For years I have been intrigued with miniatures painted in the old toy soldier style. Irregular Miniatures has a line of 42mm miniatures that are aimed at exactly that itch. A while back (13 years ago), I started collecting some and put together two Waterloo armies, and a smattering of figures from other time periods, including Zulu, American Civil War, and The Franco-Prussian dust up.
A few weeks ago my younger son (Ethan) turned 8 and it seemed like it was time to get him his own set of toy soldiers so that we can start to play on the tabletop together. So, I decided to order two small armies from Irregular as a starter set to give to Ethan for Christmas. If he enjoys them, we can add to the set.
I chose the Franco Prussian war for the armies. It seems like a great period for classic toy soldiers and I've been reading the history lately.
I had a few figures already from my foray 13 years ago, so I dug them out and gave them some new paint and a fresh coat of gloss. I then ordered the rest of the Germanic and French minis painted from Irregular. They have a nice painting service available so their customers can order the figures already painted. I think that this is a great service.
I received the figures yesterday and based them up and gave them an extra coat of gloss (I like my toy soldiers REALLY GLOSSY).
Here they are:
I hope Ethan loves them, and that this is the start of years of playing together. :)