An Interview with Austin Beidelschies of Austin Miniatures.

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In 2013 Austin Miniatures started production of plastic toys soldiers plus foam buildings, terrain bases and accessories. Their figures can be compared to Conte figures in scale and detail. The first figure set made was of cowboys. They followed later with a set of Marines for the Pacific Theater.

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I noticed their figures about the time I started collecting again after about a 10 year absence. I had picked up a set of the WWII Marines a couple of years ago. They have nice details and mix well with other brands.

Recently I was able to chat with Austin Beidelschies. Austin is the son of Dan Beidelschies. Together they are now expanding the product line of Austin Miniatures. He was able to take some time to answer a few questions.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi Austin. My first question is; can you tell us about yourself and how did Austin Miniatures get started?

 

Austin: My name is Austin Beidelschies, I am 19 years old and I am the concept artist and painter for Austin Miniatures. My dad (Dan Beidelschies) started up Austin Miniatures in 2013 and named the company after me in hopes that I would eventually take over the business. Which I am most definitely going to do. The passion for toy soldiers started with my dad when his mom bought him a Marx Battleground Playset when he was just 8 years old. Like some of us he “grew up” and got rid of his toy soldiers. He still regrets doing it to this day. It wasn’t until his late twenties that he reconnected with toy soldiers again. He saw Conte’s Airborne figures on the internet and was so amazed at how detailed they were. So then I got to grow up with all these great WW2 figures from his collection. He would make these giant dioramas that went from the kitchen to the end of our living room. Playing with Conte’s WW2 figures is how my passion for toy soldiers began. I was around 14 years old when we released our western figures. Since I have grown I have been becoming increasingly more involved into Austin Miniatures. Just last year I created some concept sketches of a new set of WW2 US marines and now they are in the hands of our sculptor who is making a new set of US Marines. These will be the first Figures coming from Austin Miniatures that I have designed.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I recently picked up some of your cowboys the details are really nice. Why did you start here as your first set of figures?

 

Austin: We decided to do cowboys as our first set because we love the idea of the wild west. This era of American history happened very fast but so many awesome characters and battles have came from the wild west era. My dad grew up watching many western movies. It just seemed right to make cowboys for our first set.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I have seen your prototypes of the WWII Japanese Infantry for a few years now and heard you were supposed to produce that set years ago. Can you tell us more about this?

 

Austin: We have been teasing you with the Japanese figures for a very long time. The simple answer as to why you don’t have them yet is life. We are not a multi million dollar corporation like Hasbro or Mattel, we are just normal everyday Americans. Sometimes life gets in the way of our goals and aspirations. But they are going to be available for purchase this year so we can all look forward to that. Trust me I want to make shooting noises and knock over the Japanese figures just as much as you guys do. We at Austin Miniatures are just as much collectors as we are producers.

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Warhorse Miniatures: This year looks like it might be a break out year for you with the announcement of a few news sets to be produced. Can you tell us more about your plans?

 

Austin: So for 2019 we have 3 new sets planned as well as a pacific theatre playset. We have another set of WW2 US Marines coming after the Japanese. The new Marines are being sculpted as we speak and will include 2 riflemen, an NCO with a Thompson, a Navajo code talker radio man, and a new and improved BAR gunner. Included in the set will also be interchangeable arms and equipment. This will be very useful for the guy who likes to convert their figures. For example; the radio man can swap his radio for a backpack turning him into a standard infantryman. Maybe you want him to have an M1 Garand instead of a carbine, you can do this with our new set. Because of our new system we were also able to include the parts to make a Marine with a Winchester model 97 shotgun which I am very excited about. After the Marines we have more cowboys in the works. So far the new set of cowboys will include a Mexican bandito, “Old Timer”, an Indian scout, and the kneeling rifleman that we have not yet released yet. As for the playset it is going to include everything you need for a battle in the pacific. Marines, Japanese, one of our foam battlefields, BMC amtracs, Pegasus palm trees and some other accessories. If this playset sells well you will definitely see more playsets from us. We have all those awesome western buildings so it only makes sense to do a couple western playsets.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Are you planning on releasing the playset this year will you be releasing it for next year?

 

Austin: We are planning to have the playset ready for sale at this year’s Chicago toy soldier show.

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The playset could look something like this? These are pictures from the Austin Miniatures.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I collect mainly Dark Age or Medieval figures and early American Colonial figures. I recently started collecting WWII & Western figures. Do you have any plans on ever making Medieval figures or Colonial figures?

 

Austin: We currently have no plans for medieval or colonial figures. However we are gonna be coming out with a bunch of new stuff in the next couple of years. I will just say that NOTHING is off the table. We are collectors just like you guys, except we can produce figures. So we might see a new movie or read a new book that gets us excited for a certain battle or war. If there is enough demand for something we will definitely consider it. There are many sets that I personally would like to produce. World War two is my favorite time period so I would like to make Waffen SS and US GI’s some day. The big conflict when I was growing up was the war on terror in the Middle East, I have always wanted to make modern marines and insurgents. The possibilities for the future of Austin Miniatures are endless. I believe the future of the toy soldier hobby is very bright. The third “Golden Era” of toy soldiers is coming.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Here is my last question. I would like to thank you and your father for taking your time to answer the questions. Is there anything else you would like to say to the collectors?

 

Austin: Thank you for the interview! The only other thing we would like to say to the collectors is thank you for your continued support to Austin Miniatures and to all the other great producers in the toy soldier community. Keep an eye out for our new products, we will be posting pictures of our new sculpts as we get them.

Besides selling plastic toy soldiers, they also offer painted sets too.

