October 31, 2014

A Daily Dose for31october2014

Off to the East Coast Toy Soldier Show! Have a Safe & 
Happy Halloween! 
Back & posting again on Tuesday.


It Was me! 
Random Funny Stuff for 31october2014 

October 30, 2014

MichToy's Caption This Image #60 Winner + Image for #61

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #60 WINNER
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks Caption This Image #60. Jimmy Springfield who entered via our newsletter is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Jimmy and everyone who entered.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #61
Here is this weeks image. 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. Post your entry here or email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com



October 28, 2014

"The Lance 1330s" the new Medieval Range from Black Hawk Toy Soldier is Now Available

October brings the new range from Black Hawk...The Lance 1330s
The "Lance" was the basic tactical unit of the European feudal armies as early as the 10th century. It was still in use well into the 15th century, but it was more strictly organized, as a part of the "compagnies d’ordonnance" raised by the French king Charles VII.

The origins of the Lance are found in the retinues of medieval knights. In all probability, these units would be denominated as "Lances" attending to the close association existing between a knight and his signature weapon: the lance.


This Black Hawk presentation is an accomplished depiction of a Lance commanded by a French knight around 1330. He is shown here riding a gaited or amble horse which is trained to move faster than a walk but usually slower than a canter, resulting in a more comfortable ride on the trail. He is accompanied by his lady, which may suggest they are just in the early stages of the cavalcade and that she should be on her way back shortly, as dames were usually not expected to follow their husbands to war.


Just ahead of the knight is the destrier, a stronger horse used in battles and tournaments, led by a page. Following the knight is the loyal squire, carrying his lord’s weapons and pennant. Behind the squire are various men-at-arms, a loaded supply wagon, and even a monk on donkey back, as well as Irish Wolfhound dogs following the troupe…



The Lance 1330s (Series PDF)
BH1101 War Horse And Page
BH1102 Knight
BH1103 Lady
BH1104 Squire
BH1105 Lancer On Horseback
BH1106 Crossbowman On Horseback
BH1107 Monk On Donkey Back
BH1108 Supply Wagon
BH1109 Crossbowman On Foot
BH1110 Axe Soldier
BH1111 Halberdier
BH1112 Irish Wolfhound Dogs (3)

Black Hawk Toy Soldier is an exciting company from Andrea Miniatures of Spain offering the finest in pre-finished historical miniatures. Backed by Andrea's 30 years in the historical figure market these are the most historically accurate, true 54mm hand painted pewter figures available today. Unique to Black Hawk Toy Soldier is that each series is designed to be a self contained range that offers a complete representation of the period being recreated either as one large diorama or a series of small vignettes within the series. View a selection of dioramas created using Black Hawk Toy Soldiers in our Gallery by Clicking Here

October 24, 2014

October 23, 2014

Links & Web Gems: Figure Painter Magazine Issue 18 Now Available

Figure Painter Magazine Issue 18
 is Now Available for Download

From the publisher-
This month we have a huge issue for you. We have tutorials from Sergey Chasnyk, Nicolas Rouanet and we are begining to draw to an end the epic Malifaux gaming table build. We also have product reports from Tim Fitch, Davide Rainone as well as reviews at Nuts Planet's Aqulia. Tabletop Worlds Merchat Shop and Jason Martin bring you a great two part look at Aradia Miniatures. This months cover article is the Insight interview with Ben Komets and we also have a show report from Euro Militaire We also have a look at Raging Heroes and bring you an interview with Giorgos Tsougkouzidis, plus all the latest news and new releases.

STILL THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery.

MichToy's Caption This Image #59 Winner + Image for #60

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #59 WINNER
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks Caption This Image #59. Bart Mitchell who entered via Twitter is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Turner and everyone who entered. 
View all the past winners here: http://bitly.com/1gthVu3.

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #60
Here is this weeks image. 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 your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

Do you have an interesting image to caption? Send it to us and if we use it you will receive a $25.00 gift card.

A Daily Dose for 23october2014

Iron Brigade Diorama by the Playset Addict using all commercial Conte & Britains figures.
RANDOM FUNNY STUFF
Toys in the Addict 1962 Aurora Dracula Model Kit
Get Your Monster On!

