortionate Buy It Now auctions on ebay, with some of the figures on sale for £30+ each. That said, there are also some more realistically priced figures and I've managed to pick up a selection of Melniboneans and personality models (including Jhary-a-Conel, Elric the White Wolf and a Pan Tang Officer) for an average of about £4 each over the last fortnight. If only I could turn the clock back a few months when I traded away some Melnibonean axemen and cavalry!
So, I've managed to gather around 20 of the 60 or so figures in the Eternal Champions range in the space of 3 weeks...I wonder how long it will take me to complete it?!