I hope everyone is safe and is enjoying themselves. Happy Thanksgiving to all that observe this holiday. Tomorrow in the US is Black Friday. In this post I will write about the sales that I know about.
First up is Scale 75 USA. They have up to 30% off on their paints. You can check them out over here, https://scale75usa.com/.
I will check out an antique store or two tomorrow. I rarely go to any shopping malls or department stores anymore. If you do, be safe. I should have another post up on Saturday about what is going on with our miniatures. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Today we are starting to take pre-orders for Set #2 Pack of Wolves. The set includes 4 different Wolves and large rock. The Wolves are scaled to figures that are 55mm to 57mm in size. They will be a medium gray,but colors could vary. If you are interested in the Wolves send me an email at email@example.com. The cost for this set is $30.00, plus shipping. The cost of shipping within the USA is $6.95.
We should have a set of Sheep & Saxon Armed Peasants ready for production in a couple of weeks. Maybe by next weekend. I will have an update sometime next week on that.That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
I hope everyone is doing well. In todays post we have an update on what is going on with Warhorse Miniatures. Right now we should have 3 sets released by the end of this month. Plus some more things in December.
The first set that we plan on releasing is a “Pack of Wolves’. It includes 4 Wolves and a large rock. The cost of the set will be $30. The color will be a medium gray color. We will have an update later this week on this set. We should start taken pre-orders this weekend.
The next set is of “Herdwick Sheep”. There will be 4 sheep in this set. Plus an Alsatian type of dog to guard them. This set is an add-on to Saxon Family set. We will have more information on this set next week.
Sometime before the end of the month we will be ready to release the “Armed Saxon Peasants”. This set will include 7 figures. The price will be $49. We are working on a new resin mix. The color for the Saxons should be a chocolate brown color.
We are currently working on the Viking Raider & Trader set. The figures for the Raider version of this set are finished. We are design a few figures for the Trader version of this set and redesigning the Tents and some other things. This should be ready in December or soon after that. Above are some test prints. We are still working on a color. Might be beige or a wine color.
Besides all the set we talked about we are still working on the craftsmen shops. I am redesigning the Blacksmith figure and testing some things out. Next year will we have the houses & shop available. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
If I drive more than 4 hours to attend a show I like to stay overnight a day or two. We try to make it an extended weekend getaway. We might visit some local attraction. Usually we check out the local antique malls. The Columbus show was under 8 hours. Me and Carolyn got up early on Friday.We hit a few antique places along the way and then checked in the hotel. Then we went a antique mall. Here are some of the things we saw.
The next day we got up and headed to the History Store in Chillicothewe stopped at the Buckeye Games Flea Market. It was a nice place full of collectibles. If you are in the area check it out, https://buckeyegamesfleamarket.com/.
We drove about an hour & a half to visit the History Store. I had heard some good things about the store. My main interest with collecting is history. The miniatures are just an extension of that.When we got to the store it is truly an impressive sight just from the outside.They have a really nice window display.You can check out there website for more information, https://www.thehistorystore.net/.
The store is full of painted metal figures from different brands. The main focus is W. Britain miniatures. Which is the main part of my metal painted figures. Besides the metal figures there was books, framed prints, some plastic & resin figures and hobby paint.
The owner of the store is Nathan Baer. I talked to him and another collector about my new range of Medieval figures. I showed them some of the prototypes. Nathan works for W. Britain too. They had a preview of some of the newest figures that have not be released yet. There are two new Viking figures that I really liked.I can’t wait to visit again.
Here are some of the stuff I had picked up at the different places I visited and the show itself.The Barzso cabin I actually got as a gift last year and forgot to take it out of the storage container full of foam products.
I found two vintage Airfix boxes of British Grenaiers in HO scale for about $5 a piece.
I found these original Barzso bagged sets $25 a piece.
I found this vintage Borax Twenty Mule Team for about $18. They are around 40mm.
I picked up two Russian painted metal figures for $36 a piece. Here are some other painted figures that I have.
I picked this W. Britain Saxon Archer for less than $40.
