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I have been on a painting binge lately. My wonderful wife agreed to share her craft room with me so I have been able to spend some quality time with her, my paints, a new TV and a Heritage Civil War set I picked up on eBay. The previous owner had done a rough paint job on the figures. I redid them in more detail. I've still got another 15 figures to go, but I couldn't wait any longer to see what they look like in action.
My big purchases at OTSN this year were the items in this group of Britains Civil War stuff. Gary Linden had purchased a large collection and was selling most stuff at less than 50% original list price. I had given up ever getting the limber set.
These TSSD Cavalry figures were painted by eBay seller ketcheronovich1. He does great work. Stay tuned for more of his work in weeks to come including Romans, Zulus and lots more Civil War.
I can't believe it!
I always love interacting with those of you who enjoy and appreciate this site. I recently had an interaction that left me blown away. Terry McCullough from Missouri e-mailed me and said he appreciated the site. He went on to say that his Marx playsets were his favorite toys while growing up. He had a Zorro set,a Blue and the Gray, a farm set and a Fort Apache set. He then floored me when he said he still had them and would like to see them go to someone who would appreciate them. I had been hoping to travel south and meet him, take him to dinner and pick up the stuff, but our schedules didn't match. Imagine my surprise and joy when I arrived home from work one day last week and there were two huge boxes waiting for me. Christmas in October!
These sets have been well loved and well played with. The Sombrero Mexicans from the Zorro set and the Confederates from the Blue and the Gray had become brittle and suffered some pretty massive casualties, but the Yanks and the shako Mexicans were in great shape and in really great colors. In the next few weeks/months I will dioramatize these sets and make a permanent shelf display of them in my basement. Thank you, Terry!
The ACW set is the big one that had 3 1/2 sets of figures on each side. There are some missing, but I got reinforcements on the way.
I picked up this lot at OTSN a few years ago. I figured I better set these guys up and record them for posterity before I list them on Ebay.
I had to set this up before I let it go. Click on the picture if you want to see more pics of this set.
Barzso's Ranger Camp Playset
Click on the above picture to see the whole series of Rogers Rangers pictures.
I found three bags of Barzso figures I had forgotten I had. There's a set of 2nd series Rangers, a bag of different Indians and another set of French Infantry.
Can you believe it's been 22 years since Ron Barzso released his inaugural playset - Rogers Rangers and the Attack on St. Francis. I remember being so excited that someone was going to make a brand new playset in the Marx style. It had been about 20 years since Marx quit making playsets. PFPC had a great article on Ron and I pre-ordered my set. With this set. the new Golden age of playsets began.
My motivation in this set up was to get as many of my original Marx Union troops into action. I ran out of space.
I especially wanted to get my accumulation of 50 some Longcoats into the picture.
I think the standing Union Firing figure is my favorite Marx figure.
I used my Converted figures for the Confederates. I didn't have much space so I had the rebs doing a holding action while the main force tried to retreat.
Click on the picture for the whole series of Iron Brigade Pictures.
I made this set up alongside the road at the actual Little Big Horn Battlefield.
Heritage Battle of the Alamo Playset. Click on picture for more pics.
Heritage Blue and the Gray Playset with extras. Click on picture for more pics.
This is a small set-up getting my new Expeditionary Force Zouaves into some action. These are very nice, if expensive, figures. They are much, much better than the previous Ex Force ACW offerings. They fit almost perfectly with the origianl Marx Civil War poses. Each box of figures contains nine figures with plug in arms and heads. The cool thing is that they provide extra arms and heads which can be used to convert the old Marx figures into some of the poses I've always wanted. There are a number of such conversions in these pics. Click on the picture to see the whole series of pics.
I am finally returning to WW2.
Over the last year John Mullen has been painting figures for me. My biggest single project for him was to paint up an example of all the different plastic German poses I could find as SS Soldiers. How many of these figures can you identify?
Someone's in trouble...
I have had these Starlux plastic Indians for quite a long time. 14 differnet poses here. They're kind of impressive as a group.
Up next will be some Britains Civil War stuff and some great Shenadoah zoaves that were painted by award winning pfigure painter John O'Brian.
Barzso's Last of the Mohicans Character figures. They are the latest victims of the Great 2014 Spring Cleaning eBay Massacre.
Please check out all my auctions on eBay. Search under user name "playsetaddict".
