Uh-0h. I have been bad about getting on and updating. Over
a year since I made the big words about updating and adding stuff. I have been taking pictures all along and have some things
to add. Life has been kicking my hobby down the stairs...no excuse. Part of my grand scheme was to cut down on and get some
things done at home on a more timely manner.
So much has came out from TSSD, Conte, Barzo, FOV...I have
some of it, but only samples... The only show that is close by (Atlanta), I missed last year. I did do some stuff with soldiers
at church- 54mm Firey Furnace for the kids and a pirate ship battle for Halloween. I did video of the pirate battle, but when
edited it was too big for YouTube to allow. I will cut it down and get it posted. I cleaned up all of the postings for cheap
diazapam and steroids from the visitors' section. Sorry if you missed a deal, it is illegal. Go to Target and get some Forces
of Valor stuff, you will feel better.
Until I get the garage cleaned...Good Hunting!
Where has the time gone? I am sure anyone visiting this page has been wondering the same thing...
When will this guy update? I apologize if you have been looking for something
new on the site. I just spent some time in the toy room setting up for some visitors and taking some pictures. I hope to get
them on soon. I have been thinking about some casting and will attempt to locate some materials tomorrow. I have been working
on a major conversion and want to cast it when it is finished. I have some Airfix Ski Troops that need some feet also. Stay
Our country is still in the conflict against terrorism. I have good friends in theatre now.
We keep them in our prayers constantly. We know the fight is a good fight.
Update to come...thanks for checking in.
Wow. My mobilization has finally reached its end. The year
at times seemed to drag on forever and at times flew by. I have been off the past few weeks taking my leave before returning
to my job. The war has no end in sight, we have a maniac sniper on the loose, the North Koreans have nukes and some maniacs
in Russia have taken about 700 hostages. The world continues to be an ugly place. If we don't have some hobbies to occupy
our minds we will rot from stomach ulcers. The Toy Soldier world appears to be moving along OK. 21st Centurty has more 1/32d
stuff out. I have been painting in my off time. I conducted a small clinic for Monkey06 and one of his soccer buddies a couple
of weeks ago. I will post those results on Monkey06's page of the Outpost. One of my recent acquisitions was an R/C sailboat
which I immediately picked out a crew from my Ideal pirates. Even though the ship is of modern style, I feel the pirates fit
right onboard. I have some plans on repainting it to make it look a little like an island raiding sloop. Stay tuned. Take
a look at the conversion page, I have added a couple of items there. Until the next update, take care.
Holy cow! It has been a long time since the last update...the Homeland Mission comes first. Summer
is coming to a close and I have some more stuff to add to the site. Amongst the additions are a couple of accessories found
in the most oddest of places: the garden shop at Walmart! First I found a resin flower box that would double as a castle
keep or a chapel in any time period. It is paintable and can be cut to add to it's usefulness. In the pictures you can see
the detail on the outside, stones, wood and foliage which takes no time and little paint to bring out. The interior
walls are molded exactly where the doors are, but they can be cut to form a variety of room layouts. I may
attempt to cut out one of the doors later on. The Vikings are 60mm Cherilea and an Elastolin copy. The other item found
at Walmart is a flower bed border which makes a perfect castle, rock formation, sea wall, etc...I have pictured
it with a 54mm Timpo knight to give you an idea of the size. This is a nice set, it comes with
10 pieces and snaps together. It would make an excellent display backdrop due to it's length and flat surfaces.
I bought my wife her first toy soldier set for Mother's Day. From Britains, I got the Lord
and Lady Cuzon for her. She was surprisingly happy.
I have added to the oddball page some farm figures. These may be Timmee, but I am not
sure. I like the little boy with his slingshot. No doubt a window is in his future. The Oddball Section is
on my other page. Sorry about that...
As soon as the deployment is over I will have some more time to hack at the site and
add some more stuff. I appreciate the feedback I have been getting and will entertain any requests or answers. Until then,
my other site...
I was lucky enough to get a pass on my anniversary and Valentine's Day. I took
a few minutes from romance land to get the local TRU to find the 2nd Series Krauts from 21st Century. No joy. Rats. I did
score some modern US grunts from the dollar store. I have seen these guys before, but never so cheap. A dozen 54mm soldiers
for a buck. Not bad. Terry Bradshaw would be proud. These guys are pretty good detail wise, their helmets do have a tall "Bobby"
look to them, but a bit of sanding and they are fine. The ones I got are in tan (desert), blue (swat) and green (woodland).
They have a half-baked attempt at camoflauge (splotches) and painted faces. The need some detailing to really bring them out.
The poses are pretty good. The tan ones would be perfect for a scenario in a 3rd world, war-torn, famine stricken country.
Sad news as STADS has decided to call it quits. His business has been a source of unusual and hard to
find soldiers for my collection for quite a few years. The grammatically challenged "Comment Time" was always a big part of
his lists and website for me. I met Paul after years of telephone business in London. It was at the Plastic Warrior Show as
the show opened. The hall was rapidly filling and the bargains were being snapped up. I heard the voice first. I introduced
myself and we spoke briefly, then he was away clutching soon to be full shopping bags. STAD's will be missed. Keep the website
Paul, put up some photos of your collection.
