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Welcome to the Army Men General!

Previously: >>9021846

>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/

>Thread theme music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VBIW1YQCIY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOR8Lc2xt8s

>Christmas-themed army men stop motion videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi3bZfb5LI4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtgf_JL3Xq0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xj3tc9Gn6w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfK-qplm57g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBCE5gqMAfI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TG6eVq3NKQ

>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/

>Thread question
What kind of army men playsets did you ask or receive as holiday presents? Were there any particular playsets that you really wanted when you were younger?
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Paradropping first into the new thread (Sorry for keeping on posting this, I will make a new video once I get back to my home country)
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>>9475713
Some new pic for you: recent purchase
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>>9475731
It's from the army Jumbo Pack, it's got your generic British paratroopers with 2 German poses in classic Green and Tan, featuring the uncommon tan tent, 2 tan tanks, tan jeep, tan barbed wires and sandbag emplacement. The greens are mirrored except for the tent, which is perfect because I have already bought one :) (solo green tent on the Internet)
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>>9475738
Was pleasantly shocked to find these at the mall, as I expect the shitty army men from experience
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>>9475741
here is the Tan camp unpacked, what made it worth it for me
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>>9475747
It's fun to set up the tanks and jeep in convoy
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>>9475759
The whole bag unpacked. Quite decent and large for less than $20. Like I said I have more toys at home, and enough to make a mass Green paradrop (~8 troopers)
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>>9475738
Nice to see that old Centurion tank model still kicking around. Some larger, silver versions were among the first army men tanks I ever owned, standing in as a generic tank for all sides (flag stickers on top rear of the hull differentiated them). Their three-piece design made them fun to destroy: with the classic Patton tank of Timmee fame you can only blow the turret off really, and sometimes not even that.
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>>9474712
One Christmas while were living oversaes I got pic related from grandma who was staying with us for the holidays - don't think I asked for it or even knew it existed prior, but I was certainly thrilled and a great many conflicts featured that glorious flattop. Mine was the Canadian version, the only differences being the flag on the island and CAF markings on the two jets, which I believe I still have somewhere. Sadly I made the tough decision to discard the carrier rather than having it make one last trans-Atlantic crossing with us back Canada which I've come to regret immensely, though by that point it was in pretty bad shape.
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>>9476274
Still have what remains of the pilots and aircrew (the blue guys in pic), they were more fragile than most of my other army men and several broke over the years.
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>>9476278
>Still have what remains of the pilots and aircrew
Yay!
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>>9476996
They haven't seen much action since the scrapping of their floating home, they're slightly smaller than the average army men and are very specialized, limited to airbases and the like. I did get myself another carrier from a garage sale, though it's much smaller, missing its island and more suited to micro machines.
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>>9484654
Toy brand?
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>>9485127
A few threads back an anon identified them as Marx West Point Cadets, didn't think to check that until now but they're actually Marx Dress Marines; mine are KOs I got years ago, can't remember where anymore but probably a dollar store.
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>>9486371
They look awesome, knockoffs are underrated
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>>9476264
>Centurion tank
I bought 10 of them greens in January
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>>9494467
to match with a soldier platoon
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>>9494469
The tanks
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>>9474712
First time posting.
I found some canadian dudes at the dollar store and got curious enough to paint one.

i like them.
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>>9495010
>canadian
They're Highlanders. Brilliant paint job
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>>9495630
Canada has Highlander regiments.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian-Scottish_regiment
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>>9495648
Known, but these are specifically molds from the British Eighth Army which served in Africa by Matchbox
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>>9497641
True, though they can still stand in for Canadian soldiers.
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>>9498104
Agreed.
Same kit and Canadian troops also have bagpipes.
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>>9498152
These other 8th Army soldiers in tan have always served as my Canadians, first got them over 25 years ago now, damn I'm getting old heh.
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>>9476274
I still see them occasionally in wally worlds. Someone is still making them.
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>>9498259
Interesting, it's a Timmee product and they're still going strong but I haven't seen them selling the carrier in a long time.
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Just finished a post on some background for my imaginary 19th century army men world, covering major nations, important units, and flags: https://www.atthequeenscommand.com/imagi-nation-pelia-part-1/
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>>9476274
I would be tempted to get one as substitute for the USS Flagg. Put it as backround prop or far away shots from a plane or helicopter.
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>>9522556
info on that artillery piece?
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>>9526590
https://www.toysoldiersdepot.com/store.php?seller=thedustyloft&Tsearch=cannon&per=6&pd=3130558&num=54
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Heh, forgot I did this a few years ago.
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>>9474712
I cant afford best quality, but i like my soldiers as they are. They are brave men. I have a notebook, and make up characters for them and write name/rank under their feet, and even their role but just in the notebook pretending it's enlistment information and documentation.
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>>9549407
And again, i screw up imgposting.
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>>9549407
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BERd61bDY7k&ab_channel=JamesSpisak
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>>9549491
:D
thank you2mw08
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>>9536888
cat and 888,
check'd
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Two German Fallschirmjäger pose next to a Wanderpanzer HH-22. The HH-22, or "Hirschhund," was highly prized by the airborne branch of the Luftwaffe for its relatively light weight which allowed to be airdropped in parts and assembled by paratroopers on the ground, and for its ability to navigate difficult and mountainous terrain. Several HH-22s also landed with glider-borne troops during the early war operations against Dutch and Belgian fortifications and strategic bridges.
(This is a 3D-printed "Staghound" walker from Nfeyma on Cults3D).
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>>9583220
Not a fan of mechs but that is pretty cool, the lore is great too.
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>>9583220
From which wargame is that?
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>>9588607
None, it’s just a free 3D printable model I made some lore for.
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I'm looking to get some parachute troopers. Any you guys would recommend that aren't the toy story ones?
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First time playing with these outside since I was 4. Fun!
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Headquarters of a post-apocalyptic warlord.

