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Welcome to the Army Men General!

Previously: https://archive.nyafuu.org/toy/thread/8646954/#q8646954

>Plastic soldiers, knights and pirates, cowboys and indians, fantasy and sci-fi, cops and zombies, all are welcome here!

>Archived threads:
https://archive.nyafuu.org/toy/search/subject/Army%20Men%20General%20/

>Army Men: Plastic Apocalypse series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClffzUrRDXk&t=1107s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05bZOLzn08s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSOsA2SM4nw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIC-VE0URUU

>Army men wargame rules:
https://combatstorm.com/
https://onepagerules.com/portfolio/one-off-games/
https://www.plasticcommand.com/
https://freewargamesrules.fandom.com/wiki/Special:Search?query=army+men

>Places to get army men:
https://bmctoys.com/ and https://victorybuy.com/
https://www.armiesinplastic.com/
https://www.toysoldierco.com/
https://www.classictoysoldiers.com/
https://www.toysoldiersdepot.com/
https://www.hobbybunker.com/
https://www.michtoy.com/
https://www.toysoldierhq.com/
https://micshaunscloset.com/
http://www.expeditionaryforce.com.sg/

>"Reville" Indiegogo
Michael Akkerman, the creator of "Army Men: Plastic Apocalypse", is raising funds on Indiegogo to create a short film based upon "To Hell and Back", the World War II memoir of Audie Murphy. The links to his pitch video and crowdfunding page are as follows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btXtPPIGgJs&t=1s
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/reveille-audie-murphy-short-film#/

>Thread question:
Has army men-themed media (films, shorts, games, books) inspired any of your approaches to your hobby, such as factions, in-universe lore, and tactical strategy?
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I'll start off with a one-picture story. I had to reduce the image quality in order to post them, apologies in advance.

>The summer's afternoon sun provided no shade for the Tan convoy. Having not fully considered the effects the stiff grass would have on wheeled vehicles, the lead Jeep rolled over on its side after an ill-advised shift in gear. As the Jeep's occupants were tended to, several soldiers dismounted from the other vehicles, laying the foundation for panic in what would have been a simple escort through an unoccupied human household's backyard.

>Meanwhile from a distant grassy mount, a Green anti-armor cannon was ready to fire. While one soldier carefully aimed the lethal artillery, another took aim with her M-14, prepared to pick off any Tan stragglers after the guns would start firing. Had the Tan forces navigated through the flowers and bushes lining the vast yard's fence, they could have circumvented the risk of travelling out in the daytime in an open field. Alas, a misguided assumption claimed another military venture, not one that would be remembered in the annals of human history, but in the ever-expanding legacy of the small wars constantly waged in plain sight.
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Let's keep going.

>As the Tan Jeep's passengers were ushered away by the field medics, the minesweepers instinctively sprung into action. While the Jeep's fate was not caused by any hidden explosive, the convoy's lieutenants weren't taking any chances. Escorted by their armed comrades, the cautious minesweepers maneuvered their way through the dry field, not wanting to spring any mines, nor suffer the humiliation of tripping over a stray vine. Further back, an EOD-trained dog intently smells the cool summer wind, whining as its handler tenuously holds the leash.
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Alright, let's put a bow on it.

>Beneath the canopy of the garden's bushes, a platoon of Green soldiers with tank support prepared to mobilize against the halted Tan convoy. At the spearhead of the line, a captain briefed two soldiers, both of which had previously nailed their names into the legends of plastic warfare.

>The veteran soldier, known only as Sarge, intently held his M-16 rifle in his hands, preparing himself for a textbook military procedure against his long-time enemies. His experiences in plastic warfare was more than enough to make the distinction between the many sergeants of the Green Army and Sarge himself clear. From the cold wastes of snowy driveways to the vast sands of warm beaches, there was no human environment, natural or industrial, that Sarge couldn't fight his way through.

>At his side, the newly-promoted infantry sergeant, Jane, fixed her bayonet to her M-14 rifle. A graduate of the BMC foundries in the distant land of Pennsylvania, she was among the first true "plastic army women" to walk the earth. While the world had previously not known what it would mean to have plastic men and women waging war together, Jane embodied the highest standards of soldiering for plastic fighters the world over. She was personally chosen by Sarge to serve in his squad in a reassignment procedure, and there hasn't been a single skirmish he was in that Jane had not either ever since.

>The mere presence of soldiers like Sarge and Jane was invigorating for the vast ranks of the Green Army, and with the right strategies in effect to stop the Tan convoy, victory was practically a guarantee.
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What a coincidence. I recently recovered my army men stuff. Half it is cheap dollar store stuff, unfortunately.
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>>9021981
The way I see it, most of the cooler-looking accessories you get with army men are in cheaper playsets. While most of my army men are the American-made Tim Mee and BMC types, I was able to snag a cool set of sandbags, tents, oil drums, and ammunition crates from a generic brand playset at Wal-Mart. I suppose you just have to know what you're looking for.
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>>9022008
I know exactly what you mean. I used to pass buy them all the time and wondered "why would anyone want vehicles with their army men?" I regret not buying them now. Cam you tell which ones are from dollar store?
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>>9021980
>>9021931
>>9021905
idk what the fuck is going on since first time I come in these threads but I'm super interested suddenly
I wanna get in.
whats it like? is there like modern warfare figs or just like Vietnam and ww2? id like to try them both. Also any basic rules to get started with?
How do you actually play?
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>>9022084
Vehicles are definitely a good investment. I personally advise all army men enthusiasts to have at the very least a set of tanks. You can branch off into jeeps, trucks, helicopters, and other such things from there.