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Here are some comparison pictures below of Austin figures with some other brands out there.  Their Pacific Marines are some of the best World War II plastic figures since Conte released his WWII figures. 

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You can see more at the Austin Miniatures website. They also sell on ebay at https://www.ebay.com/usr/maschefie2005. To get the latest news go to the Austin Miniatures page on Facebook.

If you like to make displays or dioramas, their foam buildings are really nice. Some detachable roofs and/or 2 stories. They also have a few accessories, like a Gallow. 

I am excited about the news of the World War II Japanese Infantry and future WWII sets. It was nice to also talk to someone that is young and so passionate about the hobby of Toy Soldiers. It looks like Austin will be taking an active part for a long time. The future does look bright. I hope we do enter another “Golden Age”.

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Thank you for reading. That is it for now 🙂

Interview with Igor Basevich of Engineer Basevich.

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In 2010 Engineer Basevich came on the scene. Unlike most of the other Russian toy companies, Engineer Basevich produces figures in the classic plastic like Marx and Airfix of old. Most of there figures are on the same scale as Conte 1/32 figures. Today they are one of the leading toy companies of plastic toy soldiers.

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The sets they produce are historically based. A lot of them are based on the history of Russia. These sets are cast in limited run sets. The last few weeks I have been messaging Igor Basevich with some questions. 

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Here is another interview of a Toy Soldier company owner from Russia. This time it is Igor Basevich of Engineer Basevich.

Igor collects mainly plastic toys soldiers. He is not a fan of resin figures. Rather likes the classic plastic that many of the vintage toy companies used.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi Igor. I have been a fan of yours for a while. I would like to thank you for taking your time to answer the questions I presented for you.

Igor Basevich: Hi Mike! Thank you very much for your interest in my soldiers. I am glad that my work does not leave people indifferent. I will try to answer your questions.

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Warhorse Miniatures: My first question is who is Igor Basevich and how did Engineer Basevich come around?

 

Igor Basevich: I am primarily a fan of plastic soldiers, a collector and enthusiast for the promotion of toy battles. No war propaganda. “We are at war on the tables, no more war on earth!!” I was passionate about soldiers when I was 7 years old. First it was the Soviet soldiers of metal and plastic, then East Germany & Poland. With the fall of the “iron curtain”, there were more opportunities and plastic soldiers of Western Europe and the USA were added to the collection

Engineer is my first profession, engineer-technologist of semiconductors. In the 90’s Russia began with the bourgeois revolution and the engineers were not needed. I was forced to go into private business. But the dream of making my own soldiers did not leave me. And then there was such an opportunity, it was necessary to come up with a brand. I combined my profession and passion. So there were Toy Soldiers Engineer Basevich.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I understand that your sets are made in limited amounts. What is the process of production?

 

Igor Basevich: Initially, I do not set myself the task of making this a business. For me it is primarily a hobby. Over the past 20 years, all production links in Russia have been destroyed, the market is saturated with Chinese goods. Specialists in the manufacture of plastic products was not found. I spent almost five years searching and building the structure to make my soldiers. It was necessary to find a sculptor, caster, galvanist and most importantly, the manufacturer of molds. I managed to do it, and now my team consists of real professionals. Limited edition due to financial costs, they are significantly less. As well as the ability to more quickly implement the entire batch and release the next set.

Warhorse Miniatures: I see three main themes with your figures so far. First is 20th Century Russian themed history. The second is medieval themed Russian related history. The last is Ancient Biblical related historical civilizations. Are your future plans to continue with these main themes or do you want to expand into something else?

 

Igor Basevich: First of all, I tried to realize my childhood dreams and historical Hobbies. Civil war in Russia, the Second world and Russian Imperial wars. But Ancient times and the middle Ages have always been in my heart. I hope to continue all these topics, but also to please my colleagues collectors with new unexpected sets. In my personal collection there are all time periods, almost all world brands. Lately, I’ve been really into non-military figures in the Bible . The theme of Christmas and Jesus ‘ life (only plastic).

 

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Warhorse Miniatures: I see you have a love of history. I love history too and have a collection of old history & military related books. Besides the figures do you collect historical objects?

 

Igor Basevich: Yes, I love war books very much. I collect Soviet children’s books on the military theme. I visited a lot of European flea markets and antique shops, and if you come across cheap (!!!) military badges, medals, ammunition, photos and porcelain figurines, that I could afford to buy. Specially I do not buy.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I also see that you are involved with Chintoys. Can you tell us something about this?

 

Igor Basevich: Poor Chintoys, many do not give (it a) rest! 😃😃. My old business partner wanted to invest some money and decided to invest in soldiers. So as he too had toys in his childhood, but not fan(collector). I helped him. But then the sales did not go to well with the first sets. Because it’s a business for him. Then we decided that we would combine our business, and I do marketing and management. Chintoys brand belongs to him. We sometimes also exchange ideas and sculptors for his new sets.

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Warhorse Miniatures: What plans do you have for the future for ChinToys?

 

Igor Basevich: I do not like to talk about my plans in advance, and my partner has a different opinion😀. He has already passed the information about the two sets of Maya and Inca. Work on them is very hard, but it will be just a masterpiece.

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Warhorse Miniatures: As a collector, what are some of your favorite brands to collect?

 

Igor Basevich: Atlantic, Starlux, Marx – old. Conte, TSSD, S.Weston- new.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I see that your have some sets in different colors. Do you ever plan or releasing some of the older sets in different colors?

Igor Basevich: No, the molds of the old sets are lost.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I am sorry to hear about that. Even the Ancient Slavs?

Igor Basevich: Yeah, they just run out of stock and that’s it.

 

Warhorse Miniatures: I would like to thank you again for taking you time answering the questions. Is there anything else that you would like to say?

