Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Anyway, PC Gamer magazine, in it's current issue, uses some toy soldiers as the main image for their "Co-Op" article. The article was just so-so, because Co-Op gaming is pretty boring. Why would you want to WORK with someone, when you just just SHOOT them instead. Obviously the writer has never experienced the unparalled joy of ruining someone's night in Call of Duty 4.
Uhhh, wait, did you come here expecting real toy soldier news??? HA. er... I don't really have anything else. I'm mostly waiting for news of the Conte Spartans, and biding my time till the Indianapolis Show, which I attend every year. Gonna get me some Barzso stuff. I'm not sure what yet. Either the Big Castle, and then buy a few figures separately, or buy the actual playset, and simply fawn over the huge castle without actually buying it. Getting both would be a severe misappropriation of my funds (translated as my wife would kill me). Actually, that's not true. My wife wouldn't kill me. Of all the toy soldiers out there, all the different brands, she likes the Barzso figures and playsets the most. I think it was the Tripoli set that did it for her. She liked the bright colors and what-not.
Oh, hey, anybody got the new Italeri WWII arty pieces yet? I see they are selling them in Europe already. Was looking for reviews, thoughts, whatever.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Anyway, I typed in Toy Soldiers, just to see what I would find, and this article came up. Not too bad. It also links to a nice introductory of the Marx Company. The nice thing about Wikipedia is, if you see anything that is WAY wrong, you can change it yourself. Or heck, add a whole new page on something you think needs to be there. Of course, if you're way off base, they'll revert it back. Just thought it was interesting.
There should be a word for spending way too much time on Wikipedia...
"What ya been doin' today man?"
"You know, just wikapedin' a bit."
Errr. maybe not.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
My wife and I spent the better part of this afternoon painting some Barzso accessories. Barrels, treasure chests, logs, cannon, and those awesome slop buckets. I was a little hesitant to put the paint brush to these, since they came as part of a set, and it was expensive... and, well, I don't know. Anytime you change something, make it different than what it was originally, you wonder if it is for better, or for worse. In this case, it brought the pieces to life. I'm still loath to paint any of my figures, but I'm getting better at the side items.
I'll be honest and say that their latest WWII offerings left a bit to be desired. The poses were less than dynamic, and the size was a bit too small to fit in with other figures. But, in this hobby, more is better, in whatever form it comes. I have not gotten the two new sets of Napoleonics that are out now. Mostly because of price. $22 is a lot to spend on 16 figures in 8 poses. I understand that these are coming from overseas, but still, you have to choose wisely what you spend your hard earned money on. I think I'm hitting the Hobbytown USA today. Hopefully they'll have an already opened box of either the British or Mamelukes that I can take a proper look at.
I am curious about their upcoming WWII Heavy Weapon sets (German and Russian). Will they come with a crew, or will they simply be the field pieces. If they do, I think it may be the first Russian crew members... ever. Rock on. If anybody knows, please pass along the info. Release date has been fluctuating on these. The website simply says "next month".
Friday, February 15, 2008
I haven't done much with Napoleonics in a long time. A couple years back, I picked up everything I could... Airfix, A Call to Arms, Timpo... so I've got a fairly good collection of the stuff. But like Civil War, you need LOTS of troops, and a VARIETY of troops to make a good setup. So I'm looking forward to seeing what else Blackcat Miniatures is planning on putting out. Congrats to them for the new product and adding to the hobby, and for choosing a topic that hasn't been done lately (Napoleonics... pretty brave for a company to start with). Rock on.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
#12 - "No Friggin Base At All"
Starting out at number "last", here we see a specimen known as the "No Friggin Base At All". Characteristics include not being able to stand up, usually resulting in being the first casualty in most battles. It's a pain. I mean geez, just a little extra slab o' plastic is all we're asking for here. Oh well. At least the "lack of base" helps him blend into the scenery better... at least when he's not laying on his back.
#7 - "Same, Same, Same, Same... Arby's is Different."
The ever popular "standardized base". No matter what the figure is doing, he gets the same base as everyone else. Whether it's a rounded off square, or the same size oval, it's always the same. This isn't horrible... it's not enough to turn you off of a figure, it just doesn't do anything extra for the figure. It's just... a base.
Tie for #4 - Gravel
I'd consider the Barzso bases a tie with the Marx bases. These are simple bases, but yet they contain trace hints of terrain. They are just rough enough to let you know "hey, this base is part of the land, building, whatever...". It doesn't flow like the Marx base, but it still disappears nicely when in a diorama.
#3 - A Base, with a figure attached
This company goes all out with their bases. This one is actually quite tame compared to others from 21st Century. You see rocks, fallen logs, sandbags, sign posts, fences, tank tracks... all sorts of cool stuff. I REALLY like these bases. The only drawback, and it's one that I can usually ignore, is that the bases actually place the figure. The German standing on a brick side walk, can't be standing in a grassy field. The American trooper that obviously has a dirt covered base with a tree limb can't be inside a building. 21st Century has proved that it is possible to design a base so well, that it can actually take something away from the figure. But other than that, it's a nice example of what bases can be.
Tied for #1 - The Perfect Base
Here we are at the pinnacle of bases. Tied for first place are Conte and TSSD. Their bases are sculpted, but not to a point where it takes away from the figures. They are just mundane enough to allow you to use the figures anywhere... forests, beaches, deserts. It's an example of not stopping at the soles of the shoes with the sculpting and design process.
So there we go, all the bases I could think of in the few minutes that I spent thinking about it. Now I'm off to go play with some Weston Cowboys that haven't seen much table time since I got them.
Also reported is that April will bring the new Steve Weston Mexican Bandits. I LOVE the light blue color they are using. The poses look fun, and the detail looks like it might be a touch crisper than it was on the Gunfighters.
We're all holding our breath for an announcement on the Conte Spartans... According to the various posts on their website, I reckon it could be anyday. I'm gonna go so broke.
Still waiting on the arrival of the 21st Century Chinese Infantry figures to my local Wal-Mart. Who knows when that will be.
Hat is putting together a few new sets of ancients in 1/32. Good for them to be back in the 1/32 market! I haven't seen a release date.
Waterloo is bringing out some Prussians. I've seen a few release dates posted for these, so I suppose they are simply up in the air.
And Imex will one day release their Alamo Mexicans... someday... maybe.
Did I miss anything? Meh, don't think about it too hard. Go enjoy the Superbowl Today. As a Colts fan, I guess I have to go with the Giants. So, without any enthusiasm, Go Giants!
Friday, February 1, 2008
But don't forget Target. I stopped by the Super Target in Fishers (just down the road from me) and they had copious amounts of 1/32 Forces of Valor WWII figures, a few vehicles, and several planes, along with the FoV 1/18 guys (I think that's the scale, the G.I. joe looking guys).
All in all, not a bad time to have to go shopping at the big boxes.