Freitag, 20. Oktober 2017

Scythians from Frank Ziegler

These figures I have for a long time. Frank sculpted a range of Scythians in interesting poses.

One of my plans for future dioramas is the war of the heavenly horses in which Han-Chinese fought the Saka (another step-people, but similar in appearance).

But of course they can also fight Greeks and Persians:-)

Andy gave a set of the Scythians to Thomas Willers who painted them for him. I thought you might like to see the result too.

If you want to know more about them, Balkan Dave just wrote something about them on his blog.

Dienstag, 17. Oktober 2017

Italian Askaris

In the meantime I put the set of the Italian Askaris into our shop. I like these guys

I know this is an obscure subject and for sure will not cover the costs I had. But I like colonial warfare and beside the well covered British wars of the 19th century nearly all European nations had their campaigns.

So for the future maybe I can show some dioramas of the Schutztruppe in German South-West Africa, The French in Indochina 1885 and hopefully the battle of Adowa 1896.

About this battle I made a post before.

Here are photos from this diorama

These photos Alfred made years ago in the Italian colonial war museum when I remember it right.
At the moment we think about our hobbytour next year and Rome with its museums is an option. Then for sure I will come with more and better photos:-)

While searching my own photos in the web I stumpled over the link of "Savage and Soldier". In my collection I have their complete range of magazines back to the 1960ies. This was in my eyes the best magazine for colonial warfare, followed by "Soldiers of the Queen".  Sadly with the early death of Lin Bodin they run out of steam. In 2000 Milton Soon tried to bring life to it again and I remember I wrote an article for one of the new issues but sadly it was a short lived story.

Check the link to read what is available. And if somebody needs infos on a special subject, I could scan some pages.

Samstag, 14. Oktober 2017

Atztek uprising 1521 - Flats

that was the title of this diorama in the flat figure exhebition at Morges (Switzerland) we visited this summer.

I give you huge photos to zoom in the details. Here you can clearly see the disadvantage of flat figure dioramas.

With two sets of Aztecs and Spaniards in plastic (Revell and Caesar) and some old Ral Partha figures I have in my collection it would be a start to create this in 1/72 too. But with our Landsknechts we now have in the range my friend Pieter started thinking about some 16th century armies too.

Well, a lof of "colonial" war opportunities came into my mind for this period too. I can already hear Andy "oh not again such obscure figures" :-)

Dienstag, 10. Oktober 2017

Painted Landsquenet (Landsknechte)

Andy asked Thomas Willers to paint a set of my own Landknechts.

I must say I am impressed!

For those of you who want to think they need reinforcements for their Renaissance armies you can order them here

When Pieter saw these figures his first reaction was to send me a file of Spanish infantry in the 16th century. So I think this range will increase in the future:-)

Freitag, 6. Oktober 2017

Indian wars painting

When I was a child I had a book "The world of the Indians". I often sat in my bed at night and worked myself through the paintings.

One of the paintings was this attack on an Indian camp by Schreyvogel.

Some times ago Massimo sent me some photos of a little vignette he made for a collector (not for production).

Sonntag, 1. Oktober 2017

Some works from other sculptors, what will come and what not

Sometimes I get photos from sculptors who ask to bring the figures into our shop or offer to sculpt for collectors.

One of the latter is Darek from Poland whose speciality is republican Rome. See here some of his works in extra big photos to see the details. If anybody is interested in letting him making figures (usually less then 20 Euros), send me a mail and I can arrange the contact.

Another great sculptor is a hobbyfriend from France. Getting old, at the moment his name doesn't come into my mind:-(  The problem for us is he has no big production, even didn't wanted to bring the figures into our shop so that we can offer them to the public. In the past I got from him modern Syrian infantry (to fight the IS) and French Foreign legion 1942 (Bir Hacheim). Some weeks ago I got these photos from new masters, 1940 French infantry. Again great stuff in my eyes.

From Leo (Phersu) there will be new Ming Chinese Guard infantry - these will come in our shop for sure:-)

I found some unpainted 1809 Austrians, made by Uwe Ehmke for our Aspern diorama in 2009. As Alfred bought the rights for Uwe's complete 1/72 range, we are now able to reproduce his old figures. The marked figures are already on the way to Hagen to put them in a form.

Finally some Turks Ingo sculpted for me. I wanted to have the guy on the left as the Jannisary on the right is wrong. But Ingo sculpted the wrong figure...

The right uniform would be the following picutre and they will come soon