Originally a command post for the defenses of the Third Stairs Republic during the Great War of Devastation, it now serves as the seat of power for the warlord Kel Dun, who de facto controls vast swaths of territory in the Loft and extracts tribute from the water tribe slaves of the Master Bath from behind its walls.
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Recommendations for any sets to someone who only has dollar tree rubbish?
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>>9599773
This one's a fun set
https://www.amazon.com/Elite-Force-Battle-Group-Bucket/dp/B00QZERQJI
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>>9600628
Here's another good one
https://www.amazon.com/SCS-Direct-Figures-Military-Artilleries/dp/B01721YBVS/
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>>9600635
The first two are modern warfare, these are a bit more futuristic
https://www.amazon.com/Corps-Piece-Military-Pre-School-Birthday/dp/B08JBRMRK3/
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>>9600638
One more, don't have this specific listing but it's a bucket that's been around for a long time. The labels change and the figure quality can vary but you get four WW2 armies in good poses (Brits, US, Japs and Germans).
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>>9600647
And I forgot the link...
https://www.amazon.com/Action-Figures-soldiers-Bucket-Soldiers/dp/B00BT5JBVY/
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>>9600628
Funny enough, I JUST got those guys in the mail. I'm eyeing the toy story army men now.
The rest of these suggestions are helpful too, thank you. I think some d-day boats are next on my want list.
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>>9600919
The Little Bird helicopter is what originally caught my eye in the set; the soldiers themselves are quite good too.
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What is pic related supposed to be? A landed paratrooper?
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>>9601080
Sounds about right
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It looks like the molds for the dollar tree army men changed slightly. Less detail in some place and a change in color too.
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>>9611393
Compared to what's been in dollar stores the last several years these guys have been great, with new(ish) poses in good plastic. Wish Dollarama would take note and offer their own soldiers, wouldn't mind a higher price if they were worth it.
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>>9613113
Dollarama has done some army men sets like pic related, often with interesting vehicles and aircraft but with very few soldiers which tend to be poor quality clones or close copies of long-established armies.
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>>9613122
Another Dollarama set with a great artillery piece, but again no soldiers to go with it (tan soldier and tank for size comparison).
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>>9536888

k8t
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3D printed some greeblies and used spray paints to make a soda can storage tank for some modern toy soldier games.
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>>9617081
Neato, sure fits in better than mine, heh.
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>>9617131
Some black and metallic spray paint does wonders anon.
(I do really like those oil barrels though).
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>>9617345
I've never had luck with painting, love how it's worked out for you tho. Was so sure I had a pic of my oil barrels stockpile but can't seem to find it, just as well cuz this time tomorrow the US would be bringing democracy to my room heh... So here's their causus belli.
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>>9617376
WMD spotted. Time fer some liberatin'.
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>>9617489
You better find some cover, son.
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>>9617345

