June 25, 2013

Andrea July Releases - Don't it make your brown eyes...brown?

A new BROWN PAINT SET (ACS-013) in the Andrea Color Range highlights the late July/Early August releases form Andrea Miniatures. 

Year in and year out our best selling paints and have been the Andrea Color by Andrea Miniatures a range of 60 individual paints and also features the popular, amazing paint sets that take all the guess work out of shading and highlighting primary colors. Andrea Color Paint sets are designed to give you various highlights, base coats and shadow colors of a key color to avoid the need for constant mixingWith this set there are 13 different paint sets including those for the difficult colors such as red, white and black. The six colors included in each set are unique to that set and are not part of the 60 color basic range. This brings the number of colors currently available through this range to 138. Another unique quality to the Andrea paint range is that the paint dries dead flat. Andrea is compatible with all acrylic paints currently on the market. 

New Kits Include:

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Links & Web Gems: Figure Painter Magazine Issue 2 Now Available

The second issue of Figure Painter Magazine is now available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a new 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. 

June 24, 2013

AK Interactive to Reprint Issue 1 Rust of the Weathering Magazine

AK is Reprinting Issue 1 Rust of the Weathering Magazine.  The long sold out premier issue has been commanding big dollars on the secondary market but here's a chance to get a copy if you missed out the first time. It will be available in July or August. Reserve a copy now

Links & Web Gems: Modeling Tip- Archer Fine Transfers Video Tutorials

Did you know that Archer Fine Transfers has Video Tutorials covering all aspects of working with their Dry Transfers and Surface Details. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned veteran or have never worked with Archer products you will learn something by watching.

Click Here for The Archer You Tube Channel for these excellent videos.
Part 1: Basic dry transfer application, suggested tools and overview.
Part 2: Advanced dry transfer application techniques including how to apply over uneven Part 3: Applying dry transfers with our Wet Medium Paper and how 
Part 4: How to make a realistic flag using foil and our dry transfer flags.
Part 5: How to apply our resin Surface Details on flat surfaces or around curved objects.

June 22, 2013

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #32: Commie Comic Books?

Our Figure (or figures) of the Week comes from the Land of Tsars or more recently the Commies. I came across these figures recently and they look suspiciously like the Comic Book Soldiers of the 1960s. Now I may be wrong but I can't images the commies had comic books let alone mail in offers that left you dejected and downhearted. More then likely what happened here is they stole more of our advance technology and design to advance a Cold War army to do battle with our comic armies of the 60s. So we will call these Commie Book Soldiers and award them the MTSC Figure of the Week honor!

June 21, 2013

Two Excellent How-To Videos from Woodland Scenics For Dioramas and Models

Woodland Scenics has produced two quick and easy videos for using Field Grass and Making Flowers for dioramas and models. Year after year Woodland Scenics Field Grass has been one of our best selling and most versatile scenic products and this video gives lots of great tips on using it effectively. 

June 20, 2013

Links & Web Gems: The Australian War Memorial Website

For anyone interested in WWI The Australian War Memorial website has a fantastic collection of militaria on line. Of course they also cover all the other wars as far back as the Napoleonic Wars right up through today but I have spent so much time looking at the World War I stuff I haven't gotten any further yet. Have a look..it's enough to make you want to go the Australia on your next vacation!