The last item I picked up was at the show.This is a Medieval Church made by Atherton Scenics. The church is really impressive. It was worth the whole trip to pick it up. You have come to the shows to see the price on this. I got a good deal 🙂
We have some updates on what is going on with Warhorse Miniatures. Here is a test print of the second design of an Anglo Saxon house we are working on. We continue to test some things out and are designing new things also. Some of our earlier creations have been pushed back to the end of the year or early next year. We are going to focus on figure sets for now.
We are designing seven new figures for our Armed Peasant set. The set is made up of Thralls, Bondsmen and Free Peasants.
This Thrall is fighting with a sickle and an deer antler that has been carved into a knife. Thrall were not free-folk and lacked all of their rights as a result; they were slaves. It was a state a person entered into through misadventure in most cases. The most common reason would be through being captured in war.
Here is another Thrall. He is armed with a wooden hammer.
I picture this Thrall as an Irish Warrior that was captured in battle and traded as a Thrall by the Danes. He is trying to win back his freedom by saving as much as possible and through acts of bravery. He is fighting with a wood club and a crude wood shield.
Here is the “Pig Guy” reposed. He is a free peasant and is renting land. He has the right to be armed. Which is why he is fighting with a spear.
Here is another Thrall. She is using a wood pitchfork to defend herself.
Here is the Wife of the “Pig Guy” She has been trained to use a bow.
Here is a Bondsman. He is a free man that has sold his service to another Saxon for a fixed term agreed in bond. He fights with a flail that was used to thresh the grains.
I think the next show I will be at is the Midwest Toy Soldier Show next year. I am going to be concentrating on developing the Warhorse Miniature product line until then. I hope to have a few more figure sets ready by December. Maybe the Craftsmen shops will be available by December too.The Viking Raider set has been pushed back. I am going to change a few things and rebrand the set to have two different versions. It will be the Raider or Trader set. You will choose which one you want. They will share some of the same figures and accessories. But will have their own unique features too. The delays are to insure that you get a quality product. It will be worth the wait!!That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Sunday was the 2021 Columbus Toy Soldier Show. The vendors at the show were shouting “Covid, Give me back my Collectors….” Besides the low crowd it was actually not a bad show. There were plenty of vintage playsets, Barzso Playsets, painted metal toy soldiers and plastic figures galore. Plus my new resin miniatures.
I found a few vintage Airfix Toy Soldiers, Original Barzso bagged figure sets at original prices!!, W. Britain Saxons, Painted Russian metal Viking figures and an Atherton Medieval Church. The second part of the review will be on what I found over the weekend & some of the places where we went. Plus some updates about Warhorse Miniatures.
Paul Amody had a bunch of his Russian made metal miniatures with him. The painting is outstanding.
John Atherton & Shane Leonard brought plenty of their foam products. They are great to add to playsets or for display pieces.
Fellow collector Scott Campbell showed me some of his Barzso figures that he had painted. I always like to talk to fellow collectors to see what they are working on. I sometimes learn some tips or am able to share my own.
Rick Eber had about half of Barzso Playsets available at the show yesterday. There were about 15 total playsets spread out with different vendors. Rick also had plenty of vintage Marx plastic toy soldiers.
John Hamilton had some vintage plastic toy soldiers and other vintage toys.
Here are some more pictures of various vendors.
Robert Horning had his hand crafted & hand painted figures with him. He produces a bunch of different themes from Aliens, Ancients, WWII and even Golf. Plus much more.
Rick Keller had plenty of vintage plastic toys soldiers. Mostly Marx. He had loose figures, bagged sets and some playsets.
Larry Lovely had some loose figures to rummage through. He also had a Barzso Treasure Island playset and some foam pieces.
Mike Lonigro had a mixture of Tin Litho buildings, plastic figures and some playsets.
Todd Nace also had some playsets and storage containers full of vintage plastic toy soldiers. He also had a customized Barzso kneelboat. I think it was the Lewis & Clark boat.
Here was the vendor next to Rick Eber. I didn’t catch his name. He had some vintage figures and other toys.
Rod Chapman had a bunch of antique painted metal dimestore toy soldiers & other antique toys. His Grandson was very kind to help us pack up after the show.
