April 30, 2013

Product Spotlight: Rinaldi Studio Tank Art Vol.2: A Comprehensive Guide to Painting and Weathering WWII Allied Armor

Hot on the heels of our best selling Rinaldi Studio Tank Art Vol.1: WWII German Armor comes Rinaldi Studio Tank Art Vol. 2 on Allied Armor. Like volume one we highly recommend this book for any serious modeler. View On Our Site By Clicking Here

There are many "how-to" books in today's world of scale modeling, but none has covered the "why's", as well as, the "how-to's"… the artistic approach… until now. In TANKART, a painting and weathering guide book series, the focus is on taking real-life observations of paint and weathering effects and incorporate the best techniques to replicate them. Within this second volume, WWII Allied Armor, the author will go deeper into his thoughts about why of certain steps as it relates to Allied camouflage schemes. To bring these ideas to life requires a spectrum of processes and techniques which are covered in great detail; including the Hairspray Technique and the new Oil Paint Rendering -- plus Pigment Applications and Painting Olive Drab chapters that can be combined in an layered array to tell the story of each model. To bring these thought processes to life requires a spectrum of techniques which are covered in great detail; from the Hairspray Technique to Oil Paint Rendering; techniques which can be combined in an endless amount of combinations to tell the story of your model, to make each model as unique as it's real-life counterpart. This book begins a series which will define Mike's modeling and hopefully reach the many hobbyists searching for new ideas and inspiration to forever improve and achieve upon with their own work.

Download a PDF of the W.Britains Winter Catalog 2013

Click Here to Download a PDF of the W.Britains Winter Catalog 2013. Warning..its a big file and may take awhile to load.

April 27, 2013

MTSC FIGURE OF THE WEEK #11: Elastolin Composition Conversions by Olaf Wunder

This week's figures come from Olaf Wunder of Hamburg, German with some fantastic Elastolin composition conversions: “I made by myself out of old damaged Elastolin figures. I am little bit proud of it."

First one: General Custer on horseback with rapier. I used a damaged figure "cowboy with lasso" (pictured) and I have changed hat and arms, put him a sword in his right hand. Finally I painted him as a US-General of 19th century. He is riding a Lineol horse which is original. 

Second: his "enemy". For this indian I used two damaged Elastolin indian figures. In his hand a booty-US-flag (29 stars). Notice the horse: It is an old Elastolin horse, but I have changed the posture and it has got a new saddle. I think it looks very dynamic. Off course the painting is handmade by me.

These are great figures, and we even have one more...
“I have made this figure by myself out of an old and damaged bison from Elastolin, and also damaged Elastolin Indian (original he is not a rider and he has a tomahawk in his hand) and a damaged Lineol horse, which I changed totally.” If any collector is interesting in my work, [here is] my email address: olafwunder@aol.com”
What a great conversion figures! Thanks Olaf.

April 26, 2013

It's The Weekend!!

Time To Visit Your Local Hobby Shop (unless you are this guy!()

Don't Forget...MichToy is open 11-5 Saturdays & Sundays with our knowledgeable staff on hand to serve you!

April 17, 2013

HPC Tool: Use to project the different proportions of the human figure to any scale

HPC (Human Proportion Calculator) is a tool to help project the different proportions of the human figure to any scale with consideration to age and sex. HPC is perfect tool for modelers, sculptors and 3D artists. The only thing you must know is the height of your desired figure from the top of the head to the heels. It is very handy when you are making wire armature for your model.

This is a quick You Tube  tutorial, how to use human proportion calculator.
Here is a link to another excellent resource for sculpting figures anatomy4sculptors 

April 16, 2013

Product Spotlight - The Future is Clear - Humbrol Fills the Gap

For years modelers have used Johnson's Kleer floor-polish on their models. When the formula was changed by Johnson's many stockpiled the stuff and it even was selling on ebay at ridiculous prices. Now there is a new way forward - Humbrol Clear.  Clear is a thin, clear, water-based varnish the dries to high gloss finish. It can be brushed or airbrushed. The formulation is self-levelling, which means it can be applied with a brush without leaving streaks, and generally behaves like the old Johnson's product. Surface dry in thirty minutes, it is an ideal solution. 

Oh La La...You got to love those 1/72nd Guys! Our Picture of the Week!