BLACK HAWK DOWN
Read the book. See the movie. Repeat until you have a healthy respect
for the soldiers of the Ranger Regiment,Delta Operators, SOAR and the AF PJ's. Don't concern yourself with the PC that so
many folks are trying to slap onto this film. Those guys would have fought just as hard in Norway or Bosnia. Remember some
of the same folks (and many just like them) are currently operating in Afghanistan rooting out the terrorists that attacked
us on 11SEP01. They are brave, special people.
I will continue to put up stuff as I can. I am still doing the Homeland
Defense mission. In my lane, I can tell you, are some of the best cavalrymen around protecting our national interest within
our borders. They are special folks too.
The poses (may be more) are pretty good. Below is the same guy with the right guy sporting a little off the top. This makes
him look a ton better.
The attacks on 11SEP have placed a huge change on all of our lives. My situation
has changed as I find myself on active duty with my National Guard unit. As our nation continues to pursue those responsible
for this attack, we must remember that our liberty comes with a price. The price is already high, but to settle for anything
less would be to give in. Giving in to murderers and thieves will accomplish nothing. I urge all involved in the aftermath
of the attacks, military, police, firefighters, and government employees to stay the course. If you don't fit into these catagories,
then let these folks know you care. And of course, pray.
I hope to be making some additions to the sites when I get
an opportunity to post some pictures. So stay tuned. I am still around,
Well, another month slipped by...rats! I have been busy, but outside the toy room. As a gag gift for my 40th birthday,someone
gave me a gift card from ToysRUs. I put it to good use as 21st Century has released their 1/32nd line. I picked up the Germans
and US Troops with my gift card. My thoughts on them:Overall-kind of brittle for toys... Germans...sure are a lot of pistols
issued to 'em...several troops with holsters. The MP40 guys are equipped with K98 pouches. The kneeling rifleman has an odd
look to his arms...not a very good job there. On the up-side however: the faces and painting are top-notch! I really like
the running MP40 gunner. Americans...the M1 Garand barrels leave much to be desired, the grenade thrower's arms are very long,
on the up-side: the division patches (29th and 3rd Infantry) are excellent. The paint,poses, detail and faces are great too.
One of the poses on the box art did not make it into the box, a wounded G.I.
I like the new figures and the vehicles
are most cool too. Look at the pictures and see what you think. And then let me know if you agree or disagree with me. Take
care and good hunting,
20 March 01
I have been a touch busy as of late. I hope to add to the site soon. I always told myself if I had a site
it would be updated often. I am not dead, just busy. I have been reading "Enemy at the Gate" and am getting close
to the end of the book. I went to the movie this past weekend even though I was not finished with the book. The movie did
not attempt to follow the big story of the Battle of Stalingrad. What it did do was follow the sniper duel between the Soviet's
hero sniper and the German sniper instructor sent to take him out. The movie did bring facts from the book and weave them
into the movie. I felt it captured the muck and misery of the Stalingrad affair. I have a new appreciation now for my Airfix
Russian troops now. The Russian Front is not much I had ever looked at in the past. I knew it was a threat made often to Colonel
Klink and that was about all. I show my ignorance now. Thanks for the comments on the site. I will attempt to update soon.
So far no requests...
I have just added a page: Army Men...Our Plastic Protectors. The Marx guys on this page came to me in a way most
collectors only dream of. We moved across the country to a rental house. I was rooting around in the attic and found a box.
Inside the box was the old Marx figures and some older Timmee Western figures all were in pretty good shape. The house owner
knew nothing of the soldiers. So, they became part of my collection. I know the pictures are not the best and I will fix that
as soon as I can. My digital camera is a bit on the basic side, so getting clear shots can be a chore. I recently scored one
of the 21st Century Stalingrad Panzer Grenadier promo figures. This is the "buy two, get the third for a penny"
deal at KayBee Toys. It is very nice, armed with a PPSH41 and a spare pair of gloved hands. The uniform is reversible and
he comes with a tunic underneath his coat. I also noticed in KB that Hasbro has some new Axis Powers figures. I saw the Japanese
Air Officer, not too bad. I saw on box art a German Panzer Sergeant Major figure is offered too. Kind of an odd offering,
an air force officer and a panzer sergeant major...I guess it beats another SEAL or SWAT guy. Come on, Special Ops is being
covered way too much...On the 54mm side, nothing much new is happening...I want to make my pirate page some time...just finding
the time...what do you want to see? Email me or leave some feedback...thanks for looking. Good hunting.
I made the white sheet out of a t-shirt...you can see the gloved hands and PPSH41 that comes with the figure. I plan on using
the parka on another figure to give me two Stalingrad troops.
We have had a bunch of different items come down the chimney this year. Of special note, the BMC Iwo Jima set.
Holy Cow! BMC finally hit the mark on this one. (I have always been a fan, watching them get better with each go...)The BMC/King&Country
marriage is a good one with excellent figures, poses and accessories. The only glitch is the flag on the Mt. Suribachi scene...it
could have been better. The M4 Sherman and the Amtrack are great. My favorite figures: the grenade thrower and the reloading
BAR man. Get this one if you can. It is higher priced than their other offerings, but worth it. Also in, one of the BlueBox
1/6th scale SWAT figures. A pretty good figure, the opening mouth feature is interesting, but not that special. The die-cast
gear is a neat touch. The poseability seems good, better than Ultimate Soldier, anyway. I haven't compared them to Dragon
yet. I will post some pics soon, and spew forth some more drivel. We have had a 21st Century M5 Stuart and BMW/sidecar make
their way down the chimney,also...stand by for some words on those. Until then, good hunting...