The Conte GIs are such great figures. These guys recently got a new home.
I decided to put together a second Western Town "Playset". This one features 7 handmade Buildings of the Old West and a bunch of the great P and P Products resin Western Town figures plus a few other figures. Click on the picture to see all the pictures. You'll need to scroll down once you get to the new page.
Time to put some more stuff on eBay.
Click on the picture to see the whole set of pictures.
I've often dreamed about the day 3D scanners and printers would become cheap enough to use in the Toy Soldier Hobby. The first thing I would do with the technology would be to scan some of the great, 70mm Elastolin plastic figures and print them out in 58mm to match the Conte Viking figures. In the mean time, I'll have to be content with layering to use the figures together. In this picture are 70mm Elastolin figures, 54mm Marx, 58 mm Conte, 60mm Marx and 70mm Ideal, Each figure is a separate layer. Click on the picture to see the process in stages.
A friend of mine gave me permission to use this background photo.
In April of 2014 I made a large Civil War set-up. Click on the above picture to see all the pictures. I think they are some of my best.
The Conte "First at Manassas" figures are some of my favorites. I wish we had more dynamic figures of Civil War soldiers being routed.
I started the set-up with painted plastic figures. How many can you identify?
I thought I'd repost this old picture. I'm quite proud of it.
I've been enjoying the History Channel's "Vikings" series. For some reason I had assumed it was a documentary, not a drama, so I had avoided it until a few weeks ago. Watching the show got my creative juices flowing again so I did some converting of some plastic Viking figures. Of course I had to mix in some of the fantastic metal Conte Viking figures.
This set found a new home on eBay. I love the color of the yanks in this set. It's so hard to put these sets up for sale. I'd much rather be buying than selling.
These two sets - the BOSS set and the Landing craft found a new home in Canada.
Another great set gone to a new home.
I finally painted up a set of the Austin Miniatures cowboys.
A while back I realized that I have never seen a Ben Hur playset painted up. I got a Mexican Ben Hur set at a fairly good price on eBay and then realized I had another Mexican set buried in a corner of the basement. So I started painting. I picked up vintage versions of some of the pieces that didn't come in the Mexican set from various sources and added them into the set. I am very pleased. I just wish I could get more seated spectators and some of the standards.
I added a Marx Rev War set and some Accurate, IMEX, CTA and CTS figures. Click on the picture to go to the Revolutionary War Page where the whole seriesis posted.
I decided to redo my Lexington Green Set-Up with a greener ground cover. I also painted the windows on the buildings. Click on the picture for all my pictures of this great set.
I picked these bronze sculptures of Pleistocene Mammals when I was a kid. The Labrea Tar Pits were one of my favorite places to go and the highlight of the visit was picking up one of these William Otto sculpts. I fudged the scale of the different sculpts a little to make the figures closer to being in scale.
January 6, 2014
Barzso's Battle of Lexington Green Playset. This the first set up I made using this set.
Click on the pictures to see the whole series of pics.
Clcik on the pictures to see the whole series of photos of this Union Retreat set-up.
Click on the picture to see some more pictures from the Chicago Show.
I just got back from wandering the halls of the Schaumburg Hyatt for pre-OTSN toom trading. Len and Colleen Hardt had their usual great display. This year it was Fort Apache.
Check out this Painted Plastic ACW set-up! clcik on the picture.
Click on the picture to see the whole series of photos. This set-up has been a long time in the dreaming. It's one of my most ambitious set-ups.
Click on the picture to go to the Western Scenes Page featuring my Canyon country lay-out.
Here's a set of Mike Mullins conversions that I picked up on eBay. I love his vision in seeing the possibilities available through converting familiar figures.
Here's the set for the next few scenes I want to photograph. Click on the picture to see the process that led to this landscape.
In Honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, I made another of my big Marx Civil War set-ups. Click on the picture to see all the pics.
Can you say "Missouri Boatride"?
Click on the picture to see all the Josey Wales pictures.
I love the rare colored Marx Western figures. It's time I set them up one more time before liating some of them on eBay.
Click on the picture to see the whole series of pictures.
I picked up these painted Atlantic figures on eBay. I figured I better take some pictures before I resold them. Click on the picture to see the rest of the pictures.
Barzso's Zorro Hacienda with (mostly) Marx figures.