Steve Connell had a combination of different toys.Some painted metal figures and plastic toy soldiers.
Here are some more various pictures of vintage toy soldiers.
I did enjoy the show. I sold the Duke’s Tower to a lucky collector at a good price. It was a little below retail cost. I was surprised that more collectors didn’t come out. They missed out on a lot of good stuff. Most of the vendors will now get ready for next year. Most of us keep our products off the internet. We save them for the shows.I will be at more shows next year.
I would like to thank all the collectors that have shown interest in my work in creating a 11th Century early Medieval world. Thank you for the feedback also. It helps me with the further development of things to come.
In the next part of the review I will have some updates about Warhorse Miniatures. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
I spent most of the day pricing and packing toys for the show. Carolyn helped me ship out the first batch of orders of our 1st set.Most of the items I am bringing to the show are new production.Besides the Warhorse Miniatures we also have a bunch of the LOD/Barzso resin figures and Foam houses. Plus some of the Russian resin toy soldiers. Plenty of Warhansa and some Publius Medieval figures.For more information on the show click over here, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/Shows.html.
We will have the Saxon Family Set #1 with us for purchase at that show this Sunday.Plus some of the prototypes of other sets we are working on.
Here are some of the Russian figures and sets that I will have with me.
Here are some of the LOD/Barzso products that I will have will me. I am even bringing one Duke’s Tower. I am asking $275 for it.
If you can, stop by the show this Sunday. It will be fun. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
The 40th Chicago Toy Soldier Show was last week. It had mixed reviews. I heard that sales were up and down for different vendors. Some had their best sales ever or close to it. Others did good but had better years. Then their were some dealers that had their worst sales ever. I also heard that the number of dealers was down. Most of this was because of the pandemic. They said the crowds were good and there was a new crop of young collectors present too. The younger collectors were looking for recent products. They were not too interested in the vintage playsets.
In a few weeks the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show will be held. It is on Sunday October 17th. The show is from 10am to 3pm.It was a great show last year. It should be the same this year. There was plenty of plastic figures and playsets too. This year you can see the latest sets that Warhorse Miniatures is selling. Plus the prototypes. I will also have some of the LOD Barzso sets and foam houses. Plus some of the Russian made resin figure sets too. Many of the dealers will be bringing things they picked up at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. Don’t miss this one!! You can read about last years show by clicking over here, The 2020 Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Review.
Rodion over at Warhansa sent me a message about their latest Medieval based sets. Their figures are really nice. I really like how they have improved the quality of their miniatures over the years. The figures have great detail. They are 1/32 in scale. Close to the Conte Medieval figures. Plus they look great with the Warhorse Miniatures too!! Which is a plus 😉You can read more about Warhansa at their website, https://warhansa.com/.
Over at Warhorse Miniatures we continue to test things to insure that we produce products of high quality. We released our first set a few weeks ago for pre-order. In a few weeks we will announce our next release. We will focus on the figure sets for now andproduce the houses and shops towards the end of the years.
See you at the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
The Chicago Toy Soldier Show is this week. I have never attended this show. I plan on attending next year. It should be a good show for those that plan on going since there was no show last year. Some of the vendors, collectors and toy soldier companies will miss the show because of virus related issues. For more information about the show visit there website over here, https://chicagotoysoldiershow.com/.
While I miss the Chicago Show I will be at the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show. This is a nice show. Full of things plundered from the Chicago Show also. Plus this is where Warhorse Miniatures premiers it’s new line of early Medieval England figures. We will have a full display of items available and prototypes of future things to come. You can read about last year’s review of the show over here, The 2020 Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Review.
I talked to Ken Ciak of LOD Toy Soldiers and here is what he told me. “Here are some photos of new items to be released this Thursday. Maid Marian in green along with her cohorts (accessories sold separately).“
“Athena and Ares in green (this is a CTSS exclusive in this color. Future sets will be in different colors).”
“We also have a three vulture set in green for the show. This is the first run and new LOD poses. These can be used on battlefields wherever there are casualties. We wanted a bird to accompany Ares as we have the owl on Athena’s shoulder (depicting wisdom).”
Plus the American Revolution Calvary sets will be available for the show too!!!!