As for your picture, I would guess that they are all from a dollar store, but the figures themselves are good-looking to me. A big part of that is in how the figures are posed. While Tim Mee is the go-to brand for high-quality army men, the uniqueness of their poses are rather limited. Here's a picture of some of my BMC soldiers (four on the left) and vintage Louis Marx Company (eight on the right) men. In addition to straight-up combat poses, they can march, melee fight, charge, and carry wounded soldiers (the one on the end). When was the last time you saw a plastic army man just walking around with their rifle slung on their shoulder? So when you're getting army men, I recommend getting Tim Mee soldiers for a default set of battle poses, and then go to other sets (including dollar store ones, if the quality looks good enough) for more experimental poses.

>>9022089
Engaging with plastic army men as a hobby is really a giant spectrum. What you want to do with it really depends on what you are personally into. For me personally, I like to play with them just as straight-up toys in my own fictional universe, pose them for photography (like the pictures you saw earlier), and collect them as an extension of my figure collecting hobby. The time period of the soldiers are really varied, too. The standard Tim Mee army men are tangentially based on Vietnam War-era U.S. military aesthetics, while other brands like BMC are predominantly focused on World War II, and more collector-oriented brands like Armies In Plastic do more Napoleonic-style historical sets. Whatever you decide to do, the hobby is really fun, and I can recommend some figure sets and vehicles for you to get started as well.
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Bumping with more picture stories.

>One day after the successful ambush against the Tan convoy, the victorious company of Green soldiers returned to the garden along the yard's fence. Sarge and Jane, having been ordered to help set up a bivouac, stood with the commanding officer and the watch guard as the "gasoline cowboys" returned from another day of skirmishes.
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>>9024610
Forgot the picture, lol.
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>The leading lieutenant, quivering with relief, waved in response to the company captain's silent greeting. Two Jeeps each towed an anti-armor cannon, while a cargo truck remained in the middle of the procession. In the wake of an entire Tan company and five vehicles being destroyed the previous day, in the same location no less, the possibility for more intensive combat occupied the thoughts of the Green soldiers, CO's and NCO's alike. As such, the Green platoon erred on the side of caution and equipped themselves with all the small arms they could muster.
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>>9022196
Thanks for the reply. Yeah I'd like some recommendation. Any modern warfare figs as well? I want all your recs for all periods.
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Good to see the AMG up again.
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Couple of related questions:
>Did you/do you play your army men only with other army men, or are you more like Andy from Toy Story
>Did you/do you mix eras of army men, for example medieval knights and modern warfare soldiers
Growing up I was definitely the Andy type, particularly by including dinosaurs and insects (don't have many of either anymore but there's a certain parasaurolophus who still retains his honorary title of "The General"). Never really did much era mixing outside of WW2 battling Vietnam/modern soldiers, my knights, cowboys and indians would still participate in great wars but they typically fought their counterparts in side battles. After seeing Wizards for the first time I was converted to mixing them all up, heh.

Sorry for the fuzzy pic, it's 11 years old and was still learning the basics of photography.
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>>9024660
Alright, here are some recommendations. Here's an Amazon link to help you get started with assembling a "starter kit" for your collection:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=tim+mee+army+men&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

I advise you to pick up a set of 100 soldiers and a set of tanks and jeeps for each color (Green vs. Tan is the go-to). If you're feeling more experimental, Tim Mee also sells armored cars, trucks, helicopters, planes, and even an AC-130 gunship, all in multiple colors!

BMC Toys is under the same umbrella as Tim Mee, and they also sell high quality plastic army men. In addition to World War II stuff, they also sell collector's sets relating to the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. They have also released a line of "plastic army women" the first sets of combat-oriented female toys soldiers of its kind to ever exist. They are also featured with my other soldiers in the pictures I posted:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=bmc+toys+army+men&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Here's a cool set of World War II soldiers I bought recently:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BT5JBVY?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details

For modern warfare figures, here's a great set that works as a reliable, functional set for both display and play. You'll get the same kind of soldiers you see in this picture >>9024709:

https://www.amazon.com/Elite-Force-Battle-Group-Bucket/dp/B00QZERQJI/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=modern+army+men+playset&qid=1621380805&sr=8-7

For Napoleonic-style figures, BMC Toys sells some American Revolution and American Civil War sets, but they are relatively limited. Meanwhile, Armies In Plastic sells a massive line of collector's sets of soldiers ranging from the Napoleonic era to World War I, and even some soldiers from 21st century wars and conflicts. You can find them on Amazon, but their official website (listed in the OP) has a more expansive catalogue:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=armies+in+plastic&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
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>Despite the numerous successes enjoyed by the Greens in the previous two days, they were not without their losses. Two field medics carried a wounded soldier on a stretcher into the bivouac, while another infantryman carried his unconscious battle buddy on his back. While the average plastic soldier has proven often to be more resilient than the delicate organic composition of their human counterparts, the brutalities of war remained nonetheless apparent.

>>9024709
"Ah, the smell of plastic. Home sweet home."

