Toy Soldier Review ~ Biplant Gauls & Rus Warriors.

It has been about a month since my last post. I have been busy with work and was away on vacation. While I was away I did find a few things. I will talk about that in a future post. Today I just wanted to do a quick review of 2 sets that I purchased from the company called Biplant. The sets are of Gauls and Rus Warriors. I did a preview of these sets in a past post, Latest News!! 09-13-2019 ~ Previews of some new releases from Engineer Basevich & Biplant. I purchased these on ebay for $6.50 a set. The first set I will review is of the Gauls.

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Here is the set of Gauls. I am very pleased with these set. The poses are nice and so is the sculpting. When I first read about these figures I thought that they would be about 65mm. They are closer to 54mm. They are a little smaller than the Conte Medieval figures. The material that is used is like the Conte figures too, but a little softer. I am planning to use some of these figures as Saxons or Vikings.

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These figures blend very well with the Conte Medieval figures. I am planning on trimming some of the weapons and helmets.

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The next set is of Rus Warriors. Again I am very happy with these figures too. Yesterday I watched the trailer to the “Vikings” tv show. The Rus finally arrive. Perfect timing to start a Rus collection of figures. Some of the these figures can be used as Vikings & Saxons or even a Norman.

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The figures are a welcome addition to my collection. Some of the poses will stand out in a display. I am planning on purchasing a few more sets of these soon.

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That is it for now. My next post will be about some of the things I found on my trip. Thank you for reading.

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The Latest News!! 06/30/2019 ~ Mars 1/32 World War II Japanese Paratroopers, MicShaun’s Closet & John Jenkins Anglo-Saxons Shield Wall.

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Here is another update about the hobby. We have some news from Mars, MicShaun’s Closet and John Jenkins.

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Sergey shared a sneak peak of the World War II Japanese in 1/32 scale. Here are four of the figures that will be included in this set. The Zombie Pirates, German Panzergrenadiers and Japanese Paratroopers should be released by the end of the summer. An eBay dealer from the Ukraine made a mistake by listing some sets this week that are still unavailable.

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The poses are based on the same poses from the 1/72 set. But they look a little different. I am excited to see this set released now after see this first four figures.

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MicShaun’s should have their big shipment of re-stock figure sets by the end of the week. I will have more information on that when it happens.

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Right now they have this NEWRAY BIG COUNTRY WESTERN TOWN in stock. Check it out at https://micshaunscloset.com/products/new-ray-big-country-western-town

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George of Minutemen Toy Soldiers shared some pictures of John Jenkins latest theme today. These are unpainted prototypes. These range should be released sometime next year. Check out George’s site at http://www.mmtoysoldiers.com/

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“John Jenkins Designs previewed a new range yesterday at the June London Toy Soldier Show; figures from the battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings………………they will begin to appear in September, hopefully in time for the Chicago Show……..”

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I can’t wait to see these.

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

Latest News!! 02/23/2019. Vintage Plastic Airfix Italians & More. Hobby News ~ Warhansa, Publius & Runecraft.

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Greetings everyone. A few weeks ago I received in the mail a package of mainly Airfix figures. I paid $20 for the lot. They had advertised Vintage plastic toy soldiers, Germans, British and others on eBay. They are mostly World War II plastic figures. When I looked at the pictures I noticed that the Germans where mostly Airfix Italian Infantry. These figures are 1/32 in scale.

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I went through the box and divided the figures into about 10 different groups.

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Most of the figures were Airfix but some where from other brands.

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Timpo & Airfix 8th Army figures.

One of the bigger groups was of Airfix British 8th Army.

The next group was of Airfix Afrika Korp figures.

The next group was Airfix British Commandos.

The next group was Airifx British Infanty.

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The next group of figures was Airfix German Infantry.

The next group was of some Airfix Gurkhas. 

The next group was Japanese Infantry. It looks like all the poses are here.

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Besides the World War II Airfix figures there was some Modern Germans and some British.

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There was 24 Italian Infantry inside the box.

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There are 7 poses in the Airfix Italian set.

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I have been looking for some more Airfix Italians for a while. I think this set was one of the last World War II 1/32 scaled figure sets that Airfix made.

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Here are some Vintage Western figures that I picked up. I think they are a mixture of Crescent and Cherilea figures.

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I purchased this used Ultimate Soldier 1/32 Japanese Zero for $25.00. It is missing a couple of pieces I think. I want to add this to a diorama that I plan on making later this year.

I received this W. Britain Collector’s Club Viking figure about 2 months ago. The last picture has a Conte Viking figure that I painted.

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Rodion Makheav sent me some preview pictures of Warhansa sets. I also found a few more. Most of these sets should be available in by the end of March.

I think these figures are about Conan the Barbarian. Conan was one of my favorite comics to read growing up.

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These looks like another Conan inspired set.

This figure appears to be of Lenin.

This figure is of Harald Hardrada the King of Norway form 1046 to 1066. He is part of the 1066 Saga for the Throne of Britain. Harald lived a very interesting and adventurous life. He met his end at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

Here are the World War II Russian Infantry again. 

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Here are some figures from Runecraft Miniatures. I think they are part of Publius. They make some interesting figures in 1/32 scale. I don’t know when these will be available to USA customers.

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You can find the Publius Saxons again on eBay. This time they are in blue. 

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The picture above is a preview of post that I will be doing in the near future. That is it for now.

Thank you for reading.

