11/13 Update: Expeditionary Force Macedonian series now in stock!

As of November 13, these sets are now in stock!

Alexander the Great is on the Horizon!

Expeditionary Force has just announced its newest sets, which recreate the all-conquering army of Alexander the Great. Six new sets are due this November, each representing a unique unit in the Macedonian war host.

EXP115(above) EXP115 – Cretan Archers – $32.00 per set of 9 figures

The island of Crete was famed in the ancient world for the unchallenged skill of their archers. Armies from Greece and Rome fielded substantial units of these elite mercenary troops. They served in Xenophon’s army during the March of the 10,000 around 400BCE, formed a strong missile arm of the Macedonian host during the reigns of Philip and Alexander, and went on the serve the Romans during the eras of the Republic and Empire. Later, they served the Byzantines until the fall of the city in 1453.

EXP116(above) EXP116 – Macedonian Hypaspists – $32.00 per set of 9 figures

The Macedonian Hypaspist was the equivalent of the heavy Greek Hoplite infantryman. Armed with a hoplon shield, heavy spear (with a sword for backup) a bronze helmet and body armor, these elite troops were tasked with guarding the exposed right flank of a phalanx in battle, and were prominent in siege warfare. They were also used for irregular duties. Composed of the sons of Macedon’s ruling class, they were also tasked with forming Alexander’s personal bodyguard.EXP117(above) EXP117 – Macedonian Phalangites – $32.00 per set of 9 figures

The central infantry component of the Macedonian army was the phalanx. This unit was composed of veteran warriors armed with 16-foot long “Sarissa” pikes, and armored with small shields, bronze helmets and body armor. Created by Philip of Macedon and carried on through the reign of Alexander and the heirs of his empire, these troops are generally considered to be among the greatest military units ever fielded. Trained to a peak of perfection, the phalangites were able to execute complex military maneuvers far beyond the abilities of the armies they faced. Further, they were, for over 150 years (ca 350 BCE-197 BCE) unbeatable in pitched battle. Both Alexander and Phillip used the phalanx to pin an enemy in place, then struck the killing blow with their well-trained cavalry.

EXP118(above) EXP118 – Macedonian Prodromoi – $36.00 per set of 5 mounted figures and 5 horses

The cavalry arm of Macedon’s army under Philip and Alexander was unchallenged in the ancient world. Among the regular forces they fielded were “Prodromoi” lancers, armed with bronze-tipped 14-foot wooden spears, used for shock and responsible for guarding the right flank of the all-important Companion cavalry.

EXP119(above) EXP119 – Macedonian Thessalian Cavalry – $36.00 per set of 5 mounted figures and 5 horses

Considered the finest cavalry in Greece at the time of Philip and Alexander, the Thessalians accompanied Macedonian armies into battle through the first part of the Asian expedition and, later, served the Macedonian throne until its overthrow by Rome. Armed with a variety of weapons, including javelins, the 14-foot xyston lance and a shorter fighting spear, they also carried a sword for close-in fighting.

EXP120(above) EXP120 – Alexander the Great and Companion Cavalry Cavalry – $36.00 per set of 5 mounted figures and 5 horses

Arguably the greatest military genius of all time, Alexander the Great won an unprecedented number of battles across three continents and in just 10 years established the greatest empire the world had ever seen, surpassed only by Rome after hundreds of years of conquests. He was not only a military master who never lost a battle, but he worked to establish trade and bring peace across his vast territories, built 20 cities that carried his name, was declared a god, and fostered education on a wide scale. His battle tactics involved the combined arms of heavy infantry, light missile troops, shock cavalry and the all-important “Companion” cavalry unit which he personally led into combat. The Alexander figure in this set can be used as a regular companion because the manufacturer includes an additional head.

You can view the entire range of Expeditionary Force on our website here.

Now in stock: New Civil War 54mm plastic from Paragon!

(Oct 15 update) We’ve received our shipment of the new Paragon Scenics and Miniatures releases. Devoted to the American Civil War,  the Union and Confederate sets each contain four poses. Sold in sets of 12, these figures feature swappable heads which also swivel at the neck. They make excellent companions for TSSD, Marx and other large-scale 54mm and 60mm figures.

Interested in viewing all the Paragon figures? Click here to view all Paragon.