>>9024771
When I was a kid, I preferred to play with my army men by the parameters of the 3DO Army Men series. I even picked out all the soldiers I'd use as Sergeant Hawk, General Plastro, Colonel Grimm, and the Bravo Company Commandos. As I got older, I opted to experiment more with my army men. I have used Gundam models as powered armor units in the Green and Tan armies, for instance.
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>Part of the day's skirmish was to acquire supplies from the destroyed Tan convoy. Since the Green company was effectively left alone to survey the household's backyard, they had rely on whatever they could carry or seize before the rest of the larger battalion could arrive. The company's only truck was tasked with carrying gasoline, the Jeeps traded out their recoilless rifles and mounted machine guns for extra small arms crates, and individual troopers would use their free hands to carry ammunition boxes.
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>Against the hardships of the past two days of battle, and with the looming scourge of summer ahead, the Green company triumphantly returned to their bivouac to with all their objectives completed. What the human world considers to be a time of vacations and festivities, the plastic soldier considers to be the most intensive time of year for operations. But with the right manpower, the right leadership, and the proper hardware, the Greens were thoroughly convinced that they would live to fight another day.
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What's the closest I can get to the colonial marines from the movie Aliens?
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>>9024855
Looks like Diamond Select made an official Aliens brand set of Xenomoprhs vs. Colonial Marines. They're pretty hard to come by, though. A quick search on eBay for "aliens versus colonial marines army men" should do the trick, just be ready to scroll down. Other army men sets of general sci-fi stuff are also available, too.
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>>9024864
Well I'll be damned. Thanks a bunch kind sir.
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>>9024926
Palisades/Tree House Kids also made some with better proportions and sculpting than the Diamond Select ones. A little pricey now though: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Aliens-Alien-Swarm-Pack-Mini-Figures/980817087

Also, Lanard’s Corps Elite sci-fi army men are basically off-brand colonial marines: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lanard-The-Corps-Elite-Army-Figure-Playset-120-Pieces/45824276
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>>9024660
Also Armies in Plastic has some legit modern warfare troops, including US and Taliban: https://www.armiesinplastic.com/modern-forces.html
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>>9022089
>Also any basic rules to get started with?
>How do you actually play?
I play using wargame rules. Most historical sets will work, though I like sets like www.plasticcommand.com and the others linked in the OP that were designed specifically for army men.
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>>9021846
Solid OP.
>TQ
The Army Men PC games made my army men world more racist. Before those came out my troops were generally divided by uniform and era, and as long as those matched, the colors didn’t matter. After those games came out the Tans in my world gradually became more and more evil, and now troops are divided by era but also by color, so that modern US army men of different colors will almost always be enemies (or at least from different nations), even if they have the exact same uniform and equipment.
Those games also inspired me to write some army men fanfiction: fanfiction.net/s/495970/1/
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>>9021980
These are great. You should look at adding some visual effects to the images. I’ve used the free version of the VisualFX app and enjoyed it.
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>>9025614
Shit, meant LensFX app.
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>>9025582
>>9025588
Thanks again gents.
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>>9025609
That's interesting, my approach to the whole "Green vs. Tan" dichotomy went in more of an opposite direction as I grew up. As a young boy, the Greens were always the good guys and the Tans were the bad guys, entirely because of the 3DO Army Men games I used to play all the time. It wasn't until I started watching the "Plastic Apocalypse" stop-motion films on YouTube when I started to appreciate some of the more interesting dramatic aspects of soldiers of all factions going through the motions while fighting, and I have since taken a more Ken Burns-esque approach to simply depicting the armies as being composed of average people put into an extraordinary situation. I liked the fan-fiction you linked, by the way. Really solid stuff.

>>9025614
Glad you like the pictures, anon! I had to lie prone on the ground to get the shots to be as "in-person" as possible, but I'm pleased with the results. Thanks for the heads up on LensFX, I'll definitely look into it.
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>>9025582
The thing about The Corps guys is the mobile infantry helmets. The colonial marines had the steel pot helmets. But the Corps guys have more futuristic weapons. I am considering using the corps dudes and doing head swaps. I am only going to need a dozen or so anyway.
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I took a swing at some night time photography. Pictures didn't come out as well as I had hoped, but these are the best I can muster.

>The Green company's successful campaign in the backyard concludes with their final departure from the battlefield. Illuminated only by the house's flood light and the ever-distant Moon, the vehicles are once again tasked with carrying the tools of the plastic soldier's trade, while the fighters themselves walk alongside the mechanized procession. While the newer Tim Mee and BMC soldiers opt to move by their own pace, the veterans of the Louis Marx breed have not forgotten their prestigious traditions of marching. If the bellowing cadence calls of past staff-sergeants were enough to lead the veterans to victory a half-century before, there was no reason to dispute their efficacy on nighttime maneuvers like this.
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Does anyone know if Timmee has started making cargo trucks again?
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>Beneath the great wooden door of the side alley, the Green company enjoyed enough clearance to get all their vehicles and personnel through to the other side. Out in the seemingly far distance was the vast, seemingly-infinite sprawl of what the humans called "suburbia." Endless fields of grass, concrete, and asphalt surrounded countless more human homes, and it was within this maze that the greater Green battalion awaited the departing soldiers. The risks of night ops persisted in company with its benefits, but for the average plastic soldier, the right team and the right arms were all that was necessary to live to see the dawn.

