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Welcome to my site.  My hope is to share my passion for historically accurate toy soldiers from specific military regiments that I have enjoyed researching, painting and displaying.

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1st & 2nd US Sharpshooters, US Civli War

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1862, The long awaited arrival of the .52 caliber Sharp’s model 1859 breech loading rifles comes to the camp of instruction in Washington.
Many of the North’s best marksmen competed to be part of these new skirmishing regiments, commanded by Colonel Hiram Berdan, the breech loading rifle’s inventor. Dressed in green, they would act much in the model of Prussian Light Infantry.
Berdan’s Sharpshooters would take part in many of the battles of the Eastern theater.

The uniform: Dark Green coat and cap, light blue trousers, later made green, leather leggings, Calfskin knapsack and cooking utensils.
Here the soldier has the breech of his rifle open and is reaching to his cartridge pouch for another .52 caliber linen cartridge for his next shot.

1st & 2nd US Sharpshooters, US Civil War, June 1862

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Armed with the new Sharps model 1859 breech loading military rifle, these were 18 companies of men in two regiments, four of which came from my home state of Michigan. The men of particular companies were mostly recruited from a certain County. For instance, it is thought that Company B were mostly men of Ingham County, C from Hillsdale County, I from Montcalm and K Company hailing from Wayne County. This makes for some very interesting local history.

The reverse view.

42nd Royal Highlanders, Revolutionary War

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The Famed Blackwatch Highland regiment, with blue Highland bonnet, feathered and checkered on the brim, the short red jacket of a flank company, prepared for service in the North American woodlands of the American Revolution.

He carries musket with bayonet, along with short axe, canteen, cartridge box and blanket roll.

42nd Royal Highlanders, Revolutionary War

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The Blackwatch Highland Regiment in campaign dress for the Southern theater of the American Revolution. They have replaced the Kilt with a more practical backwoods survival uniform.

Both views.

Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

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US, 1st Volunteer Cavalry
Roosevelt resigned as assistant Secretary to the Navy and Volunteered to be one of the officers leading the Cavalry to fight in Cuba. The 1st Volunteer Cavalry eventually became known as the Rough Riders. His personal bravery and leadership was instrumental in the success of the operation. The Rough Riders suffered heavy casualties to both the fighting and disease, losing nearly 1/3 of the 1000 soldiers.

TR had many quotes:
His famous ‘speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far’
Or, ‘the man who really counts in this world is the doer, not the mere critic, the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks, or writes about how it ought to be done’

Teddy Roosevelt, Kettle Hill, Cuba 1898

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In his specially tailored Brooks Brothers uniform, famously riding his horse Texas, he inspired the soldiers first leading them up Kettle Hill under constant enemy fire and proceeding dismounted for a breakout attack to San Juan Hill.

The reverse view

The Rough Riders, 1898, Spanish American War

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United States, 1st Volunteer Cavalry:
The standard uniform for the Rough Riders, a Slouch hat,buff color, a Blue Flannel shirt, Brown Trousers and Boots, and a bandana. This Corporal’s equipment includes his Carbine, haversack, Canteen, sidearm, cartridges and Coffee mug.

A dismounted trooper advancing up the hill.

The Rough Riders, 1898, Spanish American War

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The 1st Volunteer Cavalry of just over 1000 men and 1200 horses were trained in Texas and shipped out to Cuba by way of Tampa Florida, without the majority of their horses, and many of their soldiers. The volunteers were a diverse group of Cowboys, Former Soldiers, Hunters, Natives, Foreigners and Adventurers. They found a very difficult fight, a lasting victory, and a great deal of fame in Cuba.

A very detailed Imrie Risley model figure kit. This figure is primed, painted with flat Enamel colors and the clear coated with gloss Acrylic for the ‘True Toy’ effect.

US Civil War; Union Standard Bearer

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United States, war between the States 1861-1865. This is a standard Union Infantry Color, or standard bearer charging into battle.
He wears a dark blue short coat and Kepi, light blue trousers, standard boots pack and blanket roll. He carries a tin metal canteen and a cartridge pouch. He is holding up an unusual naval service revolver, oversized. This may have been a dubious armament, but it makes for an interesting depiction of a toy soldier.

The base for this soldier is cast along with the legs and lower torso, then assembled with the upper half, primed, and painted with multiple coats of enamel. Then the whole is clear coated with gloss acrylic for the “True Toy” painted effect on a 54mm toy soldier casting.

US Civil War; Union Standard Bearer

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The Reverse View, with a good look at the US Flag

Another Homecast, gravity drop casting product. This figure is cast in 2 pieces, as are the other Civil War Homecast figures. This is a difficult casting because the flag and pole are cast as part of the upper body and head of the figure. it casts upside down so the lead quickly and easily fills the Stars and Stripes portion of the mold, but the flagpole is hard to keep from getting air pockets and therefore not completely casting. Also the warm metal is easy to bend, as here shown, however, the bent flagpole is helpful when handling the soldier since it is tucked in a little and not so easy to break off, the whole figure being made of soft lead.