July 30, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT RELEASE NEWS: The Latest Perry & Gripping Beast 28mm Plastic Sets

Latest 28mm plastic sets from Gripping Beast and Perry Miniatures.


Perry Miniatures
PRM-VLW01 British Infantry in Afghanistan and Sudan 1877-85
This box contains 36 plastic multipose British Infantry designed for the Second Afghan War, Sudan and the Third Anglo- Burmese War. It also includes unit bases and an information sheet with 8 flags.

These will be part of a new range ‘Victoria’s Little Wars’ (VLW) and include occasional dips into various smaller wars of her reign.






Gripping Beast
GBP-GBP09 Late Roman Infantry
44 figures in total. Inside you will find 8 frames from which you can build 16 unarmoured archers, 16 unarmoured spearmen and 8 armoured spearmen. There are also alternative parts to arm some of your spearmen with drawn swords (up to 8 armoured and 8 unarmoured). There are two frame each with and Officer and Standard Bearer/musician with your choice of Vexillium or Dracos! Also contains plastic bases, enough for all 44 figures.


Gripping Beast Saga
GBP-SRB06 Saga: Age of the Wolf Campaign Book
Age Of The Wolf is a complete system for 2 or more players with each player leading a 4 point war band, (from any of the dark age factions), in an ongoing struggle to gain land and wealth and build reputation. Contesting the ultimate prize of becoming king. 
View to Pre-order HERE

July 29, 2016

"I'M SAYIN' WHAT?" Contest #19 Winner + This week's teaser for "I 'M SAYIN' WHAT?" #20

"I'm Sayin' What?" #19 WINNER
It's Thursday so...we have a winner for last weeks “I’m Saying What” contest. Mark Sizemore 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?" #20 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.

July 26, 2016

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #124: "PRESENT ARMS" by Old Northwest Trading Company

Inspired by the cover of 'YANK' Magazine this two figure vignette from the Old Northwest Images of War series was issued in limited quantities in 2010. At the time we didn't know the background or have any concrete information of the soldier behind the photo. Having recently been contacted by his daughter we now have the backstory on one of our favorite images from WWII. 

The image was first published in YANK magazine Continental Edition of January 14, 1945, entitled "PRESENT ARMS" That happy-hunting grin is on the face of Pfc. Robert Leigh who has accumulated a rather sizeable collection of enemy guns including a MP.38, MP.40's, MG.34 and an MG42 that he took from Germans who were routed out of basements in Duren, Germany, by the men of the 83d Division during the bloody Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. The picture was taken in Gurzenich (Düren), Germany, probably just after the 1st and 2nd Battalion of the 329th Infantry Regiment had cleared the city.


Pfc. Robert E. Leigh
Pfc. Robert E. Leigh, from Washington DC, was born on September 15, 1919. He had a Grammar school education and his occupation was listed as "Plumbers, gas fitters and steam fitters". Robert Leigh (#33044651) enlisted in the service on May 22, 1941 in Richmond, Virginia. In the European Theatre of Operation (ETO), he was a Rifleman, Private First Class in the 83rd Infantry Division, 329st. Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, B Company, where he was assigned on July 24, 1944, while the Company was in the vicinity of Sainteny, Normandy, France. Robert E. Leigh died at age 76, on January 26, 1996



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July 25, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Magic Water by Unreal Details


Magic Water by Unreal Details
Year in and Year out Magic Water is one of our best selling products. It's hands down the best product out there for simulating water in just about any type of scenario. It's uses for modelers and dioramas are endless.


Unreal Details is a one man show by Dave Williams and is based here in Michigan. As the 'About Us' from Unreal Dave says...After a long search for the ideal water modeling resin, Magic Water came to be. Magic Water will not yellow, shrink, crack, or bubble when you add debris. It is user-friendly, not needing to be heated or layered and leaving ample working time before setting up. Magic Water sets up in as little as 12 hours and not more than 24, depending on the atmospheric conditions. Each carton of Magic Water contains enough resin (18 ounces) to make any average-sized project. It comes complete with a multi-page color booklet and instruction guide loaded with water modeling tips and techniques on making ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, rapids, waterfalls, swamps, swimming pools, mud puddles, and more! We are sure you will find Magic Water to be the easiest and most realistic product you have tried


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July 23, 2016

TRENCH RUNNER Nathan Hutchison takes a look at the Scale 75 Shades of Doom Paint Set

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View to order Scale75 paint  HERE

This is a review of Scale75’s Shades of Doom (ref.SSE-019) paint-set. This set is a part of their Fantasy and Games range, for Scalecolor (the title of their Acrylics line). A range produced and marketed for fantasy figure painting. Therefore, the hues that you’ll find in this range are more saturated, and are generally difficult to find in “naturally”.


