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Attila Leossyr

Mythic Legions
by yo go re

Okay, enough with the Legion Builders - let's get to some actual characters!

When his older brother Attlus renounced his claim of leadership of the Army of Leodysseus, Attila Leossyr gladly stepped up and grabbed the mantle. A ferocious warrior, Attila embodies the spirit of his army's lion symbol. Over-brimming with incredible confidence and charisma, Attila's popularity amongst the people of Mythoss has made him a symbol of hope in a kingdom crippled with fear.

Look at that, our first character, and we're already diving right into the lore! A kingdom, an abdication, rites of succession... this is either a high fantasy tale or England between the wars, and it's been a long-ass time since the British monarchy has dressed this cool. Though if they did, maybe the EU would be clamoring to join them!

We'll start with the figure's defining feature: his leonine helmet. Attila is just a human, so we have an average male face, but it's encased within an ornate golden helmet that's shaped like the face and mane of a magestic lion. It's clear that this isn't meant to be a real animal, but rather a sculptor's interpretation of the beast - like Tigris of Gaul from Gladiator, but with a lion instead of a tiger (obvs). It is regal and intimidating, and really makes the figure stand out.

His torso is the same we've already seen on both the dwarf and orc, with the inset lines on the breastpate. This is the first time we've gotten to see it painted, though, which really helps bring out the details. The armor is gold, like the helmet, and the small rivets that hold it together are given silver apps. The rows of X's are painted a dark red, and have been outlined in bright blue (though the paint is not quite as immaculate as we normally get on Four Horsemen projects). His tassets are more rounded than the ones we've seen so far, and the fauld is smoother - those are the thigh-plates and belt, for those keeping track at home. Instead of armored flaps over his groin, he's just got a (sculpted) loincloth. And while layers sabatons cover his feet, they are straight and pointed, without the jagged hooks on the toes the other figures have had.

King Leonidas Leossyr is the first Mythic Legions figure we've taken a look at who comes with a cape. It's actual cloth, and is long enough to just brush the ground when he's standing up. There are no instructions on how we're meant to use the cape, but there are four holes in the upper edge, so a bit of trial and error reveals at least one way to make it work: the optional pauldrons plug into his back through the center holes, and then the cape wraps around to the front, and the outer holes slip over the front knobs. You can then either let the cap hang down over the arms, or throw it over the shoulder, leaving just a little bit of the pauldrons visible. Is that what the Four Horsemen intended? No idea, but it works.

The Mythic Legions figures are incredibly well-articulated, and also incredibly modular. Attila Leossyr has a balljointed head, swivel neck, swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, swivel forearms, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed waist, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees, and swivel/hinge/swivel ankles. Pretty much every one of those joints can be pulled apart with only a modicum of force, allowing you to mix and match parts to create your own unique designs. The waist armor is all soft PVC, so the legs don't get impeded at all. Raising the arms does push the pauldrons up, so he doesn't look great if you move his arms forward. But hey, leave them off, and that won't be a problem!

All the accessories we get here are the same the Bronze Dwarf had - an axe, a sword, a strap, and a shield. Ah, but this time they have paint! The hilt of the sword is the same red as the detailing on the armor, while the pommel and blade are silver. The shield has the symbol of the Army of Leodysseus printed in gold on a red field, while the frame is grey. The axe has the same removable parts we've discussed previously, but paint makes it look amazing: the blades are silver, with the raised parts near the back done in gold; the squared-off parts of the handle are the same tone as the blades, and the rounded hand grips are black; the spike on the back and the caps on the ends are all dark red. It's beautiful! When he's got the cape on, the weapon strap isn't of much use, so my Attila won't be wearing it very often.

It's cool that the Horsemen have come up with detailed backstories for the Mythic Legions figures, but even if you choose to ignore that, the general quality of the toy is very high. It moves well, has nice paint and fun accessories. King Attila Leossyr is fun even if you just want him to be a generic lion soldier in some other display.

-- 07/17/16

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