>>9028289
Yup, they make them in Green, Tan, Blue, and Grey.
https://bmctoys.com/products/jl-timmee-cargo-truck-tan-olive
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>>9026303
>I am considering using the corps dudes and doing head swaps.
Nice. Share pics when you do anon.
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>>9026295
>I have since taken a more Ken Burns-esque approach to simply depicting the armies as being composed of average people put into an extraordinary situation
Interesting. Do you not have a side you “root for” then? I’ve definitely added more shades of gray to my wars as I’ve gotten older, but I still have a generally “good guys” side (or sides if they have allies).
>I liked the fan-fiction you linked, by the way. Really solid stuff.
Thanks. It’s been a really slow burn as I focus on more “serious” writing projects, but I’ve got another chapter almost ready to go.
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>>9028368
>Do you have a side you "root for" then?
I still have a small degree of favoritism for the Greens, but I see that as an opportunity for a more complex exploration of certain characters. For instance, I have a "Sarge" in my fictional universe who serves as the de facto main character of my stories, but I want to see if I can treat him and his squad more as "protagonists" rather than as "heroes."

An example of this would be how in the first "Army Men" game for the PC, the newsreel in the intro claims that the Tan Nation invaded the Green Nation on the grounds of their dictator wanting to "capture and destroy all Green territories and claim them for his own." The PlayStation remake of the game, "Army Men 3D," amends that line to the Tan Commander "inciting the people with his twisted vision of world domination." Based on my desired approach to complexity and nuance, perhaps the Tan Nation saw fit to invade the Green Nation because the latter provoked them first. It could have just been a failure of diplomacy, or perhaps to a more extreme extent, a series of Green attempts to subvert the Tan social or political system. The Tans, tired of the Green's antics beneath their veneer of being a "peaceful" people, launches a military expedition to eliminate the threat to their sovereignty once and for all. This is just an example, and of course both sides are complicit in the use of force to get their way (hence the term "plastic army men"). But I think there is room to explore a more complex history as to why both nations saw fit to engage each other in war.
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>>9024709
Any plastic bases or tanks that would scale well with mega construix cod?
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So based on each plastic nation what type of government do you think they have? Like which ones are dictatorships and which ones are monarchies?
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>>9028668
Generally speaking not really, most army men vehicles, bases and stuff don't even scale well with themselves, typically at 1/48 to 1/72 while the average plastic soldier is 1/32-1/35. That Bradley in pic is a MicroMachines playset; it's also been copied and packaged with army men though they're not easy to come by now.
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>>9029617
On a related note the brand Soldier Force which mostly does cheaper action figure stuff but also army men has put out some large vehicles that would probably work well with Mega figs. They've done a Bradley and Abrams that I know of, got one of the former from a garage sale many years ago. Soldier Force is sold at TRU here, not sure but the same or similar stuff is probably available elsewhere, possibly under other brands. Interesting detail on that Bradley, it has the same three-barreled gun that rotates out the back of the turret, a straight copy of that classic MicroMachines set.
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Ngl as a kid I would've loved something like this; was tempted to get one for the ridiculousness of it all, especially since I found them in store after seeing the next pic on another board.
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>>9029646
Things like this remind me of some of the "battle action maps" they'd include in packs of army men, still got a bunch of them somewhere.
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>>9029651
I mean yes, it's not uncommon in Afghanistan to run into dudes armed with the venerable centenarian Lee Enfield; not so sure there's going to be Panzer V Panthers and old deuce-and-a-halfs hanging around.
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>>9028360
May be a bit but will do.
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>>9028724
I see green as a constitutional republic, blue as an oligarchy, tan as an empire, and gray as a loose confederation.
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>>9029646
Omg
i remember i had small army dudes, like smaller than the usual plastic ones
those I wish were still in circulation
would love to get 1cm army men
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>>9035578
1/72 scale soldiers still show up regularly in dollar stores, can find them online too though they're often more expensive wargaming/modeling armies.
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Killing time during a break in play.
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>>9029632
Anon what is the name of star wars soldier set, it would be epic to fight them against army men.
Guerilla army men defending their home from ayyylien clones.
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>>9048221
They're my brother's, from a line called Star Wars Battle Packs Unleashed.

https://www.figurerealm.com/actionfigure?action=seriesitemlist&id=528&ssid=7
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>>9048241
>Either no stock or insane prices like $300 in store
feels bad man ;-;
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>>9048348
They were already out of print when my bro started collecting them, seems they never caught on cuz he was able to get a lot for reasonable prices. Now ten years later it's a different story, he could probably get a decent pile for them. I bought the bounty hunters and Vader on Hoth set, the latter just for Veers heh.
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>>9050054
Damn, they are really good pieces. At least good for him.
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>>9051475
He only ever bought clones and battle droids sets but yeah he has a nice collection.
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>>9048348
The Star Wars Command sets, now also OOP but cheaper and more available online, also have clones and battle droids. Unpainted tho.
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The starter kits are ideal thanks anon.
>Unpainted
I think they would stand out nice, among the green soldiers as MCs.
>palpatinechad set out of stock
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>>9052379
Shit, sorry anon. I’ve seen them pop up on eBay pretty frequently, and different sellers on Amazon still seem to have sets. I got a couple when they first came out.
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Begone, satan!
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Finally got my resin 3d printer (Elegoo Mars 2) to make my own army men. Pic related is my first attempt at 54mm to go with my Star Wars Command figs (I still need to print a base). I think it came out pretty good and, other than the sculpt being bulkier, matches up nicely to the SWC figures and to an Airfix German paratrooper clone.
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>>9067439
That's pretty cool, sure does look good alongside more traditional army men. How long did it take to print?
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>>9067446
This one took about 7 hours, but because of the way resin printers work only the height matters for print time, so I printed a bunch of other stuff along with this guy and it didn’t add any time to the print as a whole.
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Haven't posted in a while. Glad to see the thread taking care of itself in the meantime. Here's another picture story to keep our plastic army rolling along.