I think Gun Runners sells the barrels.
They are the same as the World Police ones.
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I am not a crook
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>>9621832
lmao
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>>9621832
I'll still Grant you a pardon.
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Come in /amg/ do you read? this is anon, search and rescue is a fubar. Plastic platoon is wasted, tans are crawling all over this backyard. request immediate evac!
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>>9622863
Anon, this is Mad Props Leader. Squadron is spinning up, ETA 15 mikes to extraction zone Kilo-Juliet, get your platoon to Kilo-Juliet EXPEDITE. Top cover is aleady airborne and inbound your AO, ETA 5 mikes. If you are able, mark nearest Tangos with smoke and stand by for some serious Danger Close.
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>>9623242
>what the fuck did we just intercept?
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>>9623275
Jackal Two-Niner on station, smoke spotted adjacent to Kilo-Juliet, commencing run. Duck and cover, Anon!
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>>9623456
Anon this is Mad Props inbound, ETA 2 mikes to Kilo-Juliet. You're going home boys!
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>>9623275
YOOOOO
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>you're gonna make it son
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Never thought I'd see my beloved nation succomb to tyranny and brutality. There's been times in the past like FLQ and Oka where we've skirted on the edge of such things, but never took the plunge like this.
>tfw visited many of the places Canadians fought, died and are buried for the cause of freedom
>tfw we broke faith and they shall not sleep
Sorry to vent like this bros, just hurts man.
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what's your collection look like anons? Do you mix different brands together?
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>>9634633
Several thousand infantry, with armor, motorized, artillery, airborne and (limited) naval support. Plenty of brands, copies, clones, organized in a military structure. Pic semi-related, part of a formation assembled from orphan soldiers obtained through thrift store/flea market/garage sale finds.
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>>9629578
Sorry Canadabro. Keep the faith. Buy Bitcoin. Vote 'em all out. No tyranny lasts forever.
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>>9635765
what brand are those blue men?
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>>9637510
Nta but they look like official Timmee soldiers, pretty sure they come in that shade of blue.
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>>9638184
thanks bro
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>>9599213
Where'd you get that building from?
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PEW PEWPEW
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>>9648163
Are the tanks driving backwards for a reason?
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>>9638252
BMC D-Day set.
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>those fuckin tans will never see me coming
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>>9650375
>lone oddly-shaped bush out in the middle of bare rock
Totally not sus
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Ukrainian SOF, armed with British-made NLAW anti-tank weapons, ambush a Russian column of BMPs and T-72s somewhere near Hostomel.

Slava Ukraini!
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>>9656497
>no Z on any of the tanks
Nice try, tovarisch
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>>9638333
man this thing looks like a 2000s wallpaper
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>>9660953
Wonder what it is, I sense it too
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>>9660953
that's very high praise, thank you
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>>9661058
think it's just the amount of aquatic blue, with a stark yet appealing contrast
lots of y2k arts from then used those blues, but usually combatted it with oranges, rather than tans
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Found these at an Indian grocery/convenience/dollar-plus kind of store, the cheap and fairly crummy soldiers aren't new but I was intrigued by the unusual flags - Belgium, Panama, Netherlands and Argentina. I also had to check out that map.
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>>9672982
Must say the card's artwork is pretty neat, if somewhat bizarre - the map is a mirrored view of Africa and South America turned sideways, there's a 90s era American infantryman in the top right corner, a more modern special forces dude in bottom left, rounding it out a flight of WW2 fighter planes - top left is an ME-109, below it to the right appears to be an A6M Zero and I'm not sure what the plane on the bottom is. There's parts of other aircraft in the background hinting at a larger formation, wondering if this has been "borrowed" from a video game or book cover, heh.

As for the actual contents, the soldiers aren't much to speak of, they're quite common lower-end dollar store fare that I've labeled "schizo" troops given how all over the place they are. The little palm tree tends to accompany them a lot, while the flag's mound is an odd design.
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>>9672998
And finally, the map. And what a map, I'm struggling to imagine the mindset of whoever put this together. It's clearly a heavily modified map of Africa and Eurasia morphed together, with an additional blob where Japan would be with Budapest as a city there. Makes me think of the Ace Combat-verse in a way, as imagined by a 9-year-old military buff.
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So I commissioned a Ukrainian sculptor to design a 3D-printable Ukrainian army man to help raise some funds for Ukraine. Pic-related is how he compares to other army men. Here’s the link as well (it’s free/donate what you want): https://digitalarmies.gumroad.com/l/uknlaw
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>>9676931
Wonder if they'd be up to making some reddit "mercenaries" - every army needs its cannon fodder
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First /toy/ post
Visited a hobby shop today, I don’t have the attention span nor steady hands to assemble and paint. But I really wanted to get some little green guys and just PLAY. Fuck my iPhone, fuck my tv, fuck all that bullshit. I’m going back there next time I’m free and I’m going to buy some cool little dudes and post them here. Any further ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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>>9681201
Welcome to /toy/ and the army men general, anon. Quite a bit of useful info already in this thread if you're looking for recommendations. Anything Timmee or BMC is definitely worth checking; Armies in Plastic has a lot of variety but are expensive for relatively few troops; some good playsets on Amazon as well, some of which have been linked in thread. Looking forward to what you'll be sharing!
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>>9680748
The artist for this one (https://digitalarmies.gumroad.com/l/ukrnlaw) said he can re-use the model for different poses for $80 per.
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>>9689846
Also if anyone wants a physical version but doesn't have a 3D printer it's now available at Speira Miniatures: https://www.speira.net/product/figures/ukrainian-special-operations-soldier/
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Good enough time as any to raise a couple new battalions.
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>>9708104
It's been a trying week and the next one is set to have its own challenges - micromanaging a plastic army is surprisingly relaxing.
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>>9708110
Armies with distinct officer figures are my favorite, generally makes it easy to designate some for the army (unless there's too much of a ratio disparity).

