John Jenkins Toy Soldiers CID-21D El Cid and The Reconquista
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The age in which El Cid lived has since been termed the "Reconquista", or Christian reconquest of Spain from the Moors, and was one of the most colourful periods in military history.
The armies are spectacular and varied, ranging from the noble Christian Knights to the Muslim Andalusians, through to the religious zeal of the African invaders, the Almoravids and Almohads. Although the period is often portrayed as a simple war of religion, it was in fact a great deal more complex, with Muslim commonly fighting Muslim, and Christian fighting Christians, with both sides using allies and mercenaries whenever it suited them.
This period, during the lifetime of El Cid 1040-1100AD saw the rise of heavy cavalry charges and other northern European influences, especially in the kingdoms of Aragon and Catalonia, which had the strongest links to France.
Authentic hand painted soldiers and miniatures for collectors designed and produced in Hong Kong by John Jenkins Designs. John Jenkins Designs is focused on bringing specific battles and events from history to life. Periods of history ranging from the French and Indian War to the World War II are all covered by the toy soldiers of John Jenkins Designs.
John Jenkins is perhaps best known for its stunning recreations of World War I aircraft and the daring pilots who were known as Aces. In addition to the Knights of the Sky, John Jenkins Designs creates toy soldiers and tanks from The Great War at a level of detail not seen anywhere else in the industry. British, French, and German vehicles all have the weathering and a level of dirt or mud that seemed to accumulate after only just a few days at the front. Joining the German, French, and British toy soldiers are the Americans; late to the war but providing the vital push that finally broke through the static lines of grindingly slow trench warfare.
Back in history, the French and Indian War has provided John Jenkins Designs with fertile ground for toy soldier production. The Raid on Saint Francis, the 1759 Battle of Ticonderoga, and many others are all brought to life by the dynamic action poses and unique regiments that fought at each. The colonies were responsible for raising regiments to fight their battles against the encroaching French and their Native allies, and John Jenkins Designs produces New Jersey, Pennsylvanian, South Carolina, Connecticut, and the 60th Royal American Provincials as toy soldiers to represent the variety of those regiments.
Unique ranges produced by John Jenkins Designs are The Jacobite Rebellion, The Seven Years War, The War of 1812, The Wars of the Roses, and The Town of Old Yangshuo among others. Perhaps one of the most unique of them all is the Speedbirds Collection, representing a period of time between WWI and WWII when aircraft design advanced by leaps and bounds as inventors attempted to capture the prestigious Schneider Trophy, awarded from 1913-1931. These fully painted and assembled airplane models are of a smaller scale than the normal 1:30th scale toy soldiers and accessories produced by JJD, so no pilots or other items are planned to accompany them at this time.
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