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ACW for Kids with Marx toy soldiers

Posted by davbenbak1 on 30 Jul 2015, 16:55

I started this project when my kids discovered my old toy soldiers in the attic. The recasts are surprisingly cheap if you order Confederates cast in blue or Yankees in grey (the Chinese don't seem to know the difference). I added a few "Armies in Plastic" figures for variety. First I glued fender washers to the base of each figure.
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Then put peel and stick magnet sheets on 3"X3" squares and spray painted green.
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Each full strength unit gets 12 figures. Figures can be removed as casualties occur.
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My first battle will be Bull Run. I will post something in the "Wargaming " forum along with a description of the rules.
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Posted by Kekso on 30 Jul 2015, 17:10

Looks good so far. Do you plan to paint them?
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Posted by Ochoin on 01 Aug 2015, 08:19

If it matters, a quick spray of the relevant blue or grey is a quick solution (use Krylon plastic spray paint for preference: it won't peel).

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Posted by Peter on 07 Aug 2015, 21:03

Looks like great fun for your kids! Now show them painted! ;-)
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Posted by Beano Boy on 08 Aug 2015, 03:38

Nice looking figures.
I used to buy many a Toy Figure from the USA, but Shipping Cost`s are Crippling ,and one only has to look at USA E Bay Sites to realise trade is being damaged. I buy mainly from the Far East now which have low Shipping Costs. However I miss not being able to buy good Wild West Toy Figures, and those in this topic. BB
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Posted by Ochoin on 08 Aug 2015, 04:17

And where's the cavalry?

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Posted by davbenbak1 on 08 Aug 2015, 15:49

With the help of Krylon some figures have switched sides but on the whole I am hesitant to paint them (especially my original Marx figures from the 70's). I want this to game to have a very "hands on" feel for kids and when the figures are painted they just don't have that toy soldier appeal. I may give in and paint some of the generals.
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Posted by Ochoin on 08 Aug 2015, 20:44

As a mere suggestion, you could give the figures a "toy soldier" paint job: simplified, flat colours & shiny.

Even add roses to their cheeks:

http://www.oocities.org/Infantry8thMO/J ... loseUp.jpg

Regardless, I admire your project.

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Posted by vellek on 10 Aug 2015, 16:19

These bring back fond memories of 'The Blue and the Gray' from the Sears Wish Book, and hours of battles on Christmas Day. Funny how no matter how tough the fighting, the Union always won the day!!!
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Posted by davbenbak1 on 10 Aug 2015, 19:38

@vellek
Amazing!! Exactly how I came by these figures. My friend got Guns of Navarone for Christmas so we played WWII at his house and ACW at mine. No telling how many figures were lost to an early grave somewhere in the back yard.
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Posted by davbenbak1 on 03 Sep 2015, 12:14

Here's all the units on the field for Bull Run.
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Each three base unit is a brigade. I'll get a game in this weekend with the kids.
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Posted by davbenbak1 on 12 Oct 2015, 15:51

Here is the carnage wrought by two 10 year olds. Most units suffered 100% casualty rates.
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Warning: No plastic figures were harmed in the making of this battle.
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Posted by Peter on 12 Oct 2015, 16:10

Must have been a hard battle as I don't see many standing figures! :-D

I hope they had fun! ;-) :thumbup:
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Posted by Susofrick on 13 Oct 2015, 08:21

Oh my, two of them are drowning! Great report and fun pics!
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