Couple things to note about my plastic armed forces command and unit structures:
-units such as companies, battalions, etc. are not numerically comparable to their IRL namesakes: a company can range from 30-60 men on the higher end; a battalion from 70-120 on average, with a couple closer to 200.
-similar story for officers, typically looking for a 1:6 - 1:10 officer to troops ratio but this isn't set in stone. Depending on the size of the unit, a company may have a captain or a major commanding; a battalion will have a major, colonel or a brigadier general for the largest formations.

Seen here are a major, two captains, three lieutenants and six sergeants.
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>>9708142
There are smaller units within my plastic armed forces (squads, platoons) as well as larger ones (brigades, divisions). Units at the platoon level and above will be organized into sub-units; six squads in this particular battalion that would also be organized as two companies of three squads each within the greater command structure. Generally the squads are of equal composition - if the available troops don't quite work with this system, one or more of the squads will be designated reinforced and receive the additional men. This battalion's sixth squad (directly under the major's command) is such a reinforced squad, having the two extra bazookas, three riflemen and radio.
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>>9708151
These Dollar Tree army men are a fairly decent set for light infantry. While most/all the poses were heavily inspired by existing ones there has been some effort made to give them some distinction. Ideally you would want to attach a specialized unit to these guys, preferably one with fire support as they are very lacking in that area (no MGs, mortars or even grenadiers, just a few noob tubes). I can see them functioning well with the Timmee Vietnam boys or the Matchbox US GIs, both of which have the extra firepower to back them up.
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>>9708155
Awesome organization anon. I'm currently thinking through some force org for a platoon level game I'm dreaming up between two 1930s-esque imagi-nations with one using British kit and the other Soviet (similar to Archduke Piccolo's Jono's World games, pic related: https://archdukepiccolo.blogspot.com/2015/07/return-of-army-men-project.html). I've got a couple boxes of Airfix British infantry on order, each with 14 soldiers, and am considering a 3rd, and need to figure out a good way to structure a platoon with those forces.
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>>9710339
Which brits are they, the 8th Army set? They're fairly light troops, mostly rifles with a few SMGs and Brens for fire support. In my armies they tend to take on the roles of breakthrough or counter-attack units, or as accompanying infantry for an armored formation.
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>>9710425
I may have to get some 8th army as well for use as light troops, but the ones I ordered are the series 2; still light but supported with some mortars, Brens, and grenades.
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>>9710451
Good stuff, much better equipped for heavy action. Noticed the painted soldiers in your link included a few of these poses, don't see them pop up very often. When I first got a few as a kid I remember treating them as Italians in my armies - they may have been packaged with an italian flag and/or I misinterpreted the folded side of the helmet as being a plume of feathers like those worn by Bersaglieri (my childhood was a lot of Osprey military books). Wasn't until years later I happened to look a little more closely and realized they were Aussies.

Can't seem to find the origins of all the poses, the guy with machete and revolver is definitely Airfix but the rest I haven't much idea. Think I spotted a likely pose in a non-Australian army once, will have to look again.
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Took a trip to the beach
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>>9710425
Ah I've got to find the dimension of those tanks. There perfect for army men.
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>>9713377
Those Shermans are about 1/32 scale, the gold standard for army men. I believe they're from BMC, as is this King Tiger of same scale.
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>>9713569
>"King Tiger"? Is that the name of the tank or the name of the cat?
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>>9726764
>half the post count remaining
>one-third the image count remaining
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would anyone be willing to help me complete my set of toy story army men? I'm in the USA, trying to get one of each mold. I'm only missing a couple like the metal detector guy.
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>>9732753
You have the metal detector guy, it's the broken one at bottom left. Might it be molded that way, referencing the original Toy Story?
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>>9732951
Yes, I guess there's two different metal detector guys. The other one there I don't have, I've noticed there's a variant of him with the parachute loop on his head. Night have to be an ebay hunt for him.
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>>9744329
Agreed. Not exactly skilled at that myself, maybe with some touching up I could half-ass a few heh.
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Can anyone identify this boat? I remember being really young and playing with this after my cousins let me borrow it one weekend. Only pic I could find of the mold.
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>>9751652
I have a few of those, always got them second-hand so no idea really who originally made them. Mine are all blue or green, never seen a grey one before. Two in pic related - sorry for the crappy quality, taken in 2005 with a cheap camera and they're in storage somewhere.
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>>9660953
I imagine he's vibin to this
https://youtu.be/PWgvGjAhvIw
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>>9751684
After looking around a bit I've seen a couple indications that the original manufacturer was MPC, haven't been able to confirm it yet though.
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Walk in the woods
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>>9752974
Its not bamboo! Its giant spider legs!
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>>9477711
Holy fuck, I had that carrier. It was so fucking cool
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>>9583220
Hell yea I love diesel punk mecha.

