I hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day weekend. It is a time in America that we show our gratitude to the men & women that sacrificed their lives for their country.
This Saturday June 3rd is the Virginia Toy Soldier show. Eddy Gries has been promoting this show for a while now. This year I will be setting up as a vendor. This is the first time we will attend this show. If it is like the show in New Jersey there will be a little of everything. Painted metal toy soldiers, plastic toy soldiers and military related items, books & toys.I think there are about 75 tables for this show. Hobby Bunker will be present. I will be bringing my resin Warhorse Miniatures, LOD/Barzso plastic & resin toy soldiers, a few Russian resin toy soldiers, some foam products and some vintage plastic toy soldiers. I will have a review about the show in a week or so. If you are not too far from Annandale, VA stop by and say hello.
Carolyn found this Hardy horse drawn fire engine from a friend on FB a few weeks ago for $10. I think it is missing a couple firemen that would be placed on the back. It will go with my Hardy Wagon that she found a few years ago.
I found this Bum Pirate set for $20 on eBay. It was something that I was hoping to find one day. I will paint the black set of figures in the future.
Jeff Imel of BMC has plans to remake some of the Classic Toy Soldiers figures sets. Jeff says, “I’m pleased to announce that Jim & Dave over at ‘Classic Toy Soldiers‘ have agreed to pass along stewardship of their plastic injection molds to VictoryBuy. In the coming year I’ll be introducing the BMC Toys ‘Classic Toy Soldier Collector Series’ that will bring the impressive CTS catalog of Louis Marx & Co. style figures and accessories to the toy market. CTS will continue to offer their amazing playsets to the Hobby market for the foreseeable future. A huge thanks to Jim McGough and Dave Payne for all their help with this massive project.” You can read the latest update over here, https://bmc-toys.myshopify.com/blogs/news/bmc-toys-production-roundup-june-2023.
I finally added the Saxon Potter shop to my store page. I changed the shop a little. This set has changed a lot since it was first designed. The Potter and helper have been changed. Also, I added the boy to this set. It is $85. For more information you can head over here, Saxon Potter Shop – 1/32 Resin.
After the show in Virginia, we will be heading back to Gettysburg on August 27th. I am still working on the British sets, hopefully by the end of June. More testing with different resin mixtures and always something is being designed or planned. I hope to have some more updates on my next post. That is it for now, Thank you for reading.
There were miniatures of all different scales. Some were 90mm in height and others were around 28mm. There was a vendor that had a bunch of tabletop gaming miniatures.The name of the store was Champion Gaming. You can check them out over here, https://www.facebook.com/championgaming.
Not every vendor was selling hobby related items. There were a few selling historical related books. One was Aaron Elson. His Father served in World War II. While doing some research about his Father, he decided to write a book about him and other Veterans too.You can check out his website over here, https://myfatherstankbattalion.com/.
Next up is Hobby Bunker. They usually setup a mini store. From plastic toy soldiers, painted metal miniatures, hobby paints, models, 3d printed buildings, foam buildings, and hobby related magazines. They have it all.
Here are some more pictures from what Paul Amory was selling.
“SABOT Miniatures LLC specializes in miniatures, figures, paints accessories and books for the discerning scale modeler and figure painter. We carry a growing assortment of miniature, paint and accessory lines, many of which are not carried by anyone else in the United States. We were formerly SABOT Publications LLC, and produced 22 reference books on mostly modern United States military tanks and vehicles.” I grabbed that from their website. You check them out over here, https://www.sabotminiatures.com/default.asp.
Here are some random pictures of different vendors, plus one of Scale 75 USA. I was trying to get back to take more pictures of the show and the competition. But I was too busy with the table. Scale 75 USA makes some nice paint and sets that I have gotten over the years. You can read more about them over here, https://scale75usa.com/.
Here are some more pictures of from different artists of the competition area that I found on the internet.
We end the review at my table again. Saturday was slower for us most of the day. People would trickle in from the competition all day. Most of the collectors wandered to other vendors. Throughout the day a few people would take a look to check out what we were selling. I had a bunch of good talks throughout the day again. A Man named Allen stopped by a few times and told us he would stop by before he left. About a half hour before the show ended, he purchased the Blacksmith shop, the Potter shop, Viking Raider camp and a bunch of the bagged figure sets.It was a fun show. We will be back next year.
While at the show we picked up a few things. One of the nice things with the show besides looking for certain items, is talking to fellow collectors and vendors. One gentleman that was with his son, gave his raffle tickets to Carolyn. She was lucky enough to win an item through the raffle. She sent me to pick out an item that was on the table. This is what I chose for her.
I picked out a Conte Civil War set. The metal miniatures were hand painted. They represent the Texas Brigade flagbearers & a drummer from the Confederate Army. When we see him again, we have a gift for him.
