February 28, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #144: It's Fat Tuesday Baby!

That's right my friends...it's Fat Tuesday, so be sure to wear your stretchy pants. Today’s the day to indulge in a metro Detroit favorite — those plump, fruity, calorie and fat-laden paczki! In many Christian communities, Fat Tuesday offers the last cheat day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time of discipline and fasting. So we raise another paczki to the fat lady from Rose Miniatures in all her 54mm glory, hand painted in the UK by John Eden Miniatures. Remember...it ain't over until she sings! 

Pączki are pastries traditional to Polish cuisine. They are similar to doughnuts. Pączki are deep-fried pieces of dough shaped into flattened spheres and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing, glaze or bits of dried orange zest. A small amount of grain alcohol (traditionally, Spiritus) is added to the dough before cooking; as it evaporates, it prevents the absorption of oil deep into the dough. The common opinion is that the ideal pączek is fluffy and at the same time a bit collapsed, with a bright stripe around – it is supposed to guarantee that the dough was fried in fresh oil.

February 25, 2017

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Dark Ages the Latest 'Painting War' for Small Scale Figures

Painting War Series

Painting War is a book series out of Spain (published in English)Each issue of PaintingWar focuses on a particular period and army. For instance Issue 1 focuses on WWII German Army and Issue 2 covers the Napoleonic French army. The magazine lays out a step-by-step guide to preparing and painting figures including sections on Uniforms & Equipment, Weapons, Cavalry, Artillery & Horses and much more. Issue 1 features the work of  Ruben Torregrosa aka "Heresybrush", the Warlord Games master painter. Issue 2 features the work of Rafael Pérez "Archiduqe" , the painting techniques of Claudia Zuminich are featured in issue 3 and José Antonio Bustamante is featured in issue 4. Painting War Volume 5 is the second Painting War volume By Rubén "HeresyBrush" Torregrossa.

These are excellent books for painting small scale figures such as 15mm, 1/72nd scale and 28mm but can be applied to all scales when needed. View our listings HERE

Coming Spring 2017
PWN-PW008 Painting War Volume 8
The American Civil War

PWN-PW001 Painting War Volume 1
The German Army in WWII
This premier issue covers WWII Germans. In it you will find "Step by Step" painting guides for different types of German soldiers. From a general painting guide of a 28mm figure, up how to paint the emblems of helmets or the different camouflages used by Germans. In addition, this issue includes a 15mm painting guide, for those who prefer to play with smaller scales. Included is three pages with information about epaulettes colors and rank symbols from all branches of the German army. Finally, over 36 painted show models (one per page) all painted by Ruben Torregrosa aka "Heresybrush". From Grenadiers in the 1939 invasion of France, to Fallchirmsjägers that fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Thus, this publication offers the possibility to find all info you need to paint your small scale German figures to play Bolt Action, Flames of War, or for any destination you want.

PWN-PW002 Painting War Volume 2
Napoleonic French Army 
Focusing on the Napoleonic French army, Issue 2 of PW collects everything you need...to learn the miniatures painting techniques of Rafael Pérez "Archiduqe" in a "Step by Step" format. PW2 features 21 miniatures painted exclusively for this publication, each of which is featured on its own individual pages showing how to paint that particular figure. Painting guides feature Vallejo paint numbers and covers everything from Skin, Muskets, Hair, to Uniforms to you name it. If it applies to Napoleonic French it's here! Color charts, Insignia and brief historical background are also featured. The book covers all different types of infantry, cavalry and even how to paint French artillery. Both Line and Guard figures are covered. This book can also be used to paint figures from other conflicts such as the American Civil War as the uniform colors (blue) are virtually the same as are the equipment and other aspects.Once again there is a page of tips on painting smaller (15mm) figures.

