August 25, 2016

Trench Runner Pat Hillard Attacks the Plastic Soldier Company (PSC) Late War British Armoured Division, Army Box in a Multi-part Review & Build.

Part 1: A look at the set

This is a review and build of the Plastic Soldier Company's 15mm plastic Late War British Armoured Division, Army Box. Product code PSC-AB15002 with 18 vehicles and 34 figures. Using this box set you can field 11x Sherman M4A4's, 3x Sherman Fireflies, 4x M5 Halftracks, 34x Infantry figures, including 3x Bren teams, Command, 1x Piat team, 1x 2 inch light mortar team and 1x mixed base sprue.

For those of you that play Flames of War (FoW) this box set give you 1535 points of Confident Veterans from the Market Garden Book or 1455 points of Confident Veterans using the Taurus Pursuant, 11th Armored PDF. I will provide the playing list from Market Garden.
The Basics...
The finished box set
I am going to try something different for this review. Instead of have paragraphs of text I will put a brief intro and summary here and put a detailed description with each picture. This will eliminate long lists of paint colors and make for an easier step by step procedure for assembly and painting of this box. This is my first try painting Allied vehicles and British infantry. I have previously only painted late war German forces and an HQ platoon of the US 82nd Airborne.

For Flames of War 
British Armored Squadron, Confident Veteran - 1535 points
HQ Section - 180 points
2 Sherman V - 170 pts
2 .50 cal AA - 5 pts each (10 pts)
Armored Platoon 1 - 390 points
3 Sherman V, 1 Firefly - 385 points
1 .50 cal AA - 5 pts - 5 points
Armored Platoon 2 - 390 points
3 Sherman V, 1 Firefly - 385 points
1 .50 cal AA - 5 pts - 5 points
Armored Platoon 3 - 390 points
3 Sherman V, 1 Firefly - 385 points
1 .50 cal AA - 5 pts - 5 points
Motor Platoon 4 - 185 points
3 mg squads with command including 2" mortar and Piat team - 150 points
1.50 AA - 10 points
additional mg squad - 25 points

An additional unit of Allied airborne, some 6 pound anti tank guns, a recon unit or some self propelled artillery would easy take this to a 1750 list. It is a very nice and affordable way to build an allied army.

Overall I am very happy with the quality of the kit components and the finished product. Hopefully these troops will see some action in the near future. I plan to use them to help introduce my son to the rules of FoW. 

The Set...
The kit comes in a heavy duty box with nice graphics and a good description of the product inside. The only problem I have with PSC packages is that the boxes are not sealed in any way and the sprues are not in bags. I am always worried about missing parts in kits that are not sealed. I am please to say that there was no issues with this product.


The side of the box provides a list of the pack contents and a basic painting guide for the armored vehicles and the infantry. There is a basic Vallejo color chart listed also.


When opening the box the contents are neatly stacked and there are two sheets of instructions included for assembly of the vehicles. There are no recommendations for basing the infantry models.


There are 14 tank sprues to make either the M4-A4 (dry stowage) Sherman or a Firefly. These models are very similar to the Sherman V, I don't see any problem using them for the above list.


The combined M4/Firefly sprue. All of the components to build either vehicle are on the one sprue. I saved the extra parts in my bits bag for future projects.


The tank assembly instructions are very basic and it uses color codes to show you what hull to use for the M4 or the Firefly as well as what turret and gun mantel. There is an option to add dust shields if you desire. I did this on a few models just to have a variety of vehicles. I looked at a lot of late war pictures and very few of the Sherman's had these shields on them.

There are four sprues for the M5-A1 half track. It includes some nice stowage, two mg options and five sitting crew per vehicle not including a driver and  navigator, gunners are also included.


The M5A1 instructions give you a choice of assembly with the 50 caliber mg ring or with a pedestal mount. Many of the pictures I saw did not have either of these options on the vehicles. I added them for visual aesthetics on the table.


PSC includes on sprue of infantry bases. For a FoW list you will need 3 small bases and four medium bases. The large base is not needed.