Igor Basevich: I would like to thank all our fellow collectors for their interest . Join my FB group TOY SOLDIERS ENGINEER BASEVICH. Unfortunately modern politicians try to separate us, let soldiers unite us!!! Thank you for your attention!!

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That ends this blog post. Thank you for reading.

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Interview with Alex Pisarev of Prikaz Toy Soldiers.

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Prikaz Toy Soldiers is another company from Russia that is owned by Alex Pisarev. Maybe not as popular as Plastic Platoon or Engineer Basevich. But that should change with each set they make. Prikaz means “Order” or “Regament” in Russian. Last year was the first year of production. The first sets they made were of the Streltsy. Russian riflemen from the 16th Century to the 18th Century.

 

 

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Then they moved to medieval sets. These sets had many figures of everyday people besides the normal collection of warriors.

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Recently Alex was able to answer some questions about his company.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi Alex. I understand the you began making your figures last year. Can you tell us something about yourself and about your company?

Alex Pisarev: Hello, Mike. Yes, I began to produce sets of plastic soldiers a year ago. For me, this is a completely new and very interesting page of my life. About myself, in short, then: I am 39 years old, married, a historian (Ph. D.). For 11 years I worked in a school as a history teacher. From 2000 to the present day I have been a reenactor (Vietnam War, earlier – Moscow Streltsy, Indochina war and historical fencing). With the soldiers it turned out like this: I made a series of sketches of figures for the set of “The Ancient Slavs” by Igor Basevich (Engineer Basevich), and became interested in the design of the soldiers. From design to production, in which Andrey Litvinenko (Warhansa) helped me a lot. The name “Order” appeared from a long-term scientific study of the 17th century Russian army. The order is a regiment (Moscow Streltsy) in Old Russian.

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Alex Pisarev: Yes, as I said, I am a historian and worked for a long time as a schoolteacher. For me the creation of the figure of an ancient warrior is an amazing opportunity to apply my knowledge as a historian with the experience of a reenactor and  to combine all this with my love of a toy soldiers. In total, I released 12 sets of soldiers on two topics. The first theme was the release of figures about Russian & European Warfare in the 17th century. There are Russian Streltsy with their commanders and Polish soldiers. The Russian & Polish soldiers are in action poses. My second favorite theme is the Viking Age (and of course the Ancient Russia as part of this era). In this series of sets, I did not focus on action poses. Although I love them very much. I wanted to create a peculiar world of the princely court, an old Russian or Scandinavian city. To populate it with not only military, but also with civilian characters. Thus, an old woman housekeeper, a Jewish merchant, a Scandinavian merchant, Princess Rogneda, a pagan priest, Prince Rurik on a throne and other figures appeared.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Your latest set is based on the Indochina war of 1947-54. This is an interesting subject. Can you tell us why you chose to base some figures on this era? Also any other sets from this theme?

 

Alex Pisarev: The Indochina War and the battle of Dien Bien Phu is my newest project. I would like to model this after my medieval sets. To make soldiers of various units, historical personalities (such French officers as Jean-Pierre, Raphalle, Saint-Marc, Bijard, Langley, Vietnamese – Ho Chi Minh, Vo Nguyen Ziap and others), plus civilian characters of French and Vietnamese. It’s hard for me to say exactly what attracted me to the Indochina war. I am generally fascinated by Vietnam. Moreover, both the Indochina and Vietnam wars in Russia are known only to fans of this era and  profession historians. In the set of “2BEP” combined interest in the unknown, the love of adventure and respect for the exploits of the warriors of the past.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Your Medieval sets are my favorite figures that you have made. Will you continue making sets with this theme?

 

Alex Pisarev: Of course, I will continue this series. Because a Prince needs a Princess, a Princess needs servants, merchants need helpers and competitor. Then there is a need of peasants, artisans, and of course new warriors. I would like to expand the geography to make sets about the Saxons, Franks, Normans, Baltic Slavs, maybe Czechs & Alans.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Can you tell us what sets you have available for sale?

 

Alex Pisarev: Yes, certainly. Currently available for purchase: the Viking Age sets: “Prince’s court -1”, “Prince’s court-2: Konung”, “Prince’s court-3: Prince”, “Squad”; the wars of the 17th century sets: “Assault”, “Streltsy (Russian king guard)”, “Streltsy: the Headquarters”; the Indochina war sets: “2 BEP”.

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Prince Court #1. Russian Medieval Market.

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Prince court #2. Viking life. Ragnar.

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Prince court #3. Russian Prince Rurik

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Warhorse Miniatures: That is great news that you plan to expand with more medieval sets. The villager poses are much needed. Anything that you can tell us about any future sets?

 

Alex Pisarev: I can’t reveal my plans completely, but I will say this; in the development now is the set “Squad 2”. It will include 1 Horseman and three foot soldiers of 10-11 centuries. What exactly they will be, I will not say yet. Let it be a surprise. Also in the development is the set of “Princely Court 4: Princess”, where there will necessarily be a figure of Princess Olga, maybe Prince Svyatoslav, the maid of the Princess and an Orthodox priest. I am also thinking about the second set of the Indochina War series, “1 BEP” .

 

 

Here is a preview of an Artillery set that Alex is working on too.

 

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Warhorse Miniatures: I have only seen a few of your sets on eBay. Where else can collectors find your figures?

 

Alex Pisarev: I have a group on Facebook PRIKAZ plastic toy soldiers and VK “ПРИКАЗ” солдатики Алексея Писарева.

You can also write to me directly pisarevalexey1979@gmail.com.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Thank You again Alex. Is there any thing else you would like to say to the readers?

