Historical Miniature Wargaming, Military History, Plastic Army Men, & slush cast soldiers. Articles about toy soldiers from Airfix, Italeri, Giant, Revell, Pegasus, Dapol, HaT, Ykreol, Imex, Orion, Strelets, and Roco Minitanks, Trident and Fidelis Models; as well as wargame rules. I also enjoy 54mm & 60mm Toy Soldiers from Tim Mee, Ideal, MPC, and Marx Toys! I work as a police officer and am studying to be a deacon. You can eMail me at BunkerMeister45@aol.com
Since I have been working on the Battle of Berlin since about 1973, this is a set that I was very happy to find. It is the Ykreol German Soldiers, Berlin 1945.
They are 1/72nd scale soft plastic one piece figures. This one has a panzerfaust.
This is another of the all prone sets from Ykreol.
This figure is carrying a map case. Carrying messages was critical in the days before fax machines and digital communications.
This figure with shorts and the parted in the middle haircut and arm band is probably a HJ boy. Many of them took part in the battle. My good friend Yves sent me these figures and I am very grateful. Modern warfare is very dangerous and so troops often lay prone to avoid being hit by gunfire or shell fragments.
The new Pegasus WWII French 1/72nd scale Infantry set has hit the stores.
This is the production set color, a bit darker than the ones that I showed earlier but the figures are the same.
Painted examples of the Pegasus set. They are very nice as you can see.
The box art shows painted examples of the figures. The French fought hard against the Germans but the combination of technology, and tactics brought about their defeat. It was no lack of courage. These figures are worthy of the men they represent.
In the Battle of France in WWII the French lost about 100,000 dead and 200,000 wounded. That's a lot of casualties in only seven months.
I spoke to Caesar Miniatures and they assured me that they will do more World War Two sets in the future and more modern sets too. They still plan on doing a H60 set this year, but won't say what it will be!
The HaT Tank Riders are almost ready. The set I got was a pre-production set and I suspect the real set will be some other color than sea foam green.
Pegasus have a My Favorite Martian set in the works that will be about 60mm. It will feature Uncle Martian in is space suit with antennas and his little space ship.
Pegasus has also got their When Worlds Collide space ship very near to store shelves. It looks great and will work as a WWII era rocket ship too, it will stand on end and is about the size of a 1/72nd scale V-2 missile.
Zvezda has a WWII wargame on the market and the game pieces are in some cases 1/72nd scale figures and equipment. They include German and Soviet Infantry and a Soviet 37mm AA gun.
Orion has announce a set of a quad water cooled AA machine guns in 1/72nd scale plastic. It looks great.
Pegasus WWI and WWII French are in stores now here in North America. They are really great figures and fit nicely with the Airfix and Caesar WWI / WWII French Infantry.
My MacDonald's Batman Mantis Torpedo Happy Meal toys are being transformed into War of the Worlds Martian War Machines based on the H.G. Wells novel.
The upper saucer is painted copper over the former black and yellow plastic. The lower black legs were painted Satin Nickel. I did three companies nine each. I added one HQ saucer in Satin Nickel matching the legs.
Martian War Machines, 30 strong.
Nine war machines, three platoons of threes. Martians do everything in threes.
Martian War Machines prepare for war. I just got word from Twilight Creations that their Bag O' Martians will be delayed until the middle of next year. That will delay the attack. For now.
HaT 1/72nd scale Soviet Union tank riders. Tank commander in the turret of a 1/87th scale Mir T-34/85 tank.
These jaunty Ivans are seated on the same tank.
The Soviets built almost no transports for the infantry. So most troops had to walk or would sometimes catch a ride on a passing tank.
As officer crouches on the back of the tank hull.
While these sets are called tank riders they include tank crewmen and while the Soviets usually used men from attached submachine gun battalions to assault along with the tanks, it was not atypical for other troops to hitch a ride whenever they could.