Out of My Thursday Mind - Images that struck my fancy this week

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June 19, 2013

War is Hell...The Famous Quote in Context

You Never know what happened in your own backyard! I live here and been to this school a number of times but I didn't know this until I read it in the Detroit Free Press this last weekend.
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman gave his famous “war is hell” speech at the Michigan Military Academy at Orchard Lake on June 19, 1879.
The Civil War hero was addressing the seven cadets who were graduating from the now-shuttered school in Oakland County, but was surprised to find that an estimated 10,000 people had shown up to hear the great military leader. Charles Oliver Brown, the pastor of Rochester Congregational Church, sat next to Sherman at the graduation. Brown had gained his own fame as a “boy bugler” in Sherman’s army, reportedly having gone off to war at age 13.
“I've been where you are now and I know just how you feel,” Sherman said. “It’s entirely natural that there should beat in the breast of every one of you a hope and desire that someday you can use the skill you have acquired here. Suppress it! You don't know the horrible aspects of war. I've been through two wars, and I know. I've seen cities and homes in ashes. I've seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, war is hell!”
Despite his fame (First Bull Run, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Atlanta, the March to the Sea, etc.), Sherman refused to ever run for president of the United States, coining another of his most famous quotes, “If nominated I will not run; if elected I will not serve.”
The Michigan Military Academy was the brainchild of a Detroit high school teacher named Capt. Joseph Rogers, who borrowed money from Gov. John Bagley and other wealthy Detroiters to open the school in 1877 in a mansion built by former Michigan Supreme Court Judge Joseph Tarr Copeland. But the school, dubbed the West Point of the West, closed in 1906 because of a shrinking student body. Its alumni included Detroit Mayor John C. Lodge and Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The site is now part of Orchard Lake Schools, a Catholic education center that includes an all-boys college preparatory school and a seminary.

June 15, 2013

Two Great Reads on the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg

I jagreat read on the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg.

The Civil War Monitor (Summer 2013 issue). This great magazine has some unique articles on the Battle of Gettysburg in this special issue including Badge of Honor- 
Think getting into Harvard is tough? Try gaining entry into Gettysburg's elite cadre of licensed battlefield guides and Faces of Gettysburg- A selection of images—and stories—of some of the over 160,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who found themselves swept up in the epic engagement. The opening Salvo section includes: Facts, Figures & Items of Interest, Travels: My Gettysburg, Voices: Talk of the Town, Figures: Gettysburg by the Numbers, Rapid Fire: Expert Takes on Gettysburg, Preservation: An Unfinished Work, In Focus: Reunion on Little Round Top , Conversation: Director Ron Maxwell, Battlefield Echoes: Gettysburg—The Army's Living Classroom, Casualties of War: The Dead of Gettysburg. A great magazine with a equally great issue on Gettysburg. There is so much more packed into this unique issue.

Product Spotlight: Vallejo Model Washes

Vallejo Model Washes
The more sophisticated modeling seems to get the more devices and materials come onto the market to make these new effects possible. Pastels, textures and washes are now part of most modeler’s toolboxes.

Here we are featuring Vallejo Model Washes... so just what is a wash? 
A wash is a very thin paint mix. The exact proportions will vary depending on the effect required, but typically a mixture of 5% paint to 95% thinner would be used.  Many types of paint can be used – oil, enamel, acrylic and even soluble water colors. It is important that the type of paint used does not affect the underlying base paint surface so it is common to put a protective layer of varnish on the base coat of paint before applying a wash.

The Purpose of a Wash:
The aims of putting a wash on a model are to enhance the surface detail increase the appearance of depth. The small size of figures and models means that surface details may not be very visible because items on the model or figure will not cast shadows the way the full-size object would. To an extent, the wash technique is a little like painting shadows and darkness. It is complimented by dry brushing which aims to highlight raised areas. The washing and dry brushing techniques when used together help to bring a model or figure to life, add realism and create visual impact.

The VMW Range:
Vallejo Model Washes are a range of eighteen new color washes for armor, vehicles, planes, ship, figures and war game figures. Each of the colors can also be mixed together to achieve further variations of shade and can be used with airbrush or brush, according to the model and the effect desired. Model Wash can be mixed with pigments to achieve a wide range of effects such as oil and flaked rust, mud, earth, dust, moss, etc. and when mixed with acrylic colors, they further help achieve the look of heavy wear and weathering.

The washes have been formulated with a modified acrylic resin so that the superficial tension is similar to that of the traditional solvent-based washes and filters, but with the advantage of working with a water-based medium. Average drying time is around 20 minutes. If several layers of wash are to be applied, it is best to wait around 40 minutes between applications. They can be applied by brush or airbrush, and painting tools are cleaned with water. Each of the new washes comes in a 35 ml (1.18fl.oz.) bottle, attractively labeled and easy to read. Each of the washes has the traditional black, snap-lock tops that have been used on their larger paints and primers. The wash itself dries in around 15-20 minutes depending on the temperature and humidity of where you are working with them. You can also layer washes on top of each other as well. I found that these washes performed on top of Vallejo colors – but there must be a hard clear coat down first or you could suffer some deterioration of the original coat of paint.