I sold these guys in early 2013. If I had known Brian was going to release a whole new batch of figures from this regiment, I would have sold something else.
This set up features the CTS clapboard house, the new Barzso Inn, and figures and accessories from Britains, Barzso, ONTC, and Marx. Click on the picture to see the whole series.
This is one of the more unusual set-ups i've ever made. i had alot of fun with it. My imagination went wild. Please check it out by clicking on the picture. I especially like the picture of the killer whale eating that little seal.
I've made a page of pictures featuring my Alaska/Canadian Frontier Playsets. Click on the picture to see all the pictures.
October is Romans and Barbarians month. Conte has released some new Roman sets. I also picked up a few First Legion and Collector's Showcase sets from Hobby Bunker. Special thanks to both Richard Conte of Conte Collectibles and Matt Murphy of The Hobby Bunker for their sponsorship of this site.
This diorama was in the Crown Military Miniatures room at OTSN.
TSSD came out with Hadrian's wall this year. This is one of the "Mile Forts". The Traverse Doramics backdrops were everywhere!
Click on the picture to see photos of my largest Civil War Set-Up ever!
Click on the picture above to go to "The Crater" page.
I moved back down to the basement and created a large Civil War Battlefield. Here are the Conte troops in action. In the backgound are some great scenics I picked up from Traverse Dioramics. I like 'em. Click onthe picture to see the whole series of pictures of this set-up.
Click on either of the two pictures above to go to the Marx Blue and Gray page. There are lots of pictures of some fun I had in the summer of 2012.
Here's a full width view of my Western Town.
These are the Painted Romans and Barbarians being offerred by Toy Soldiers of San Diego.
I've made anew page of Highlander Pictures. Click on the picture above to see them.
TSSD Plastic Romans painted by Joe Hale
Conte's Northwest Frontier range.
Click on the picture to see a full treatment of this classic Barzso set!
Barzso's Sioux Buffalo Hunt.
Click on the picture above to see more pictures of the realy cool wagons I got from Mike Luteran.
I've moved the pictures from this series to the Romans 2012 page (even though these pics are from 2011). Click on the picture and then scroll down.
I spent most of August painting up some plastic figures. I've had the Paragon Cavalry and Apaches for a while but hadn't done anything with them. So I painted some of them up, along with some of the casualty figures from Toy Soldiers of San Diego, and added them to the ranks of my Indian Wars collection. They do paint up nice.
In addition to the Paragon Cavalry and the TSSD Indians, there are also a number of Plastic Underground figures present as well. I bought these painted and whoever does the paintng has serious talent. There are also a few Reamsa, Andy Gard, Airfix, Marx and Britains Deetail figures scattered about in the set up. If you are lookihng for a source of plastic figures, vist our friends at hobbybunker.com. Tell them the Playsetaddict sent you.
I've been spending most of my 'Hobby Time' painting up some plastic figures. Here are a couple of the Cunnyngham Confederates.
They paint up pretty nice. I did forget how long it takes to paint up a batch of figures. I must be slowing down as I get older.
Happy 4th of July!
If you want to see more images from this large ACW battlescene, click on the picture.
Here's another shelf display featuring Conte plastic and single color metal figures.
I added another shelf display today...Stamford Bridge.
I've been doing some more work in the basement. Here are a couple more shelf displays.
On top is an Imex castle with a whole bunch of painted kinights I bought years ago but have never set up. Below is my Ultimate Fort Apache featuring Barzo's incredible fort and a bezillion conversions.
The Fort Apache Set-Up features lots of cavalry in turquoise, Frontiersmen in tan and indians in red-brown, yellow and cream.
The Longcoats are trying to get the wagons into the fort. There are lots more pictures of this set-up on another page. Click any of the images above to see the whole photo treatment.
I finally got my Zulu reinforcements from Conte!
Click on the picture to go to the new Zulu War Page.
I've been cleaning my basement and today I set up shelf displays of my Ultimate Wagon Train and the Jesse James set.
I've been wanting to get some ofg my old Barzso playsets out for a while. Here is the Davy Crockett Wilderness Set
Click on the above picture to see all the pictures of this great set!.
The Legend of Jesse James playset!
Once upon a time Marx planned on releasing the set, but they changed their mind, Now, 50 years later, the set is resurfacing, thanks to Nostalgia Toy Boxes and some old fashioned creativity. Ah! What might have been!
