Showing posts with label Toys for Wargaming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toys for Wargaming. Show all posts

11 June 2017

Lockheed AC-130 Hercules Gunship - Toys for wargaming

My imaginary near-future "Seven Star Nation" has just received a valuable asset in the form of a Lockheed Hercules AC-130 Gunship



Ok, so it's a toy, ..... but it's a huge, strong, and very sturdy toy, AND it scales out really well with my 1-72 scale forces.







I saw it advertised on "Wallapop" a couple of weeks ago and the guy who was selling it lived near me so I sent him a message and when I got this off him I was really really pleased to find that it wasn't some cheapo flimsy toy.

I didn't know who the manufacturer was at the time, and according to the guy who sold it to me, it's about 15 years old, maybe even a little more. At first I though it might be from the Micro-Machines range, but I couldn't find any pictures of it online but I was later told that it's a Galoob "C-130 Warbird" from their Battle Squads sets.


It comes with two 1/72 scale pre-painted crew figures, who look very similar in style to micro-machines figures.









It has a cargo bay door that opens and closes too, and the 20mm figures and vehicles here just how well it scales out.



All in all a great addition to the Seven Star Nation's forces.

07 March 2017

Modern / Post-Apoc ; Police - SWAT - Paramilitary - 1/72


Working at present on a bunch of generic modern-day Police / SWAT/ Paramilitary Law Enforcement types for modern / post-apoc game scenarios


These are a mix of figures from various brands, Esci US 1990s Infantry, Zvezda US Infantry, Revell US & German Modern Infantry, an Esci / Italeri US vietnam war figure, Orion Modern Russian with a headswap, even a couple of Matchbox 1980s British Paras have snook in there.


The guys with the cops' typical peaked caps got their heads from the Revell Kriegsmarine WWII German Navy set. The heads were added as per this article on the MiniatureZone website.


The armoured vehicles are repainted Matchbox Hot-Wheels cars. 


The cars were given new wheels taken off some old Russian trucks.


More pictures will follow as work progresses on these guys.

03 July 2016

1/72 Hell's Angel Biker


Yesterday I was at a friend's house where there was a board game in progress. The game's based on the a series called "Sons of Anarchy".



What  interested me most about the game wasn't really the game itself -  it's the fact that there were actual biker figures that looked to me to be roughly about 1/72 scale !


At the time I didn't have anything to compare it with, but when I got home I took a picture of a German BMW.


Looks about right doesn't it ? The Son of Anarchy guy could be a passable 20mm biker.Superb for modern-day / post-apoc games.


There's also another standing generic "hoodlum" who might come in handy too.  I took a look on internet and rather than buying the game, apparently you can get expansion sets with just the figures, so that might just end up on my next birthday wish list :-)

06 May 2012

WW2 British Staff Car



It's not exactly Monty's Humber but I like the look of it to ferry some Brtish top brass around the wargame table.

The car's a 1/76 Oxford die-cast ready-painted model of some British car from the 30s or 40s, but the make and name of the particular car that its supposed to be escape me right now (I threw the box out after I bought it) so if someone in the know could please tell me what car it is I'd appreciate it.

30 January 2008

Dimestore 1/72 boat conversions by Doug Iovinelli



I was sent some really nice photos of a conversion done by a friend, Doug Iovinelli, some time ago. I meant to put these on the main website back then, but they got misplaced on my old computer and I only recently dug them out again (sorry about the long delay Doug).

"I bought some toy boats for my 3 year old daughter and one of them was screaming to be converted into a D-Day Europe Station keeping boat. Since I had not really looked into what one looked like in any detail, I used my liberal imagination to convert this toy boat into something that I imagined might be in the water to guide the landing craft to the correct beach and double as a rescue boat for any unlucky boats. It will join my collection of landing craft.

Doug Iovinelli"








13 March 2007

1/72 Scale Conversions from the Toy Arena - Doug Iovinelli


Two little conversions from the toy arena by Doug Iovinelli (Dugzmodels)

1st - a VW that I repainted in DAK colors


2nd - A G.I Joe bulldozer that I repainted into Allied colors to work with those beach engineers


28 November 2002

Dimestore Figures

Maybe if you pass by one of those cheapo shops "everything under $1.00" or whatever your equivalent currency may be in the kids' toy section you might be lucky and find some of these cheap toys, usually made in the Far East.

"British" Soldiers 1/72 scale

Not a real Brit to be seen, but in a brown plastic you get for just about 1.00 euro / dollar a bag with 15 identical sprues each of which has with 12 figures - an amazing 180 soldiers. These "British" soldiers are scaled-down copies of Airfix 1/32 scale US Marines, German Infantry and German Paras, and are all slightly smaller than their Airfix counterparts as you can see from the photos. The "American" soldiers are just the same figures but moulded in green plastic.

Though the detail is not as good as their original counterparts, they're not too bad. 

The Airfix 20mm size set of US Marines includes all the scaled down figures from their 1/32 set, except that the officer brandishing a pistol was never included. These dimestore figures do have him though !!


Russians

Airfix never scaled down their 1/32 scale Russians, but someone in Hong Kong decided to do so sometime in the 1990s. 

The detail is a bit rough, but even so they really are quite passable and once painted they make quite nice wargaming figures. The officer with binoculars is especially effective.


British Paras 1/72 scale

Now we have British Paratroopers this time, and are roughly modified and scaled-down copies of Airfix's 1/32 scale British paratroopers and are all wearing berets - no helmets to be seen. 

Most have deformed faces, they look like they´ve just gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson. 


Australian Infantry 1/72 scaleSoldiers

A rough looking bunch of large misfits here as you can see compared to the original Airfix figures 


In the end, there's nothing like the real thing but for a smallscale miniatures enthusiast figures like these can be of certain interest and sometimes even fill gaps and it does show though that whatever you do, if you make a good product, someone, somewhere will always try copying it, with varying degrees of success and it confirms the old saying "imitation is the best form of flattery".


25 February 2002

Choo-Choo Trains

Browsing in a Toys-r-Us store I found a great bargain, an old-fashioned looking steam train. Not just that, two metres of track, two carriages, a fuel/water tank and even a tractor.



And I'm thrilled with the farm figures and cute horses and cows that come with it.



A railway line, plus train & carriages are just the thing needed to spice up a table.

This train just HAD to be a Russian train too. Once painted black, and with the addition of a couple of red stars and a resoundingly uplifting slogan "death to the fascist invaders" - many thanks to Sveta Thomas, my friend Mark Thomas' wife.





Similarly,the carriages were given a thorough "dirtying"





Below,the tracks after painting and flocking, and the water / fuel tank. I also painted that bright red tractor green and added a couple of stars.



And you know the train actually works on batteries. You can see those wheels spinning like mad, and it also has a little light to see in the dark.