Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Demi-Brigade on the Cheap!

OK, enough with the jabbering already! Here's the *after* shots of my diecast candy MBTs and APCs turned into spiffy low tech 15mm sci-fi hardware:











Believe it or not, I uploaded these MBT pix while listening to the theme from the movie Patton... the last shot is a closeup of the turned brass autocannon barrel produced by Combat Wombat. This is just one of a very handy line of sci-fi 15mm scale turned brass or aluminum gun barrels that can enhance all sorts of projects. Now, on to the APCs:







The troops in the shot for scale are Blue Moon/Old Glory figures, the "Post Human Command" if memory serves correctly. Now, here's a few teasers for the next installment of "IT'S THEM! BLAST 'EM!":




Next installment: Grav Tanks, and Panzerjagers, and Walkers, OH MY!




9 comments:

  1. Where are these uber-cool tanks from?

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    1. Kull summarized the wherefores and hows of finding these cheap-as-dirt and handy diecast toys, Omer. As an American, I am personally intensely jealous of our European co-hobbyists, who have access to 6-wheeled VABs, while we mere "colonials" only seem ever to have access to the more pedestrian 4x4 VAB toy...

      I suspect that if you dig carefully enough through the various discount shops or toy stores, you may get lucky and find them, or something equally useful at a bargain price! As it is, I found mine both at Big Lots and Toys R Us...

      Cheers and Good Hunting! >;)

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  2. Look in the candy aisles of Wal-Mart, K-mart and dollar stores (or poundland shops if you're from Albion), they come with tubes of 'jawbraker' chewing-gum balls there are three vehicles in the series: an M-60 tank with reactive armor blocks (pictured here), a pseudo-VAB APC either in 4-wheels or 6-wheels configuration (here pictured in the 4-wheeled one) and a Hummer vehicle (here not shown)
    http://www.candywarehouse.com/candy-type/candy-toys/products/die-case-military-machines-with-gumballs-and-candy-12-piece-display/
    The M-60 tank is not in scale with the VAB vehicle or the Hummer (due to having been scaled to fit the plastic container) but it's a little price to pay for having such cheap vehicles.
    I own several of the range and I dabbled in a bit of kitbashing to make them less recognizable, I am gonna share my results with you soon, keep up the good work, Black Widow!

    :D

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    1. Kull,

      thank you for giving Omer the intel on where to find 'em! Yes indeed, these are VERY handy little models easily modified to serve as 15mm sci-fi subjects.

      Regarding that Hummer, I was hesitant to pick any up at the time as I had already acquired my recon element (see previous blog entry), and the Hummer just looked a little too much to my jaundiced eye like a general purpose staff vehicle for the rear echelon types rather than a frontline piece of near future military transport, but then again, that's just me. ;)

      Yes, do share your own mad creations! One of the outcomes I'd hoped for with this humble blog of mine is to inspire others to join in this mad hobby of ours by demonstrating that one needn't be a billionaire corporate aristocrat to build a respectable force or three for tabletop wargaming, and to inspire others to share their ideas and creativity as well.

      Cheers!

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  3. I'm neither in the U.S. (though I was born there) nor in Albion but rather in the Holy Land. Hopefully I could find these toys here in Dollar Stores (we have them - 5 ILS per product, which, in fact, is about $1.25).

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  4. I love those last tanks you featured. Those are pure Leland. Stunning in that sort of retro 1980s scifi style that I grew up with.

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    1. Be warned, oh TMP regular, there's more coming, and sooner than you might expect... Mwahahahaahaaaaa!!! >;)

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  5. The armor looks very good, Leland! Excellent transformation, I like your choice for camouflage.

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    1. Why, thank you, oh Menacing Lord of the Sith! More pix of these plastic candy trays turned grav tanks coming, and very soon....;)

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