Kinda expensive but dream pod 9 is selling stl files of their walkers from gear krieg. I was planning on getting a few when I finally get my sla printer.

https://store.dp9.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=140_141
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>>9599213
Nice books, good stuff
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>>9474712
When I was a kid I remember some army figures that were extremely detailed. There were the older British soldiers. Their uniforms painted, guns too. This was back in the 70's and early 80's. Really cool looking. I had some back in the early 70's. My buddy had the mountain playset and the Apache set too. He also had the catapults with plastic boulders. Fun as shit! The Germans were gray, the USA soldiers were green, the Indians were red,(?!?), and the Japanese were tan. At least I think that's the color scheme?
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>>9475747
Not a bad little set! Some of those packs can surprise you.
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>>9495010
You nailed the paint job anon! Very nice job! The detailing is incredible! One word, WOW!
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>>9498295
Ooof that huge troop transport plane would be sweet! Looks massive!
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>>9613134
Those look really decent. We're they the $1.00 price tag? If so great deal! Even at $2.00-$3.00 it's worth it!
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>>9772095
Think they were 3 or 4 CAD, but yeah one of the better Dollarama offerings. Pic related were also from them and quite nice, just the thing to beef up your tactical and strategic rocket artillery. Unfortunately they haven't stuck around, not seen any in years.
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Hey, does anyone remember those slightly bigger army men toys with parachutes?
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>>9549407
get a life you fat fuck
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>>9782751
Those are wonderfully painted. I can't paint to save my life, any painted soldiers I have were like that when I got em, including the one at lower left some kid seems to have doused in whiteout, for arctic camouflage I imagine.
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>>9783013
What mold is the bottom left guy from? He was one of favorites as a kid.
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>>9787172
I forget who made them originally; the late Thor had a page on them but unfortunately his site died with him.
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>>9787172
I think originally a Matchbox American bazooka guy, but this looks like a recast since he’s got a German helmet.
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>>9789821
Oh whoops, wrong picture. Originally Arco it looks like: https://modernarmymen.blogspot.com/2019/08/arcos-rambo-inspired-mercs-and-special.html
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>>9789825
Nice, forgot about that site. Have managed to acquire quite a few of these guys over the years but always second-hand, never seen them new in store.
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How do you feel about the use of WMDs in plastic warfare? Do your army men have chemical, biological or nuclear weapons at their disposal? What about other forms of such warfare - pic was an act of vile wizardry.
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>>9475713
>We're on the waaaay!
*dies*
Every time.
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>>9791725
In the ongoing game my friends and I played in middle school, where each of our houses was our toy soldier “country” (or rooms in the case of siblings) we had tech research that allowed for the building of “scuds” which could destroy a whole room, or “nukes” which could destroy a whole house. I think a scud was used one time but nukes never were.
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>>9794383
Based. My brother and I had a similar thing with various lands, though they were more nebulous in location. One land was completely destroyed in a notorious incident by an "atomizer" warhead, retaliation for some now-forgotten military faux-pas.
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Why is every plastic soldier vehicle other than Timmee and BCM stuff half the size it should be? Is there an alternative universe I can travel to where there are >6 reasonably sized vehicles on the entire market?
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>>9689846
>lol what even is back blast? xD
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>>9804465
Probably to keep things cost-effective. Children generally don't care about scale either - it never even entered my mind growing up. The little 1/72 tanks were light tanks, any between that and 1/48 were medium, 1/48 (aka the Timmee Patton) and above were the heavy tanks - imagination did the rest.

There are brands producing vehicles closer to typical army men scale but they tend to be expensive and/or hard to come by.
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For the longest time, I've been collecting Cold War to Modern army men, but I think I want to break into another era. Fantasy/Medieval seems very appealing. There are a few Skeleton sets that look very cool.
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I complained earlier that there are almost no vehicles to scale with other Timmee vehicles, so I'm going to attempt to design and 3D print my own. Just doing an M48 like the Timmee ones for practice. If this goes well, then I'm going to try to make other, more modern tanks. Pic rel is progress I've made on the Hull today.

