The Latest News!! 08/29/2022 ~ Warhorse Miniatures Saxon Blacksmith, Viking Raider Camp, King Harold Finehair and Allentown/Lehigh Valley Toy Show.

I hope everyone is doing well. I have a quick post on some updates and a toy show that I will be a vendor at on September 10th.

Saxon Blacksmith Shop
Viking Raider Camp
King Harold Finehair

Since I setup my latest 3d Printer I have been able to return to some earlier projects that I had planned to make. I spent about a month fine tuning the machine and started making a bunch of the Viking Raider miniatures. The last two weeks I was able to print some of the bigger items I had designed.

I am glad to announce that the Blacksmith Shop is now ready for production. The price for this set is $105. I will have it added to the Store page this weekend. The set includes the Shop, Forge, Blacksmith, Helper and tools & accessories.

It has been over a year since I started developing this set. I changed the Blacksmith, added some bases to the accessories, merged the spears to the weapon rack and rescaled a few things. The Shop and miniatures will be in a brown resin. The Forge and tools will be in a grey resin.

The Viking Raider Camp is almost ready now too. The tents are finished. The Supplies have been redesigned. I am designing some wooden stakes to finish the set. Plus, I am still testing the miniatures. Everything should be finished by the end of September. This set will cost $140.

Here is one of the latest miniatures that I had designed. This is Harlod Finehair, King of Norway. I will probably add him to the next set of Vikings.

On Saturday September 10th I will be a vendor at the Allentown Lehigh Valley Toy Show. It is located at the Charles Chrin Community Center, 4100 Green Pond Road in Palmer, Pa 18045. There are supposed to be 200 tables of vintage toys and collectibles. There should be a few vendors with toy soldiers. A little for everybody, Action figures, comics and games. I will be bringing my Miniatures, Star Wars figures and some comics. For more information check out this link, https://www.valleygoto.com/toy-show.

That is it for now. I will have more updates next month. Thank you for reading.

Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2022 Review ~ Part one Room Trading

The Midwest Toy Soldier show was on Sunday. The show took place in Lafayette, Indiana. The two days before that there was room trading at the hotel where the show took place. There were plenty of vendors that took part. Room trading was a little slow, but the crowds showed up for the show. In today’s post I will discuss the first two days of the room trading.

Me & Carolyn arrived at hotel on Thursday. We were located on the second floor of the hotel. Once we settled in I then setup my products throughout the room for Friday. The next day we got up early and went to a few antique stores before returning to the hotel around noon. Then I started the event called room trading. Room trading is when you make your hotel room a little shop. Collectors will walk throughout he the hotel and shop at your “store”. I had a nice time talking to other collectors and answering any questions they had about my products. This was the 1st time that I was selling my line of Warhorse Miniatures figures. Most were the early Medieval sets. But I also had the new French Marines from the French & Indian War era. Beside that I had some of the LOD/Barzso figure sets & foam products and some Russian figure sets. Mostly Warhansa and some Publius. I was hoping to have some Prikaz products. But I don’t know when that will happen.

I took a break a few times to check out some of the other rooms. The first room I went to belonged to Todd Nace. He had a lot of vintage Marx figures and playsets.

The next room belonged to Eric Koopmeiner. He had vintage toy soldiers, playsets, action figures and some diecast vehicles.

Next, I visited the room of Rick Eber. Each year Rick brings some rare & new mint playsets. Every time I see him, he has something that I have never seen before. This year was the same.

It was now the evening when I closed up my room for trading. I went downstairs to see what was going on. By the time I got to John Anderson’s room he had almost sold everything he had. He usually brings a bunch of playsets and figure sets with him. Plus, vintage toys. Whatever he gets his hands on.

The last room I checked on Friday belonged to David Cook of MicShaun’s Closet. He had his TSSD bagged toy soldiers, foam products, LOD/Barzso products and some Russian figure sets. We had a lot of fun talking.

Late Friday in the lobby of the hotel there was a small gathering of collectors. There were about 20 collectors looking at some old Marx playsets. I think most were from the 1960’s. They belonged to John Anderson. They were still sealed. The boxes were in bad condition. But when they started to open them up, everything inside was mint. Except for some paper guides. The sets were sold to some of the collectors there. At this point it was almost 11pm. I then retired for the night.