Alex Pisarev: Thank you, Mike. Dear readers – also thank you very much for your attention and interest in the toy soldiers “PRIKAZ”.

Sincerely, Alex Pisarev

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The Prikaz figures were a wonderful surprise for me last year. I have been looking for some figures that I could use to create a village. These figures are perfect for that. You can set up a lot of displays with the poses of these figures. The even look a lot better painted. You can order from Alex directly. He is selling most of his sets right now between $30 to $38. 

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Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

 

Latest News! ~ 01/26/2019. News & Reviews. Plastic Platoon German Paratroops Set 1 & 2. Plus some Updates on Mars & Warhansa.

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Here is another update on what is going on in the hobby of Toy Soldiers with some news & reviews.

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Earlier in the week I received the set 1 of WWII German Paratroopers from Plastic Platoon. I took a few pictures to show off the details and then compared them to some Conte WWII Germans. I had purchased these figures from Alex Alexeev. You can go to his eBay site with this link NEW!! PLASTIC PLATOON,GERMAN Fallschirmjägers set1,rubber plastic soldiers 1:32.

The detail in these figures is stunning. I got so excited that I was almost speaking in German, lol. 

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I also took some pictures of the Conte & Plastic Platoon figures with a TSSD Russian house TSSD FARM HOUSE/SODBUSTER HOUSE TS-115 $25.99 .

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The material is almost like the Conte figures. They are about the same scale as the Conte figures too. As I took some pictures of the figures I was glad to see all the different scenarios that could be told with the facial expressions or poses of the figures. 

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Today Mikhaul of Plastic Platoon sent me a message about Set 2 of the German Paratroopers. He said they should be available in March. Here are some pictures that he sent me of the sculpts.

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These figures are really nice too. The details are amazing.

Here are some more pictures of the Plastic Platoon British Infantry that should be out next month.

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Here are some more pictures of the Russian Infantry prototype figures by Warhansa. The proportions look a lot better with this latest set. 

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The last set of news that I have is this preview of the box for WW II German Elite Infantry in winter dress. They look better than their earlier Germans. Hopefully they can fill a hole for your collection if the figure are the same scale as Airfix or Marx. We should see this set some time this year.

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News ~ 01/21/2019. News & Reviews. Prikaz, Atherton Scenics, Barzso Metal Woodland Indians, X-Force & More.

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Greetings my fellow collectors. Today I have some hobby related news to share with you. I have some information from Alex Pisarev who is the owner of Prikav. He shared with me two sets that I didn’t know anything about.

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The first and newest set is of the Indochina war of 1947-54, and represents the parachutists of the French Foreign Legion. The “Dien Bien Phu” series: “2 BELs” (“2 battalion of paratroopers of the Foreign Legion”).  The scale 1/32 (54 mm). 

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The set consists of five figures: 1) a sergeant-chef in a parade cap and a parade shirt with a sash, 2) a legionary-parachutist in a hat, full display and with an amphibious version of a MAS-38 rifle, 3) a legionary-parachutist in a beret, with a dagger, attacking hand-to-hand, 4) legionary-parachutist in a helmet, full display, with an amphibious version of the MAS-38 rifle, shooting from the knee, 5) girl (nurse) with a MAS-38 rifle (collective image based on the movie “Charlie Bravo”) .

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I don’t know if this subject was ever covered in Plastic. This war led to the USA getting into the Vietnam war.

It is an interesting subject to cover. I guess you could combine some Vietnam based figures with these. The next set is Medieval based.

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The second set is based on the early Russian Viking history. Alex told me that “Last fall I released a set of “Squad”, which consists of four figures: a noble horse warrior, two noble foot soldiers and a girl warrior. All four figures are dressed in ancient Russian armor. The rider from the southern part of Ancient Russia, the bearded warrior, too. But the young warrior and the girl are conceived and made so that they can be Russians, Scandinavians, Saxons, and even Czechs or other Western Slavs. I wanted to combine the history of Europe and the history of Russia in this set.”

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I like this set of Noble Warriors. The details are nice. I can see the horse rider smashing through a shield wall or chasing down some people. The female warrior will be a great addition to any battlefield.

I am talking to Alex about putting together an interview. I will have more information about him and his figures in the near future. 

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About two weeks ago Paul over at Stad’s Stuff had a Preview of some new Expeditionary Force English French Hussars. Today one of the new sets was released 54 FRN 11 French Hussars.

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Here are some pictures of prototypes of Soviet WWII Soldiers by Warhansa. These are part of new sets coming out at the around February. The scale is 1/32,  approximately 54mm like classic toy soldiers.

 

Here are some pictures of the first run World War II British Infantry from Plastic Platoon from the “Battle of Crete” series above.

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I ordered this Wigwam Terrain piece on eBay a couple of weeks ago. It reminded me of some of Barzso Playset’s Woodland Indian village pieces. It fits in perfect with the Barzso figures. Here is the link if you are interested WOODLAND INDIANS WIGWAM DIORAMA 54mm CAST FOAM ATHERTON SCENICS (#9902).

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Besides the Wigwam village piece that I got on eBay I also got these Barzso Villagers from Ed Borris. He purchased a bunch of sets that Ron Barzso had left. At one point Ron fooled around with the idea of having his figures cast in metal. They look to be the same size and have the same amount of detail as the resin cast figures. You can go to Ed’s eBay page over here Never released! Barzso brushed metal pewter “Indians in Camp Set:, Brand New!. Here are some more pictures below. A few at the end show the metal figures compared to the resin copies.

Well folks that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

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Interview with Mikhail Glikin of Plastic Platoon. Интервью с Mikhail Glikin из “Пластического взвода”.