The new Vallejo Model Wash Series makes a nice addition to the weathering rack on anyone’s bench. Safe, easy to use, easy to mix and easy to clean up using only water, these washes add some really nice blending and various effects to any model. Vallejo has supplied excellent various products used widely within the modeling community and the new washes stand with the long line of quality products.

June 14, 2013

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #31: American Legionnaire Flag Bearer

In honor of Flag Day (it's today by the way) we have chosen this American Dimestore figure of a American Legionnaire Flag Bearer as our Figure of the Week. This  is new production made in the Barclay & Manoil dimestore tradition. This is one of only 100 made for the Chicago Toy Soldier show Dimestore breakfast some years back. 

June 12, 2013

Links & Web Gems: Soldatini Nardi

Alessandro Antonio has put together a very impressive site of Italian plastic toy soldiers by the firm Nardi. While not that well known here in the States, Nardi made some great figures in several scales.  They were swoppet style figures with moveable hips and interchangeable parts. I would call Nardi the Marx of plastic toy soldiers in Italy. Check out Alessandro's site Soldatini Nardi 
NOTE: The site is in italian but can be translated into english very easy. Translated Link: Soldatini Nardi

June 10, 2013

Links & Web Gems: Get Some Tips in New Figure Painter Magazine

A new e-publication out of the UK, Figure Painters Magazine is available to download as a PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a new 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.

I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with this magazine.  Not only is its production standard very high, but the content is first class too.  What I like about it the most is that it offers a very unbiased perspective on the hobby and thoroughly covers many of the aspects associated with the hobby, from painting, to sculpting. I often find myself looking for interesting publications that will help me become a better quality painter and grow my skill set.  When I saw this one I immediately recognised its value and highly recommend the 56 page maiden publication from Pigeon Publishing.

From Editor Shane Rozell... Issue one is more fantasy orientated but I want it to strike more of a balance in the future. Fantasy & Sci-Fi seems to be the way most people get into the painting hobby and hopefully e-publications like FPM can then show folks other styles and genre's, too many people seem to get stuck with a certain genre. We're also going to cover different scale to so we're gonna have some garage kits too. I feel we can all learn from each other and many of the techniques are shared.

Direct Link: Figure Painters Magazine

June 09, 2013

Toys in the Attic - Johnny Reb Cannon

Back in the days where youngsters had legs and a shape one of the best ways to entertain yourself was playing army. During the Civil War Centennial in 1960s a wealth of Civil War related toys were put out allowing kids to reenact the epic battles of the Civil War. Hands down my favorite was the Remco Johnny Reb Cannon, introduced in 1961. It was over 31 inches long and it fired plastic cannonballs up to 35 feet when the lanyard was pulled. This was one powerful field piece. I still remember the countless hours spent laying siege to tree forts & houses in the neighborhood and occasionally taking out a friend or two. The cannon came with a aluminum ramrod, plastic sealed bag marked “Johnny Reb Cannonballs.” Included in this bag is six balls and a tow rope  and plastic Confederate flag w/flagpole which attaches to the gun. The original price was  $11.98!

In 1963  Remco released the Johnny Reb Cannon Junior size which packed all the fun of the normal Johnny Reb but in a smaller more compact size.

Remco Industries, Inc. was a toy company founded in the 1940s that was best known for toys marketed and sold in the late 1950s and 1960s, like the Johnny Reb Cannon and Mighty Matilda Atomic Aircraft Carrier. The company's slogan was "Every Boy Wants a Remco Toy...And So Do Girls!" In the mid-1960s, Remco acquired several licenses for popular culture  groups and TV shows such as the Beatles, Monkees, Munsters, Lost in Space, Batman and Star Trek
Check out this vintage Johnny Reb T.V. commercial   

June 06, 2013

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #30: Kilroy Was Here

In honor of the 69th Anniversary of D-Day we feature as our Figure of the Week "Kilroy Was Here by Hartland Plastics of Hartland, Wisconsin who manufactured a variety of products from 1939 until 1978. Their first product was this "Kilroy Was Here" which is 3.625 inches tall, and is cast in acetate based plastic. In 1953 they produced many Western figures that were popular on television. Then in 1957 Hartland began making statues of baseball greats of the time. 

