November 23, 2013

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (Furia Contra Maquinia). Two modeling interpretations of the same illustration

I was both blown away and fascinated by the Gold Medal winning WWI diorama Rage Against the Machine by Roger Hurkmans when I first found it on the web. Then it was featured in Military Model Craft International magazine's March 2013 issue in which Roger details how he created this magnificent diorama basically from scratch. The diorama was inspired by the illustration "RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (Furia Contra Maquina)" by Italian illustrator Fortunino Matania from his book With the British Army on the Western Front: twelve signed artist's proofs. London: The Sphere & Tatler ; [1916]. Deep down I knew creating something like this was only a pipe dream and way beyond my modeling skills until all of a sudden along comes Andrea Miniatures with a similar interruption of the same illustration created for the mass modeling market Tank Fight on the Western Front, 1916 and the accompanying book– written by Julio Cabos and called Tank Fight, 1916 which shows you a step-by-step process on how to paint the ground work, figures and the tank. While not cheap by any standards this beautifully crafted diorama kit has awakened that pipe dream on of mine again. So many great kits so little time…. 


A brief look at the story that inspired the illustration…

The British Mark IV tank, named after tinned meat “Fray Bentos” was stranded away from its accompanying infantry support in the 3rd battle of Ypres. The Germans saw the plight of the stranded nine men in their tank and attacked with everything they had including heavy guns, infantry and pioneers with explosives. They could not beat the crew into submission over a period of 72 hours and the beleaguered tankers escaped (with their Lewis gun as was the standing order of the time)

The crew survived for three days by drinking the water from the radiator and fending off the German attacks by night and day (and even from the direction of their own lines to try to fool them) by using their small arms and the Lewis gun that could be brought to bear. The main guns were rendered useless by the angle they were fixed at.








November 21, 2013

Links & Web Gems:Figure Painter Magazine Issue 7 Now Available

Figure Painter Magazine Issue 7. In this issue features a brilliant insight interview with Spanish painter Pepa Saavedra. We also have tutorials from Sergey "We7" Chasnyk and Alex "Warploque" Huntley as well as chapter 7 of our regular gaming table build. We have lots of reviews plus all of our usual features that keep you in touch with all the latest products, news and new releases the hobby has to offer.

FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery. 

Here is the image for Caption Contest #15

Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free money and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Blog & Facebook page. We will post the winning entry every Thursday here and on our Facebook page and 

It's Thursday so...We Have a Caption Contest #14 Winner!

It's Thursday so...We Have a Caption Contest #14 Winner! This week is a mash up of several entries with Bruce Smith's entry the main inspiration. So Bruce is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks Bruce and to all of you who entered.

November 19, 2013

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #43: President Abraham Lincoln by W Britains

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address there can be no other FOTW but Abraham Lincoln. Just released by W Britains as item number 31219 this 1/32nd scale painted pewter figure was sculpted by Ken Osen and captures Lincoln as he might have looked just after reciting the address on November 19, 1863. We honor one of the greatest speeches ever made by making President Abraham Lincoln our Figure of The Week.View it here: http://bitly.com/17krKUH

MichToy Links & Web Gems: Presidents recite Gettysburg Address for Burns' video

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, actors, and all the living Presidents has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. The collection of recordings housed on the site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge. http://www.learntheaddress.org/

November 14, 2013

Product News: Paragon Announces Retirements

Word from Gene & Teri at Paragon is that both U.S. Cavalry Set #1  in Medium Blue Plastic and U.S. Cavalry Set #2 in Medium Blue Plastic have sold out and have been retired. Both sets remain available in light blue plastic. Likewise the set of U.S. Cavalry Scouts in blue and Apaches Scouts in Buckskin colored plastic are sold out while the all buckskin plastic set is still available.

Here is the image for Caption Contest #14

Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free money and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Blog & Facebook page. We will post the winning entry every Thursday here and on our Facebook page and 

It's Thursday so...We Have a Caption Contest #13 Winner!

It's Thursday so...We Have a Caption Contest #13 Winner! John Standish came up with this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier via our newsletter. Thanks John and to all of you who entered. Come back here tomorrow for the Caption Contest #14 image.

