Friday, 29 January 2010

Italian ww2

Not really plastic but made from Paste . This is a Nardi ww2 Italian in Africa before the real business got going.Below is a uniform that was on show at Novegro the Italian toy soldier happening

Thursday, 28 January 2010


I have no idea who did these Bersaglieri but they look pretty good
The union soldiers are Nardi


If Toy soldier collecting ever becomes intellectualised then that will come about from certain milestone production that goes beyond some middle aged drips playing with  Fisher Price pirate boats in the bath. The Atlantic company of Italy produced maybe the most visionistic set of soldiers maybe ever done.
These communists of Mao were very unusual and if we think of the amount of times a really adventurous subject has been done then we are left with the Atlantic company and hardly anyone else.
The other company that has done something like this is KING AND COUNTRY with their Gestapo set but that didn't go down well with the TOY SOLDIER Magazine , the same magazine that accepts ads saying "Napalm , I love the smell of Napalm in the morning". How many young children were burnt by Napalm in Nam. That was really offensive but the Gestapo thing was just a straight retelling of the real events of World War Two. The Toy Soldier Magazine offered no return of opinion when I called their bluff on this crap. Their critique of King and Country was totally Hip hop as in IP-O-Crit-Ti-KALL dude.
But there you go, I've never known would be moralists who were truly moral.
The Nazi, Mao. The Russian revolution. another great moment by Atlantic

Wednesday, 27 January 2010


cheap pieces to rework into something good

These pieces are crap agreed but think what you can do with some Green stuff.


if you are a true collector instead of a 54mm plastic wargamer then the Atlantic eygptian set is a must . It was one of those sets that created a milestone in the plastics fraternity of model soldiers. The whole set boxed now costs at least 100 pounds even in Italy but seperate pieces are cheap.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


this was a 1961 production by xiloplasto to celebrate the 100 years of garibaldi

Monday, 25 January 2010