Toysoldierco Spotlight: World War II Bundles pair the cream of the our WWII figures with the best accessories

We have had enormous success with our painted and unpainted World War II playsets over the years. These collections of figures and accessories, which recreate a battle (such as Bastogne), a campaign (like the Pacific Theater) or even just a moment in time (such as the taking of a bridge behind the lines on D-Day), have been popular ever since we reintroduced the concept of playsets back in the 1980s. But while our playsets are evergreens, selling through the year, they can be expensive. So as a way of giving the customer a taste of what a playset might contain, or even better, giving a moment in time from the bigger themed sets, I created our range of World War II Bundles. Each of these sets generally includes a set of painted figures plus a first-rate accessory, heavily discounted to make them all the more attractive to those on a budget. Like our playsets, the bundles recreate a moment, a snapshot of soldiers in action.

BRP000913 US Infantry and Form Tech Ruin

Deetail WWII American Bundle #4 – Building Defense
This is a combination of a classic Form Tech multi-room ruined building (made of expanded foam resin) with a set of discontinued, fully-painted Britains Deetail U.S. Infantrymen, released for just one year back in 2003.
(Click on the picture to view on our website)

BRP000914 Japanese and CTS Chi Ha resized

Deetail WWII Japanese Bundle #1 – Chi-Ha Attack
This grouping includes a fully painted CTS Japanese Chi-Ha tank in authentic camouflage, plus 12 currently-produced Britains Deetail fully-painted Japanese Infantry.
Click on the picture to view on our website.

BRP000912 German Bundle 7 with CTS PZ IV side armor resized

Deetail WWII German Bundle #6 – Up-Armored PZ IV
We haven’t offered these discontinued, fully-painted Britains Deetail Germans, produced for just one year in 2003, in over a decade. But here we pair them with the CTS Panzer IV tank with side armor plates, painted in authentic camouflage as it would have been fielded in the Russian Campaign.
Click on the picture to view on our website.

If you’d like to look through all our World War II Bundles (currently numbering 23), just click here to see them all on our website: World War II Bundles.

Massive toy soldier display by director Peter Jackson commemorates WWI Battle at Gallipoli

Peter Jackson with soldiers

Read the news article about director Peter Jackson and his massive toy soldier display in this news article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm…

For incredible detail on the toy soldier project, check out their blog:

http://www.anzacdiorama.blogspot.co.nz/

 

French TV News Piece on Incredible Starlux Collection

Following through on New Year’s Resolution # 1 (expand our website listings for our extensive collection of Starlux Napoleonic figures), we bumped into this 2010 French news piece about a passionate Starlux collector. Warning: it’s in French, and you have to view one minute of French commericals to get to the video. Enjoy!

TF1 Starlux Toy Soldier Collector Extraordinaire

Playmobil stop motion battle scenes

I have been using Playmobil castles, buildings, ships and other accessories for wargaming props since the 1970s. But as much as I love their highly realistic inanimate items, their figures are just too ‘toy-ish’ for gaming alongside traditional toy soldiers. You’ll find other posts on this blog featuring Playmobil castles and buildings with toy soldiers (like this one), but I stumbled on these amazing links to some videos featuring full battle scenes using the Playmobil figures – some of them hand-painted! Stop-motion is a painstaking and time-sucking process. Hats off to these dedicated Playmobil fans.

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Comes to Life

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They may not be official tie-ins, but the new Greek Hoplites from Expeditionary Force are well positioned for the release of the sequel to the 2007 film, ‘300.’ ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ features a wide array of ancient Greek infantry and cavalry types on the big screen. With Expeditionary Force’s Greeks, you can field an army of light infantry, including slingers, archers and javelin-throwers, as well as heavily-armored hoplites and formidable cavalry troops.

We offer these figures in unpainted form, but also make them available in painted versions of troops from the city states of Athens, Sparta and Thessaly, as well as the islands of Crete, Rhodes and the Balearic Islands plus the wild province of Thrace and detachments of mercenaries and mixed hoplites. Click on any picture to visit the page on our website – or view all the Expeditionary Force figures on our website by clicking here.

EXP109p Athenian Hoplites - fully painted

EXP109p Athenian Hoplites – fully painted

EXP109 Ancient Greek Hoplites

EXP109 Ancient Greek Hoplites

EXP107p Athenian Archers and Slingers - fully painted

EXP107p Athenian Archers and Slingers – fully painted

EXP107 Ancient Greek Psiloi Archers and Slingers

EXP107 Ancient Greek Psiloi Archers and Slingers

EXP108p Ancient Greek Hoplites

EXP108p Ancient Greek Hoplites

EXP108 Ancient Greek Peltasts

EXP108 Ancient Greek Peltasts

EXP112p Athenian Cavalry - fully painted

EXP112p Athenian Cavalry – fully painted

EXP112 Ancient Greek Cavalry Set 2

EXP112 Ancient Greek Cavalry Set 2