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Mikhail Glikin started producing highly detailed toy soldiers a few years ago under the name “Plastic Platoon”. They entered the market selling figures based on the Vietnam War. In a short time they have set the bar in quality. Recently they started creating figures based on World War II. The figures are more like “Military Miniatures” than toy soldiers.

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Михаил Гликин начал производство высокодетализированных игрушечных солдат несколько лет назад под названием «Пластиковый взвод». Они вышли на рынок, продавая цифры, основанные на войне во Вьетнаме. За короткое время они установили планку качества. Недавно они начали создавать фигуры на основе Вторая мировая война. Фигуры – это больше “военные миниатюры”, чем игрушечные солдаты.

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Recently Mikhail found some time to answer some questions. This interview will be in English and then followed in Russian. If your using a translator the English might be corrupted. 

Недавно Михаил нашел время ответить на несколько вопросов. Это интервью будет на английском, а затем на русском.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi, Mikhail. I have been a fan of your work since the first time I saw them. The detail in your sculpting is amazing. Can you give us some history about yourself and Plastic Platoon?

Привет, Михаил. Я был поклонником вашей работы с тех пор, как впервые увидел их. Детали в вашей скульптуре удивительны. Можете ли вы рассказать нам немного о себе и о Пластиковом Взводе?

 

Mikhail Glikin: Hi Mike, I have been collecting plastic Soldiers for over 30 years. My collection consists of more than 10,000 plastic figures in 1/32 scale. The idea to make toy soldiers began about 10 years ago. I wanted plastic miniatures that were highly detailed. The fine details of small parts with the flexibility & strength of plastic. Finally the technology  was available to achieve this and I was financially able to start their own business.

Привет, Майк, я собираю пластиковых солдат уже более 30 лет. Моя коллекция состоит из более чем 10 000 пластиковых фигур в масштабе 1/32. Идея сделать игрушечных солдат возникла около 10 лет назад. Я хотел пластиковые миниатюры, которые были очень подробными. Мелкие детали мелких деталей с гибкостью и прочностью пластика. Наконец-то появилась технология, позволяющая добиться этого, и я смог в финансовом отношении начать собственный бизнес.

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Warhorse Miniatures: You started with the Vietnam War. Why did you start here?

Вы начали с войны во Вьетнаме. Почему ты начал здесь?

 

Mikhail Glikin: Everything is very simple. Six years ago I flew to Vietnam. I have been fond of military history since childhood. I traveled across Vietnam and visited many military sites. For over a month I traveled through the military bases, battle sites and tunnels. Until I just got sick of the country of Vietnam! I decided that the Vietnam War would be the background for my first toy soldiers made.

Все очень просто. Шесть лет назад я летел во Вьетнам. Я с детства увлекаюсь военной историей. Я путешествовал по Вьетнаму и посетил много военных объектов. Больше месяца я путешествовал по военным базам, местам сражений и туннелям. Пока я просто не заболел страной Вьетнама! Я решил, что война во Вьетнаме станет фоном для моих первых игрушечных солдатиков.

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Warhorse Miniatures: It states that your figures are in 1/32 in scale. Are the size of your figures the same as Conte or Airfix?

В нем говорится, что ваши цифры в масштабе 1/32. Размер ваших фигур такой же, как у Conte или Airfix?

 

Mikhail Glikin: I suggest right now to compare. What is a collector with experience. All the figures at hand! (Mikhail supplied us with these pictures  of his figures compared to some Conte, Airfix, Matchbox and TSSD figures)

Предлагаю щас сравнить. Что такое коллекционер со стажем. Все цифры под рукой! (Михаил предоставил нам эти фотографии своих фигур по сравнению с некоторыми фигурами Конте, Аирфикса, Спичечной коробки и TSSD)

Warhorse Miniatures: Now that you have started with your first WWII German Paratroopers from Operation Mercury. I assume your building some sets around the Battle of Crete?

There are a lot of collectors that have been waiting for some one to make WWII German Paratroopers in this scale.

Теперь, когда вы начали с ваших первых немецких десантников Второй мировой войны из операции “Меркурий”. Я полагаю, что у вас есть здание вокруг битвы на Крите?

Есть много коллекционеров, которые ждали, чтобы кто-нибудь сделал немецких десантников Второй мировой войны в этом масштабе.

 

Mikhail Glikin: Of course, in Crete, we have planned 4 sets. The first is parachutists jumping with parachutes. They are with knee pads and parachute strapping. They will have an additional set of containers.

Yes. There are a lot of collectors that have been waiting for some one to make WWII German Paratroopers in this scale.

Конечно, на Крите у нас запланировано 4 комплекта. Первый – это прыжки с парашютистами с парашютами. Они с наколенниками и парашютом. У них будет дополнительный набор контейнеров.

Да. Есть много коллекционеров, которые ждали, чтобы кто-нибудь сделал немецких десантников Второй мировой войны в этом масштабе.

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Mikhail Glikin: We are also preparing 2 sets – Defenders of Crete. British infantry (you saw the master model). Maori will be with them. And the fourth set – the Greek infantry and the militia (it will be a truly incredible set, because in the militia there will be a girl)

Мы также готовим 2 комплекта – Защитники Крита. Британская пехота (вы видели мастер модель). Маори будет с ними. И четвертый сет – греческая пехота и ополчение (это будет действительно невероятный сет, потому что в ополчении будет девушка)

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Warhorse Miniatures: What other themes do you think Plastic Platoon will do in the future?

Как ты думаешь, какие еще темы сделает Platon в будущем?