April 12, 2013

AK Interactive has announced their April Product Releases

AK Interactive has announced their April (more then likely May in the USA) product releases including The Weathering Magazine Issue 4 - Engines, Fuel And Oil, 2013 Catalog and several acrylic paints sets and primers. 

With Issues 1-3 of TWM selling out within a few short weeks of each release be sure to pre order yours now to be assured of receiving one.  

You can view and pre order them here: http://bit.ly/mhXHi5

April 10, 2013

Ares Games New "Sails of Glory" Wargame on KickStarter!

Ares Games is the publisher of the “WW1 Wings of Glory” and "WW2 Wings of Glory" aerial combat games is publishing a new game  Sails of Glory funded with a KickStarter campaign and is a tactical ship-to-ship miniature game, inspired by the best-selling Wings of Glory system. It will feature assembled and painted ship models, ready to play out of the box, and a game system designed to accurately represent battles at sea between the large sailing ships of the past centuries. The first series of Sails of Glory will be set in the Napoleonic Age, an iconic period for naval wargaming.

The initial release of Sails of Glory, (scheduled for August 2013), includes a Starter Set - an all-in-one starting point to begin playing - with four fully painted and assembled ships, and 12 different Ship Packs. Backers on Kickstarter will have exclusive access to four of the ship models: the French frigate La Concorde, the French ship-of-the-line Fougueux, the British frigate HMS Juno, and the British ship-of-the-line HMS Bellerophon.

From Ares>>The mechanics of Sails of Glory are inspired by the excellent "maneuver deck" system used in Wings of Glory. For a long time, we've been discussing with the authors about the possibilities of the system, and how to develop it beyond its use in Wings. Then, we realized how well it could be adapted to naval wargaming, and the idea of Sails of Glory was born. We also realized that  assembled and painted ship models to use in a miniature game do not exist on the market - and we wondered how much more accessible naval gaming would become if we were able to create beautiful small ships, ready to play out of the box. The game will be supported by a range of painted and assembled 1/1000 miniatures.

April 09, 2013

Did you Know >>> An Excellent (and free) Reference for Painting Small Scale Figures

Did you Know >>> The UK's world renowned figure painter Kevin Dallimore who wrote a couple of excellent books on painting small scale figures (28mm and smaller) for Foundry Miniatures now publishes a on-line newsletter packed with great painting tutorials and tips.  Published by Nick Eyre of North Star Miniatures you can view the magazine by CLICKING HERE

April 06, 2013

Toys in the Attic - Kenner Building Sets

I had a number of these sets when I was young and spent most of my time converting every bit of space in my bedroom into construction zones.

Kenner Products was a founded in 1947 in Cincinnati, and introduced its popular Girder and Panel building sets in 1957. Kenner was one of the first companies to recognize the potential of TV for advertising their toy products in the USA, the first ads airing in 1958, when these two sets first appeared:

The Kenner Toy Company made many different types of sets from the late 1950's until well into the 70's. The plastic pieces resembled steel girders, window panels, roofs and roadways, and allowed young hands to build large structures in a very short time. Some sets even included water pumps and plastic tanks to make chemical plants, while others featured electric motors and mechanical parts. Later sets featured powered monorail cars. They were great fun for kids and a blessing to parents who could watch the little demons disappear into their rooms and emerge only at mealtimes.

Girder and Panel sets #1, #2, and #3 were the first come on the market beginning in 1958. Set #1 contained the least number of parts, #2 had more, and finally #3 had the most. Early production runs in 1957 contained girders made of styrene plastic which was rather brittle. Soon angry parents and frustrated kids were up in arms about breakage of the small dovetails and pegs. Fortunately, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic was just becoming available and Kenner began using it to manufacture all new parts

The parts in these sets formed the basis for all sets that would follow. Primary to building were the plastic girders, in both the vertical columns and horizontal beams, and the large ugly, green masonite bases. For buildings, window and roof panels covered the outside surfaces (and also added strength). To dress things up, store signs, flags and flag poles were added. 

These sets were the early entries that exposed most kids of the time to the world of building. American Bricks and Lincoln Logs did not stick together and Lego would not see entry into the U.S. for nearly another 10 years. Most of us had a least one of these early sets before advancing on.

April 05, 2013

It's The Weekend!!

Time To Visit Your Local Hobby Shop! 

Don't Forget...MichToy is open 11-5 Saturdays & Sundays with our knowledgeable staff on hand to serve you!

