The Latest News!! 08/01/2022 ~ Warhorse Miniatures Viking Raiders Sets #1 & #2. Plus, some Warhansa news!!

This how I feel after making each set

In the last post we talked about some of the things I am working on. The Viking Raiders was one of them. This weekend I will add the first two Viking Raider sets to my online store. Each set includes 7 different figures. The size is around 57mm. Color is Sage Green. They will blend well with the Conte or W. Britain Vikings & Saxon toy soldiers. The cost for each set will be $49.00.

Viking Raider Set #1

Here are the poses that will be in Set # 1. There are different hair styles that range from the partly shaven head to the more classical look of long hair. Beards are everywhere. Plus, some of the figures are different sizes. The figure I named “Big Boy” is a Viking that would have been over 6 & 1/2 feet tall and over 300 pounds. Most of the poses show the men in a fast pace. They capture the feeling of a village being raided. Most of the warriors are lightly armored. Speed is their advantage today. They are armed with Axes and Seax knifes. Most warriors didn’t have swords at this time. But long knives, axes and spears were common.

Viking Raiders Set #2

Set #2 continues the fast pace. But about half of the poses are attacking with Dane Axes. These deadly axes had a long handle and usually a bigger axe head. They say this axe would shatter shields, split heads, cut off arms. Besides the swinging of the axe overhead there were other fighting techniques. You could clip at their legs, grapple shields away, or thrust from behind a shield wall to slash a neck. You will notice the different styles of helmets worn. From a simple cone shaped nasal helm to a more elaborate raven type.

If you are interested in getting these two sets you can send me a message at mike@warhorseminiatures.com.

Warhansa Landsknechts Artillery

Most of you know since the war in Ukraine there hasn’t been to many toy soldiers coming out of Russia. Plus, some of the companies have stopped or paused production. I was talking to the guys over at Warhansa. I am happy to learn they are designing new sets and are starting to get their products out again. You can check out their website, http://warhansa.com/.

Most of the new sets are Landsknechts related. They are also revisiting some of their older sets and working on tabletop battlefield pieces.

Starting to use the new machine for production.

I should have another post in a week or so about the Saxon “Raid” set, Saxon Dead and other updates. Plus, more pictures of each Viking Raider figure. I will start testing some of the bigger items now that I have the new machine working. Every month I will be adding something new. Check out the store page over here, https://warhorseminiatures.com/product-category/warhorse-miniatures/.

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 07/10/2022 ~ Warhorse Miniatures Vikings & Saxons updates!!

It’s been over a month since my last update. I have been busy working, updating my workshop and designing new things. This post will be about everything that I am doing. A lot of exciting things are coming!!

Vikings!!

As most of you know I have been working on creating some Viking miniatures. By the end of the Month, I will release the first two Vikings sets. Then another two sets by the end of the summer. Each set will include 7 figures. About 57mm in size. I have been testing out different resin mixtures to see what looks the best and is more durable. Right now, I like the Sage Green color for the Vikings. I might go with a yellowish color too after some more testing. Anyway, let’s look at some of the different models I am testing now. Some of these poses might change a little by the time production starts.

I have said this before. But I will repeat myself. Most of the figures in the Viking Raider sets have the poses either rushing in to fight or attacking. I wanted to capture the feeling of a village being raided. The warriors would come from nowhere to butcher the peasants. You can almost hear them screaming when you take a look at them. The Vikings should blend very well with the Conte Vikings.

I created Vikings of different styles. Some have part of their head shaved. Others are more traditional with long hair and long beards. There are figures without helmets and with helmets. Most of the warriors have either hand axes or Seax knifes. Some have Dane axes.

I wanted to get as many different figures as possible. By making a small change to a model I was able to do this. Besides the warrior figures there are a few character figures that are based off of movies, television shows or art.

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If you thought that was a lot, we are just getting started. By the end of the summer there should be about 8 or more different sets released. We also have a lot of new Saxons being created.

Saxon Pig Farm

Here is a picture one of the latest Saxon sets I made using a brown color resin mixture. New production is now in this color for the Saxons.

