Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tehnolog Russian Figures

I recently purchased three sets of Tehnolog figures from EvilBay.   They arrived yesterday and the purpose of this post is to provide a "Opening the Box" type of review of the sets.
I believe the Tehnolog figure sets have been around for a while, but I have not seen too much about them on the internet and other sources.   I have never seen them in the Model Shops I frequent (which is not unusual for Australia!) so acquiring them through the internet seems to be the only way open at the moment.

The three sets.

Fantasy Fights Citadel of Fear,
Magicians and Wizards and Star Corsairs.

Fantasy Fights Fear Citadel Meccano Game set

This set appears to be part of a Gaming system, as in addition to the figures, there are spring loaded cannon, a scenery piece, stat cards and rules.   
The figures themselves are quite appealing.   They are, in the main, a little stocky and have sort of a "pulpy" feel to them.   The plastic is used is a styrene, not a soft plastic like what Armies in Plastic uses.

The contents of the Fear Citadel set.
For your money, you get 6 Lizard/Anubis type figures, 5 Knights, a cannon and a ballista and a plastic sprue which holds the two parts of the scenery piece.   This is quite a hefty chunk of plastic and I think could be used for more than just Fantasy settings (with some conversion).

The figures themselves scale out reasonably well with 54mm figures and I have included a Britains cowboy for comparison.

The Britains cowboy is 53mm from feet to hat and the Lizard/Anubis types are just a smidge taller.   Bear in mind, they are a Fantasy figure so scale is a variable matter.   They look right, and that's the main thing.

The five Knights of the Fear Citadel set.   Like I said before, stocky little blokes but full of character and well sculpted.   Little or no flash and I separated the figures from their sprues with a set of side cutters.   I will use a craft knife and files to clean them up before painting. 

The figures from the set for comparison.

The Star Corsairs

Five figures in the set, again all well sculpted and full of character.   These gents have a very "pulpy" feel to them, which is a good thing.   The poses are all different and would be well suited to skirmish type games.   They too come with stat cards and appear to be part of a gaming system.

The Wizards and Magicians set.

Just 4 figures in this set, but again very interesting figures and well sculpted.   The faces are very good and at the risk of sounding repetitive, full of character.   The two sprues contain the four figures and the separate cloaks which are to be applied by the user.   All the sets come with 10 little pots of paint and a brush.   I don't think I will be using these, but I can see the attraction for small children as they are like the Airfix/Humbrol starter sets.   Lucky Russian kids!

The only drawback with this set is that the figures are on the large size compared with the others.   Two in particular but the other two are quite acceptable.   The one to the left of the knight scales well but has a very tall hat!   The one to the right of the Lizard Queen also scales well and looks extremely well fed!   The last two are tall (70mm) from foot to top of headgear.   But they are Fantasy pieces, so the scale is arbitrary.

In summary, great figures, very unusual, well molded and diverse in the subjects portrayed. It is just a shame they are so hard to get hold of but the Gentleman I dealt with on Ebay (Alexey) was very helpful and very reasonable with his pricing and postage.   They did take a while to come from Ufa, Bashkortostan, (2 weeks) but they were registered so there was nothing to really be concerned about.   I will definitely be purchasing more of these sets in the future.


Monday, 27 April 2015

US Forces give the nod!

Still painting, the only news is that I have finished my Skeleton Army, so that will be the subject of a post shortly as will the Toyway Romans I have rebased and the three Arrow Firing Catapultes I scratchbuilt to accompany them.   In the meanwhile, I present: 

The United States Army, European Theatre of Operations

Rear Row L-R 2 M4A3 Sherman Tanks (New Ray), 1 M3 Halftrack (New Ray), 1 M16 AA Halftrack (New Ray), 1 M3 Halftrack (New Ray), 2 M3 Lee Tanks (New Ray)

Front Row L-R 2 Britains Jeeps

Again, in the main Britains figures make up the bulk of the army with some Matchbox and a few Britains conversions.   I have always felt that there was no easily discernible Officer figure with the Britains US sets, so a simple arms swap (binoculars, pistol, etc) corrected that imagined deficiency.

On the left, 5 squads of Series 2 with a Britains Officer conversion.
Next, 2 squads of SuperDeetail with Matchbox Officer.
4 squads of Series 1, again with a Britains conversion Officer.
There is a reserve or HQ section of 13 Britains, series 1 and 2 and 4 Matchbox from years ago.
A Britains Motor cycle rider, 2 Recoiless rifle crews and a Dinky 5.5" Gun complete the army.

Obviously, Transport, and Artillery are in short supply and I suppose a few more tanks would not go astray. 

Monday, 20 April 2015

The Deutsche Afrika Korps

Nothing new to report as I am still in the throes of painting figures, so here is the second in a series which documents my collection of Armour, Softskins and soldiers.
This time, the Deutsch Afrika Korps.

Rear Row L-R 1 Pzkpfw MkII (scratchbuilt), 1 Pzkpfw MkIV (CTS), 2 Sdkfz 251s (CTS), 1 Pzkpfw Mk IV (CTS)
Front Row L-R 8.8 cm Pak 43 (21st Century), 1 Sdkfz 223 (scratchbuilt) and 1 Kublewagen (scratchbuilt)

Well, they are all painted!, but obviously I'm short of Artillery, Transport and I could probably use a couple more tanks.

The Infantry.

In the main they are a mixture of DSG and Britains.   There is a Matchbox Rommel and two other figures by Matchbox as well.   A small reserve of 4 on the left.
At first glance, a bit underwhelming.   I do however, have a box of 50 or so Airfix and Matchbox that are awaiting the attentions of my paintbrushes.   One day!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Meine kleine Armee Deutsch!

Again, just a short post, but one in a series that will cover my collection of AFV's, Artillery, Softskins and soldiers.
First up the German Army, European Theatre of Operations.

Rear Row L-R   2 Tiger Tanks (CTS), 2 Panther Tanks (CTS) and 2 Pzkpfw Mk IVs (CTS)
Middle Row L-R 2 Sdkfz 251s (CTS), 1Pzkpfw Mk II, (Scratchbuilt) 1 Pzkpfw Stug IV (CTS), 2 Sdkfz 251s (Airfix)
Front Row L-R   1 Kublewagen (Britains), 1 Kublewagen (Scratchbuilt), 3 Pak 40s. (Britains) and 2 Sdkfz 222s (Scratchbuilt)

As you can see, there are a few vehicles still to be painted, i.e the CTS and Airfix.   There is also a dire shortage of Transport vehicles.   Must get around to that one day!

Next, the German Infantry, European Theatre of Operations.

Obviously, small in numbers compared to other peoples collections, but I'm pretty happy with them.
The greater majority of the troops are Britains, series 1 and 2 with 5 squads of the (newish) Superdeetail figures.   The figures on the right are a mixture of Matchbox and Airfix.   These were resurrected from my early days of wargaming with my son back in the 80's.
The figures on the left are also Britains which make up my "Reserve or HQ section".
There is also an example each of the Motorcycles and three Mortar squads.   Two converted Britains artillerymen and an Airfix prone MG team are also evident.   A Timpo Officer with bino's rounds out the collection.   The non Britains figures (with the exception of the Timpo Officer) have been rebased using Britians style bases from DSG