PWN-PW003 Painting War Volume 3**
WWII U.S. & Japanese Armies
This issue follows the same format as the first two volumes with 94 pages and features Claudia Zuminich's painting techniques for U.S. & Japanese armies during WWII. It includes a "Step by Step"  guide and 37 different miniatures (one per page) painted exclusively for this publication. As with the other Painting War volumes there are plenty of guides on painting individual pieces of kit and uniform, including webbing, jackets, helmets, Japanese cloth etc etc. It shows off some pretty impressive techniques to really dirty up your figure and give it some real battlefield personality using materials from AK interactive like rust streaks to simulate dried blood. 
Includes a free figure with a accompanying painting S-B-S included in the book
**As an added bonus painting War 3 has (Quick Response) QR codes that when scanned (many free apps are available) will take you to the tutorial. There are five How-to and two Galleries or trailers.

PWN-PW004 Painting War Volume 4
Napoleonic British Army 
Following the same format as previous volumes Napoleonic British Army collects everything you need to use the José Antonio Bustamante techniques to painting miniatures including "Step by Step" of 27 painted miniatures, that Bustamente has painted exclusively for this publication. Also included are six pages of Rank Insignia for infantry, artillery, cavalry, the Royal Navy and the KGL. As with volume 2 this book can also be used to paint figures from other 18th & 19th century conflicts where red and gray uniforms are used. Once again there is a page of tips on painting smaller (15mm) figures.
Includes a free figure with a accompanying painting S-B-S included in the book
PWN-PW005 Painting War Volume 5
Spanish Civil War
...presents a guide to painting both sides of the conflict including campaign uniforms, artillery, machine guns, horses, weapons and basing. representative insignias and rank markings of both armies are also covered. This is the second Painting War volume By Rubén"HeresyBrush" Torregrossa. HeresyBrush also wrote the very first PW issue The German Army in WWII. Like the previous title Spanish Civil War includes his amazing step-by-step method to painting miniatures throughout the 88 pages of this softcover book including 40 pages, each covering one individual figure.
Includes a free figure with a accompanying painting S-B-S included in the book

PWN-PW006 Painting War Volume 6
Feudal Japan 
...presents Antonio Pena's painting techniques and tips, giving to you all the keys for painting all kinds of Feudal Japan miniatures. Covers 29 different miniatures. 88 pages.

PWN-PW007 Painting War Volume 7
Dark Ages
...collects everything you need to see the Alberto Mateos (AVAHN Art Studio) painting miniatures techniques. It includes an amazing step by step and 39 painted miniatures (28mm), that Alberto has painted exclusively for this publication. 104 pages. 


February 23, 2017

A MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Oilbrushers from AMMO of Mig

The new Oilbrusher system from AMMO is the ultimate and revolutionary modeling product. Oilbrusher contains high quality oil paint specifically formulated for modeling use, diluted to the perfect consistency to be applied straight from the jar. 

The cap has an exclusive built-in high-precision brush to apply the color directly onto your model, without having to put the oil paint on a palette or a piece of cardboard. This evolution prevents the oil from drying out and wasting product unnecessarily. Furthermore, the modern container includes a dispenser-cleaner system that removes the excess paint from the brush, leaving just the right amount in the tip. Traditional oil paint tubes were messy to use and difficult to open when the oil paint dries around the cap causing it to become stuck. This doesn´t happen with the Oilbrusher, it is always clean and always stable. Besides all of these advantages, this revolutionary design also saves product and cost in the long run, particularly when considering Oilbrusher is less expensive than traditional oil paints in the market.
The Oilbrusher  color range includes 21 of the the most common shades used in scale modeling.
AMIG-3500 Oilbrusher: Black
AMIG-3501 Oilbrusher: White
AMIG-3502 Oilbrusher: Yellow
AMIG-3503 Oilbrusher: Red
AMIG-3504 Oilbrusher: Dark Blue
AMIG-3505 Oilbrusher: Olive Green
AMIG-3506 Oilbrusher: Field Green 
AMIG-3507 Oilbrusher: Dark Green 
AMIG-3508 Oilbrusher: Dark Mud
AMIG-3509 Oilbrusher: Medium Grey
AMIG-3510 Oilbrusher: Rust
AMIG-3511 Oilbrusher: Red Primer
AMIG-3512 Oilbrusher: Dark Brown 
AMIG-3513 Oilbrusher: Starship Filth
AMIG-3514 Oilbrusher: Earth
AMIG-3515 Oilbrusher: Ochre
AMIG-3516 Oilbrusher: Dust
AMIG-3517 Oilbrusher: Buff
AMIG-3518 Oilbrusher: Sunny Flesh
AMIG-3519 Oilbrusher: Light Flesh
AMIG-3520 Oilbrusher: Basic Flesh