There are 8 colors in the set, in 17 ML dropper bottles. S75 Markets them as high durability, high saturation, and valid for brush and airbrush Other consumers have noted the matte finish of the paint. I can attest to this, it dries very matte. Not as matte as Reaper Master Series, in my opinion, but much more matte than Vallejo Model Color.


The colors included are formulated to work together to create distinct tones. Rich blacks, deep blues with green tints and red shadows, seem to be the most prominent applications. 

  However, that does not mean that these paints do not have their individual capabilities. I find most of them to be fantastic colors on their own. Especially, Miskatonic Grey, and Necro Grey.



This is Tindalos Red straight
out of the bottle,
with a few seconds of shaking.
It came out thick and goopy.
Just to start, I dropped some Tindalos Red on a piece of palette paper. 
 - Initially the paint is rather gelatinous. There seems to be a significant amount of binder deposited with the pigment. Meaning, you need to shake the dickens out of these paints to get them smooth, out of the bottle.
- I decided to shake in intervals to see how long it would take to get the paint well mixed.
- The first splotch, starting from the left, is 30 seconds. A lot of binder in this one. The second is minute, and is not satisfactory yet. The third is 2 minutes, and I am satisfied. But two. Two whole minutes of shaking. That’s quite a long time. Definitely a drawback of the line, as I found this to be a problem with all of the colors. 
- For a little reference, I placed similar colors in Model Color, and Reaper Master Series next to Tindalos Red
- The S75 color is richer than the two. Good balance of saturation and intensity.
- To get more familiar, I pulled out the paints and applied them individually to a piece of palette paper. I stretched them out the see their consistency out of the bottle, and mixed them with a little white (at the bottom) to see what other hues are hidden in the mix.
The colors are laid, from left to right, in the same order as the back of the box. 
- They spread nicely, cover well, and have very nice hues. This is why I love working with “fantasy” colors, they are rich and full of versatility. A lot of fun. 
- The colors are all pretty much along the same saturation level. That’s to create consistency. However, despair green (3rd from the right) is heavily saturated. 
- That’s because this color is intended for glazing. Just to create tints of green, to help coordinate the blue, with the red shades. 
- Something that stands out the most is that all the colors have hints of blue. When mixed with white, each color shows margins of blue. This, I believe, is also a uniformity measure.


- In the box, there is a step-by-step guide to create the blue-green armor on the cover. I decided to apply this to one of the Perry Agincourt Knight’s that I have also reviewed for Trenchrunner. I love the model I put together. He’s blind. We’ll call him Blinken! 
- This is just a “slap job” to get a feel for the paint. Better results can be achieved.
Step #1: Base-coat the entire model in Decay Black, then cover everything but the deepest recess with Necro Grey
Step #2:  Highlight/tint with glazes of Despair Green.
• Very thin, controlled, applications.

Step #3: Highlight with Innsmouth Blue

Step #4: Apply the last highlight of Miskatonic Grey, with smaller mixes of Purity White to bring to a “sheen”


I also decided to do try secondary color scheme. This is a white/blue-grey, with red shadows. This is achieved with a basecoat of Ryleh Grey, and gradually working your way up with mixes of Miskatonic Grey and Purity White. Finally, glaze the recesses with Tindalos Red, to create some contrast with the white, and blue armor. 


Please look closely for the tints of red! I think they pull everything together.)


















