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Alternative covers for the Night’s Masque trilogy

When I was writing The Merchant of Dreams I bought two Playmobil pirate ships and a bunch of figures to help me plan a small sea battle and the climactic land battle. It was so helpful that I did the same for The Prince of Lies, winning a vintage castle and a bunch more figures on ebay. Not all my recent purchases have been vintage, however; when I was in Hamleys (the famous toyshop in London), I spotted a black-haired, bestubbled medieval dude who struck me as the spitting image of one Mal Catlyn!

Of course I had to buy him so that I could use him in my plans, and it was only a short step from there to a flash of inspiration: maybe I could recreate the Night’s Masque book covers with Playmobil…

I duly hunted down a female figure that could stand in for Coby (a “highwaywoman” from ebay), and set to work. I apologise in advance for my indifferent image-manipulation skills, but I’m still rather proud of the results. So, without any more ado, here they are (click on an image to see it full size):

The Alchemist of Souls

The Merchant of Dreams

The Prince of Lies

Obviously I was somewhat limited by the figures, as their arms don’t bend, but my castle pieces came in very handy as backdrop.

Now I just have to work out what the hell I’m going to do with this big box of pirates, knights, musketeers and other characters. I suppose I could write them into my new book…?

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Richard

Or let me play with them.

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Erica

Excellent. You even got a figure with the lantern for the second book. Nicely done, and it does make me want to revisit my childhood passion for building toy castles :)

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Anne

I think the lantern came with one of the pirate ships – along with the ship’s cats and some tiny rats!

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Weirdmage

The lantern, with the metal in “silver”, came with the pirate ship or one of the other pirate sets in the 1980s. That’s the first time I remembered it.
-This was in Norway before G.I. Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, and Star Wars. It was Lego and Playmobil that was the awesome/cool toys back then. :-)

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Ailsa

Haha, these look great! And using playmobile to help act out scenes is such a good idea, I might have to try that.
My dad teaches people to drive boats and has a variety of playmobile models he uses for demonstration – the rest of the family aren’t sure how much he actually uses them and how much they’re a fun thing to have sitting on his desk.

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Kristen S. Walker

Wow, I never would have thought of using Playmobil this way! I passed on my old play sets to my little brother when I grew up, but I do miss the pirates. You may have just given me an excuse to reacquire a collection. 😉