>Weeks had passed since the Green Company's exit from the backyard. In the intervening time between the Company's departure and return to the chaparral suburbs, both Sarge and Jane were front and center to hear the formal announcement of more Green Army fortifications and reinforcements to be posted in the region. Sarge and Jane's Green Company was to be the first detachment of soldiers to occupy the new base, after which new orders were to be issued. The base was to be set somewhere in the area with little human occupation and the "strategic advantages of elevation, concealment, and natural fortification." The two sergeants, both now with more battlefield experience, kept watch over the surrounding suburbs as they awaited transport to the new base.
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Got a new set of Civil War soldiers a few weeks back. The poses really lend themselves to miniature photography. (1/4)
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Awesome, very nice figs and scenes. Makes me think of the Antietam scenes in the full cut of Gods and Generals, specifically the fight in the cornfield. Movie was too much pro-Confederacy bollocks/revisionism, lacked good pacing and the theatrical cut left out Antietam entirely but the battle scenes were pretty good, and Jeff Daniels returning as Chamberlain was epic; the full cut is definitely worth a watch.
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>>9109693
Thanks, anon! Glad you like the pictures. Gods and Generals had a lot of potential, but I think the filmmakers may have indulged the Lost Cause myth a bit too much when writing the Confederate characters. Jeff Daniels and Stephen Lang were both great to watch, and the battle scenes and strategic realism were very well done, but I just wish the writing was a bit better. The battle scenes should have been much more graphic, especially Antietam now that you mention it. I think only Glory, Lincoln, and the Grant miniseries on the History Channel actually showed moderate blood and violence in the battle scenes, which you'd expect from such a brutal war.
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The lack of graphic scenes isn't so bad given the movie is meant to be a prequel to Gettysburg, standing on the merits of its characters and their personal stories rather than the physical violence of the battle. G&G just failed to deliver on that end and as a consequence we'll never get the final part of that trilogy, The Last Full Measure. Maybe some grit could've made up for those failings but I doubt it, especially when they felt that cutting Antietam entirely was necessary to make the theatrical version.

We're drifting a bit off-topic I guess but I'd hate to see what kind of blackwashed pandering we'll get whenever the next Civil War-era film is made; Midway was a rare unmarred historical epic in this day and age but it feels like they'd never let a Civil War one through without some meddling.
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>>9109891
It definitely is unfortunate that the Shaara trilogy was left unfinished. The three original books were solid reads (despite some occasional Lost Cause talking points in G&G), and the Gettysburg movie is an excellent watch. It's also a shame that there likely won't be another movie like Glory that depicts the U.S. Colored Troops with historical accuracy, nuance, and respect, all without falling into politicized pandering. Historical biopics are one of my favorite genres of film, and I'm always eager to see somebody take a swing at it. Hits and misses a plenty, I suppose.

Pic partially related to the subject, and to keep us somewhat on-topic.
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Yeah, can't say a bad thing about Glory, though I'm sure there's something "offensive" in it to today's culture police jackasses. Historical movies are my favorite as well, keep hoping there will be a rebound of those but at the same time fearful of the inevitable political correctness/revisionism that would shoehorned in. Greyhound was a decent recent one, cringy U-boot taunts and Americentric story aside.

Been too long since I set up my Civil War troops, though could say that about most of my armies, heh.
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>>9021846
So dumb question but what is the best green army men on the market? Like ones with really clean sculpts.
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>>9110727
>>9110728
Very nice, anon! Your use of monochrome really adds to the atmosphere of the scenes.

>>9110746
The best type of green army men on the market is hands down the Tim Mee Plastic Army Men. The sculpt is the best quality available on the market, it's American-made, you get a good variety of poses, and you get 100 soldiers in total (split as 50 for two different colors). They're more expensive than other cheaper alternatives, but this is the gold standard of classic plastic army men. You can get them on Amazon, Tim Mee's website, or BMC's website (BMC also makes really nice army men).
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>>9111250
Thanks a bunch anon, I'm actually a UKfag so I'll need to import them to get the cheapest price (because the people on amazon are trying to sell them for 50+) but it'll be worth it.
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Took another swing at some night photography. Figured it was about time I show the Tan Army in action.

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Wrong numbering for the series, there's only two pictures lol.

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And here's a daytime shot of the old-fashioned Louis Marx infantry.
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>>9111698

Timmee isn't just the gold standard, they're literally the ORIGINAL plastic army men company. 90% of all knockoff army men, are literally straight up copies of their molds, just cheaply molded off of the real toys and made out of inferior plastic.

You are going to find a high mark up from a lot of sellers, maybe try ebay. You can try the actual factory sight, but that shipping is like twice the price of the toys themselves.

They also have a variety of vehicles that go with the men. But, it is a small factory, so they rotate which molds are being printed once in a while, usually on a yearly or bi yearly basis, so keep and eye out for the following:

Recon patrol, 2 armored scout vehicles, one green, one tan.

Jeeps, 2 classic jeeps with 2 artillary trailers, tan or green per package.

Patton tanks. The iconic tank associated with army men, 3 in a package, either green or tan.

