Wow, a love-fest for KKII... never thought I'd see the day!
Anyway, for me, the greatest asset KKII had to offer was the shield variety. We got:
Ovoid:Scorpion (black and red)Scorpion (black and silver)Karzon Snake
: all these are great for desert (or Prince of Persia) armies (including these Harry Potter shields
Triangular:Black/Silver Blacksmith Star
: a great generic shieldGold Adric Bull
: nice, could be the triangular counterpart for the KKI Bulls' ovoid shield
; also pearl gold color could indicate wealth and/or importanceDark Green Sir Kentis Unicorn
: the only shield with a horse on it; also, could be used with Kingdoms pieces for those that already have enough Dragon factionsDark Blue/Gold Jayko Hawk
: fits well with the Dark Blue/Gold color scheme of the CrowniesDark Blue Jayko Hawk
: aesthetically pleasing design; similar to the old Black Falcon shields Green Rascus Monkey
: unique animalPurple Danju Wolf
: unique colorRed Santis Bear
: unique animal
My main complaint with the last three shields is that the animals are not outlined in black, making them less bold
and dynamic. I must also say I'm not much of a fan of the rectangular shields
, as they appear too cartoony to me. But for me, the variety in shield design allows a lot of possibilities in creating custom factions. Specifically, it has allowed me to create a 10-faction jousting tournament MOC that does NOT contain 4 Lion factions and 3 Dragon factions
Also, these shields are not too terribly difficult to collect, and when combined with the Harry Potter shields
from around the same time, allows the imaginative builder quite a lot to work with.
Finally, I will say that the colored armor bits have come in handy as well when creating custom factions (though used a bit more subtlety than seen in the Jellybean Knights). But, with the exception of Vladek's visor
, I find the rest of the over-sized visors
ugly and useless.
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