>>9804572
>There are brands producing vehicles closer to typical army men scale but they tend to be expensive and/or hard to come by.
Yeah, it's sort of a shame, I think it would be cool if there M1A1s, T-90s, Merkavas, Challengers, etc... to scale with Timmee tanks and with interchangeable turrets, so you can roll your own.
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I imagine one of the drawbacks is new tanks require new molds and all the costs associated with that. Far cheaper to re-use, clone or imitate what's been done before - I've seen several versions of the Timmee Patton, often with less detail or changes to the wheels underneath. Pic related fits both of those, with the obvious lack of details, rougher look overall and altered positions of the wheels (not visible in pic but they've been moved further apart from each other, closer to the front and back of the chassis).

And again it's also the case that most kids don't know enough or care about different kinds of tanks - the Patton is the iconic tank, it has the look that comes to mind when one says the word "tank". On the other hand though most modern tanks have moved on from that style, going for a flatter turret look and a lot of kids nowadays are probably more likely to think of that than the classic round turret, guess it really is time to maybe retire that old warhorse and replace it with an Abrams-type or something. There are army men Abrams that have come out over the years, some pretty decent ones too but they've yet to supplant the Patton.
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The Abrams in pic are pretty good, though they could stand to be a bit bigger. The Panzer IIIs in tan and green at the back were pretty nice finds, closer to army men scale (though comically larger than all the other tanks that should be dwarfing it) but I've not seen them sold in many years now.
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>>9807936
These came in three different playsets (with Timmee Patton for comparison) - good attempts but the downside is you only get one per playset and they don't seem to show up in anything smaller. They're also more proprietary, not sure we'll be seeing any turn up as KOs or clones, at least for a while anyway.
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Any Roman recommendations?
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>>9807924
Yeah, I can't imagine it's cheap to pay an artist to sculpt something and then have all the tooling made for it.
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>>9807942
I always keep an eye out for Abrams tanks on Ebay, especially the red design. I think it's kind of a cool looking scifi take on it.
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>>9807900
Ooh, share here when you get it done.
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>>9808780
Was fortunate that a discount toy store in town somehow got in a bunch of The Corps! Elite playsets and had them for $15 CAD a pop, had to restrain myself from buying more than I could realistically make use of heh.
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>>9808777
The Conte ones are my favorites, although there's only one 16 figure set available at the moment. Conte is making more sets of plastic Romans and barbarians but who knows when they'll actually come out.
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Anyone ever buy huge (100+) lots of plastic soldiers just for a few items you're interested, and then resell the rest? I've done it a couple of times and have been able to save a good amount of money by doing it. It's a little extra effort, but it's kind of fun.
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Didn't have a lot of time to work on it today, but I've added some details to the rear of the hull. Slowly but surely.
>>9809182
I will. I'll probably post both the .STL and the .Blend files and just call it Public Domain.
>>9809253
Lucky you! Interesting how even such a modern set still uses those classic barb-wire fences. There are some things in the world of army men that seem to never change.
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Feeling creative lately, here is a short story of a late 19th century Tan invasion of a Gray republic.

>It was a routine night for Pvt. Meyer, stand guard on the westernmost tower on Fort Switch and 'keep an eye out for the sandmen' as his lieutenant ordered him.
>The was a slow burn in his mind; it was humid, dark, and dull. Taking out his flask and taking a sip, Meyer notices something weird on the dark waters of Channel Oisac.
>He suddenly realized he was looking at a singular tan prow. It was a Tan ironclad! Private Meyer began to scream, "Tan ship on the water! Tan ship on the water!" as he went down the stairs and ran to the alarm bell, watching as Gray men started running to man the cannons on the walls.
>Immediately Meyer heard the roar of cannons and the Fort's wall shake violently.
>Thrown to his feet, Meyer realized that those weren't the standard Gray guns shooting.
>Looking up, he saw the western tower had disappeared! 'It is impossible! That tower was built from reinforced plastic!' Before thinking further, Pvt. Meyer was shaken again and again. >He finally got up between bombardments and saw how the Fort was smoldering plastic. He saw the gun pits on fire with blobs of plastic oozing around the massive Gray plastic walls that were the pride of a nation were nothing but rubbish. >'Guess this is the end.' thought Meyer looking at the enormous fleet of Tan ships approaching his Island; he saw Ironclads complimented by Tan troop carriers in the hundreds.
>The last thing Meyer felt was being thrown violently into the air from an explosion.