October 19, 2014

Figure of the Week #64 WWI French Poliu

WWI French Poliu* by Mignalu
120mm (4 3/4" tall) aluminum figure.
Mignalu was the name Mignot put on their aluminum toy soldiers. Slush cast aluminium soldiers were made chiefly in France during the early and middle 20th Century. The unique sculpting on this large scale French soldier or Poliu has cubist feel with sharp angular features and probably dates back to the 1930s.

*Poilu is an informal term for a French World War I infantryman, meaning, literally, hairy one. The term came into popular usage in France during the era of Napoleon and his massive citizen armies, though the term grognard (grumbler) was also common. It is still widely used as a term of endearment for the French infantry of World War I. The word carries the sense of the infantryman's typically rustic, agricultural background. Beards and bushy moustaches were often worn. The poilu was particularly known for his love of pinard, his ration of cheap wine.

October 18, 2014

Toys in the Attic - Revell Beatles Model Kits


Growing up in the 60s one of my many obsessions was building models. I favored the character models, Hawk Weird-Ohs, almost anything by Aurora, Rat Fink and Lindys Loonies just to name a few. A recent cleaning at my parents house turned up an old Paul McCartney model I built way back when. Music and the Beatles in particular were another obsession of mine and so Beatles models naturally made sense.  My fading memory tells me I built these several times but Paul is the only survivor of my Beatles kits. 


About the Revell Beatles model kits:
In 1964 hot on the heels of Revell's popular Rat Fink line came the company's issue of the four members of the Beatles. They apparently beat rival Aurora to the punch in obtaining the license to the group's likenesses - Revell was known much more for their kits of automobiles, planes, and battleships than characters; that's where Aurora excelled. The kits followed in the wave of near-hysteria that followed the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, when they became instant household names in America. Besides the millions-selling Beatles records, a healthy amount of merchandising resulted, which included lunchboxes, bubblegum cards, figurines, etc


All four likenesses were accurately sculpted, complete with accurate depictions of their instruments (Ringo only had a snare drum, rather than a full drum set), and all were posed in the standard stances that their fans could even recognize in silhouette. John Lennon is unusually pictured playing his acoustic with electronic pickups, rather than the more famous Rickenbacker of his early days. Today the Paul and Ringo figures are the most commonly found of the set of four, with George being much more difficult and John being the toughest of them all.










A Daily Dose for 18october2014

The Man Who Started it All, Frankenstein by Aurora
Classic 60s comic book ad
W Britains WWI Germans are Here. These figures are the most historically on the market today.
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October 16, 2014

A Daily Dose for 16october2014

Get Your Monster On!
Toys in the Attic
Random Funny Stuft
Clash of Empires by W Britains
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MichToy's Caption This Image #58 Winner + Image for #59


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #58 WINNER
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks Caption This Image #58. Bart Mitchell who entered via Twitter is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Turner and everyone who entered. 
View all the past winners here: http://bitly.com/1gthVu3.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #59
Here is this weeks image. 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 your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

Do you have an interesting image to caption? Send it to us and if we use it you will receive a $25.00 gift card.

October 09, 2014

MichToy's Caption This Image #57 Winner + Image for #58

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #57 WINNER
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks Caption This Image #57. Turner Tomish who entered via our newsletter is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Turner and everyone who entered. View all the past winners here: http://bitly.com/1gthVu3.

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #58
Here is this weeks image. 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. Post here or email you entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

Do you have an interesting image to caption? Send it to us and if we use it you will receive a $25.00 gift card.

October 07, 2014

Across A Deadly Field- The New Civil War Gaming Ruleset From John Hill & Osprey Now Available

Across A Deadly Field – Regimental Rules for Civil War Battles by John Hill
John Hill  the author of the Johnny Reb rules has been working with Osprey Publishing on a new set of ACW miniature rules entitled, “Across A Deadly Field” (ADF) that will enable gamers to recreate large battles while still using individual regiment and batteries. John has loosely referred to the rules as a grand tactical version of Johnny Reb III, and the gaming scales do suggest that it is almost an exact “half sized” version of JRIII. Its15mm ground scale will be approximately one inch equals 100 yards and each figure represents about 60 men and most regiment will be two stands.  However, it will not solely be a 15mm game as the final product will have detailed fire and movement charts for both 6mm/10mm figures along with 25mm/28mm figures.  The turn time scale will be bumped up to 30 minutes per turn to accommodate longer battles.  According to John, a key design intent is that no figure remounting will be necessary – just grab half as many stands per regiment while the battery presentation will be the same – one gun figure per battery, with the number of gunners representing the number of gun sections. With the ground scale exactly halved and the figure scale doubled, this means that a battle that would take a six foot by twelve foot table, could now be recreated in half that space.

