Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Work Table

This is my work space.  My favorite glue for styrene is the Model Master in the black bottle.

The metal tube allows careful placement of the glue.  The tube is cleaned using small wires that are included in the package.  I tape the wires to the side with blue tape so they don't get lost.  I use cutting boards to keep the work surface from being damaged.

I often work on several projects at once, Batmobile, aircraft and others.

This is a T-wall.  I made it out of plastic as a master model to resin cast.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Disappearing Rifle

I got this disappearing rifle at a local toy soldier show.  Figures are slightly shorter than 1/72nd scale.

If you know who made this, let me know, I am looking for another one!

Monday, August 29, 2016

War and Peace Toys

There is a toy soldier show in Irvine, California every year.

Once again my friend Bennett Willey was there selling Marx playsets.

He sells Marx pieces and a few other items.

I always spend a lot of money with him, his prices are great!

Nearly every playset he sells is complete.

It's amazing just to look at them all.

Drop him an email and ask about what he has in stock.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

100mm ATG

Soviet anti-tank guns.

Taking advantage of what little cover there is to be had.

Heavy guns require a large crew to move them around.

The heavy shells are hard to handle.

Keeping up a sustained rate of fire requires rotating the crew.

Anti-tank gun are low profile and can often refrain from firing until the tanks are close.

Guns of this size were a match for any of the WWII German tanks.

Wide open spaces are best to take advantage of the long range of these guns.

I mark the bottom of the base with the nation, and type of gun.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Soviet Artillery Crew Orion

For years I have been buying Soviet WWII artillery.

Now, Orion makes WWII Soviet Artillery crews!

I will need a bunch of these to staff my guns.

There are four poses, in three different uniforms.

I try to staff my guns with the correct number of crewmen.

For that I include the transport staff.

And some of the staff handling ammo.

And manning the fire direction center.

Orion sometimes includes a resin pose in the set.

In this case the pose is identical to one of the plastic figures.  Shown together they look like a dance troops.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Anti-Tank Guns

The Soviet Union used a lot of towed anti-tank guns.

They were much cheaper than tanks and faster to produce.

They were excellent in defense because the crews could not expect to get away and so had to fight.

These white metal castings are 100mm WWII anti-tank guns.

I mount them on a 1mm thick sheet of styrene.

It helps keep the trails from being broken off in rough wargame handling.

A little flocking and paint and they look okay.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WWII German Christian Cossack Troops

Logistical support by family members.

Traditional and German transport wagons.

Anti-tank guns.

Horse teams for AT guns.

Command group, Orthodox bishop, radio operator, dog, Cossack and German commanders.

Mascots, chaplains, and commanders presence all contribute a morale bonus in my wargame rules.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Troops and flags.




Horse riders.

Cossack flag.

Machine gun.