More?
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>>9810441
The barbed wire in that set has been modified from the classic piece but for all intents and purposes it's the same thing; there's a second kind also included in the set which is unusual, a more modern style with barbed wire at the top of a metal bars type fence, can see them a bit at either end of this defensive line, heh.
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>>9810280
I'd like to but I'm behind on so much already and neglect my army men as it is, plus I'm trying hard to limit new additions to what they are in dire need of (i.e. more mobile artillery, more SAM-based air defenses).
For years I placed great emphasis on literal army-building - ended up with an unmanageable hoard of thousands that was competing for storage room with my other space-hungry hobbies (Mega Halo and CoD, Lego mocs). Made the difficult but necessary decision to downsize, ended up selling several thousand troops, with plenty of tanks, vehicles, artillery and other equipment online, maybe about a third of the total plastic armed forces overall. I've "recruited" new armies since that time, though now I'm content to raise a company or battalion's worth at a time, rather than the division-sized units you see in pic related heh (just some of the stuff I sold).
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>>9810626
I'm digging it, do carry on.
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>>9810991
Yeah, I saw that in the last pic. They really have a sturdy look about them. Pretty cool!
>>9811017
I try to only buy stuff that fills niches in my collection, or stuff that's kind of unusual. I bought a big lot just now that has 2 Imperial Toys M48 clones, one in deep blue and one in neon green. Kind of unsual colors. There are bunch of Imperial Toys zombies that I'll sell off to recoup some of the cost, as the art style isn't very appealing to me. If I can get old, sealed Timmee stuff, I like that kind of thing a lot as well. Btw, if you ever sell more stuff, feel free to post here. I know 4chins has some rule against advertising, but I'm sure most people ITT would at least be interested.
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>>9811213
Heh noted. There's a BST thread up all the time so there's some flexibility with that, they're probably more concerned with actual business and the like. I've middlemanned Mega stuff numerous times, definitely some good anons here for that and I always toss in a few army men as kind of a personal touch.
Haven't got plans to sell anything at present, do have a bucket of various surplus troops and stuff that doesn't fit so much into my armed forces but it's not likely to be of interest to folks here - would be happy to give it away to some kids but I don't know any.
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I had completely forgotten these even existed, thank you.
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I'll bump this thread with questions to help keep it alive for you... if you could quit posting "bumps"... sound fair?
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>>9826963
Sure, so long as someone does the needful when we're at page 10.
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>>9827077
Easy. Remember cactaur/off to page 10 threads?
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>>9827498
Seen them in passing but never opened one
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>>9830635
It's an old 4chan 'game'. We used to keep a thread like that alive for well over a year. Letting it slide to page 10 before bumping it, often with more content than a 'bump' only... as it used to be against the rules. This thread has good content, btw. I'd rather this one survive as long as possible rather than the crap that gets posted during the summer. Figured you could use the help, as I recognize you from other slow threads I frequent. It also used to be bad to post 'bumps', and don't know if an old mod would prune this thread due to that. Here to help you. I'll post another question when we hit pg 9-10 again.
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>>9830649
Thank you kind anon, every bit helps. The army men general is a slow thread on a slow board, very few of us and even less new stuff to post on the regular, but at the same time if we didn't keep it alive there'd be no army men on the board at all for long stretches, a sad thought when users here are often called /toy/soldiers eh.

Yeah my attention gets divided between here, the /mcx/, the /pbbg/ and (in small doses) the /lg/. It's been hard to get motivated enough to make some fresh content - keep saying that's what my current medieval Lego army project is for... heh we'll see. We've only got so many images left in this thread too, gotta make em last.
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>>9475713
B-b-based!
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Do you guys prefer Nam or WW2 era for army men? I always mix and match but like Nam more
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>>9830675
Have always tended to mix them up, especially since a lot of armies come like that, with poses from WW2 through Vietnam and into the present mixed together. Hell I never shied away from throwing in cowboys and indians, medieval knights and pirates into the fray, particularly after seeing that great classic animated film Wizards for the first time.

If I had to choose one era though I'd take WW2, there's a lot more different armies from that era out there, whereas Vietnam is mostly represented by the immortal Timmee troops. My very first army men were a set of red British 8th Army and blue German infantry, high quality, nicely detailed and still my all-time favorites.
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Speaking of Nam, anyone have a good recommendation for a Huey like pic related? Lots of helicopters but none that say IT AIN'T ME. The only thing I can find are tiny realistic models of the real thing. Which is totally cool but they would probably break if they were played with.
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>>9831333
timmee?