Mikhail Glikin: The next topic after Crete will be very logical. Paratroopers after the battle of Crete in 1941 sent near Leningrad. Therefore, we will do the battle for Leningrad. There will be units of the Red Army and the Soviet Marines. Plus Wehrmacht infantry units and our old acquaintances, paratroopers.

Следующая тема после Крита будет очень логичной. Десантников после битвы на Крите в 1941 году отправили под Ленинград. Поэтому мы будем сражаться за Ленинград. Там будут подразделения Красной Армии и Советских Морских пехотинцев. Плюс пехотные части вермахта и наши старые знакомые, десантники.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Your figures are really detailed and from my knowledge your sets are made in a limited amount. What is the process that you use to produce your figures?

Ваши цифры очень подробны, и, насколько мне известно, ваши наборы сделаны в ограниченном количестве Какой процесс вы используете для производства ваших фигур?

 

Mikhail Glikin: Yes, this is absolutely true. We cast our kits in limited quantities. Approximately 300 sets. Cast from a special polymer. By properties, it is like rubber / plastic. Flexible but durable. Figures can be thrown from the Table and squeezed in a fist; nothing will happen to them. For casting, we use silicone molds. Unfortunately, they withstand only 30 castings, so we make 10 sets of molds. We also work with beautiful sculptors for figures. For weapons, flasks, helmets and other trivia we use 3D Technologies and a 3d printer.

Да, это абсолютно верно. Мы отливаем наши комплекты в ограниченном количестве. Примерно 300 комплектов. Отлито из специального полимера. По своим свойствам это как резина / пластик. Гибкий, но прочный. Рисунки можно выкинуть из таблицы и сжать в кулак; с ними ничего не случится. Для литья мы используем силиконовые формы. К сожалению, они выдерживают только 30 отливок, поэтому мы изготавливаем 10 комплектов пресс-форм. Мы также работаем с красивыми скульпторами для фигур. Для оружия, фляг, шлемов и прочих мелочей мы используем 3D-технологии и 3d-принтер.

Warhorse Miniatures: You said you have over 10,000 figures. What are some of your favorite brands to collect? What are some of your favorite items in your collection? 

Вы сказали, что у вас есть более 10000 цифр. Какие ваши любимые бренды собирать? Какие из ваших любимых предметов в вашей коллекции?

Mikhail Glikin: I love my collection very much. And of course for me the inspiration of most favorite sets are Conte World War II figures.

Я очень люблю свою коллекцию. И, конечно, для меня источником вдохновения для большинства любимых наборов являются фигуры Conte World Второй мировой войны.

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Warhorse Miniatures: That sounds very interesting about the Battle for Leningrad. I guess maybe one day we will see a Battle for Stalingrad?

Это звучит очень интересно о битве за Ленинград. Наверное, однажды мы увидим битву за Сталинград?

 

Mikhail Glikin: If everything is as I had planned, we will see Stalingrad and Tobruk, Ardennes and Berlin, Monte Cassino and the Philippines.

Если все будет так, как я планировал, мы увидим Сталинград и Тобрук, Арденны и Берлин, Монте-Кассино и Филиппины.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Thanks for the information about the process of making your figures. There are a lot of collectors out there that like your products but because of the cost they will not purchase your sets. Will you ever make any mass produced figures one day?

Спасибо за информацию о процессе изготовления ваших фигур. Есть много коллекционеров, которым нравятся ваши продукты, но из-за стоимости они не будут покупать ваши наборы. Будете ли вы когда-нибудь делать какие-либо массовые фигурки в один прекрасный день?

Mikhail Glikin: Yes, I know the high price. But I decided to follow this path. My figures will be like a Mercedes in the world of plastic Toy Soldiers.

Да, я знаю высокую цену. Но я решил пойти по этому пути. Мои фигуры будут похожи на Мерседес в мире пластиковых игрушечных солдат.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Thank You Mikhail for taking your time to answer the questions. Is there any thing else that you would like to say to the readers?

Спасибо, Михаил, что нашли время ответить на вопросы. Есть ли что-то еще, что вы хотели бы сказать читателям?

 

Mikhail Glikin: First of all, I want to thank you Mike. For the very interesting questions and for your interest in our project. I would like to say to all collectors of Toy Soldiers that we will try to do even better with more interesting poses and more detailed figures. We will try to cover a lot of different topics and eras. Parallel to the WWII project, we are starting a project on Wars in the Americas. I am happy that I part of such a wonderful hobby of Toy Soldiers. I made a lot of friends from different countries. I can say for sure in our troubled world, our hobby unites people from different countries and nationalities.

Прежде всего, я хочу поблагодарить вас, Майк. За очень интересные вопросы и за ваш интерес к нашему проекту. Я хотел бы сказать всем коллекционерам Toy Soldiers, что мы постараемся сделать еще лучше с более интересными позами и более подробными рисунками. Мы постараемся охватить много разных тем и эпох. Параллельно с проектом Второй мировой войны мы начинаем проект по войнам в Северной и Южной Америке. Я счастлив, что являюсь частью такого замечательного хобби Toy Soldiers. Я завел много друзей из разных стран. Я могу с уверенностью сказать, что в нашем беспокойном мире наше хобби объединяет людей из разных стран и национальностей.

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Спасибо за чтение!!

Toy Soldier Review ~ Publius Vikings Set #4

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The Publius Vikings Set #4 that I ordered from Russia about 3 weeks ago arrived yesterday. These are premium figures at a premium price. The figures are made out a hard rubbery material. The color is dark brown. The size is 60mm. I purchased them through eBay, NEW!!! “PUBLIUS” VIKING WARRIORS, 8 rubber plastic soldiers 1:32 60mm

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Eight figures are included in this set. Most will be used as Vikings but I might use one or two as Saxons. We need more Saxons and Normans if anyone who owns a company is reading this, lol. Also included in this set for the first time was a female figure. All the figures are highly detailed. All the poses are of action. They are about the same size as the Conte Viking figures. Some are a little bigger like the male Archer. I will paint these figures like the other Publius figures that I own. Here are some more pictures below that compare them to Conte Vikings.