Cargo trucks. The classic military cargo truck with canvas top. 2 in a package, 1 green, 1 tan.

Walker Bulldog, a giant tank with rolling wheels, and space to store 12 soldiers inside, available in green or tan.

C-130 gunship. Also known as Hercules. Available in cargo or gunship variants. Includes 1 patton tank, and 12 men.

The dominator, a massive tank.
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I made the classic RE1 zombie and Hunk from RE2 in a sort of deformed style based on the characters in Metal Slug. I also had army men in mind with them, especially Hunk.
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apologies for the low quality pics, my phone camera is atrocious
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Complete lack of Tan is disturbing. They were always my victors.
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>>9114895
Tans stick out like sore thumbs.
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>>9115046
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>>9115775
>can't wait to play the next Tan Army Men game!
>Call of Duty: Dessert Wafer
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>>9113205
Nice file name; great book.
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>>9124417
Thanks, anon! It is an excellent book, and the Pacific HBO series definitely did it justice. I consider the Louis Marx army men to be a "Veterans League" among 20th century plastic army men.
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>>9029632
OH MY GOD I HAD THE SAME TANK LIKE 20 YEARS AGO
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>>9126892
good news, the chinese have been making cheap knockoffs of it for years, so if you look around various knockoff army men sets, you'll probably find a pretty close replica. I think it was originally a micro machines toy, that the chinks just made cheap copies off of the original toy.
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This one to be precise. Some copies have the opening panels, some copies are just hollow bricks.
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Not easy to find these days unfortunately. There used to be an online toy store years ago that sold em, is how I got the green ones in pic here >>9029617 but they're long gone; the others were from a mom-and-pop dollar store that closed down just as many years ago. Had that MicroMachines set as a kid but broke it; last year found one on ebay for a good price and my life is a little more complete again, heh.
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>>9127075
There's an army men review guy on youtube who comes across new printings of the knockoffs like every 5 or so years. Probably need to pay attention to chinese sights like alleyexpress, and your local flea markets.
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Found another set of Civil War army men at a local store. A little army building never hurt any collector.

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>>9128987
Awesome, carry on CivilWar bro.
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bump, happy Canada Day!
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My first time posting here, had a frontyard battle today.
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>>9135290
If you guys want to see more let me know!
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>>9135296
Very nice, anon! I'd love to see more!
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Thanks! I might take some more tomorrow in a different setting!
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And the final one I am happy with for now
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As a nice little interlude between grand-scale plastic embattlement, here is a trilogy of Union soldiers bedding down for the night.

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>With the day's fighting over, the regiment of plastic Union infantry retired to their rows of pup tents. The colonel of the regiment oversaw the proceedings of one company from his horse, as the captain took it upon himself to play "Taps" on his bugle.
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>In lieu of the canvas and wood used by their human forefathers in the past, the plastic soldiers found the simple design of folded index cards more than adequate to serve as shelter from the elements. There were no festivities nor merriment to be held tonight, as the looming dread of the plastic soldier's life resonated with greater prominence than usual. No one took it upon themselves to proclaim it, but they all knew one unspoken truth to be certain: They were all tired, and it was the special kind of tired that sleep could not fix.
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Did I say "nice little interlude"? "Oddly introspective musings on the lives of plastic miniatures" is perhaps more appropriate...

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>One private volunteered to keep watch for the first shift of the night. A cannon was kept on standby in case a swift deployment of artillery against a raid was necessary. These hardly ever happened, but the private preferred to err on the side of caution. As he stood there in the waist-high grass, he looked off towards the cooling embers of sunset, and he imagined what it must have been like to have walked in the shoes of the true soldiers he was created in the image of. A time so far in the past, yet so close to his consciousness, he questioned if such a remarkable event could have possibly been real. Was there something greater awaiting him or his company? Some brilliant discovery or revelation that would irreversibly alter his regiment, company, or even himself? The private could not say, because he did not know.
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>>9135669
I made some more, with british reinforcements!
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Really diggin all of these.
Good work.
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Thanks anon! I'll try and find different props and settings soon.
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Tan Army hasn't had much action in a while. Let's rectify that.

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Any ideas for pictures? I've been meaning to take some, but I've got no idea for just infantry.
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>>9139960
Very nice, I've been looking to get some of those howitzers in grey, but the shipping cost to europe is more than the cannons themselves
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Sometimes tans aren't the only problem
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>>9140449
Retro-future toy army men?
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Been getting more and more into the Armies in Plastic series, most recent additions is my early war German soldiers
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>>9160919
If you want some really good detailed figures, look into BMC, they make scale buildings, vehicles, and figures from multiple nations, all focused around ww2.
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>>9160936
Awesome, thanks. I have some WW2 figures but most are WW1
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>>9114832
>>9114836
how the fuck did you do thuis
step by step
i think you just awakened something inside me
i want this to be my hobby
i can get obsessed with this
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>>9114832
>>9114836
this is killer
i would also like to know more about this project
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Is the Toy Story army men release any good?
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>>9177576
I'd say so, lots of fun poses and you also get a couple paratroopers. Finding them at a decent price might be challenging, though.
>bucket on Amazon Canada for 110 maplebucks
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>>9177576
They're ok, but they're really soft and rubbery, and tend to melt if you stand them in a window or something.