Hi Ho Silver Away! Andrea's Masked Man Leads April Figure Kits Releases

That Masked Man Clayton Moore aka The Lone Ranger by Andrea Miniatures highlights April figure kit releases which also includes Scale 75's second Steam Punk kit Kitty Reimer, a new 75mm Spartan from Best Soldiers , while Pegaso offers up a 75mm Scottish Nobleman, 13th Century. All are available for pre order now at our usual 15% discount. 

April 03, 2013

The Apache Wars Erupt at MichToy

Gareth Morgan has escalated the American Indian Wars at MichToy with new batch of Morgan Miniatures fresh from the UK.  The addition of twelve new Apache poses in the Old West range give the Cavalry something to worry about!

Did you know?
Morgan Miniatures are unique matt painted, white metal figures from the UK. No more than 400 painted figures will be available annually. Each figure is individually hand-painted in the connoisseur style and usually no two figures will be painted exactly the same. Morgan figures are available exclusively in the USA from MTSC. View the Latest Releases Here

The Baseball Season is Here! Go Tigers

Is it still cool to do the WAVE at games?

April 01, 2013

Product Spotlight: Figure International Magazine Issue 45

FIM is the only English language magazine devoted to historical (and some fantasy) figure painting and construction. With an expanded and redesigned format starting with this issue, you get many how to articles (8 in this issue alone) and features. This is now the premier bi-monthly publication for historical figures.  Jammed packed with tips and ideas the will appeal to any level of modeler, FIM gets the MTSC Recommended Product Spotlight**

This issue features:
- Wild Bill Hickok Painting How to by Julio Carbos
- Sculpting a 1/9th scale Mongol Warrior Bust by Greeny Ahn
- Painting a Mayan Warrior Flat by Penny Meyer
- Painting a 1/10th Scale Bust The Chosen few by Jin Kim
- Interview with Life Miniatures Sang-Eon Lee
- Painting a 1/10th bust Waffen-SS Bust Step-by-Step by Sang-Eon Lee
- Simulating Transparencies in Figures by Mario Ocana
- Legends of the Samurai by Hiroyyki Suyahara
- Painting How To Knight of Santiago Fantasy Figure by John Harrison
- Step by Step Indian Trapper by Julio Ca
rbos  Watch The Video!  
- Painting How To-  Knight of Santiago Fantasy Figure by John Harrison
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**Don't Agree with Us? Return any MTSC Recommend Product Spotlight for a full refund and we will even pay the shipping back to us and give you an extra 5% back.

Now Available Axis & Allies WWI 1914 Historical Board Game

A brand new era for the board game Axis & Allies, the First World War. For the first time ever players can experience Axis & Allies in the setting of World War I. The familiar, time-tested A&A rules have been adapted to let players control the armies of 1914. Pick up this title to enjoy a classic favorite in a whole new way! New major powers, alliances, maps, and unit sculpts!

WWI 1914 gives players command of the mighty armies of eight major powers. The Central Powers of Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire are aligned against the great alliance of France, the British Empire, the Russian Empire, Italy and the United States on a new game board extending from Washington, DC to Bombay, India. 22 all-new unit sculpts are included, and enfranchised players will be pleased to see WWI units, like biplanes, in Axis & Allies for the first time.

This is not World War II. Progress during "The War to End All Wars" was measured by yards, not miles. The Italians were on the side of the Allies, while Turkey – then at the center of the Ottoman Empire – was one of the members of what was known as the Central Powers. Imperial Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were the two other main Central Powers.

The major Allies, sometimes referred to as the Entente, consisted of the British Empire, France, Italy, the United States, and Imperial Russia. The alliance included other historical members, but they more or less fell under the command and control of one of these great powers. In fact, had General Pershing not insisted that its integrity be maintained, even the American army would have found itself as simply being replacements for French and British.

Axis & Allies: WWI 1914 puts players in charge of one of the major powers, each with its own infantry sculpt; other sculpts represent the artillery, tanks, aircraft, and naval line-up of either the Allies or the Central Powers.

As designer Larry Harris notes, "While playing this game, you will quickly realize that this is not World War II. There are no massive sweeps across continents with blitzing armored divisions and aircraft. Instead, there are a series of determined offensives resisted by equally determined armies dedicated to holding the line. You will find that your depleting resources of men and artillery must be deployed with great thought and efficiency. You will be fighting pretty much the way man has been fighting with each other for thousands of years – only this time the ability to kill your enemy, and for him to kill you, has become intolerably efficient.