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There should be more new sets this year of Medieval figures. Take Care for now. Thank you for reading.

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Interview with David & Kim Cook of MicShaun’s Closet, The new owners of TSSD.

 

Last year Nick & DeAnna VerSteeg of TSSD announced that they were looking to sell their business. I remember communicating with Nick when he first started selling toy soldiers. TSSD was one of the first companies on the internet that I dealt with. The news that they were no longer going to continue was sad.

tssd endingThe VerSteeg’s had built one the of the most iconic plastic toy soldier companies in recent history. They started off selling toys soldiers over 20 years ago. Then they started producing there own products which included plastic toy soldiers and foam buildings and terrain pieces. 

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Finally they expanded into developing there own playsets. In 2006 with Barzso Playsets they produced one of TSSD most iconic playsets “Road to Stalingrad”.

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There was a couple of months of speculation about who the new owners would be. Then in the beginning of December it was announced that TSSD was sold to David & Kim Cook. They have been selling plastic figures from different companies and other products on eBay under the name of “micshaunscloset2013.”

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The news that MicShaun’s Closet were the new owners was good news to me. I had purchased toy soldier sets from them over the past few years with no problems. Most of my online purchases take place on eBay.

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I started communicating with the Cooks a few days after the announcement of the sale. After things had settled down they were able to take some time to answer a few questions.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi David & Kim. Congratulations with purchasing Toy Soldiers of San Diego. I have purchased figure sets from you the past couple of years on eBay. Besides your eBay business, what else can you tell us about yourselves and how did the deal with TSSD get made? I am assuming that you have the rights to the molds too.

MicShaun’s Closet: Currently my wife and I have full time jobs and our Ebay business has been a “side hustle” for many years. I have always dreamed of owning a toy/hobby store and grew up playing with plastic soldiers which were always my favorite toys. When I first heard that TSSD was for sale, I didn’t know if it was a realistic possibility. Not long after, I mentioned the potential sale to Kim. We talked about it and decided, why not us. TSSD figures have been high on my favorites list for a long time. The attraction of TSSD was the amazing 30 plus sets, the colors and the quality of the figures.

We reached out to Nick and DeAnna because we have a long standing business relationship with them. After many phone calls & email conversations, we reached an agreement and made this dream a reality. We would not have been able to accomplish this without the openness and candor of Nick and DeAnna. They shared all the information that we needed to make this decision.

The deal included all TSSD inventory including figure molds and foam molds, and all intellectual property associated with TSSD.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I have purchased figure sets from you the past couple of years on eBay. It was always a pleasant experience. Besides eBay are you going to sell your items on a website, Amazon and maybe some other venues?

MicShaun’s Closet: We are continuing to sell on Ebay, and we have opened a Shopify site that will serve as our website, blog and store. We are selling through Facebook and plan to add Amazon to our sales channels in the near future. We will also add Instagram as a sales channel in the coming months.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I guess that you are going to spend some time selling off the sets that you acquired with the deal. TSSD made some nice sets over the years. My favorite where the Plains Indians. Most collectors I think would like to know if you planning to recast any of the past sets?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: We are selling off the inventory that we received and we believe the Plains Indians are a great set. Coincidentally, the Plains Indians Set #13 are completely out of stock and are part of a large re-order that we are about to make to our manufacturer. This re-order will include the sets we currently don’t have in most of the colors that Nick and DeAnna have been selling in the last few years. We recently made a large re-order of the foam pieces and should have most if not all pieces back in stock in the next 4 to 6 weeks. We can’t keep the foam pieces – as fast as we put them on, they sell.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Do you have any plans to expand any of the existing themes or start a new theme of figures.

MicShaun’s Closet: We definitely plan on producing new figures. It is our understanding that producing a new set is a lengthy process. Our best guess is that we would come out with a new set or sets in late 2019 or sometime in 2020. We are also considering new foam pieces as well. Theme and category is still to be determined.

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Warhorse Miniatures: You said that maybe at the end of the year or next year that you will produce some new figure sets and maybe foam pieces. Do you think that you will expand on one of the current themes that is in your inventory or maybe start a new theme?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: We are thinking about expanding the themes that have been created by TSSD and we are also considering creating new themes.  It all comes down to how well our business succeeds.  Mold creation is an expensive endeavor.

We are keeping our options open with regard the to foam pieces.

We have lots of ideas but need to recoup some of the costs from the purchase before we move forward with new figures and foam.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Do you plan on still using the TSSD brand in the future on recast and new products or will it be MicShaun’s Cluset?

MicShaun’s Closet: On the recasts we keep TSSD on the header card. On the new products we are going to have our name on the header card.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I would like you thank you for taking your time with answering the questions. Is there anything that you would like to tell us?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: Thanks so much Mike for giving us the opportunity. You have been supportive since day one when we announced that had purchased TSSD. Sales have been fantastic. The toy soldier community has made us feel welcome with kind words and support. To the toy soldier/hobby community, we want you to know that we are a husband/wife, small owner business. We plan on attending toy soldier shows and continuing to expand this amazing business that Nick and DeAnna started. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and love hearing from each of you. I am in the process of winding down my current business and will be in a position in a few months to make this my full-time career!