https://www.amazon.com/TimMee-Plastic-Army-Helicopter-Playset/dp/B00GH62EZK/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3GSTX4DBPHSZ0&keywords=timmee+toys+helicopter&qid=1654621301&sprefix=timmee+toys+helicopter%2Caps%2C158&sr=8-1
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>>9831346
That is a fine and classic model but I'm more looking for something that resembles pic related
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There's an amy men Huey that used to be somewhat common, unfortunately I'm not sure where you might find them now off the top of my head (got a bunch from Toy Soldiers Depot years ago but I think they're sold out).
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>>9830663
'Kind anon' here. Similar situation... running out of space due to... life reasons and limited time to enjoy my still growing (but not as fast as I used to collect) toy hoard. We share similar interests... So how do you keep various space hungry hobbies under control that you do keep around? Any tips or tricks ye would like to share?
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Not sure I can be of much help, I'm surrounded by stacks of containers and would probably be classified a borderline hoarder at this point, heh. It's getting time to start making some tough decisions, not inclined to end up buried alive like the Collyer brothers... I'm thinking it'll come down to categorizing everything:
>must have
>would like to have
>would be nice but isn't necessary
>do not need
I'm sure it'll take a few passes to move enough out of that first category and into the last two, but when you don't even have the space to truly enjoy your hobbies, what's the point of even having them eh.
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>>9834457
Not a bad idea, and ye, can't really enjoy what ya got if you aint got the space.

I'm always thinking about "later". Have a backlog of unopened toys, kits, and sets for "later". I'm almost a hoarder, now, too. I'm also acting as storage for family and recently took in an adult child of mine who needed out of a bad situation. They also take up space, but senpai first. Cut way back on /toy/ related anything and have taken to repacking and storing most unnecessary things like said backlog. Lots of wants, but really don't need for much of it. About out of room myself. Did impose a rule... bring in something new, remove something old. It's kept the clutter down.
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>>9834498
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>>9834498
"later" is definitely a factor, got a considerable pile of raw materials to someday assemble the HQ base for my Lego interstellar underwater mining operation... I don't dare even start tinkering with rough designs, even though it'll be modular by design I foresee each section to be fairly significant on their own, heh.

That's a very good rule to have, will be mindful of it as the next Mega Halo wave starts to roll out.
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Are there any APCs that have room to stuff a handful of men into?
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None come to mind really - the one APC I've seen for army men is an M113 in roughly 1/48 scale and it doesn't open up, though I suppose you could take it apart and put a few soldiers inside. IFVs are a different story, if you have exceptionally good fortune anyway. Years ago at a long-dead mom and pop dollar store across town I found army men packs that included a cheap copy of an old Micro Machines playset (the one in this pic >>9600947). Sometime after I found an online store (also long dead now) that sold those same KOs.
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>>9836671
Yeah we're pretty much a superpower here.
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>>9836675
Those are cool!
>>9834674
Maybe lego or other block toy build, model kit, or 3d printing could be an option?
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>>9839274
Not that anon but I have used Legos to create war torn buildings
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Guys I’m in mecca: the Gettysburg Miniature Soldiers Toy Soldier Shop. Have already spent $70. Someone stop me before I go back tomorrow.
Random dude in my shot not related.
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>>9842027
1st days’ haul.
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>>9842275
Noice. How's the quality of those Blues and Greys? I got a bunch of em years back and they're fairly stiff plastic, some flashing, less detail, still fun but definitely KOs.
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>>9842310
Too late! I bought more toy soldiers! (Including some sick Call to Arms Iron Brigade guys and the Airfix Ghurkas).
>How's the quality of those Blues and Greys?
Yeah ever since Americana bought the BMC molds they’ve been cheaping out with the plastic. Definitely more brittle than the originals (which I got as a kid when they had just come out) and one of the shot guy’s rifles was broke off before I even got them all out of the bag…
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>>9843788
Always a win to find a hobby shop that has what you love.
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>>9842027
I always buy a shit-ton of stuff when I go in there. Good thing its 6 hours away.
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Any good terrain pieces?
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Captured a spy today.
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>>9860519
Blow em up!!
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This thread is reminding me childhood summers spent digging up the back yard, building trenches and bases, fielding huge armies.

The sun would dry the clumps of earth from yesterday's digging into brittle balls of dirt that, when thrown, exploded into finer grains with enough energy behind them to knock over soldiers they hit. They made perfect simulations of artillery shells.

I don't remember what happened to all those army men. I think they got given to my nephew when he was little. ...But I do know that there's *one*, one army man, all alone in dad's shed, still flecked with dirt from 30 years ago, overlooking the battlefield he fought in half a lifetime ago.

Don't remember how he ended up there, and not with the rest of his buddies (and enemies) but that's where he is.
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I was building a Tamiya tank for my green army and began to think: How would a plastic army camouflage their vehicles? For example a green tank is extremely visible in a desert/sandy environment and so is a tan tank is a verdant environment
I was thinking they probably camouflage their tanks based on the close paint tones of their armies or just use identification symbols
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>>9865046
Digging trenches outside is the best.
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>>9870115
I wouldn't recommend digging up the carpet inside...
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>>9862997
He was executed at dawn.
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>>9865046
Cool, leave him there for future generations to ponder. Maybe leave a note with him.
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>>9873672
The absolute state of married men.



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