Dead Saxons

There will be a small set of 3 Dead Saxons.

Saxon armed peasant prototypes.
Some modded Saxon models with one of the new Saxon Archers.

Another set of Saxon armed peasants coming in August.

Plus, a set of Saxon Archers. There will be 5 different archers.

I am also working on some props to create a village.

The well is ready for production. That will also be released by the end of the summer.

The “Cart guy” was one of the first models made. I was going to add some other props to create a set. But I now decided to sell him separately. He will have a couple of accessories to fill his cart. Like some grains or chopped wood. He will be on the catalog in a few weeks also.

The last thing I will talk about today is “The Raid” set. It will include some Woman, children and some males. The poses depict how the peasants reacted to the Viking Raiders. Some are running away; others are too afraid to do anything. But there are some that will fight back. Here are some of the models almost ready for production.

Even though these models are made to be medieval figures they could also work for different eras. I will scale some of them down so they could fix in with the Barzso miniatures too.

I am going to start testing the new machine soon. I should have it fine turned in a couple of weeks. Once that is done, I will start making some of the bigger items. I will have more information as each set is released. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 05/30/2022 ~ Updates & Hobby News.

I hope everyone is safe on this Memorial Day weekend. I have some updates on what I have been doing and some other hobby related news.

French Marines Set #1
French Marines Set #2
Saxon Shield Wall Set #1
Saxon Shield Wall Set #2
Medieval Deer Hunter Set
Red Deer Set #1
Red Deer Set #2

The last few weeks I have added a bunch of sets to my store. You check all of the new sets over here, Store.

I have been able to spend more time adjusting, modifying or replacing some things with the Blacksmith shop. I had the Blacksmith replaced. He now looks more Medieval. I merged the spears to the weapon rack and added a base to it. I added a base to the tool rack and changed a few other things. I adjusted the size of a few things also. I am thinking of replacing the shop now too. In the future I will reuse some of these props for a colonial Blacksmith shop. I hope to have this finished by the end of the year.

“The Head Taker”

I just finished working on the second group of Viking Raiders. In about a month I should have the third group finished. When all is done, there should be around 20 poses or so. I will then break all the poses into a few different sets. Hopefully all of these completed before August. Most of these Raiders are in fast paced motion ready to attack or attacking. They depict a raid taken place. To reflect that most of the Vikings are lightly armored. Surprise & speed are their best weapon. They will be made in a Sage Green color.

Saxon Archers

The Saxons are getting some reinforcements now. I am testing out some new models to create an archer set. There should be 6 poses for this set. I think they should be ready in 2 or 3 weeks from now.

Saxons vs Vikings
Prototypes
Updated Saxon Swordman
Warhorse Logo

Besides all of that I continue to learn more, add more machines and experiment on making a better product. The store has 16 different sets available for purchase now. I am using a new grey color resin that looks a lot nicer. The Saxons are now made in a brown color. I might have a reddish-brown color soon. The Vikings will be in a Sage Green. In the future I will be able to test out some of the bigger items I have planned.

Painted by Steve Pyle

The last piece of news about Warhorse are these pictures of the Armed Saxon Peasants that collector Steve Pyle painted for me.

Plastic Platoon US Marines Support Group
Publius Moors, Battle of Poitiers.

New sets are still coming out in Russia. Unfortunately for most of us in the west they are unavailable because of the war in Ukraine.

I received some news from Ken of LOD. “The prototypes for Apollo and Poseidon are being sent this week from the factory in Hong Kong. Here is a photo of them with the existing Area and Athena in the background.”

Troop Transport

Also, from Ken. We will have these guys in red to fill up a troop transport. It is shaping up to be a 15 figure set (6 oarsmen, 6 soldiers being ferried to shore, and three other figures).”

Here is an article about brushes for you collectors that like to paint. Tell me what you think, https://www.paintingmini.com/13-best-brushes-for-miniature-painting-wargames-models/.

That wraps it up. Thanks for reading.

