Roll Call ~ June 2017

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Thanks for visiting again. This is my blog post for the month of June and I know it is July, lol. I am going to call the month report “Roll Call’. It has been busy for me this month, not really that much with the hobby but with life and work. Anyway lets begin. I did find a few interesting items and the first I found yesterday. 

 

The Find

 

 

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Yesterday, my girlfriend and I went to Leesport, PA to shop at a flea market. I didn’t get anything there. I saw a few bags of toy soldiers and other toys, but nothing I wanted or no good deals that I couldn’t pass up. I have become more select in things I buy. I have enough “stuff” around the house. Anyway, on the way home we saw a garage sale. There I picked up this guy. I think it is a Elastolin American War of Independence officer or maybe George Washington figure or it could be Frederick The Great? I could not pass up this figure for a dollar 🙂

 

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I came across these figures on the internet the last month and liked the way the looked. They are Atlantic Alpini Toy Soldiers, or Alpine Troops. They are about 60mm and came in different shades of green. They also came in white. I think they were made in the 1970’s and represent modern Italian soldiers, since I don’t think they had snowmobiles during WWII. There are some pieces missing or parts that came from another set. There is a cannon that I got with these figures that is for the Americans. I will write something about that one day when I find a few more things to add to it.

They remind my of the old James Bond movies, where he would be skiing down the slopes avoiding soldiers or bad guys trying to kill him. I spent around $40.00 on these. I will look for set with the box one day.

 

Schylling Robin Hood

I found this set a few months for under $4.00. It is made by Schylling and is about 1/30 in scale. I never saw this set before and have not found to much information about them. I will use the two robin hood figures for my medieval collection, which is now in 2 parts. One is 1/35 in scale or the “small” 1/32 figures. Like Airfix, Marx, Italeri, Accurate and some other brands. The other part is mainly Conte and some other brands that have figures in 1/30 scale.

 

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And lastly for this report is an old Currier & Ives print that I found. I will put this in a frame. It’s an original and in a rough shape. But I like it this way. For a dollar you can’t go wrong either.

 

The Latest News

Here are some things that have come out since my last report. You might have seen some of these around the net.

Here are some figures made by “No Name”. They are copies or clones of metal figures. I think they are made in the Russian Federation and can be found on eBay. They say they are 60mm in size. I am going to get a couple sets and I hope they go well with Conte. I think they will, they might be little taller. I will use some as Saxons and most as Vikings. I will cut off any horns and make the double axe look more as a Dane axe. For under $20, I really can’t complain. 

 

Talking about Russia, here are some new sets being made by Chintoys and they look Great. You can find these on the internet between $20 and $30. They are really nice and great for anybody that loves history. Some of these can be used for some Mexican officers for the Alamo. One day, I hope they make a set for the American Civil War or the American Revolution. Any period really would be nice if the keep to these standards.

 

 

The Workshop

I really have not done too much the last couple of weekends, life gets in the way at times. And for me that is much of the time, always something to do. But the figures that have been working on are coming along. Here are some figures that I am painting as Saxons and Vikings. The first is by Conte, the other 3 are by Pvblivs.

 

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Well that’s all for this month, I will continue working on a few things and take some pictures of those no name Vikings when I get them by the end of this month or so. That’s one of the problems from ordering from overseas, the wait. Thanks for reading ( :

WTF? New finds, The Workshop, News on Barzso, Pvblivs, 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.

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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 Pvblivs 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……..

Painting

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.

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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 Pvblivs, 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.

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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.

Toy Soldier Review ~ Engineer Basevich Early Slavs

Here is an update to this post as of 05/13/2017, I took a few pictures with the Barzso Duke’s Stronghold.

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Hello again, a couple of weeks ago I got my Early Slav warriors made by Engineer Basevich. The detail in these figures is really nice and they go well with other brands that I collect. 

 

The box art is great and there are plenty of different poses. I am going to use these figures as Vikings or Saxons.

Almost half of the figures can be used as villagers, which are hard to come by for a medieval collector. Plus with this set you have a woman in full armor, ready to kick arse. 

Here are a few pictures of the Slavic warriors with a Conte Saxon and some Pvblivs Saxons figures. They are the right scale and mix well with both brands.

Here are some more pictures of mainly Conte Viking figures and the E B Slavs. The last picture is with a Barzso cottage.