Another gentleman that we meet was Arthur Etechells. He gave a set of plastic toy soldiers made by a company called BUM. The set is hard to find. It will be in my collection for a while. The funny thing is on the box it says “Tarzan, King of Apples…”. I was looking for a Pirate set that BUM had made for a while now. After the show I found one on eBay for $20. I will do a review of that in a future post.
Here are some of the things that I purchased from the show. I am always looking for books to help me with my research when designing the miniatures and accessories.I purchased two books about the French Armies of King Louis XV for $60 and two Osprey books for less than $25. The rest of the books I spent around $20. There was a couple to the left of us selling books. I had noticed a bunch of people throughout the two days taking a look at what they had. I wished I had taken a look the first day. The books were really cheap. Most of them were $2.00 to $5.00 a piece.
Here are some more pictures of the items that I got at Gettysburg. I had picked up some Barzso French Artillery figures the year before at the Midwest Show without the cannon. I figured I would use them with the metal cannons that I have. The cannon above is a Barzso 32 Pounder Cannon.
Here are 5 Barzso Naval Cannons. They are welcome addition to my forts.
Some Barzso Cannonade.
Barzso Major Pitcairn Character figure. He was missing the horse, so I am using one of my Warhorse horses for now. I will test out one of my other horses in the future for him. He looks good with the Warhorse British Grenadiers.
Here the Barzso Col. John Parker character figure.
Here are some mixed figures that I got in a bag. There are some American Civil War & Pirate theme miniatures. Most are Barzso. The figure with the top hat is by Replicants.
We will be in Virginia in about 3 weeks from now, Saturday June 3rd. I have never been to the Show in Annandale, titled as “Heart of the South” Show. Will will have our Warhorse resin miniatures, Barzso/LOD toy soldiers, some foam products and some things from my collections. Send me a message if you are going to the show and are looking for something in particular. On August 27th, we will return to Gettysburg for the second show they are doing this year. That is it for now. Thanks for reading.
The past Friday & Saturday was the MFCA Annual Show & Mart. The exhibition is for painters, modelers and collectors of Toy Soldiers of all skill levels and interests.
The Marketplace also attracts hobby vendors from throughout the United States.Vendors providing everything from miniature figure kits, plastic and wood models, books, Toy Soldiers, Militaria, Art, and connoisseur figures.
This was a different type of show than we usually do. Most of the shows we have setup as a vendor have been traditional toy soldier shows. Since Warhorse Miniatures is can be collected as a toy soldier or a model to be painted for a diorama, we decided to check out this show. I have been to this show in the past, about 7 years ago. It is a good show for painted metal toy soldiers, resin miniatures, paints, historical books, and you can even find some plastic toy soldiers.
The show took place over two days. Here are some pictures from the first day. It was hard for me to get around the room. It seemed like every time I left, I had to return to my table to answer some questions. The first day Paul Stadinger stopped by to say hello and he spent some time with us behind the table.
I think this vendor was AC Models. He had resin figures and resin accessories.
Another Vendor that I saw had some old painted metal toy soldiers. Joe Wallis was the name I saw. He is an author of books about Britains toy soldiers. Here is a website about that, http://leadsoldierbooks.com/index.html.
The next vendor was Minutemen Toy Soldiers. George was busy setting up a bunch of the painted metal toy soldiers from brands such as King & Country, First Legion, J.J. Designs, W. Britian and others. You can check his website over here, http://www.mmtoysoldiers.com/.
Paul Amory had a huge selection of the finely detailed painted miniatures for sale. Works of art.
Here are some pictures of the vendor that was across from us.
Here are some pictures of the exhibit from the Artist and our friend, Steve Pyle. He does some amazing work.
Fast Eddie had large selection of mainly Osprey books.
Here are some random pictures from the show.
Here are some pictures of different exhibits from various artists. I was not able to take pictures of everything. The room was packed when I was trying to take some pictures.
We will end the first part of the review here with my table. We had a nice selection of the Warhorse Miniatures resin miniatures. When first opened we had a collector come straight to our table and request a Krampus figurine. We also had a nice selection of the LOD/Barzso resin miniatures, foam houses and plastic toy soldiers. I setup a small display of the Saxons. Mainly the village pieces. We had the Blacksmith shop, Potter shop and the Pig Farm setup with some of the Saxon prototype houses. It was a slow burn for most of the day, but we were able to sell some things that I had for a while now. It was fun to talk to new & old friends.
Here are a few of the different things that I had picked up at Gettysburg a couple of weeks ago. Most of it is Barzso. The Blacksmith shop, some French Tents, New Orleans character figures, a split rail fence and a teepee. The mounted British in the last few pictures are Replicants I think.
The second part of the review will be this weekend. Well, that is it for now. I will be in Annandale, Virginia on June 3rd.Then returning to Gettysburg on August 27th.Thank you for reading.