´┐╝Historic Toy Soldier Auction, Two generation Collection! Saturday, May 14th, 2022 in Parkersburg, WV.

Two generation Collection of toy soldiers!  No absentee or online bidding! There will be around 600 lots sold in one day, many lots consist of multiple sets! Brands include W. Britian, John Jenkins, Traditions, Star, Ducal, Marlborough, Hocker, Hariart, Steadfast, Queen & Country and many more!

This should be a fun auction to those collectors of painted metal toy soldiers. Most of the lots are boxed sets. Auction is this Saturday in Parkersburg, West Virginia. You can read more about the auction over here, https://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/3681979.html?kwd=&zip=26104&category=0&fbclid=IwAR2kYvvnsmn6xATAjb53EJIb-aykkdQizN3w5rJvbZF8B6PcLRRew2Y3yGo.

That is, it. Just a short post today. I will have some news in a couple of weeks. I am back in the workshop this weekend producing sets. Thanks for reading.

Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 2022 Review

Pickett’s Charge

When the doors were opened for the show, it looked like Pickett’s Charge… Well at least it felt that way. The show started a half hour earlier than it was supposed to because I think a crowd had started to build up. There was a group of collectors that went straight to my table. The next few hours were spent talking to fellow collectors and selling toy soldiers. Me and Carolyn had a lot of fun. It was my most successful show so far.

I was told that it was a record crowd, the biggest ever. I have to apologize because I was so busy, I was not able to take as many pictures that I usually do and didn’t talk to everyone that I wanted to. I usually am able to walk around before the show starts and/or a few hours after into the show. Around 2pm I found some time to take some more pictures. Every time I did walk around, I came back to help someone with my products.

Paul Amody

We will start the review with Paul Amody. He had his very detailed Russian painted figures. As usual they were outstanding.

Gary from Army Group Center Wargaming had a bunch of plastic as usual. You can check out his website over here, https://army-group-center-wargaming.myshopify.com/.

Atherton Scenics

John Atherton had a ton of his foam products with him. He makes some of the best terrain pieces on the market. I was also selling a few products that he had made for LOD.

Barzso Playsets

If you are a Barzso Playset collector, you missed another chance to get some good or fair deals. I would have scored if I needed any of the playsets for sale there. Most of them I already own.

Antique Toy Soldiers

I don’t collect these old type of toy soldiers. But I do appreciate their charm. These are like antiques.

Rick Eber

Rick Eber as usual had a bunch of vintage toy soldiers and playsets. I wasn’t able to take as many pictures of his stuff that I would have liked to. You can check out his website over here, http://www.marxplaysets.com/index.html.

Hobby Bunker

This was the first time Hobby Bunker attended the Gettysburg Show. They have everything you need. Plastic and painted metal toy soldiers, wargaming, terrain pieces, magazines and other hobby related items. Here is their website, https://www.hobbybunker.com/.

Rob Hornung

Rob Hornung had his painted metal figures. To me they are like folk art. He puts a lot of hard work into his creations. Over 30 years ago I was casting toy soldiers. I would melt the hobby metal and then pour it into a mold. Then paint them. It takes skill and some time. But Rob does more than that. He sculpts them. Makes the molds. Then he will cast them and finally paint them. His work is amazing.

Frank

Next to Rob in the picture above was another vendor named Frank. I am sorry I didn’t get your last name of was able to talk more to him. This is some of his work he had for sale.

Minutemen Toy Soldiers

I have not seen George Guerriero of Minutemen Toy Soldiers in a couple of years now. But as usual he has some nice displays of the painted metal toy soldiers. He usually brings John Jenkins, First Legion, W. Britain and King & Country. Plus some other brands and plastic toy soldiers. You can check out his website over here, http://www.mmtoysoldiers.com/index.html.

Mike Martello

Mike had a lot of Britain Deetail figures.

Paragon

About two years ago Matt Murphy from Hobby Bunker purchased Paragon. He just got all the sets restocked and in new colors. Check them out over here, https://www.hobbybunker.com/products/plastic-soldiers-4/category?mfg=209&scale=Show+All&term=&order=newold.