May 30, 2014

The Decay of MIG Productions...June releases Now Available!

Now available are these great new weathering products fro MIG.

“Decay Wash” is intended to enhance the weathering of decayed, destroyed or abandoned subjects. Extreme Rust and Light Sand round out the latest unique washes from MIG Productions. 
P306 - Decay Wash 
P307 - Extreme Rust Wash 
P308 - Light Sand Wash


Rounding out the MIG releases for June are four very useful new colors in the 502 Abteilung Oil paint range.

ABT230 502 Abteilung Oils- Blue Green for German Grey 
ABT235 502 Abteilung Oils- Intense Blue for German grey 
ABT240 502 Abteilung Oils- Cream Brown for German Yellow 
ABT245 502 Abteilung Oils- Sand Brown for German Yellow 




May 29, 2014

The MichToy Caption Contest #39 Winner + Image for #40


It's Thursday so...We Have a Caption Contest 39 winner! Chris McDonald who entered via email is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks Chris and to all of you who entered.

Here is this weeks image for Caption Contest 40. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Email you entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

May 28, 2014

THE BEST PRODUCTS OF OF 2013 from our PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 'Tank Fight On The Western Front, 1916' by Andrea Miniatures


WWI Modelers are in for a host of great new products in the coming years with the upcoming Centennial Commemoration of the Great War, 1914 - 1918. Leading the pack is the fantastic new diorama kit and accompanying book from Andrea Miniatures. The stunning S3-S04 Tank Fight On The Western Front, 1916 includes a British Mk. IV tank and ten figures on a scenic base. 

The Andrea Press book AP-052 Tank Fight 1916 features master painter Julio Cabos who shows how to paint the WWI diorama kit covering armor, figures and the scenic base with acrylic paints, airbrush and brush in clear step-by-step sequences. 










Check out the Video Unboxing of the  S3-S04 Tank Fight On The Western Front, 1916 that Andrea posted.

May 27, 2014

Abrams Squad: The Modern Modelling Magazine at a New Lower price!

We have been able to secure a new lower price on Abrams Squad, one of our best selling modeling  magazines and are passing that savings on to our customers. In addition to the latest issue #6 which is now in stock we also have restock on all the back issues...and all at a new lower price.

Abrams Squad: The Modern Modelling Magazine is the FIRST magazine in the world devoted to Modern Warfare modelling. Here you will find the best articles of the best modellers and writers in the world. Step by step articles, painting techniques, building techniques, illustrated reports, news, reviews, video games and much more

View and order here

May 26, 2014

Green Army Men Part 2 - Defending Truth, Justice, And The Plastic Way Of Life

The first American plastic toy soldiers were made by Bergen Toy & Novelty Co. (Beton for short) in 1938. The Beton figures were painted like metal figures and sold the same as their metal brethren; individually or in a boxed set of around seven figures. Following World War II, Beton modified their figures in an attempt to change the World War I type helmet into the World War II one. Other early plastic companies issuing green army men were Auburn  and Ajax.


Following World War II, plastic manufacturing was seen as an industry with growth potential with many old and new companies making plastic figures that were widely available in the United States. Army men following the war were sold unpainted, usually in a green color corresponding to United States Army uniforms in World War II. Plastic figures were sold en masse in clear plastic bags with an illustrated header card in different sizes and prices.

Beginning in the early 1950s, Louis Marx and Company sold boxed sets of figures and accessories called playsets, such as "US Army Training Center" and the later  the "Battleground" sets.

The economy of plastic sold in bulk, popularity of army men, and competition with manufacturers led to army men being sold in large bags by Marx, Tim Mee, Ideal, Lido and MPC for as little as a penny a piece in the mid-1960s. During this time, Marx gave the American army men actual enemy soldiers to fight such as German soldiers (molded in grey) in their 1962 "Army Combat" set and Japanese enemies (molded in yellow) in their "Iwo Jima" set that was released in 1963. In 1965, a "D-Day" Marx set featured Allies such as French (horizon blue), British (khaki), and Russians. One of their last and largest playsets was the multi-level "Fortress Navarone" mountain set based on The Guns of Navarone, which was available in the 1970s and pitted World War II Americans against Germans.