W. Britain ~ Wrath of the Northmen ~ Fall 2017

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With the Chicago Toy Soldier Show coming soon, I have been thinking what new things I will try to pick up later this year. At the Chicago show most of the Toy Soldier companies preview or release their new items. One thing that I know for sure is that I will get some of W. Britain “Wrath of the Northmen” figures. The figures in this line seem to get better with each new one released. I was able to get the limited edition figures, they are awesome to say the least. Here are a few pictures of them, 62126 – “Brimir” Viking Attacker – Academy Games Exclusive and 62127 – “Werian” Saxon Defender – Academy Games Exclusive. I took them with a Barzso Cottage.

 

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Here is Saxon leader that is one of their Collector Club figures.

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Here are some figures that are out now or will be out soon.

Saxon Archer #1 Arrow Nocked (Recene) 62123 W. Britain

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Saxon Archer #2 Arrow Loosed (Osfirth) 62128 W. Britain

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Saxon Archer #3 Arrow Loosed (Scotend) 62129 W. Britain

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Here are some new figures that I hope will be out by the end of the year or early next year.

 

Saxon Shield Wall Defender (Seaver) 62124 W. Britain

Viking with Raven Banner (Arnlaug) 62131 W. Britain

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Viking Advancing Blowing Horn (Arnljot) 62132 W. Britain

Viking Attacking with Sword and Axe (Brandr) 62133 W. Britain

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That is it for now, the next few weeks should be exciting. I will be at the East Coast Toy Soldier Show in October and will do an article on that.

Toy Soldier Preview ~ W. Britain Wrath of The Northmen Summer 2017

Greetings everyone, it is almost summer time and soon W. Britain will be releasing new figures. Right now I am only collecting figures from the “Wrath of the Northmen” line of figures. I wish I could add some of the other lines to my collection, but due my budget I can only stick to one at this time. Anyway, I would like to share some information that I have gathered through different sources about the new figures that will be released soon. I can’t wait to add these figures to my collection and to see what else is going to come in the range down the line. Their figures keep getting better with each new batch released. So far the Saxons are my favorite, but it these new Vikings are making it harder to choose. W. Britain Wrath of the Northmen

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50073C – Wrath of the Northmen – Acwellen, Saxon Warlord. 2017 W. Britain Collectors Club Figure. This figure is available now, if your a club member.

 

62123 – “Recene” Saxon Archer No.1 Arrow Nocked, 62128 – “Osfirth” Saxon Archer No.2 Arrow Loosed, and 62129 – “Scotend” Saxon Archor No.3 Arrow Loosed, 62130 – “Kenway” Saxon Advancing with Sword. These figures should be available over the next few months.

 

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62126 – “Brimir” Viking Attacker – Academy Games Exclusive and 62127 – “Werian” Saxon Defender – Academy Games Exclusive. You can buy these figures when you pre-order 878 Vikings – Invasions of England from Academy Games.

 

These two figures are so nice, that I ordered the 878 Vikings board game just to get them.

 

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This picture of a Viking holding the Raven Banner just came out today on their facebook page, it is supposed to be available in the summer too.

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I am curious to see if any scenic pieces will be released this year for this theme. I would like to see some new cottages and maybe some villagers. Well that is a wrap for now, I am gathering some more things for the next installment for my monthly report.

Toy Soldier Review ~ Barzso Duke’s Stronghold

Well I finally got to opening and setting up a little display with the New Barzso building, The Duke’s Stronghold. Let me say, I was a little surprised on how big this tower is. Also I should have know, since it came in two boxes. And as always, this item was packed really well and arrived undamaged. Plus as a nice touch, a personal message on thanking me on the purchase. I never had a problem ordering from Barzso Playsets. Barzso Duke’s Stronghold

This stronghold as pictured above measures about 32 inches tall, 20 inches wide and 16 inches deep. You can purchase this set as pictured above or in parts, like the Stronghold tower, small tower or the base. 

One day, I will include this tower in mega display that I am going to create. But that will be many years from now, when I retire and move. Right now I am gathering pieces and sets to add. But between the painting and learning how to build other terrain pieces, It will take me time to finish. 

I am glad that Barzso made this set, it is a great stand alone piece or it can be incorporated into their Castle to expand that set.

This tower comes alive when you add some figures to it. Here are some of my Conte, Barzso, Replicants and other figures.

 

Toy Soldier Review ~ Publius Saxons

I did a preview on these figures a few months ago, and recently got these delivered after I ordered from ebay. They are a welcome addition to my collection, Saxons are not to common compared to the number of Viking figures you can get. The only problem with these figures are the cost, which is more than I like to spend. But as a collector, I had to get these. Hopefully I will be able to paint these sometime before the summer, after I finish painting some of these Conte figures and other Publius Viking figures. But when I do, I will have a post on that. Ok, you can check out the pictures below to see the detail of the figures, they are excellent. Also see how they look with some Conte plastic and metal figures. These are about 1/30 in scale and go for about $49.99.

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New Products ~ LOD Barzso Medieval Toy Soldiers

I just saw this today, Great news for Medieval Toy Soldier fans. LOD has acquired the rights of Barzso molds for the Robin Hood’s Merry Men and the Sheriff’s Men toy soldiers. These figures can be used as Saxons and Normans. The archers are some of my favorite poses for plastic medieval figures. You can get these sets now for $22.50, for a pack of 16 figures.  To read more follow the link LOD Robin Hood’s Merry Men and the Sheriff’s Men.

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