I became familiar with this figure via my father, a 91 year old WWII vet who has one he saved from the 50s. As a kid in the early 60s I remember my dad making Kilroy Was Here logos out of plywood and placing them about the door of his shop, giving them to his friends and such. I still have the one he made for me way back then. 

The Legend of how "Kilroy Was Here" starts is with James J. Kilroy, a shipyard inspector during WWII. He chalked the words on bulkheads to show that he had been there and inspected the riveting in the newly constructed ship. To the troops in those ships, however, it was a complete mystery — all they knew for sure was that he had "been there first." As a joke, they began placing the graffiti wherever they (the US forces) landed or went, claiming it was already there when they arrived. Kilroy became the US super-GI who always got there first — wherever GI's went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places. It was said to be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arch de Triumphe, and scrawled in the dust on the moon. An outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Truman, Stalin, and Churchill who were there for the Potsdam conference. The first person to use it was Stalin. He emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"

Links & Web Gems: New 1/72nd Scale Online Magazine

An off shoot of the Bennos forum mentioned a couple days ago is a new site called 1/72 Miniatures which is now on-line. 1-72 Miniatures.com is an online magazine dedicated to 20mm, 1/72nd and 1/76nd scale miniatures with the goal to create a website that’s full of inspiration for both collectors, painters and wargamers of 1/72nd scale miniatures.

They hope to…
- bring you the latest 1/72 news, 
- write and show interesting reviews,
- provide you with the most inspiring works in the Eye Candy gallery,
- bring you tutorials about modelling, painting and photography,
- show you all the latest 1/72 posts from blogs, 
- keeps you informed about upcoming events, 
- offer an up to date list with 1/72 related websites. 

Leaking Stains & Dark Mold Sounds Tasty!

Lifecolor Acrylic Hobby Colors has released 4 new sets in the Easy 3 range. The Easy 3 range is a series of paint sets to achieve various effects on models in a fast and effective way. Each Easy 3 set includes 3 paints in 22ml. bottles to use in step by step sequence. 

The New Sets Are:
LFC-M0S9 Lifecolor Easy 3- City & Surroundings War on the Road Scenic Detail
LFC-MS10 Lifecolor Easy 3- IDF Army Uniforms Colors Acrylic Set
LFC-MS11 Lifecolor Easy 3- Grime Effect Green Leaking & Stains
LFC-MS12 Lifecolor Easy 3- Damp Effect Damp-Dark Mold Leaking & Stains

Perhaps it's my warped mind but I find the set names Green Leaking Effects and Dark Mold Leaking somewhat intriguing. It may be because these are similar to what upsets my wife when doing laundry.

June 05, 2013

Links & Web Gems: Benno's Figure a Forum for 1/72 Miniatures and Smaller

Benno's Figures is a great forum for collectors of 1/72 miniatures and smaller. Here you will find news, miniatures talk, tutorials and much more. Currently there close to 900 active members. Highly recommended to any collector of 1/72 scale figures!

June 04, 2013

Germania Figuren is Now at MTSC. High Quality 1/72nd Scale Figures.

We are now stocking Germania Figuren including the new ACW Confederates in Camp range. Germania Figuren are imported from Germany. The company produces figures out of resin plastic in 1/72nd scale and are known for their beautiful castings, exuisite sculpting, historical detail and accuracy. Sets are packaged in blister boxes with foam inserts to protect the figures and color pictures to use as painting guides. 

SNEAK PEEK- Coming Soon in the Old West Range

June 01, 2013

MTSC FIGURE OF THE WEEK #29: I Fart in Your General Direction

From Peter Bonami of Belgium comes this little custom made 1/72nd scale dio from Monty Python's Holy Grail.

"I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries."

A great example of the imagination of toy soldier collectors everywhere and worthy of our FOTW.