Also, they're blatantly ripping off the original Timmee Toys poses, which, in my opinion, buy a bag of 100 Timmee men or Timmee bucket-o-soldiers for like 15$, the quality of the plastic, and the detail in their sculpts are much better than the disney ones, since the disney ones have fake mold marks molded onto the men looking like giant obnoxious pimples or something.
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>>9177973
The original Bucket-o-Soldiers from the first movie had Timmee army men (pretty sure at least some of the troops in pic related are from my original bucket), guess they went with more distinct poses for the re-release. Tbf that set has a couple of more identifiable Sarge poses and overall is a closer match to the movie soldiers.
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>>9178528
disney being disney decided to use their own men with legaly distinct differences in the newer sets because they Timmee refused to be bought out by hasbro or mattel so disney couldn't outsource their toys to china.

All timmee men are still made in the same little family run factory that they have always been made in, and I for one love to support them when I can, because they refuse to be bullied or sellouts to mega corporations.
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>>9028282
The lighting in this one is absolutely ebin
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>>9029651
I laugh every time I read this
>>9092123
I wish I was in the land of plastic,
old times there were quite fantastic,
look away, look away,
look away, Dixie Land
>>9137422
Really nice lighting, and good composition.
>>9139965
This is also really nice. Great atmosphere. Feels real. Only thing I would change would be the position of the tank (moving it leftward), so it's silhouette doesn't overlap with the silhouette of the bazooka man, who seems to be the main character of the shot. Really makes me want to get back into plastic soldier photography.
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>>9182474
>moving it leftward
*moving it rightward
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>>9182480
Thanks, anon! I'm the one who took the nighttime/dusk pictures. It was pretty difficult at first, but I think I've gotten a lot better at it with repetition.
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Anyone here ever tried 3D printing, or making molds and resin casting plastic soldiers? It's something I think would be fun, but wanted to know if anyone had any tips.
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For sure. They're nice to look at. Going to dig around on my hard drive and see if I can find some of mine tomorrow.
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>>9184927
I've always wanted to see army men of the TF2 characters, and I think 3d printing would be the way to go about making masters to make molds off of.
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>>9114832
How to get started on making something like this?
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Are there any decent WW1 era Austro-Hungarians in 1:35? I’m working on my ww1 collection and want to grow it
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>>9135296
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>>9101050
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Are there any army men of medieval or bronze age warriors?
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>>9214495
Plenty.
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>>9214644
any brands I should look into? preferably not cheap chinese knockoffs?
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>>9214647
Marx and LOD come to mind, there's others that I can't remember off-hand and sadly Thor's army men page died with him. Most of my ancient/medieval stuff is either KOs/clones or was obtained second-hand so my knowledge is fairly limited, hopefully another anon can chime in.
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>>9214644
these are some sexy dudes.
- Would Deus Vult.
I had some Cavalry stuff as a kid that was somewhat sectional. Like the heads, hats and I think torsos as well.
The bases were also seperate and I think the guns (and war bonnets) were as well. The horses they came on was a weird plastic that if you scratched it you could peel off a layer of it's "skin" like a bad sunburn.
Ring any bells?
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>>9216994
Crusader with crucifix was was sold me on the set, but them camels man.
>Ring any bells?
Kind of. I have a cowboy and indian somewhere that are very similar to what you're describing and I think Thor had a page about those... kicking myself that I didn't save a backup of his pages after hearing he'd passed, the wayback machine said it was excluded from archiving so it's pretty much gone forever.
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>>9217736
that is a crazy motherfucking camel.
I may steal this picture for nefarious use.
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>>9218102
For the face, or the not-so-subtle cameltoe?
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>>9218132
due to
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>>9184927
I’ve got a 3D printer (see: >>9067439) and have looked into printing some molds. Seems some mad lads have even done 3D printed molds for plastic injection casting and not just resin casting (need to get a desktop injection machine tho).
Eg:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMRSPXt48CI
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>>9223577
>I’ve got a 3D printer
>some mad lads have even done 3D printed molds for plastic injection casting
>need to get a desktop injection machine