AMIG-8020 Oilbrushers Organizer
Keep you oilbrushers organized on your workbench. Holds 21 brushers.
Dimensions: 9 cm (depth) x 20 cm (tall) x 11 cm (high). Lacqured in white and easy to assemble in just few seconds. A little white glue will be needed but is not included.

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The Weathering Magazine Issue 17 - Washes, Filters And Oils contains several builds using oilbrushers



TALKING TOYS! Winner for #05-17 and Teaser for #06-17


It's Thursday so...we have a winner for last weeks Talkin' Toys contest. Dan Wisniewski has snagged one of the most coveted prizes on earth...which is of course is a $50 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Email us at michtoystaff@michtoy.com to claim your prize

TALKIN' TOYS #05-17 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, post to the comments on our Facebook page and you will win a $50.00 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.

February 22, 2017

MATT KOLTONOW'S GAME ON! February Historical Wargaming Quick Looks

Marlbourough’s Wars
First up this month we have Warlord’s re-release of Wargames Factory’s War of Spanish Succession Range. 
WLG 302015001 - Starter Army
WLG 302015002 - Infantry of the Grand Alliance
WLG 302015003 - Infantry of the Sun King
WLG 302015004 - Cavalry of the Grand Alliance
WLG 302015005 - Cavalry of the Sun King
WLG 302015006 - Artillery Battery

These are all multi part plastic figures with a ton of different options to cover pretty much any of the armies involved in Marlborough’s Wars. These figures could be used for a few other eras as well and it’s nice to see their return.

New Osprey Wargame...
As we get closer to April we’re going to see a lot more releases from major companies in time for Salute, the big UK war games show. 

Just announced from Osprey is the new “Scrappers” ruleset. Scrappers is a post apocalyptic skirmish game and looks like a hardcover book similar to Frostgrave. 

Also coming from Osprey for the Frostgrave range is the Frostgrave Folio and later in the year Ghost Archipelago. The Frostgrave Folio (OSP-18508) combines all the previously released digital Frostgrave supplements into a softcover book coming next month. Ghost Archipelago is a whole new rulebook using some familiar mechanics due out sometime later this year.

Flames of War 4th Edition

In other soon-to-be-released news, Battlefront’s Flames of War will be getting its 4th edition  released in Mid-March. The first wave of releases will focus on North Africa (a personal favorite). Keep an eye out for detailed reviews and previews as we get closer to the release date.

February 21, 2017

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: FC Modeltips Series by Federico Collada

New for 2017...
FC Modeltips 2
Federico Collada is back with the second volume of the FC Modeltips book series and 24 all new articles on simple yet unique detailing, building and painting tips & tricks for modeling using home made products. There are also articles on coherence theory, advice on creating photo montages, and tricks to save you money while elevating your model to a higher level. Lot's of great material here that hasn't been published in any other how do guide.

Chapters on...
1 The scale effect and the atmospheric perspective
2 Cobblestones
3 Towing cables
4 Headlights
5 Cardboard boxes
6 Vinyl backpacks
7 Filling holes in seconds
8 Textures 1
9 Periscopes
10 Liquid plastic
11 Printed bases
12 Wheels
13 Zimmerit
14 Recycling paints
15 Camouflage with masks
16 Snakes camouflage with felt pens
17 Painting through water
18 Light filtering
19 Pinwash, acrylics in hostile medium
20 Oil washes
21 The acid bath
22 Recipe for a home made rusting agent
23 Stains on water
24 Acrylic Mud
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Sample pages

FC Modeltips 1..........

Acrylicos Vallejo has teamed up with Federico Collada of FC Model Trend to produce the book FCModeltips 1

This is the first of a new series of books focused on easy tips and tricks for modeling, paint techniques than can be as handy for beginners as for experienced modelers, saving time in the painting and weathering processes, and getting the most professional and realistic results.
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In discussions with other modelers, we almost always arrive at the same question: how many models can you finish in a year? Some mention the time needed to finish just a few models per year, others talk about the several months invested just to see one model completed, but most of them were talking about the difficulty of a complete and complex weathering process, the many hours invested in looking for the real finish, the real final effects.

The intention of this book is to share with other modelers a collection of very easy techniques, some useful and well known, some completely original, all with the purpose of making the process of painting and weathering a model easier and faster, and above all, enjoyable, so that the modeler can go on to the next project, just for fun, just for the joy of modeling, the pleasure of achieving the most realistic replica of the original in its place and time. 

The following introduction to this work is written by author Federico Collada.

I would like to introduce you to my new modelling book, FCModeltips 1, with 21 articles showing building and painting techniques, tricks and tips that will help you building your models in less time and with a high level finishing.

In the last 15 years I have published many articles in many magazines and the ones that have been more successful were those that showed something new and useful. This is the spirit of this book, not showing a lot of pictures of finished models with long historical and technical texts but a good bunch of useful tips that you can use at your workbench. Some of these ideas have been previously shown in my blog, and others are brand new and previously unseen, like the pigments rain, the splattered and dragged veil or the weathering chamber, all of them very easy techniques that you can use to weather your model in seconds!

When I started this book, a year ago, my intention was to help those modellers that have very little time for their hobby so the could make the most of it, and also those who are not keen on trying the techniques of some master modellers that sometimes are a bit hard to control. In the FCModeltips 1 book I try to offer some really easy alternatives that don’t require any special skill to use them correctly.

Each of the FCModeltips 1 articles is shown with a different model and cover one special technique or subject, with large pictures and brief comments so you can get the concept easily in a while.

FCModeltips 1 is a book that took one year of preparation, and may be followed by other similar books in the future, all of them providing this same kind of help, for modellers to enjoy the best of their hobby time.

February 20, 2017


For our Presidents Day edition of FOTW we honor the Lincoln and Washington figures produced by the Marx Toy Company in the 1960s & 70s. These were sold in both painted hard plastic and unpainted soft plastic. Marx issued these figures in huge numbers and in many different formats including as a set of 36 presidents Washington to Nixon.
Lincoln by the Marx Toy Company
Washington by the Marx Toy Company
Presidents of the USA by Marx Toy Company
Presidents of the USA by Marx Toy Company


MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Mission Models Premium Hobby Paints

Now Available 
MMP Acrylics are simply put, the acrylic airbrush ready paint we've all been waiting for. No more messing with lacquer thinner! Just a few drops of their thinner plus a few more of the optional MMP polyurethane add-in (reduces tip dry and increases durability, cures to an eggshell finish) and your paint will come out beautifully smooth. There are no additional additives to MMP paints which results in no shelf life , hard settles or breakdown.

We are proud to offer a simple and complete finishing system that  provides what you need to achieve your goals without the complexity of unnecessary products and confusion. Keep an eye out as our line will grow on a regular basis. All products are manufactured in the USA.

President, Mission Models
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The Mission Models Paint System (MMP) 

The Mission Models acrylic line of paint is non-solvent based and odorless. “We have invested hours of time researching and developing this new line to meet our high standards and the ability to offer the best paints for scale modelers and graphic artists.” Mission Models paints incorporate the finest ground and highest quality pigments for maximum opacity, lightfast and will not fade over time. The Formula is triple pigmented and does not include any additional thinners or reducers which in time can cause a break down of the paint and diminish shelf life and quality. Because the paint is triple pigmented and ultra fine you will find that MMP offers superior and beautiful coverage utilizing thin coats from the airbrush. Due to the fact that the pigments are so fine spraying through airbrushes with .015 and .2 needles found on many airbrushes is not a problem as with so many other hobby paints.

Mission Models paints are airbrush ready and can spray straight from the bottle with no issue and minimal tip dry. By nature all paint may vary in consistency based on pigment. You may find some paints to be slightly thicker than others which are natural properties of paint.  “We do recommend adding one or two drops of our Polyurethane Intermix when spraying straight from the bottle for enhanced flow and slower drying time when atomizing from the airbrush tip.” MMP have extensively tested in all conditions from winter cold to 105 degrees with 90% humidity with virtually no tip dry and no clogging of the airbrush. Although our paint is designed for airbrushing but also ideal for brush painting. Mission Models Paints will accept all manufactures clear coats with out conflict. Oil and enamel rendering, tinting and washes will pose no problems.

Check out the smooth fine finish...German Field Grey MMP-046 + 2 drops of
MMP Polyurethane Intermix over Grey Primer MMS-003.

Mission Models offer their own Thinner which is technically a reducer. The acrylic Thinner/Reducer acts as two different products. It is your Thinner and your airbrush cleaner. Many other products on the market require a separate reducer, flow enhancer, thinner and AB cleaner. Not these. Simply add the thinner to your paint, mix to the recommended ratio os 20 to 30% to 1 ( 2 or 3 drops thinner to 10 drops paint) and your done. Although the paint performs flawlessly straight from the bottle thinning it down with MMP Thinner / Reducer brings out the best.  MMP thinner is also your airbrush cleaner. It is NON ammonia based and will not strip the finish off your tools.

Polyurethane Intermix 
In addition to MMP Thinner we also have our Acrylic Polyurethane Mix. The MMP poly mix is an automotive grade additive and an integral part of your system.  Like the paint it is very easy to use.“ After thinning your paint with our thinner flip the cap on the poly with your thumb turn the bottle completely upside down (creates a vacuum effect in the bottle) and squeeze out a few drops into the paint and mix. One or two drops is all you need. For best results we highly recommend stirring the Poly and Thinner in your mixing cup. DO not shake. The poly additive is beneficial as it increases durability, sanding properties and further Leveling. You do not need to use the poly to make the paint work as intended but adding the poly to your reduced paint will give you increased and unbelievable museum quality results. MMP Polyurethane will slow the drying time so less is more. If you add too much Poly the paint will dry slower. Don't worry it will dry it will just take longer. We prefer to add one or two drops of Polyurethane to the paint when spraying straight from the bottle.  There is no need to add poly to our primer. 

Mission Models acrylic primers are also very easy to use. “Thin using our thinner ONLY. No substitutes period. Our primers need to be activated. Mixing in our thinner will instantly activate the primer. There are no tricks.  Our primer is acrylic and also non solvent based. Activating the primer will not turn it hot and will not damage any materials at all. The primer must be thinned for proper performance and leveling.” Mix it like you would mix paint. 20 to 30 % ( 2 or 3 drops thinner to 10 drops paint ) You do not have to do any thing different. We do not recommend spraying straight from the bottle as the primer is thick so must be thinned. Your airbrush can be rinsed with water and then final spray though though with MMP thinner. MMP primer is dry to the touch in about 15 minutes and dries super smooth and incredibly durable. No sanding required.

Clean up is easy with water, but MMP Thinner is the preferred method for total clean up.

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MMP Black Primer MMS-001 and Thinner MMA-002 
Click to enlarge. Release 1 Colors... Round 2 coming soon.

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