The kit includes 3 infantry sprues with 12 figures per sprue. The mortar team and  Bren gun team are in two pieces and must be glued together.



Next Week in Part 2 I will build the Shermans and the M5s

"I'M SAYIN' WHAT?" Contest #22 Winner + This week's teaser for "I 'M SAYIN' WHAT?" #23

"I'm Sayin' What?" #22 WINNER
It's Thursday so...we have a winner for last weeks “I’m Saying What” contest. Batman...I mean Howard Stonestreet has snagged one of the most coveted prizes on earth...which is of course is a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier.

"I'm Sayin' What?" #23 Teaser
Here's our image for this weeks contest. All you have to do is come up with the wittiest quote for the word bubble and you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via  ‘Over The Top’ ‘News From The Front’ Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here next Thursday.

Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com
FYI- Have a cool image you'd like to get captioned? Send it to us at michtoystaff@michtoy.com and we will give you $25.00 gift card for any images used.

August 24, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT RELEASE NEWS: The Summer releases of 1:72 scale figures from Germania Figuren, Nikolai and Munich Kits have arrived

New & Restock on 1/72nd scale figures by Germania, Nikolai, Munich and Hecker & Goros have arrived from Germany.
See the New Releases HERE



Munich Kits has added two new World War 1 resin sets to their range... 
MKG-FHEW08 WWI German Supply Soldiers 
MKG-FHEW09 WWI German Landsturm + Peasants 



Nikolai Exclusive Modeling has three beautiful sets of wolves 
NIK-ANI12 Walking Wolves 
NIK-ANI13 Standing and Lying Wolves 
NIK-ANI14 Running and Hunting Wolves 

From Germania Figuren we have two new ACW Confederate Cavalry sets and seven new Austrian Cuirassier sets from the 7 Years War.



GMF 72-9051 American Civil War- Virginia Cavalry Set 2 
GMF 72-9052 American Civil War- Virginia Cavalry Set 3 



GMF 72-7240 7 Years War: Austrian Cuirassiers Set 1- Command Group I on Standing Horses 
GMF 72-7241 7 Years War: Austrian Cuirassiers Set 2- Command Group II on Standing Horses 
GMF 72-7242 7 Years War: Austrian Cuirassiers Set 3- on Standing Horses 
GMF 72-7243 7 Years War: Austrian Cuirassiers Set 4- Command Group I On the March (Trotting) 
GMF 72-7244 7 Years War: Austrian Cuirassiers Set 5- Command Group II On the March GMF GMF 72-7245 7 Years War: Austrian Cuirassiers Set 6- On the March (Trotting) 
GMF 72-7246 7 Years War: Austrian Cuirassiers Set 7- On the March, Saber on Shoulder (Trotting)

August 19, 2016

Fridays with Farley...a Dose of Useless Tidbits

Came across this neat look at panoramic paintings also called cycloramas By Eric Grundhauser on  the Atlas Obscura website...
360 Degrees of War: 6 Panoramic Paintings That Make You A Part of the Action. Before 3D movies or the Oculus Rift, the only way to really immerse someone in a virtual scene was to just surround them with imagery. To create this proto-VR, circular panoramic paintings ringed by miniature dioramas (also called cycloramas) became hugely popular during the 19th century. Of course many of these artworks depict famous battles ranging from the conflicts of the October War to the Battle of Gettysburg. Because reenacting a war is a pastime that long pre-dates Call of Duty. Gear up for six battles you can relive via analog VR technology.

Included are 
1. PANORAMA 1453 MUSEUM Istanbul, Turkey
2. RAC┼üAWICE PANORAMA Wroclaw, 
3. OCTOBER WAR PANORAMA Damascus, Syria
4. GETTYSBURG CYCLORAMA Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
5. BORODINO PANORAMA Moscow, Russia
6. ATLANTA CYCLORAMA Atlanta, Georgia
Have a Look HERE


1/72nd scale diorama of the Battle of Gettysburg by Dennis Norris 

This was my first diorama project. I started it in 2005. It was set up on a 4'x 6' board set up in my basement.  The scale is 1/72. The photo editing was my first attempt ever. Since then I have continued to add to the diorama and it is now more than 20' x 12'. My more recent efforts are detailed at Gettysburg Diographics. There you can see a portfolio of 20 prints of action in the Wheatfield and Peach Orchard areas. 
Have a look HERE and also check out Dennis's Gettysburg prints of the diorama HERE

Keep on hunting....The stuff is still out there! I scored this long sought after model kit at a local garage sale for $5.00 after losing countless auctions on eBay for it over the years!




