Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ALLIANCE OF THE FREE: Bad Ass Figures.


UPDATE 6/20/17:

I have been contacted by the Alliance.  Here is what they told me:


Hello, Shaun! 
Unfortunately, not a single set of «Mammoth Hunters» have left at the moment, the entire edition of 30 copies was purchased by Russian collectors. Also, all future editions of new sets of the «Альянс Свободных» («Alliance of Free») are reserved. But we are thinking about releasing a special export edition in English language, circulation 30 copies. The cost without shipping will be $150 per set. This plan will be realized if you can find at least 15 collectors from Europe who are interested in purchasing our sets. 
Each set will include: 
- 5 unpainted plastic figures 54 mm high. 
- artifact of the squad 
- battle sheet the squad
- chronicle of the squad 
- numbered certificate of authenticity 
- 5 game coins. 

Exactly the same proposal will receive American collectors who have recently contacted us. And if we manage to collect a total of 30 English-speaking collectors who want to buy our sets, we will produce an export version of sets by the « Альянс Свободных ». 




$150 per set is above my pay grade.  So, I don't plan to order any figures, but would love some pictures if anybody else does order some.







A few days ago I received an anonymous email inviting me to check out the Alliance of the Free, a group of four very talented Russian artists who seem to have a serious passion for 54mm wargaming and creating their own sets of figures.  I don't know for certain that the anonymous sender is formally connected with the Alliance, it could be anyone, but am hoping it is official and they are fine with me posting some of their pictures.  If not, I will take the pictures down upon their request.

They appear to have created several five figure sets very much like Tehnolog's Fantasy Battles, only with even better detail.  Some of their figures are flat out amazing.  Most of the sets are fantasy figures with at least one set of post apocalypse mutants.

However, they are not in it for profit and they don't have a store or a regular process for buying the figures.  I have not been able to learn much about their process because I would need to sign up for VK, a Russian social media network, in order to review all of the information on their site.  To sign up for VK you either have to have a facebook account or provide a mobile phone number.  I refuse to sign up for facebook, and I don't own a mobile phone.  So, no VK for me.  I have never regretted not owning a mobile phone, but that might change if I miss out on these figures because of it.  

As far as I can tell, they ask people to let them know what sets they are interested in buying and then they only produce the figures when they have enough people ready to buy.  The figures are probably fairly expensive if they are made in small batches, but I have no real idea because there is no information about pricing that I could access on their site.   Here are the most useful tidbits I could find on their site. The translation seems to be a work in progress:


"Alliance of Free" makes gambling soldiers sets a scale of 54 mm. (Grotesque) for themselves and for those who are interested. You will not find our kits on sale, but you always have the opportunity to buy them.





Dear members of the "Alliance of the Free", we draw your attention to the fact that our project is not commercial, and the basic idea is the creation and promotion of a hobby, collecting miniatures on a scale of 54 mm (grotesque)

All questions in terms of circulation, just AUTHOR master model! !!
Pre-order does not involve any money transfer !!! Any money, we do not collect!
We collect the number of people willing to get one or the other set. 
As soon as you have collected the required number of those wishing to set goes into circulation.
Even at this moment nothing to transfer, no one should be !!! 

I would like to see if I can get a large group of us Westerners together to make an order.  If a bunch of us express interest in the figures they may try to make it easier for us to buy.  I plan to buy one of everything in their catalog if I get the chance, but I doubt my order alone would be worth their time to make any special arrangements.   If you are interested in buying some Alliance of the Free figures let me know which ones and how many in the comments below or send me email at fantasytoysoldiers@gmail.com. 

I hope they will look at this post and respond to the comments. 

Here is the link I received:  Alliance of the Free




















Monday, March 13, 2017

WARHANSA: Fantasy Series

Warhansa is a small company that makes truly outstanding figures. They recently made their first 1/32 scale (60mm) fantasy figures, and I hope they make more.  These guys are a barbarian warrior and some kind of non-human assassin.  The detail is excellent. The smaller blue guy is called the Night King and is intended as a very large figure in 28mm scale. He is about 54mm. The figures are made in small batches, so they are kind of expensive, but the quality makes them worth the price.

I asked them to describe their company and this is what they wrote back:  

We are an international team united by passion to toy soldiers. We have been dreaming of making our own minis since childhood. We started our project 3 years ago. Production is based in Russia. We make miniatures according to our taste in relatively small quantities and gladly share them with fellow hobbyists.  

You can check them out here Warhansa.

































Friday, February 24, 2017

Bootleg Arco/Fleetwood The Sword & The Sorcerer Two Headed Dragon Snake

I came across a new run of bootlegs of  the two headed dragon/snake thing from The Sword & The Sorcerer line.  One head is a dragon and one is a snake.  These are a little smaller than the originals, but match with some other vintage bootlegs I have. They come in bright shinny new colors but still have that oddball 80s look and feel about them.  They are about five inches tall.  No indication of a manufacturer on the figures or the packaging.  





All of the bootlegs I have found have a hollow center.  The original is solid.

Original on the right.


Same size as the much older bootlegs on the right.


























































Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Arco: Mad Scientist Companion Figures

Arco released these weird figures with the Mad Scientist toy line in the late 1980s, after Arco was purchased by Mattel.  They range in size from three to five inches.