Sunday, 16 February 2014

Lycra not required! 54mm cyclists

Perhaps a little late but here's a little heads-up on a nice article in February's edition of 'Toy Soldier & Model Figure'. Written by James H. Hillstad, 'The Bicycle in War and Peace' sketches out a rough history of the bicycle in civilian and military use

I know it's amusing to think that bicycles were, in fact, taken so seriously by the military at one time, but practically every major nation at least investigated the idea of a bicycle unit as a cheaper and easier alternative to cavalry. Many invested heavily in the new-fangled contraption in order to increase the mobility of their infantry regiments. Indeed, until motor transport finally replaced horses wholesale during the Second World War bicycles remained one of the most cost effective ways to move troops around (when movement by rail was impractical).

I am very interested in this notion, particular where the bicycle was utilised as a means to transport heavier team-crewed weapons like the Maxim. Mr. Hillstad's use of toy soldiers and figures to illustrate his history of the bicycle is delightful and is an inspiration.

My copy of 'Toy Soldier' was bought from as I like to have my magazines available for various devices and have to option to print out articles if I wish.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Charmingly illustrated 'History of WW1' in 6 minutes

With the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War coming up it seems that the world of Funny Little Wars is donning it's tin hat and readying itself for the pretend war to end all pretend wars. So it's perhaps time to remind ourselves how the whole cuffufle began with this charmingly illustrated potted history...

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Message to myself - To Do list!

You can ignore this - it's really a message to myself to remind me about what work I have to do for my Molatero projects. I'm trying to get myself organised!

Schedule of Molatero jobs - immediate and 'in the pipeline'

1. 'Harry's Head'I've actually started this, had a couple of dodgy practises. But my third attempt is looking more promising! This will set the style of a series of five different heads which I will use on my 'Harry' series of toy soldiers.

2. 1/32 (54mm) scale Steyr-Mannlicher M1888 rifle model
I've decided that the Molatarian Army will be armed with the Steyr-Mannlicher M1888 bolt-action rifle (it was a choice between this and the Russian Moin-Nagant). I will be having a go at making a small scale model of this rifle which I will then send up to my brother for him to duplicate in resin for me.

Steyr-Mannlicher M1888. Souce: Wikipedia

3. 'Bugler Bill' 1/32 toy soldier sculpt
To test out the concept of my 'Harry' body sculpt I will be making a one-off completed soldier. As a one-off I decided that a good subject might be a bugler for my HQ Command section of my army. This also means I can be a little creative with the uniform as he will not be part of a regiment of the line.

Left: A trombone I know, but I like the uniform. Believe it or not this is a member of the 1917 Municipal Band of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania!