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! 

DYK?
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 23, 2017

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

TALKIN' TOYS #05-17 WINNER

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.
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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 20, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK: FIGURE OF THE WEEK #143: Plastic Presidents

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


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MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Mission Models Premium Hobby Paints

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.

JON TAMKIN
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.

Thinner
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. 

Primers
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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MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: AK Interactive's Diorama Series


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AK8002 WATER GEL TRANSPARENT- Gel to replicate transparent water. Specially developed to mimic moving, shallow water. Drying time is dependent on the amount used; however, 24 hours is what we recommend. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in layers from 0.1 to 3 mm. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8003 WATER GEL ATLANTIC BLUE- Atlantic Blue dense gel. Specially developed to mimic the waters of the Atlan-tic Ocean. To create a sense of depth, apply the gel over a painted surface. Drying time is dependent on the amount used; however, 24 hours is what we recommend. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in layers from 0.1 to 3 mm. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. Perfect for 1:700 and 1:350 scales or for any other diorama. 250 ml. plastic jar

AK8004 WATER GEL PACIFIC BLUE- Pacific Blue dense gel. Specially developed to mimic the waters of the Pacific Ocean. To create a sense of depth, apply the gel over a painted surface. Dry-ing time is dependent on the amount used; however, 24 hours is what we recommend. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in layers from 0.1 to 3 mm It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. Perfect for 1:700 and 1:350 scales or for any other diorama. 250 ml. plastic jar

AK8006 WATER GEL SWAMP GREEN- Brown-Green dense gel for swamp waters. To create a sense of depth, apply the gel over a painted surface. Drying time is dependent on the amount used; however, 24 hours is what we recommend. This is a high quality acrylic prod-uct developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in layers from 0.1 to 3 cm. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar

AK8007 WATER GEL EFFECTS- The perfect product for recreating any type of moving water effects from the bow wake of any vessel, to waves, ripples, and waterfalls.  Creating any mov-ing effect is easy with this clear 1-part, low odour water based resin product that holds its shape, even on a vertical surface. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for foam and wave effects. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. It can be worked with any tool during drying time. 100 ml. plastic jar

AK8008 STILL WATER- Still Water is a liquid crystalline product specially designed to reproduce the effect of clear still water on dioramas and vignettes. Still Water is self level-ing and capable of flowing over uneven surfaces; apply thin layers, no more than 3 mm at a time. If depth is desired, build up thin layers. When applied on non-porous surfaces, such as glass, this product can be lifted and cut to desired shape. High quality acrylic product. This product can be tinted with acrylic paint offering many more possibilities. 250 ml bottle
AK8009 SNOW SPRINKLES- Spring snow texture used to achieve ultra realistic thin layers of snow.  Snow sprinkles is a versatile product that can be used on its own; it also combines perfectly with AK8011 Snow Terrains. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. The drying time takes from 2-4 hours depending on the amount applied and temperature. Acrylic product to achieve snow texture. Perfect result in thin layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8010 SNOW MICROBALLOONS- Powder snow texture to for use over terrain or vehicle surfaces to achieve thawing snow or the first phases of a snowfall. It can be fixed with white glue, with varnish or with gravel & sand and in combination with wet effects to achieve perfect results.100 ml. plastic jar
AK8011 TERRAINS SNOW- The perfect product to create a snow texture on any surface – terrain, vehicle or building. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in thin or thick layers.  It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8013 TERRAINS ASPHALT- Scale asphalt texture with a black/grey shade similar to that of roads, high-ways or any asphalt covered surface. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. You can work with pigments once dry to achieve tonal variation. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8014 TERRAINS CONCRETE- Scale concrete texture in a grey shade similar to that of runways and con-crete buildings and runways. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8015 TERRAINS DRY GROUND- Dry Ground texture is the perfect product and color for recreating any dry soil or dirt natural surface. Allow 24 hours to completely dry; prior to drying, wheel, or track marks, whatever you wish can be pressed into the surface. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8016 TERRAINS WET GROUND- Wet Ground texture is the perfect texture and color for recreating any wet soil or dirt natural surface. Allow 24 hours to completely dry; prior to drying, wheel, track marks, or whatever you wish can be pressed into the surface. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8017 TERRAINS MUDDY GROUND- Muddy Ground is the perfect texture and color for recreating heavy thick muddy surfaces rich in texture. Allow 24 hours to completely dry; prior to drying, wheel, or track marks, whatever you wish can be pressed into the surface. This is a high quality acrylic product developed to achieve extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas and vignettes. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8018 TERRAINS DARK EARTH- Dark Earth is the perfect product for recreating rich dark shades of earth on diorama or vignette bases where a thick and dense texture is desired.  This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8019 TERRAINS BEACH SAND-Beach Sand is a fine and flat texture for recreating beach areas such as the beaches of Normandy.  This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas and vignettes. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8020 TERRAINS DESERT SAND- Desert Sand is a fine and smooth texture for any type of desert scene such as North Africa. Perfect for making dunes, this product can be shaped when wet and sanded once dry. This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. 250 ml. plastic jar

AK8021 TERRAINS LIGHT EARTH- Light Earth is the perfect product in texture and tone for recreating lighter shades of earth on diorama or vignette bases where light earth tones and textures are desired.  This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8022 TERRAINS SANDY DESERT- Sandy Desert is perfect for desert terrains; possessing a different color than Desert Sand, Sandy Desert is redder and a thicker textured product. Sandy Desert combined with AK8020 Desert Sand creates an ultra-realistic desert environment.  This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas and vignettes. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar


 AK8023 TERRAINS NEUTRAL TEXTURE FOR EARTH- Neutral Earth allows the modeler to create their own earth tones; it is a neutral white that can be colored with acrylics for use on diorama or vignette bases allowing for a wider range of tones.  This is a high quality acrylic product developed for extreme realism.  Stir well, slowly adding in small amounts of your color until the desired tone is achieved. Perfect results are obtained by working in thin or thick layers. If desired this gel can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner resulting in improved flow over the surface. 250 ml. plastic jar

AK8025 NEUTRAL TEXTURE FOR  ROUGH TERRAIN- Neutral Texture for Rough Terrain is specially designed to reproduce rough and rocky terrains on your dioramas and vignettes. Just add the acrylic color desired, mix well and apply to achieve extreme realism. Acrylic product for textures in dioramas. Perfect results in thin or thick layers. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 250 ml. plastic jar
AK8026 SPLATTER EFFECTS WET MUD-  Wet Mud has been formulated for creating wet mud splattering effects on vehicles, dioramas, and vignettes. Wet Mud is just the right consistency; easily handled by brush, creating realistic textures of wet splattered mud on lower vehicle surfaces has never been easier. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8027 SPLATTER EFFECTS DRY MUDDry Mud has been formulated for creating dry mud splatter effects on vehicles, diorama’s, and vignettes. Dry Mud is just the right consistency; easily handled by brush, creating realistic textures of dried splattered mud on lower vehicle surfaces has never been easier. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8028 PUDDLES- A perfect complement for your dioramas. Puddles is a liquid crystalline product, slightly tinted specially designed to replicate small puddles and standing dirty water on your dioramas and vignettes.  Puddles is self leveling and capable of flowing over uneven surfaces; apply thin layers, no more than 3 mm at a time. If depth is desired, build up thin layers. Its composition allows easy handling with a brush achieving a very realistic texture. High quality acrylic product. 60 ml. bottle

SPLATTER EFFECTS WET GROUND- Wet Ground has been formulated for creating wet ground splattering and accumulation on vehicles, diorama’s, and vignettes. Wet Ground is just the right consistency; easily handled by brush, creating realistic textures of accumulated wet ground and dirt on lower vehicle surfaces has never been easier. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow.100 ml. plastic jar
AK8030 SPLATTER EFFECTS STIRRED EARTH- Special effects for splatters on vehicles, dioramas and vignettes. Its composition allows easy handling with a brush achieving a very realistic texture and effect on the lower parts of vehicles. Special consistency for splatter effects. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8031 SPLATTER EFFECTS ACCUMULATED DUST- Accumulated Dust with texture, it has been formulated for creating splatter effects and textures on vehicles, dioramas and vignettes. Accumulated Dust is just the right consistency to apply in the lower parts; easily handled by brush, creating realistic textures of accumulated dust. It can be diluted with water or an acrylic thinner to improve its flow. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8032 DARK & DRY CRACKLE EFFECTS- Dark and Dry Crackle Effects has been formulated for creating dark and crackled soil on the lower surfaces of vehicles, dioramas, and vignettes. This product has been composed for the creation of perfect scale correct crackle effects every time. Over an acrylic base, use a thin layer and let dry. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8033 LIGHT & DRY CRACKLE EFFECTS- Light and Dry Crackle Effects has been formulated for creating dry and crackled soil on the lower surfaces of vehicles, diorama’s, and vignettes. This product has been composed for the creation of perfect scale correct crackle effects every time. Over an acrylic base, use a thin layer and let dry. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8034 WET CRACKLE EFFECTS- Wet Crackle Effects has been formulated for creating wet crackled soil on the lower surfaces of vehicles, diorama’s, and vignettes. This product has been composed for the creation of perfect scale correct crackle effects every time. Over an acrylic base, use a thin layer and let dry. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8040 CORROSION TEXTURE- Corrosion texture is an acrylic product that has been formulated for creating surface textures such as corrosion on vehicles, or any element of your dioramas, and vignettes. The composition of this product allows extremely realistic, scale correct textures every time. Corrosion texture is best applied in a thin layer; once dry incorporate pigments for more chromatic tones. 100 ml. plastic jar
AK8044 RESIN WATER 2 COMPONENTS EPOXY RESIN A low odor, 2 part component epoxy resin that simulates crystal clear water for miniature, dioramas, vignettes, etc and other hobbies. It includes 2 syringes and instructions in the box. It does not shrink and nor leaves bubbles. High quality product completely transparent that can be thinned if desired. Mix resin and hardening agent in 2:1 ratio an let dry for 24 hours. 180 ml
AK8000 Dioramas F.A.Q.

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