All in all, I am very happy with the figures. I wish they were cheaper, as of now they are at collector prices. But if your a die hard collector like me, you need at least on set of these figures for your medieval collection. 

I will have another post up this weekend, I am going to start a new monthly blog post on things that I have collected or what I am working on. I am going to slow down on collecting for a while and focus on creating, painting and reorganizing my collections of Toy Soldiers and Playmobil(yes I have not forgotten those guys). I just started painting a bunch of Vikings, I am going to have a tutorial on that down the line too. Thanks for reading, take care for now. 

Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 2017

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Well it is that time again to return to Gettysburg. I try to get to Gettysburg at least once a year, it’s about an hour & a half from my home. And when I am able to, I will get down there when they have the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show. This year the show is on Sunday, April 23rd at the Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center. I have gone to the show over the last 10 years. Last year I found a Conte Playset that I was looking for. It is always a good time, go to show and then look around the Battlefield or go shopping in the many little shops in Gettysburg. 

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I received my post card reminding me about the show from John Stengel Jr. It was a Great loss when John Stengel passed last year. He kept me involved in the bobby, and must have kept a bunch of people involved over the years. 

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New Products ~ LOD Barzso American Revolutionary War Figures

LOD is now producing American Revolutionary figures using molds that where originally used by Barzso Playsets. There are 2 different sets, British Grenadiers and Colonial Minutemen. As mentioned in a early article, LOD has gained the rights to some of Barzso Playsets molds. So here is your chance to stock up on these sets, these are great for customizing too. You get 16 figures for $22.50. You can order with the following link and check out their other great products LOD Toys Soldiers

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New Playmobil Vikings for 2017

Ok, so some of these new items are not really Vikings. But they are close enough to use some of these parts to customize for Viking or Saxons figures. So here are some of the new products this year. Most of the sets are about the Animated Movie series, “How to Train your Dragon” I am going to use some of new hair pieces, helmets, and beards to customize some figures. I am glad to see some of the things that I have been working on, being used now by Playmobil. 

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Plus I want to thank everybody that takes their time to check out my blog. With 2017 almost here, it will be an exciting year with new products coming out and all the projects that I have planed to create this coming year. I will be working on both Playmobil and Toy Soldiers next year. Thanks again, I hope everyone well. Be Safe, Be Prepared!!!

 

East Coast Toy Soldier Show 2016 Review

I had a great time at the East Coast Toy Soldier Show today in Hackensack, NJ. It had been over 10 years since the last time I had gone, something always came up. It had a nice balance of vintage & new plastic and painted metal figures. There were also playsets, Hess trucks and some other vintage toys. Plus some historical weapons and reenactors. It looked busy with people coming and going, plenty of vendors too. I spent almost 4 hours looking around and talking to dealers and collectors. I saw Mr. Stad from Stad’s Stuff, a really nice guy, also from Pennsylvania. Some of dealers I talked to were from Minutemen Toys SoldiersTreefrog TreasuresHobby BunkerW. Britain  and a bunch of other dealers. Plus Mike Russo was there, I got most of my Conte figures from him. I also talked to Patrick Falci, the actor who played A.P. Hill in “Gettysburg”film. I found some more Conte Vikings and Normans, most from sets number 1 and 2. I glad to find the Viking swinging the axe over his head and the little kid with the dagger. I was missing those figures from my collection. I spent about $1.00 for each Conte figure, not bad these days. I also picked up my W Britain Saxon figures from George at Minutemen Toy Soldiers. He spends a lot of time displaying the toy soldiers at the shows and does a great job. A great guy to deal with too, keeps you up to date with items that you are interested in and contacts you when he has them or finds something that you have been looking for. I even found some Playmobil at the toy soldier show!!!! A few old medieval figures and incomplete green medieval cottage, paid $21 for that.

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Some pictures of the layout of the show.

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Here are the Playmobil items that I picked up.

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Some BMC cannons and mortars for a $1.50. 

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I joined the W. Britain Collectors Club and this was my first figure. 

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Finally got the Conte Viking swinging the axe over his head and the little boy with the dagger.

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Here is the hoard of Conte Vikings and Normans that I got, most of these are the poses from sets #1.

 Here is the displays by Minutemen Toy Soldiers

Some more pictures from the show.

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If you want to read more about the show you can read this article from the NorthJersey.com