Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scenes from It Can't Happen Here by Upton Sinclair

Mostly repro MARX figures

The US under the Presidency of "Buzz" Windrip. 

"Corpo" Police arrest dissidents 

                              Journalist Doremus Jessup is arrested by local "Minute Men"

"....He most noticed a number of stray imitation soldiers, without side-arms or rifles, but in a uniform like that of an American cavalryman in 1870: slant-topped blue forage caps, dark blue tunics, light blue trousers, with yellow stripes at the seam, tucked into leggings of black rubberoid for what appeared to be the privates, and boots of sleek black leather for officers. Each of them had on the right side of his collar the letters "M.M." and on the left, a five-pointed star. There were so many of them; they swaggered so brazenly, shouldering civilians out of the way; and upon insignificances like Doremus they looked with frigid insolence...."
                        ( I used the MARX US cavalry that look more like 1950s GIs)

                                            District Commissioner Shad Ledue

"Looks a bit like over in Germany and Italy!"
                              "Don't worry neighbor...It can happen here!"


                                         Members of the New Underground.

                                     Another arrest by Corpo Police and Minute Men.

                                                        "I'd better look away"

        "Anyway........... I'll be on easy street when President Windrip sends everyone their $ 5,000.00!"

     You can read "It Can't Happen Here" on line

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Do Call to Arms soldiers blend in with HaT soldiers?

These 32 CTA figures sat in a bag for years until I remembered that they may fit in with the HaT series. A coat of turquoise paint and some washers for stability on the marching men and..........well..........

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Rescued US Marines

I found these fellows in the scratched and dented box at a recent toy soldier show. They are by Martin Ritchie .

New sets by Martin Richie.... 95.00 USA

I repainted my survivors in matte finish with more detail and a few corrections.

 The dress enlisted man's frock coat should have a double row of buttons.

I missed that the officer should also have fringed epaulets. The officer was sculpted with "Russian Knot" epaulets which were not full dress. Maybe I'll fix that

These little guys that I got for $5.00 USD each look good around the ocean or in front of a government building. Maybe I'll find their mates at the next show in the scratched and dented box.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Troops of the Mexican Republic

Conversions of Armies In Plastic  Confederates into Mexican Regulars in undress field uniforms. I used All The Kings Men Havelock  kepis on some figures and kept the hats from the original Confederates on others. The officer is an AIP Iron Brigade officer with another type of ATKM head.

Republican troops were illustrated in a vast number of variations and the Confederate kit works for a simple version of these troops. Undress uniforms were supposed to be white with blue trim. I didn't have any iconic sombrero heads or hats. Some period illustrations show a flatter low crown hat worn at the time.

Some sources......

Osprey book and NYPL ...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Austrian Legion in Mexico

I converted some Armies In Plastic Egyptians into simplified version of the Austrians that served  Maximilian I .

The heads are All The King's Men spare straw hat heads heavily converted with Green Stuff. The crowns might be a bit too high.

Some sources are from old prints and newer interpretations.

What's interesting to me is that these troops may have been among the Austrians sent to Matamoros on the border of the US and the port of Bagdad on the Mexican gulf coast, and area of smuggling to the Confederacy.