Here are the places you can find us:

www.micshaunscloset.com

https://www.ebaystores.com/micshaunscloset

https://www.facebook.com/MicShaunsCloset/

https://www.instagram.com/micshaunscloset/

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I have a feeling that David & Kim will continue the success of TSSD for many years to come. Check out their new website. You can look at different themes or brands of plastic figures. From Ancient Armies of Rome to the Modern Armies of Vietnam. It is very easy to navigate around to find what your looking for. Besides TSSD products they sell Marx, MPC, Matchbox, CTS, Weston, Ex Force, Americana/BMC, Supreme, AIP, Ideal, Airfix, Mars, Chintoys etc…

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My next post will be a review of Publius Vikings Set #3. Thank you for reading.

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Toy Soldier Review Prikaz Rus Vikings Set #3. Gudredsw Swedish Vikings Preview. Plus some Hobby News 1-11-2019

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Hello everyone. I have a lot of Medieval news today. First is review of a set of Rus Vikings from Prikaz that I purchased recently. Under the title Prikaz. Prince court #3. Russian Prince Rurik. on eBay I found this set. The set includes 5 figures for about $65.00. Prikaz is a company from Russia. They cast sets in a very limited amount. I think only die hard collectors of Medieval figures will purchase this set. I picked up the other 2 sets last year.

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Prince Rurik. He is the founder of the Rurik Dynasty, which ruled the Kievan Rus.

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His brother Truvor

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His brother Sineus

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Battle priest with Perun (slavic god of thunder and lightning) banner

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Princess Rogneda (Ragnhild)

I will use these figures in a display that I have been planning to put together. I probably will use these figures as either Vikings or Saxons. I like all of these figures. Especially the figure of the Prince in his throne. 

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These figures look nice when mixed with the ones made by Conte. Some are bigger than others.

 

 

 

 

Here are more pictures above. If you click on the pictures they will expand. These figures are made out of a soft rubbery material like the Conte figures. Some of these figures had a few marks of a different color on them. I am planning to paint these so the marks are not a problem for me.

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In my last blog post I had mentioned these Viking figures above. Afterward I had gotten some more information. They are made by Gudred, he is a specialist on the Viking Age. He is making sets of Vikings that are authentic. Right now there are some hard resin sets that are made in Russia. They might be made in plastic one day. If I hear any other news I will keep you updated. I have some more pictures below.

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This is Set #1. They are Swedish Vikings.

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Set #2. This one is also of Swedish Vikings. I think this set of Vikings are Professional Warriors. There are plans to make more sets of Danes and Norwegians too. These figures are about the same size of Conte figures. 

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We have some more news from Conte this week too. No plans on recasting their old plastic sets. They have plans for making new plastic sets. Right now they thinking about making Romans and/or Vikings first. Maybe we will see something like the figures above? They are still looking for feedback of the plastic sets. You can read more at Conte Collectibles Plastic Update.

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Also they mention plans about terrain pieces in the future. I hope to see some new Medieval buildings. The Medieval Church would be a welcome addition.

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What era of plastic 1/32 figures would you like to see in 2019?

Also I did a straw poll last week and after 163 Votes this is the results. I will be doing some more polls in the future and keep collecting the data to share with others.

 

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Tomorrow I will post another Interview so come back to check that out. Thank you for reading and Take Care.

 

A Review of 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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The year of 2018 has been Warhorse Miniatures best year so far. There was over 80,000 hits and almost 18,000 unique visitors from around the world. I would like to thank everyone who spent their time to visit this website. I also would like to thank everyone you was kind enough to leave a comment. We had a lot of highlights and some losses this year.

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This page is a collectors page. You might notice that there are no ads popping up to annoy you. I spend my time trying to gather information as a source for collectors to get news or decide through reviews if the products or shows are worth the money & time to invest in. The products that I review have been purchased by me. That way I can give a fair review. 

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About half of the readers are from the USA and the rest are spread around the globe. Thank You, Danke, Спасибо, Grazie, Gracias.

Special thanks to Jose from Mad on Playmobil for time he takes to support me. Also Ken Ciak from LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers for the support too. Finally thanks to a fellow blogger Paul Stadinger of Stad’s Stuff. Paul has been always helpful and a Great source of knowledge of the hobby.

 

Last year we had some great interviews. I would like to thank everyone who spent their time for the interviews.

We began with Nino from Petite Guerre. Toy Soldier Review & Interview ~ Petite Guerre Toy Soldiers & Nino Serra

Then Richard Conte shared his plans with us. An Interview with Richard Conte of Conte Collectibles.

Later I was able to talk to Ron Barzso. An Interview with Ron Barzso of Barzso Playsets.

We end the year with Andrew Stevenson of Replica Metal Soldiers & Models. Interview with Andrew Stevenson of Replica Metal Soldiers & Models. Plus some hobby news.

 

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Personally it was a rough year with the death of my Father at the age of 81. He was a Navy Veteran and also a Veteran of the NYPD. We also lost some collector friends like Bill Lango and Thor Sheil. 

 

Last year was the first time that I went to the Midwest show. I had a great time. Me and my girlfriend made it a mini vacation. We plan on returning this year. Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review

I also went to the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show to see the lights go out, lol. Gettysburg Toy Soldier 2018 Review

Then I went to the East Coast Toy Soldier Show. I hope that it wasn’t the last one. East Coast Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review

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We saw some changes in the hobby last year too. We have Conte Collectibles returning and Barzso Playsets & TSSD retiring. LOD joined Barzso Playsets in a joint venture with the “Battle of Yorktown” playset. MicShaun’s Closet bought TSSD. Hopefully we will hear some news about their plans this year. Nino of Petite Guerre was a welcome surprise to me with their French & Indian War era figures.