Tuesday, October 16, 2012

40mm Old School Great War Toy Soldiers by John B.

My good friend John came into town this week and joined us for supper and a game. In addition to his fine company John brought along some of his newly finished 40mm Great War figures which he had sculpted and cast recently. 

1914 German infantry in their distinctive pickelhaubes and red-piped tunics and trousers.
I absolutely love these guys. John describes them as 'demi-ronde' (semi-round) figures, being a nod to the German Bleisoldaten school of late 19th century toy soldiers. They are charming, whimsical, almost naive in their presentation, yet manage to capture the essence of the uniforms along with the martial spirit of the age.

I quite like their bushy moustaches and proud pigeon-shaped chests - such great character! If you want to see some more of John's fine work you can find samples of his Napoleonics here , his 18th century figures here and his Wars of Unification figures here.

John tells me he still has a few more figure variants he wants to produce for this range. I'm really looking forward to seeing what he comes up with and I'm seriously thinking of getting a schwack of these guys for future garden wargaming. Yep, I know, I need another project like a hole in the head...

'You do show a good leg, Old Boy.'


  1. Wonderful figures.I am a big fan of John's figures in all periods.

  2. ...and he bloody made them as well, excellent!


  3. Curt

    I love these old school figures. I had seen J's work over at Castles of Tin earlier.


  4. What a lovely collection of soldiers, little gems all of them. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Wonderful figures. They have a lot of character.

  6. Your good friend John surely has a talent for this. Wonderful minis.

  7. Nice .. you can't beat a pickelhaube for character!

  8. REALLY cool. Making his own stuff- wow!

  9. Very nice "old school" figures!


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