November 13, 2013

New FV Armour Painting System Sets Highlight Fall & Winter Releases from Vallejo Acrylics

Brighten up those coming  deary winter days with some color! Vallejo Acrylics have been keeping busy, with a whole slew of new specialty AFV sets,  Model Color Sets , Model Air colors and new pigments scheduled for late Fall and Early Winter. Pre-Order Now at our usual savings!

Vallejo AFV Armour Painting System: UK Bronze Green Set
VLJ-78407 Vallejo AFV Armour Painting System: UK Bronze Green Set 
VLJ-78408 Vallejo AFV Armour Painting System: Modern Russian Green 
VLJ-78409 Vallejo AFV Armour Painting System: German Afrika Korps 1941-42 (DAK) 
VLJ-78410 Vallejo AFV Armour Painting System: German Afrika Korps 1942-44 (DAK) AFV Camouflage Colors Set 
VLJ-78411 Vallejo AFV Armour Painting System: German Red Oxide Camouflage Colors Set 


Pigments
VLJ-73118 Pigments- Fresh Rust - 30ml Bottle
VLJ-73119 Pigments- European Earth - 30ml Bottle 
VLJ-73120 Pigments- Old Rust - 30ml Bottle 
VLJ-73121 Pigments- Desert Dust - 30ml Bottle 
VLJ-73122 Pigments- Faded Olive Green - 30ml Bottle 
VLJ-73123 Pigments- Dark Steel - 30ml Bottle

Model Color
VLJ-P70143 Model Color Imperial Rome Paint Set 
VLJ-P70150 Model Color Rust & Steel Weathering Paint Set
VLJ-P70151 Model Color Blacks and Whites Paint Set 

Model Air
VLJ-P71160 Model Air IJA Camouflage 1939-45 Paint Set 
VLJ-P71186 Model Air Rust & Chipping Effects Paint Set 
VLJ-71129 Model Air Light Rust 17ml Bottle
VLJ-71130 Model Air Orange Rust 17ml Bottle 
VLJ-71131 Model Air Concrete 17ml Bottle 
VLJ-71132 Model Air Aged White 17ml Bottle 
VLJ-71134 Model Air IJA Midouri Green 17ml Bottle 
VLJ-71135 Model Air IJA Chrome Yellow 17ml Bottle 
VLJ-71136 Model Air IJA Earth Brown 17ml Bottle

Game Color
VLJ-P72212 Game Color Non Metallic Metal Paint Set 

November 09, 2013

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #42: Barclay & Manoil Flag Bearers

In honor of Veterans Day Monday 11-11-13 we offer up two classic dimestore figures as our FOTW, one from Barclay and one from Manoil.  The Barclay figure shows the wear and tear of many a campaign, a true veteran while our Manoil soldier represents the fresh faced soldier marching in a Veterans day Parade. To our veterans everywhere…Thank you for Your Service!


Dimestore soldiers are a name first given by collector and author Don Pielin to American made toy soldiers sold individually in five and dime stores from the 1930s to the 1950s before being replaced by plastic toy soldiers called army men.  Though most figures were hollowcast metal, composition and plastic dimestore figures were also made. The popularity of the toy soldier reflected public interest in wars around the world and America's own military preparedness of the era.

November 08, 2013

Links & Web Gems:Figure Painter Magazine Issue 6 Now Available

Figure Painter Magazine Issue 6In this issue we have An Insight interview with Kev White from Hasslefree Miniatures. Tutorials from Barry Ford and Michał “ARBAL” Walczak as well the next chapter in our gaming table build. Loads of reviews including an In depth look at Painting Buddha’s Target Identified 1.1 as well as reviews from Ax Faction, Nocturna, Scale75, Outworld Miniatures and Wonderlands Project. We also have all the latest from shows near and far plus all our regular features and, as always, much, much more.
FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a new independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery. 

November 06, 2013

Here is the image for Caption Contest #13

Here is the image for Caption Contest #13. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free money and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Blog & Facebook page. We will post the winning entry every Thursday here and on our Facebook page and in our weekly newsletter.

We Have a Caption Contest #12 Winner!

We Have a Caption Contest #12 Winner! Phil Erup came up with this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier via a visit to our shop last weekend. Thanks Phil and to all of you who entered.