Wednesday 31 July 2013

Airsoft: New Sites

Howdie folks. Very nearly the end of July so this will be my last post for this month and it's just a quickie

For those airsoft enthusiasts in the Midlands region of the UK who haven't yet seen the latest issue of Airsoft International, The Birmingham Armoury and Tenbury Guns Limited have taken out a very striking full page ad promoting two new sites they have just been putting the finishing touches to

The first is a woodland site located in Tenbury Wells and the second an indoor CQB site located near Leominster. Included as part of the ad are two website addresses, one for each of the two sites, but having tested them just a few moments ago neither of them appears to be up and running yet

Best thing to do, therefore, if you want further information would be to contact Tenbury Guns or The Birmingham Armoury directly either by popping into the stores or looking up their respective websites

Tuesday 30 July 2013

JJD: Upcoming Releases

At the risk of repeating myself, here we are at the tail end of July and this is the first real opportunity I have had to post about new releases from John Jenkins

Nothing has landed in my inbox direct from the company and if you look on either the company's main website or that of the their sole UK distributor you won't find any information relating to the figure sets listed below

So, without further ado, here's some eye candy, courtesy of Toy Soldiers Club in Canada, of some soon to be released material from JJD. Enjoy!

Happy hunting!

Thomas Gunn Miniatures: July Releases

Well, we're nearly at the end of July and here I am posting about a number of releases from TGM. Apologies for the late arrival of this post but if it's any consolation I haven't received anything in my inbox from TGM

As you will see form the images below the company has released quite a few figure sets this month relating to several of their existing ranges, as well as half a dozen mounted figures for what I assume is a new range. The images are available for closer inspection on their website but, as yet, there is no additional information to accompany them

Further details for the rest of the featured figures, including production runs and prices, are available on the company webby but I have to tell you that according to said site all of the Foreign Legion sets have already sold out so if you want one you will have to contact your local dealership and hope for the best

Three new sets of FL figures in A and B versions, all sold out at the manufacturer's end according to the company website

Two new sets for the Naughty Forties

Two WW2 German sets

These barbarian horsemen look rather good. They'd go very nicely alongside some K&C or CS Romans I reckon. I particularly like the noble looking rider with the severed head hanging from his saddle!

As always with TGM, all these figure sets are being produced in limited numbers so if you want them you will have to hurry. Happy hunting!

Monday 29 July 2013

Latest Additions: On Guard

Earlier this month K&C retired their WW2 German sentry box, an item I wasn't initially thinking of buying and hadn't included on my wish list. Having looked at the retirements list, and thought a bit more about where I might put one if I had it, I finally decided to buy one. In fact, I bought two and found what I reckoned was the perfect place to display them

I thought two of them would look just right positioned on either side of the entrance to my Collectors Showcase LAH barracks diorama, together with two of K&C's LAH 117 figures. The dio is by no means finished yet but you can see where the boxes have been positioned and if you imagine in your mind's eye the big K&C band marching to the one side, and the Fuhrer's black Mercedes driving in, or out, through the gates then you'll have some idea of what the final scene will look like

At the moment there's a Nazi billboard and a group of SA bill posters in the background looking ridiculously out of place. They won't be there for long as I've got a plan for another far more appropriately themed diorama for them. See what you think 

The recently retired sentry box

Sentry box and LAH 117, trooper standing at ease

Rear of said trooper showing the equipment he is carrying

Guards standing on either side of the entrance

Happy hunting!

Thursday 11 July 2013

Latest Additions

Time for the latest installment of my 'Latest Additions' series and this time it comes in the shape of no fewer than five figure sets from K&C's Normandy Germans range

The following photos were taken using my iphone rather than the Lumix G1, so the quality isn't up to the usual standard. Not only that, the figures are shown against a diorama backdrop but not one designed especially for them. As things stand just now, I'm rapidly running out of room to display them properly so I've shot them standing in front of an existing scene showing similar troops

Front and rear views of two of the figures showing the detailed equipment being carried

One of the things I particularly like about these K&C figures is the variety of camouflage combinations they are depicted wearing, accurately reflecting the reality of life at the sharp end, especially during the latter stages of the war when equipment was in such short supply

The figures shown here have clearly been designed to work together, along with a handful of others in the series, as part of a small Waffen SS unit. I think they'd work really well lying in wait behind the hedges on either side of a road, ready to spring the trap on an unsuspecting enemy column once the lead vehicle has been disabled by the AT gun pictured below. Well, that's the idea for the dio sorted out. All I need now is a bit more space to set it up!

All of the above figure sets were retired by K&C last month, in one fell swoop, which made for quite an expensive June for me! You may still be able to get hold of them from your local dealer so best of luck if you need any of them

Until next time, happy hunting!