From Osprey-
The American Civil War was a turning point in the history of warfare, as Napoleonic tactics met deadly new technology. Cannons and rifles had become more accurate at longer ranges, rapid-fire pistols gave cavalry a new weapon, and the telegraph and railroad completely altered both strategic and tactical thinking. Across a Deadly Field, the new regimental-level wargame from Osprey Publishing, allows players to recreate this tumultuous period of warfare on the tabletop. Its versatile rules make it possible to refight any battle, from the early skirmishes of Ball’s Bluff and Big Bethel to the grand, set-piece battles such as Gettysburg that decided the war. Written by John Hill, designer of the Johnny Reb series, Across a Deadly Field offers both new and experienced war gamers a fast-paced and dynamic game where even a single regiment can make the difference between victory and defeat.

 by John Hill

This supplement for Across A deadly filed includes a number of scenarios of differing size and complexity, intended to give players a wide variety of options for their American Civil War games.The scenarios cover a number of the most famous battles of the Eastern Theatre, including 1st Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station and Gettysburg whilst smaller scenarios not only focus on the more modest battles in the theatre but also allow the recreation of individual engagements within larger battles.The package provides plasters with a versatility that can accommodate their preferences and miniatures collections without sacrificing either playability or historical accuracy. Pre Order Now for November release

Who is John Hill?
In the field of tactical war-game designs, few designers have had as much impact as John Hill. In the 1970s, John started his own company to design and publish tactical and operational games that broke from traditional wargame mechanics. Realizing that he preferred designing wargames over running a business, John sold the company and became a freelance wargame designer. From then on, John's designs for Avalon Hill, SPI, SDC and others became noted for their innovative approaches to simulating unique tactical situations. In 1977, John designed Squad Leader for Avalon Hill. Squad Leader broke the mold for how tactical combat was portrayed on the gaming board, and its impact is still felt today. The first freelance wargame designer inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame, John is perhaps best known for his Johnny Reb rules for the Civil War. After 25 years, Johnny Reb - now into its third edition - remain as popular as ever. In the 1980s, John's flair for innovative tactical simulation brought him to the attention of the Government's Defense and Intelligence communities and, for the next 16 years, he worked as a senior military analyst. Following a final four year tour at Los Alamos National Laboratory, John retired from government work and returned to gaming, updating and republishing many of his older designs and, once again, exploring new directions in tactical simulation. The author lives in Santa Fe, NM.


Also in this new series....

Land of the Free: Wargames Rules for North America 1754-1815 by Joe Krone
Pre Order Now for November release
This set of rules allows players to start with small warbands of 10-20 miniatures of any scale and develop their forces over time, building them up into armies of hundreds of models! No matter the size of a player's collection, these rules will provide an enjoyable game. 

Each player will build their forces using a unique system of command points. Throughout the game these command points will be used to perform actions, resolve morale tests, and reduce the enemy's will to fight. Resource management is determining what command points will be used for which elements and which actions. Risk management is evaluating whether you should extend your command point resources at the danger or exhausting your army and making them susceptible to counter-attack. Victory is determined by who holds the field of battle and which objectives were achieved.

October 04, 2014

News from The Front: The Chicago OTSN Show 2014


The Chicago Show (aka The OSTN Show) has come and gone. It was another fantastic show although a closed down O'Hare on Friday put a damper on things when many collectors and several dealers were unable to get to the show. For an excellent overview of the show,  Rusty & Kathy Kearns have put up a photo journal of the show on their Playset Magazine website. Naturally slanted towards the 'plastic guys' * it's a great overview of the show. 

* affectionately referred to by many as 'the plastic guys' this is a passionate bunch of collectors who every year manage to brighten up the room trading and show with an unabashed passion for collecting the is second to none. These guys live and breathe their moto 'You had your Childhood - Now Get It Back!'