Day Two

I got up early on Saturday and took a stroll around the 1st floor before I opened my room. I went to visit Mike Kitnuck. Ron Barzso gave Mike a horde of original Barzso products that he had found to sell for him. There was over a 100 figure & accessories sets. I don’t know what else he had the day before. I found a few rare things to add to my collection. It was a Barzso collector’s dream. If this was a few years ago, I would have spent over a $1,000. Instead, I spent around $100. I could have horded a bunch of stuff. But I am in the process now of trimming my collections. So, I took only what I needed. I was tempted, but I left everything to some other lucky collectors.

Next up was the room of John Atherton. He was busy preparing his beautiful foam pieces for sale. His products are a must for anyone creating a diorama or even a small display. We had a good time talking about the hobby.

The next room I entered belonged to Scott Canady. He also had a lot of vintage playsets and toy soldiers. After I kept knocking down one of his displays of toy soldiers, I looked through some comics and around his room…

Francis Turners room had a huge amount of vintage Marx figures. Plus, some recast figures that were old too.

Gary Wendeln also had some Barzso figure sets and playsets with him. Plus, some other vintage toy soldiers.

The last room I checked out on Saturday belonged to fellow collector Willy Pickett. He had his custom playmats to enhance your vintage figures. Plus, some custom terrain pieces that he had painted.

Treefrog Treasures was room trading late afternoon on Saturday. They were the only major metal dealer at the show.

That is all on the room trading. I think next year I will only trade on Saturday. On Friday I will stroll around instead. I had a great time trading and talking to collectors. There were plenty of deals at this show. My next post will be on the show itself. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!!! 02/19/2022 ~ Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2022, New Sets from Warhorse Miniatures and….

Happy Belated New Year. This is my first post of the year. It will be a quick one at that. I have been busy with work, making things and was sick with covid for about 2 weeks. I have been getting a lot of sets ready for production. Over the next month I am releasing another 6 sets. I have two sets that will be ready in a couple of weeks.

The first set is Set #7 Saxon Hare Hunter. The set includes a Hunter, a small tree and 3 different Hares. The set is $25.00.

The other set is Set #8 Saxon Wood Cutter. The set includes a Peasant will a fallen tree & stump. This set is $17.00.


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Солдатики и все, что с ними связано. Все ведущие отечественные производители, большое количество коллекционных фигурок на любые темы. Новые авторы и авторское творчество. Все, что понравится, можно тут же приобрести!

Общение с коллегами и увлеченными хоббистами на одной волне. Это уже третья “Песочница”, и мы предвкушаем огромное удовольствие от нового мероприятия! Ждем вас!

‎It’s already this Sunday, February 20th! We are waiting for everyone at the exhibition-fair “Sandbox”! ‎‎

Soldiers and everything connected with them. All leading domestic manufacturers, a large number of collectible figures on any topic. New authors and author’s creativity. Everything you like, you can immediately buy! ‎‎

Communication with colleagues and enthusiastic hobbyists on the same wavelength. This is the third “Sandbox”, and we are looking forward to the great pleasure of the new event! We are waiting for you!‎

MIDWEST TOY SOLDIER SHOW is about five weeks away. It is one of my favorite shows to attend. This show should be good. I will have about 10 different sets available by the time the show takes place. Plus a few prototypes of things to come. For more information about the show click on this link, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.

When:
Sunday, March 27, 2022 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
ROOM TRADING: Friday, March 25 – Saturday, March 26.

Where:
Courtyard by Marriott
Conference Center
150 Fairington Ave.
Lafayette, IN 47905

That is, it for now. Thank you for reading.

Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show 2021 Review Part 2 & Warhorse Miniatures Update

Here is the second part of the review. If you didn’t read the first part you can click the link over here, Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show 2021 Review Part 1.

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 Chillicothe we 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.

Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show 2021 Review Part 1

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.

Some various pictures from an unknown vendor.

Ted Deddens of W. Britain had bunch of painted metal figures. I re-joined the Collectors Club again. It is worth the price. You can take a look over here, https://www.wbritain.com/collectors-club.

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.