Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bugs in War

I my Martian scenarios I combine War of the Worlds and Mars Attacks together.

War of the Worlds has massive war machines.

But no Martian infantry.

Mars Attacks has infantry but not much in heavy weapons.

Mars Attacks also has the bugs.

 Here is the full set of Beetles with a 1/72nd scale US Army soldier standing guard.

An impressive collection, less than 50 cents per bug, already painted!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Martian Bugs

In the old Mars Attacks trading cards the Martians used bugs as weapons.

The Mars Attacks comic books did that also.

They grew Earth bugs to gigantic sizes.

Then turned them loose on humans.

Sometimes they were arrayed in massive armies.

Great walls of bugs attacking a human town or military position.

Shown here with a Caesar Miniatures 1/72nd scale US Army WWII soldier.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Beetles

Educational toys often have play value.

This set showed the development of a beetle.

They make a pretty good monster in each stage.

The same store had bags o' beetles too.

A dozen different beetles in each bag.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bug Hunt?

Educational toys can be interesting, and good for wargames.

This one is rather nice in that it comes with a couple different kinds of bugs, young and old.

It has all the phases of life.

Here a 1/72nd scale soldier guards a bug egg.

Later, that same soldier guards a nymph.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tim Mee Cold War Troops

Tim Mee is one of the first companies do make specifically Cold War US Army troops.

It includes a prone M60 machine gunner.

These troops date from the very early 1960's.

They carry the US Rifle, M14, as shown by the large magazine.

These figures are 60mm size and are rather bulky too.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Town and Wayne Manor

An overview of the town.

I posted some of the Halloween buildings on one end, making a bit of a slum.

I got this building from my friend Richard.

It's some kind of Batcave and Wayne Manor playset.

I am taking it apart and will use bits of it in my Stately Wayne Manor and Batcave.

The model is hinged and it is coming apart just fine.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Small Town, USA

A small town.

One large manor house, built by a prominent citizen.

Tidy homes and small businesses.

Several monuments to history and a train station.

All for only a few dollars from Dollar Tree and some tourist gift shops.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dollar Town

I got this Department 56 building in Arizona.

I anticipate it will become Stately Wayne Manor.

Like all these buildings it has the big hole in the back for the electrical plug.

It is a stately building I think, and not too different in color and style from the building used for Stately Wayne Manor in the 1966 Batman TV series.

Here are some of the recently purchased buildings put together as a town.

The town gazebo. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Shack and Bridge

This little house has a number of uses.

It could be a garden shed, or a shanty for hobos.

Maybe a trackside office.

Maybe a border station between Germany and Poland, circa 1939?

This cute little bridge is not very long.

It's only a pedestrian bridge.

Too narrow for vehicles.

Still a nice bridge for a dollar.