American Manufactures of "Little Green Men"
Ajax World War II Soldiers
Auburn Soldiers
Beton World War II Soldiers
Cossman & Co. “Comic Book” Soldiers
Ideal Infantry
Lido U.S. Infantry
Marx 60mm Infantry
Marx 54mm U.S. GIs
Marx 54mm U. S. Marines
Marx 45mm Army Training Center Soldiers
Marx 45mm Army Flats
MPC 54mm and 45mm Soldiers
MPC Ring Hand Soldiers
Premier Soldiers
Plasticraft Soldiers
Tim Mee World War II style Infantry
Tim Mee "M-16" "Vietnam-era" Infantry






Lori Nix – Not a Name Heard of Before in Modelling Circles

Lori Nix – not a name we had heard of before in modelling circles but one I am sure will be known pretty soon. This artist has published a book, "The City" of her artistic re-creations of real life that will surely get modeler’s thoughts running into creating scenes just like this. The dioramas range from 20 inches to almost six feet in diameter and take seven months to build and three weeks to photograph. Each scene is built inside her home in Brooklyn with the help of her partner Kathleen. Most of the dioramas are completely handmade. However for some, she builds the scene around a found object.

Over the past eight years, Lori Nix has created meticulously detailed model environments and then photographed them locations within a fictional city that celebrate modern culture, knowledge, and innovation. But her monuments of civilization and material culture in The City are abandoned, in a state of ruin where nature has begun to repopulate the spaces. “I am fascinated; maybe even a little obsessed, with the idea of the apocalypse. In addition to my childhood experiences growing up with natural disasters in Kansas, I also watched disaster flicks in the 1970s—Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Planet of the Apes—sitting in awe in the dark. Each of these experiences has greatly influenced my photographic work.” Nix considers herself a “faux landscape photographer” and spends months building the complex spaces before photographing them. Slate.com Click here for more great images

Check out the astonishing new modelling gallery book from Lori Nix "The City"

May 25, 2014

Yesterday was WWII movies...today we have Civil War movies Here's the 10 Greatest of all time (just my humble opinion anyway). 
1. Glory (1989)
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
3. Ride with the Devil (1999)
4. The Red Badge of Courage
5. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
6. Gettysburg (1993)
7. The Horse Soldiers (1959) 
8. Lincoln (2012)
9. Cold Mountain (2003)
10. Major Dundee (1965) 

May 24, 2014

10+ Greatest WWII Movies of All Time

Memorial Day Weekend means war movies marathons on TV! Here's the 10 greatest WWII movies of all time (in my humble opinion anyway)

1. Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
2. Band of Brothers (2001)
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
4. Kelly's Heroes (1970)
5. The Big Red One (1980)
6. Stalag 17 (1953) 
7. Schindler’s List (1993)
8. The Longest Day (1962)  
9. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
10. The Great Escape (1998)








Ok..some more favorites. 
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Desert Fox (1951)
Midway (2005)
Battle Of The Bulge (1965)
Patton (1970)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Hell Is For Heroes (1962)
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
The Thin Red Line (1998)

May 23, 2014

Locked & Loaded with New AMMO of MIG Weathering Products

The May Releases from AMMO of MIG are now in-stock including...Crystal Acrylic paint. Available in four colors this paint is designed to represent glass surfaces such as headlights, tail lights, lens, infrared visors, tinted glass surfaces and hundreds of other uses.



Crystal Acrylic Paint 17ml. Bottle
A.MIG.0092 Crystal Green Acrylic Paint
A.MIG.0093 Crystal Red Acrylic Paint
A.MIG.0094 Crystal Glass Acrylic Paint
A.MIG.0095 Crystal Smoke Acrylic Paint


NEW!
Airplane Weathering Range
A.MIG-7414 Panel Line Wash Set: German Early Fighters And Bombers 
A.MIG-7415 Panel Line Wash Set: German Late Fighters 
A.MIG-7416 Panel Line Wash Set: RAF Fighters And Bombers 
A.MIG-7417 Panel Line Wash Set: WWII Pacific US Navy Airplanes 
A.MIG-7418 Panel Line Wash Set: WWII Japanese Airplanes 
A.MIG-7419 Panel Line Wash Set: US Navy Gray Jets 
A.MIG-7420 Aircraft Weathering Set: Airplanes Engines And Exaust
A.MIG-7421 Aircraft Weathering Set: Airplanes Dust Effects




10 new colors in the pigment range
A.MIG-3010 Concrete Pigment 
A.MIG-3011 Airfield Dust Pigments 
A.MIG-3012 Sand Pigment
A.MIG-3013 Rubble Pigment 
A.MIG-3014 Russian Earth Pigment 
A.MIG-3015 Brick Dust Pigment 
A.MIG-3016 White Pigment 
A.MIG-3017 Primer Red Pigment 
A.MIG-3018 Middle East Dust Pigment 
A.MIG-3019 Army Green Pigments