Here is my small army of Manchurians (aka. Manchus). Manchuria lies at the Northeast part of China and is has a long and fascinating history. The Qing Dynasty (also known as Manchu Dynasty) – the last ruling dynasty of Chinese emperors – originated here. (Did you see the The Last Emperor? It is one of my favorite movies, and you will learn about the Manchu emperors.) You can read more about Manchuria here: All about Manchuria.
I built this army to showcase BrickTW’s variety of weapons, shields and armor pieces. All the guys have torsos from the LEGO Prince of Persia sets, with front and back printing and really nice details. The legs are from the LEGO Collectible Minifigs Series 3 Samurai. I was very happy with this combination!
Here is an overall view of the whole army (you can click on any of the pictures for a larger view):
And here is a side view:
And here are the individual guys:
As I mention in my review on BrickTW, the helmet-ornaments are removable and interchangeable, and come in several colors. The rectangular shield is really nicely detailed, and has a detachable hande to allow LEGO minfigs to hold them in various positions. The spear is one of my favorite weapons from BrickTW.
The bow is really unique. It is perfect for elves or other fantasy warriors! And I believe the arrows are some of the most essential items from BrickTW, as the only other customizer that makes arrows is Sidan Toys. How could there be any battle with no arrows?! (Read my Guide to LEGO-Compatible Arrows.)
This guy wears a slightly different helmet than the first one. Also nicely detailed with a removable helmet ornament. The shield is a smaller, more square-ish design, also with a removable handle. The sword is the only sword from BrickTW that is not oversized (as I mention in my review on BrickTW).
The helmet on this soldier is very similar to the LEGO knight helmet with neck protector. It could easily be used for knights and other nations as well. (See my Shiny Knights here with the same helmet but in chrome gold and chrome silver). The armor is especially nice, with a carefully detailed design. The round shield perfectly fits LEGO minifigs.
The pole weapon actually comes in two parts; the pole itself and a removable tip. This weapon was used by foot-soldiers to pull horsemen off their horses. Weapons like this have been found at the site of the Terracotta Army. Hope that with all the fancy armor and weapons my Manchurians will do well in battle too! 😉