All I wanted was a long-legged bird....

Some time ago I came across a [url=http://stevepugh.net/VTT/images/birds.jpg]photo of some Phorusrhacid birds[/url] on the website of Steve Pugh. I particularly liked the one on the left but was soon to discover that HLBC no longer produced these. Another company had taken up some of their prehistoric range, but not the long-legged Phorusrhacid.
Many months pass and recently a websearch took me to the HLBC website once again. This time I notice a contact address so I send an email asking if the Phorusrhacid will ever be put back in production by anyone. Just a few hours later I get a reply “I keep meaning to re-release that, thanks for reminding me. Give me a couple of weeks to get it organised. Richard, HLBS”
Good to his word, a few weeks later Richard emails me that a new run of birds have been cast and were now [url=http://www.hlbs.co.uk/product.php?id=843]available on the site[/url]. I think I may have brought the first one!
In short, I thought I would never get this model but I am pleased to say it turned out that I was wrong. Ironically I had undercoated a number of other Phorusrhacids but not got around to a painting them, so was able to complete them all at once. In addition to the HLBC bird there is one from Reaper and another two whose maker I cannot recall at the moment. I believe that they may be Iron Winds remakes of Ral Partha designs.
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Also photographed at the same time, some 1/72nd Swiss Pikemen. How is that for variety?
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