Sunday, October 31, 2010

Timpo French Lancers

I was lucky to get some of the French Lancer figures unpainted. Nice toy like figures with good detail. I don't care for Timpo horses so I substituted HaT Dragoon horses which are relatively cheap. Timpo Lancers come with lances made for knights so I substituted plastic rod and printed pennons. Two figures I was able to make into an officer and a color bearer.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween stuff.

Try Michaels or A.C. Moore in the U.S. next week. These LEMAX items will probably be on sale. LEMAX has a good number of Xmas decoration stuff that make good scenics. LEMAX's "Spookytown" Halloween series does as well.

The grave yard fence is from The Hobby Bunker in Malden, Massachusetts, US of A.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Classic Toy Soldiers Mexican Lancers.

My conversions of Classic Toy Soldier's lancer figures. I made a unit of the helmeted lancers with plastic rod lances and printed pennons from the original figures that have an assortment of Lancers and Cuirassiers.
One unit of Mexican Alamo campaign Light Cavalry had helmets, red tunics, and lances but I bought the blue plastic versions.

I took the figures in tunics w/o breast plates,to make my Lancers. I also used the better horses from IMAX and pinned them to the horses with plastic rod in the figure's seat. This unit is going into battle with their lances still upright which really looks kind of cool!

These little guys are "close" to some Napoleonic lancer units and some Mexican units from the Alamo period and the Mexican War so they do duty in a number of ways color coded blue. Because they are plastic it's better for me NOT to paint them as they are stored in plastic shoe boxes and get pushed around on the table a lot.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Henry Calvin as Segeant Garcia

I used to wonder how he got to be a Sergeant.

The MARX figure. I wish I had one.

The Lancers of the Los Angeles  presidio were usually chasing Zorro...unsuccessfully.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

MARX Mexican Lancers

I found a bunch of Repros of the Mexican Lancers included with the MARX Zorro play set and Alamo play set. Historically these are the Presidial Lancers, units involved in fighting Indians and protecting settlements.

They are fun figures and I made a few conversions.

I used some better horses than the MARX vesrions.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

More Lancers

I bought some of Armies In Plastics Crimean War 17th Lancers. They do double duty as Napoleonic and Franco Prussian War French.

I added some color by making lances of plastic rod with printed pennons.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Toy Lancers!

I really like Lancer figures. Plastic lancers were tough to find other than Timpo's Napoleonic Lancers which were hard to find and buy in large numbers plus I don't like Timpo horses. My first Lancer set is from Armies In Plastic , WW I German Uhlans. AIP makes them in dark blue plastic which sort of looks like Franco-Prussian War to me.

 Compared with a picture of an 1870 Prussian Uhlan, there are differences. Hacking away at the AIP figure seems like too much work so I'll just have to say that the AIP Uhlans are "starring as" 1870s Uhlans on my table.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Battle of Sitka 1804

I'd never heard of this battle before until my friend Mark showed me photos of his family's Alaskan vacation. Here's a possible war gaming or diorama subject.

Someone has created the Tlingits in miniature....

There's a lot of information on the native Alaskans on the web. I just googled "Tlingit Armor."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Secret of Kells

We watched this one the other night.. It's more legendary than religious and beautifully made. Don't be put off by the "cutesy" fairy character.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Armies In Plastic 7 Pound Gun 2

Some fun with the Gatling gun 

Uses for the figures.....