Ya gotta love this guy...
Usain Bolt is a one-man theatre show expressing not just athletic supremacy but an elemental quality which draws us in. Like a beautiful face, we have no choice but to look, to stare, to bow, to accept that this creature before us is all that we are not nor ever could be.

Against a background of flawed behaviour, of base practice, of drug abuse, of cover ups and lies, Bolt sweeps away the detritus, washes the world clean by doing nothing more complicated than running fast.


Summertime and the living is easy...

MTSC SneaK PeeK: Zulu Wave 2 from Expeditionary Force

The second batch of Zulus in the new Colonial Wars 1878-1902 range from Expeditionary Force is coming very soon. This time we have three sets representing the Zulu Shaka’s uGibabanye Zulu Regiment, Cetshwayo’s inGobamakhosi Regiment and Mpande’s uThulwana Regiment. These plastic figures are 54mm and set contains 9 figures in 3 poses  with accessories and spare arms for variations. There is a short window on Pre-order for these so if you want to save please get your order as soon as possible.
Pre-order & Save HERE

EXP-54ZUL02–S Shaka’s uGibabanye Zulu Regiment
EXP-54ZUL02–M Mpande’s uThulwana Zulu Regiment
EXP-54ZUL02–C Cetshwayo’s inGobamakhosi Zulu Regiment

MTSC SneaK PeeK: The War at Troy Greeks Vs Trojans Set 2 - The Chariot by LOD Enterprises


Ken Ciak over at LOD Enterprises has sent along news of his new set to be released at the end of September. The War at Troy Greeks Vs Trojans Set 2 features a chariot. As with set 1, the Trojan figures come in blue plastic and the Greek soldiers are creme. There are 3 figures on each side in 2 pose including a driver, and two chariots, allowing you to represent either a Greek or Trojan chariot.
Pre-order & Save HERE


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MEET YOUR MAKER: Ken Ciak of LOD Enterprises



August 18, 2016

"I'M SAYIN' WHAT?" Contest #21 Winner + This week's teaser for "I 'M SAYIN' WHAT?" #22

"I'm Sayin' What?" #21 WINNER
It's Thursday so...we have a winner for last weeks “I’m Saying What” contest. Trent Chlepas has snagged one of the most coveted prizes on earth...which is of course is a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier.


"I'm Sayin' What?" #22 Teaser

Here's our image for this weeks contest. All you have to do is come up with the wittiest quote for the word bubble and you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via  ‘Over The Top’ ‘News From The Front’ Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here next Thursday.

Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com
FYI- Have a cool image you'd like to get captioned? Send it to us at michtoystaff@michtoy.com and we will give you $25.00 gift card for any images used.

August 16, 2016

MTSC SneaK PeeK: The Art of War: 'Bushy Run' from W. Britain


The Battle of Bushy Run was fought on August 5-6, 1763, in western Pennsylvania during Pontiac's Rebellion was one of the most memorable moments in North American colonial military history. A small force of British were attacked on their way to the relief of besieged Fort Pitt. Bouquet's resolute Highlanders of the famed 42nd Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch) turned calamity into victory through sheer bravery and the wielding of cold steel despite being surrounded by a large combined force of Delaware, Shawnee, Mingo, and Huron warriors.

Based on the original painting by Don Troiani, W. Britains bring The Battle of Bushy Run to life with three new three figure sets and complimentary single figures. This welcome edition to the ever expanding Clash of Empires range will be available in the Fall of 2016.

