October 28, 2012

Osprey Myths and Legends - the new series Coming 2013


The Myths and Legends series examines the great stories that have echoed down through time and have helped to shape our cultures. Each title in the series focuses on a specific legendary figure, such as King Arthur, or upon a collection of myths, like dragonslayers, and presents their story in a straightforward, entertaining style. Alongside the narrative is factual information about the history behind the stories and how these legends have developed and changed over time. The books contain our usual array of fabulous artwork - and yes, that does include Peter Dennis inking pictures of St. George attacking a dragon!
There are six titles already commissioned in the series, and here they are:
MYTH 1: Jason and the Argonauts (Mar 2013)
MYTH 2: Dragonslayers (Mar 2013)
MYTH 3: The War of Horus and Set (May 2013)
MYTH 4: King Arthur (Jul 2013)
MYTH 5: Thor (Sep 2013)
MYTH 6: Hercules (Nov 2013)


October 24, 2012

Vallejo To unleash some great new products that will be available between November and the new year.


Vallejo has announced a great lineup of new products for modelers including a new line of washes and the AFV Arour Painting System that will be released between November and the New Year. 

 The release are as follows and available for pre order on our Upcoming Releases page. 

73214 (17ml) / 76550 (35ml) - Chipping Medium
New waterbased medium to create flaked paint, scratches, and rust chips. Chipping Medium can be applied with airbrush or brush to create chipping effects with waterbased acrylic paints.

26233 Pigment Binder 30ml
Waterbased acrylic binder for pigments. Dries slowly, allows more time to manipulate pigment. Matte finish.

AFV Armour Painting System: 
Airbrush colors for graded highlights, shadows, and volumes. Consists in the application of a series of base colors in half and quarter tones, in gradual change from one shade to another. These effects of light and shadow, contrast and volume, will give the scale model an authentic and realistic appearance. All sets include 6 Model Air Colors in a 8ml bottle. Includes step by step instructions and color chart. 
They will be available in the following sets:
78400 AFV Dunkelgrau - German Dark Grey
78401 AFV Dunkelgelb - German Yellow
78402 US Army Olive Drab
78403 Russian Green 4BO

Also 2 new AFV Weathering Systems:
Each set includes 2 Model Wash colors, Pigment Binder, and 3 Model Color paints in 8ml bottle, along with a 10ml Pigment Bottle. Includes Step By Step instructions and color chart. 
These will be available in the following sets:
78405 Weathering for Yellow and Grey Vehicles
78406 Weathering for Green Vehicles

As well, due out sometime before Christmas, Vallejo is introducing a new Model Wash line. These will be available in 35ml bottles in 12 different colors, including:
76501 White - Recommended for winter/cold scenarios or models painted in white.
76503 Dark Yellow - For yellow models and light colors. Also very suitable for all camouflages and natural scenarios with vegetation, rivers, and lakes.
76505 Light Rust - For rust effects and winter scenarios, cold scenarios, and decay or abandoned vehicles, metallic structures or all kind of metallic parts.
76506 Rust - For rust effects and winter scenarios, cold scenarios, and decay or abandoned vehicles, metallic structures or all kind of metallic parts.
76507 Dark Rust - For rust effects and winter scenarios, cold scenarios, and decay or abandoned vehicles, metallic structures or all kind of metallic parts.
76512 Dark Green - For all models painted in green, and is also perfect for camouflage colors and natural scenarios with vegetation, rivers, and lakes.
76513 Brown - For models painted in light or sand colors, and ideal for application on tank tracks, and pin washes.
76514 Dark Brown - For models painted in light or sand colors, and ideal for application on tank tracks, and pin washes.
76515 Light Grey - For models paint in grey and dark colors, they are also perfect for rain marks and pin washes.
76516 Grey - For models paint in grey and dark colors, they are also perfect for rain marks and pin washes.
76517 Dark Grey - For models paint in grey and dark colors, they are also perfect for rain marks and pin washes.

Sculpting Highlights New 1/32nd Scale Plastic Manufacture Expeditionary Force


Expeditionary Force a new manufacture based in Singapore is set to release four sets of Amercian Civil War figures in 1/32nd scale plastic. Plastic guru Tom Stark was kind enough to send along some preview images of the figures that should be available November/December. The first four sets will be Mounted and Dismounted Cavalry, Infantry and Artillery presumably released in both blue and gray plastic. . The figures are scaled to be compatible with existing ACW ranges of such as Marx, CTS, Accurate and Imex.  The bottom image from Tom  shows some of the figures side by side with Marx and CTS figures. More details as we get them...

 



Figure of the Week is Back!



MICHTOY FIGURE OF THE WEEK
Over the years we have posted what we call "The Figure of the Week". It is just a flight of fancy where we post all kinds of figures we come across, find, collect or sent to us by customers and collectors. With our new fancy Blog we thought is it would be fun to bring back this old fan favorite. So here is the first Figure of the Week via News from the Front. 

FIGURE OF THE WEEK 21oct2012
Lineol Cowboys 1930s
 This was our very first figure of the week way back in 2006. These two cowboys are made by Lineol of Germany. They were made pre war and are 7cm in size and made of composition. Why are they the figure of the week? They have an unexplainable charm to them. I think it's the sculpting but can't say for sure. I just know they are among my favorite figures of all time.

Each week we pick a favorite figure. Have a favorite figure?
Send us an image with a brief explanation of why it is your favorite figure

October 23, 2012

Issue 2 of The Weathering Magazine from AK Interactive Announced

The Weathering Magazine Issue 2 will study the effects of Dust and Dirt using a wide range of products and painting techniques demonstrated by the world's best modelers. The magazine explains in depth how to apply these effects on all types of models including figures, helicopters, trains, sci-fi and of course tanks. Issue 1 sold out quickly and is now out of print so if weathering is your thing pre order this great new publication ASAP.  Click here to Pre Order AKI421