Final thoughts: These are great paints, and a solid set. Not only can you achieve what S75 is marketing, but the paints are high quality and are versatile. You can wet-blend, glaze, use an airbrush, and then some. The only con I have found--so far--is the excessive amounts of binder that is deposited if the bottle isn’t shaken for 2 darn minutes. A good paint set. I know these paints are marketed for fantasy figures, but some of these end-of-spectrum tones are excellent all around. The Ryleh Grey and Miskatonic Grey are excellent applications for all kinds of shading and highlighting.  Hopefully I can get some more experience with this range under my belt, and get back to ya’ll. Thank you! 


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July 22, 2016

Fridays with Farley...a Dose of Useless Tidbits

Links & Web Jems:
Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places…

In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, Atlas Obscura celebrates a different way of looking at the world. If you're searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them.

Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project that depends on a far-flung community of explorers to help discover amazing, hidden spots, and share them with the world.

Berserkers. Late 12th century


Some of my recent favorites featured on Atlas Obscura are The
Skrímslasetrið- The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum which explores the area's history of aquatic cryptid sightings. The Lost City of Heracleion- An ancient Egyptain city exhumed from the depths of the ocean and The Vikings from a Mass Grave and Their Warship Storm London.

Display is Everything! is a collection on our Facebook page that features some very imaginative ways to display figures and vignettes. I like to refer these types of displays as 'Breaking the Plane' and I just added a couple new ones to the album.
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Old school favorite!l
Summers before "PC"


July 21, 2016

"I'M SAYIN' WHAT?" Contest #18 Winner + This week's teaser for "I 'M SAYIN' WHAT?" #19

"I'm Sayin' What?" #18 WINNER
It's Thursday so...we have a winner for last weeks “I’m Saying What” contest. Bill Scarmiss  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?" #19 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.

July 19, 2016

It's on! the MTSC TOY SOLIDER CONTEST 2016 July 1, 2016 to September 31, 2016


Toy Soldier Contest Categories
Best Small Scale Painting 1/72nd and smaller)
Best Large Scale Painting (54mm and larger)
Best Conversions Small Scale
Best Coversions Large Scale
Best Traditional (gloss)
Best Grouping
Best Diorama
How to Enter:
You may enter as many times as you like. However; only one of your entries may be selected as a winner in each category.
Worldwide: Send your name and city/country plus 3-6 quality images (not more the 1000 pixels wide). State the desired category you wish to enter. Include a brief description of your entry including all relevant info such as scale, manufacture, products used to build, modifications & additions and anything else you may want to mention.

Local: Bring your model to the shop to enter. Local enteries will be on display for the -duration of the contest. State the desired category you wish to enter. Include a brief description of your entry incluing all relevant info such as scale, manufacture, products used to build, modifications & additions and anything else you may want to mention.
All entries will be featured on our website and social media outlets.

​Prizes:
Winners in the People’s Choice** categories will receive a $200.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy SoldierManual word wrap
Winners in all other categories will receive a $50.00 gift card Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier.

July 18, 2016

I finally found a Pokémon . . .

Ok...I finally found a Pokémon . . . how do I get it into my phone? Are they supposed to smell this bad? I'm so confused

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MTSC TIPS & TRICKS: Making a Simple Cloud Background with Treeline by Charles Oldaugh

Trench Runner Charles Oldaugh tackles painting a simple background for your diorama or display Part 2

Last time we worked on a cloud background for dioramas. This time we will add a basic treeline to the background. 

We will start off painting the sky and the clouds just like we did in the last article.
In addition to the sky, I added a stripe of green to the bottom quarter of the panel to begin building up the treeline. I used a mixture of True Blue and Hunter Green.



I am going to use 3 different greens for the trees: Hunter Green, Clover, and Forest Moss. You could use more colors if you want, but this is a backdrop after all. If you make it too detailed it can take away from the figures.

When painting trees it is important to think of them as shapes. Don’t get bogged down trying to paint leaves and branches.
I started painting vague tree shapes with Clover.



I put some Forest Moss onto my palette and started painting in more tree shapes. Try to vary them in size and height.



Using Hunter Green, I started to fill in the gaps between the trees with evergreen trees. Paint some tall and skinny, some short and fat. Don’t be afraid to overlap the trees!

To finish off the painting I started filling in any area that didn’t get a tree. Just a few brushstrokes can help break up scene. Because I still had all three greens on the palette, I alternated and mixed them for the final trees.