Art of War - Bushy Run


WBN 16039 Art of War - Bushy Run Set No.1 
WBN 16040 Art of War - Bushy Run Set No.2 
WBN 16041 Art of War - Bushy Run Set No.3
Pre-order Art of War - Bushy Run HERE

Complimentary Figures 42nd Royal Highland Regiment 
Complimentary Figures WBN 16042 The Scouts - Prone Native Warriors
Complimentary figures:
WBN 16042 Clash of Empires: The Scouts - Prone Native Warriors 
WBN 16047 Clash of Empires: British 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Standing Firing No.1 
WBN 16048 Clash of Empires: British 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Standing Ramming 
WBN 16049 Clash of Empires: British 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Kneeling Firing No.1 
WBN 16050 Clash of Empires: British 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Grenadier Standing 
Firing No.1 Pre-order Clash of Empires HERE


DYK?
Clash of Empires: Pontiac's Rebellion
Pontiac's Rebellion was a war that was launched in 1763 by a loose confederation of elements of Native American tribes primarily from the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, and Ohio Country who were dissatisfied with British postwar policies in the Great Lakes region after the British victory in the French and Indian War (1754–1763). Warriors from numerous tribes joined the uprising in an effort to drive British soldiers and settlers out of the region. The war is named after the Odawa leader Pontiac, the most prominent of many native leaders in the conflict.

The war began in May 1763 when Native Americans, offended by the policies of British General Jeffrey Amherst, attacked a number of British forts and settlements. Eight forts were destroyed, and hundreds of colonists were killed or captured, with many more fleeing the region. Hostilities came to an end after British Army expeditions in 1764 led to peace negotiations over the next two years. Native Americans were unable to drive away the British, but the uprising prompted the British government to modify the policies that had provoked the conflict.
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August 15, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT RELEASE NEWS: Flexway Paving Sheets by Juweela

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The latest from Juweela of Germany is the Flexway Paving system. Flexyway is a sheet of bricks/pavers for modeling much like the tiles on backing sheets used for tiling bathrooms and the like. The sheets are backed with a flexible, pliable carrier material. The joints between the stones are continuous and therefore sheets can be used together to create areas without visible seams between the segments. Paver joints can be filled with a special material (grout) Juweela has developed. 


With Flexyway ruts, holes, craters, uneven roads are no problem - not even for beginners! To replicate damaged, simply remove some bricks/pavers, chip, score, drill the ceramics tiles. 


Flewxyway is available in 1/32, 1/35, 1/87 and 1/45th scales and  each "herringbone" sheet is approximately 2” x 2 1/2” (51mm x63mm). 




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Debris (Rubble)
Two colors, brick-red and brick-red/grey rubble & debris are now available in 1/35th and 1/72nd scales, packaged in 50, 75 and 100g bags and contain many different sizes of stones, wall parts, bricks and rubble.




View our current Juweela offerings HERE

August 13, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT RELEASE NEWS: The Latest Strelets 1/72nd Plastic Sets for Summer 2016

No Less then eight new 1/72nd scale plastic sets have arrived from Strelets...
View our listings to Order HERE

Strelets Mini
STL-M052 Turkish Army Crimean War
STL-M108 Pretorian Ranks 
STL-M109 Pretorians Ceremonial March STL-M111 WWII New Zealand Troops 
STL-M112 WWII US Navy & Anti-Aircraft Machine-Gun 
STL-M113 Early WWII American Soldiers Set 2
Strelets R
STL-115 Lawrence of Arabia 
STL-138 Roman Senate 2 
STL-026 Russian Terek Cossacks (Reissue) 



















Coming Later in 2016
Strelets "Big Box"
909 - Hastings 1066: Norman Army- Norman Army Camp (4 sets incl. old no. 128, 070, M039 + new exclusive Set)
910 - Hastings 1066: Norman Army
911 - Stamford Bridge
912 - Hastings 1066: Anglo-Saxon Army
Streets Mini
M054 - Bashi-Bazouk
M116 - WWII Japanese Infantry in Winter Dress
M117 - English Longbowmen
M118 - English Foot Soldiers XIII-XIV century

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