WTF? New finds, The Workshop, News on Barzso, Publius, and W. Britain for May 2017

Hi everyone, this month I am starting something new and hope to do this every month. It’s my WTF, lol. This new feature will focus on any news, new things I found or updates on projects that I am working on. 

The Find

Here are some of the things I found on eBay and a few different places that I went to like garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores, and some antique stores.

Sheet Music

I also collect old sheet music, mainly the military themed sheet music. Here is an old E.T. Paull piece that I got for $5.

Here is some metal painted medieval figures that I got on ebay for about $50. I think they are from Russia. They are painted really nice and go well with my Conte and W. Britain medieval figures.

Here are some Britain Robin Hood figures that I picked up for about $15.

Here is a lot of old toy soldiers that I got for about $10, most of it broken parts or figures that are missing something. 


The Workshop


From The Workshop, here are some things that I am working on. I had some time off and started painting again, some Conte and Publius figures. I am going to send most of the summer painting figures and not picking up too many things. Also I am going to start crafting some new items, I just got to think of what I want to make for both the miniatures and Playmobil. I still have a cottage to finish, some vikings ships that need to be customized for the miniatures and Playmobil. Ugh……..


I trying a new way to paint my figures, so far so good. I primed the figures black, and then started the flesh areas. Next the uniforms or clothing. I always try something different to see if I can do better with my painting. I hope to have this guys finish by the end of June. I am working with 4 base colors for the clothing with this batch. I am trying new ways to speed up the process, so far I spent a couple hours painting these over different days.

The Latest News

Here is some news this month about the hobby. What is going on with Barzso?? I noticed this other day on the Barzso website.


There have been rumors about Barzso Playsets shutting down the past couple of years. I still hope they stay around, in some form. It’s a sad day, we shall see….


Here are some new figures from Publius, they go for around $99 for 12 figures. “The Battle of Kulikovo 1380 ” (Russian Knights vs. Golden Horde) 1\32 scale. They are really nice, but I will skip this batch. It is just to much money, and it is not a die hard piece that I need. 



Here are some of the latest figures from the Wrath of the Northmen series from W. Britain. I will be getting these figures for my collection. I have most of the Saxons and some of the Vikings from this series. I will stick to this line of paint metal figures. For the price and the way they look, they are my favorite. One day I will do a post on this series.

Shield Wall1


Well that is it for now, I wrap it up with this picture of a shieldwall. One day I will make a custom figure or more likely some type of Franken-figure of different parts of figures to make a new one.

In other news, I will have a few pictures of Replicants Saxons and there new Comanches. Plus some pictures of some old Atlantic figures that I had picked up lately.

And whatever I find in my basement, lol. The other day I started re-organizing my “stuff”, I am going through things and trying to make some room for new shelves so I have everything organized. I started finding things that I forgot I had or every purchased, lol. Some things I will get rid of, since I had to start downsizing a little. Anyway, I am starting to babble. Be well, and thanks for reading.

2 thoughts on “WTF? New finds, The Workshop, News on Barzso, Publius, and W. Britain for May 2017

  1. Hi Mike. Sad news about Barzso. I hope they can come back to business soon. Pvblis figures are great. They have some master sculptors. Very very detailed, great accurate work… but a little expensive to me. I will use the pictures to find new ideas. The WB work is beautiful, they have “the touch”. Every theme that they took it, they got it. I want to revisited my Saxons warriors, taking some ideas of it.
    I love your “find” things. The Russian toy soldiers are great “character” figures to make scenes, and the plastic Britains can also fit very well.
    I hope to see soon your handpainted figures finished. They looks like very well. I think black colour print can help to make some “rough” and “matt” tones. Thank you very much for sharing all these great things and projects. Regards and support from Spain.

  2. Thanks for the comment Jose, I was told by someone that Barzso should be back up and running. So let’s hope and pray. And while we are praying, maybe we will see the return of Conte too.

    Yes the Pvblivs figures are really nice, but at that price I will pass. If they had made a Saxon set, It might be different. But I starting to look into converting figures in the near future to get more poses with the Conte figures that I have now.

    I love the W. Britain figures, I just got some game to get two exclusive figures. They keep getting better with each figure that they produce. Now the weapons are made with Steel? or some other metal and they look awesome. For the quality and price, this is the way to go. I cannot wait to see what comes out down the line for them. I will have to order some that model grass to display things.

    Thanks about the painted figures, I hope to finish this batch soon. I am thinking of finishing these and then starting on the next batch in July. In between I will test some new things and finish some unfinished projects. I will send you an email soon, to discuss some things. I might even start my Playmobil Knights from the North theme……….

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