Click on any of the above pictures to go to see a full treatment of this set.
Steve Westen's Cattle Drive...facing a little challenge.
Conte's Zouaves! Click on the picture to see the whole series!
Click on the picture to see all the pictures of this great Canadian Wagon Train Playset.
With the economy the way it is, I had to downsize...I couldn't afford the Magnificent Seven..Had to settle for Los Cinco Locos.
The Conte Spartans are out! These figures, with their posable arms and interchangeable parts, set a new standard for toy soldiers. I show them here up against a bunch of Reamsa figures.
The Bronze and Silver Spartans have been released!
The West is getting wilder again, thanks to Black Hawk Toy Soldiers!
The set Marx should have made...
I don't buy many King and Country Figures, but this one captured my imagination.
Now here's a real Hero...
One of my favorite movies is "The Horse Soldiers". For several years I've wanted to recreate this scene. I knew I could...it was just a matter of finding the time and the space. The Conte SOS guys helped, too. The buildings are by Allan Roberts.
I've spent a good portion of the last week making some hedgerows. If you want to see pictures featuring scenic pieces I've made, click on the above picture.
The King Tiger was a casualty of a previous skirmish.
The tank commander didn't get out...
These are all figures I wish Marx had made...but I had to make them myself. They are part of my "Stuart's Raid" Dreamwish Playset.
I have a great series of pictures of Germans armor moving through a Normandy Town at http://conteco.com/bloggermanarmor.htm
"Wagon Train" by P and P Products.
It's a good time to be collecting World War 2!
Conte airborne figures...Vehicles by FOV and 21st Century, buildings from Conte and Hobby Bunker abd B and T...figures from all sorts of manufacturers...accessories from Build-a-Rama...
40 years after first dreaming of vehicles like these in 1/32nd scale...they're here!
Conte Paratroopers...way way cool!
Is it Real or is it Conte?
Conte's Bloody Omaha Sets
For more pics go to http://conteco.com/blog.htm
I invited the TSSD GIs and the single color metal versions of poses that will be in Conte's Bloody Omaha Playset 3to come play. That's about 58 poses in the picture. It is a good time to be collecting WW2!
D Day Diorama. I know you knew that, but I figured I'd label the picture so maybe it would show up on a Google search of "D Day Diorama."
These are Factory Samples of the soon to be released Conte painted plastic GIs. Way cool.
The above two photos are from Joe Carvalho's website, with a little imagin-action added by me. If you like large scale battles of painted figures...you need to check out his site. The pictures take a long time to load for some reason, but I found it worth the wait. www.freewebs.com/joesoldiers is the url.
The Outlaw Josey Wales is my all time favorite movie. I have 'dreamed' of a box like this for years. Now, thanks to Ron Lizorty, I have one...and it's a beauty!
Conte's Spartans are here!!!
Have you checked the Lord of the Rings page recently? Click the picture to venture into Middle Earth.
How many characters do you spot?
Click picture for more photos of the Western Town. More added 4/3/04
Here's a few of the figures from my "Stuart's Raid" Playset
Ron Barzso's Aztecs and Conquistadors Playset! Click picture for full treatment.
P and P's Buffalo Hunt Series....
P and P's Trappers canoe.
For the last several months, I've been working to make some "Playset Dreams" come true. I've always wished Marx had stayed in business. I've wondered what variations of pieces they would put in sets if they kept reworking themes over time. So I decided to make a selection of "Series Infinity" sets. The above is an early prototype of my favorite set...Wagon Train. Click on the picture to see more.
I have been a Lord of the Rings fan since my teen years. How cool is it that Play Along toys has released "Battle Scale" figures from the movies?
Click on the box to see what's inside!
Here is an early shot of my "Stuart's Raid" Playset
Here's an early shot of my Ultimate Custer's Last Stand Playset
Pics are up of Conte's "Scotland the Brave" playsets featuring the conflict between the Highlanders and Afghan tribesmen.
Check out these awesome figures from Larry Patterson of P & P products.
The above picture might give you a hint of one of the projects I'm working on...A color-matched Civil War playset with all the union troops in "Custer blue".
I've heard of getting into your hobby, but this is ridiculous!
In March, I had the privilege of photographing this great diorama of Custer's Last Stand made by Nick and Deanna of Toy Soldiers of San Diego.
Someone wanted to see the pics of this set.