Imagine in the 90's talking about living in a world, where, not only are these things that can be casually meantioned, but all of these things exist, and at a completely reasonable price range.
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>>9217736
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So who makes the best army men?
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>>9231439
>inb4 the well-meaning but sometimes annoying Timmee shill
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>>9231690
Am newfag, is this something I should look out for? Or is this just a joke post?
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>>9233222
Nice digits. He's harmless really, this guy here
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>>9177973
>>9178840
Timmee's army men are indeed well-made, have great poses and are iconic (having been cloned/copied or inspired other army men through the years like in pic), but that's all they make in terms of actual soldiers and get pretty boring. Marx, BMC, Armies in Plastic, Matchbox, Airfix, Hing Fat/Billy V are just some of the many other big names in army men out there worth checking out.
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>>9233471
who makes that grey one? And what do other poses of that guy look like?
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>>9233939
He's from a line called Soldier Force that TRU sells; there's packages of 50 and 100 pieces but the grey ones only come in the 100.
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>>9234073
Within my plastic armed forces they have been formed into mountain units, owing to their emphasis on portable heavy weapons and limited vehicle support.
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>>9234073
I really like the sculpt on these, you don't see to many modern army men, usually only ww2 ish designs.
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>>9234097
Seems there's been a modest push to make army men more current by going the modern/near future route of late; these were at Walmart for a while.
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I had no idea people had such a dedication for army men I'm honestly impressed
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So random question, but is there supposed to be a soldier sitting behind the guns on BMC's AA , or no? For photography's sake I want it to be accurate to how it would have been manned irl, and it looks like a seat on top. Am I right in this assumption?
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>>9266876
If you can find an army man in a sitting position that will fit, sure. Here's the irl vehicle it's based on for reference.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M42_Duster
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I didn't think others on 4chan would do this stuff. Glad I found this general. I got a set of Tim mee soldiers coming in tomorrow.
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>>9278674
That guy with the Rising Sun is one of my all-time faves.
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>>9282919
Dam that is so fucking good. I'm going to make it into a 1920 x 1080 just so then I can place it on my wallpaper folder
Thanks friend
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>>9021846
Spooky room clearing. The lamp
went out and they will check for monsters.
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>>9291843
Aw shit it flipped it.
Stupid phoneposting retard moment.
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>>9291843
>corneringacovidpositivefugitivedownundah.jpg
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does anyone make army men that scale nicely with hot wheels / matchbox cars?
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>>9298466
I think that’s technically 20mm scale (most army men are 54mm scale). Check Plastic Soldier Review for a good list of 20mm army men sets out there.
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>>9067439
An update on my 3D-printed army men project, here's 4 more troopers including 3 Halo ones. Took about 8 hours of print time and I'm really happy with them.
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>>9310021
And here's how they compare to some other sci-fi army men on the market already.
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>>9310023
That looks fantastic. I'd love for someone to attempt to pick up the torch where ground command left off and make a Halo minatures game.
I doubt that will happen but maybe if I ever think about getting a 3d printer i'll try to see if I can make one myself.
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>>9310183
Thanks! Yeah there's tons of free Halo STLs out there if you wanted to try that. I got these for free from: https://kawassass00.gumroad.com/
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>>9321916
that green with the rocket launcher is clearly a tan in disguise.
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>>9310021
Just give me the entire set up I need from top to bottom to make these..
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>>9283239
Don't be stingy, post it here.
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>>9333535
Couldn't make it height more then 933 without issues but here you are.
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>>9328638
where are these how can I get them were they cost money
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>>9332231
Here‘s what I have:

Elegoo Mars 2 resin printer
Cheap plastic tablecloths/covers for the table you plan to use
Nitrile gloves (medium duty)
99% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to clean the prints (I actually use 90% since Walgreens doesn't carry 99%, and it's fine. Others get away with 70% plus a longer cleaning time.)
Safety glasses
N95 masks or a respirator with filters
Lots of paper towels
Microfiber cloths to cut up and clean the vat with if you have a failed print
Tin foil roasting trays or cafeteria trays (1 wide for printer to sit in and catch any spills, 2 deep ones for used tools/as a workspace for removing print supports)
2 pickle jar containers with inner basket to clean and agitate print in IPA
2 clear tupperware tubs, 1 for cleaning, 1 for curing (if planning to cure outside)
Paint strainers/filters (the Mars 2 came with these)
Metal scraper to remove prints from printing bed and flush cutters/clippers to remove supports (the Mars 2 came with both of these)
Silicone spatula to clean vat
Old toothbrush for cleaning prints
Big funnel for getting resin back into bottle and IPA back into bottles
A bottle of 3D printing "photopolymer" resin, obviously (I use Elegoo ABS-like gray)

Because I live in a sunny place and cure my prints outside in the sun I didn't opt to buy cheap UV lamps or a nail drying station, but for folks in the UK or other cloudy locales it might make sense to get one of those as well.

I should note the need for a few of the above items can be obviated if you buy one of the branded wash and cure stations put out by the 3D printer manufacturers themselves. I opted to save the cash and do it myself, and my setup including $200 printer was about $300 all told.
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>>9338126
I got them from TRU a couple years ago, unfortunately they were clearing them out at the time and don't seem to carry them anymore. It's possible they could be on Amazon or elsewhere but could take some digging, haven't seen them yet after a quick initial search.
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>>9338502
Not him but question - why people use a metal scraper that damages the build plate when a regular plastic scraper is fine enough? With proper supports' base shape prints come off easily
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>>9338842
At the time TRU was selling several different canisters of this kind: the fantasy one, a medieval one (pic) and a pirates and skeletons one I don't have pics of yet, as well as an army men one with the fairly common "partially reposed" Timmee clones.
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>>9338847
Already had piles of those black and silver knights but the siege weapons and equipment alone was worth it to me. Always disliked how that particular set of knights didn't have any archers or crossbowmen, or horsemen for that matter.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40_iDuVa2XI
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>>9340090
I love this
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if yall want some cheap 2.5 inch and 5 POA army action figures, final faction is a line by dollar tree of knock off gijoes vs knock off halo aliens. And the toys are really great, and at a buck each, very easy to army build.
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>some imagination required
>sandy beach not included
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>>9022089
wow fuck i made this post back in may this thread still alive thats basaaaaaaaaadooooo
now who gonna help me with a tutorial on the whole 3d printer and program stuff i wanna make my own toys
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>>9389938
About to pub a big long guide on the 3D printing stuff, standby.
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>>9393409
Ok here yah go:
https://www.atthequeenscommand.com/resin-3d-printing-wargames/
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>>9394115
holy shit dude
thank you so much
i actually read the whole thing and i bookmarked it
this is actually the best compact guide ive come across
when i make a purchase ill use that affiliate link too
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>>9400300
Awesome, glad it was useful, and thanks!
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