I have a lot of plastic armies. Too many perhaps. Around 1996 or so I bought a bunch of 1/72s at a hobby shop, on a lark, when I had some money burning a hole in my pocket. Back then hardly any “Ancients” were available — Revel and Airfix were the only companies I knew of making anything useful. I also scored the Milton Bradley game Samurai Swords, which was a reissue of the classic Shogun, which had about 400 medieval Japanese figures, and then a set of Custer’s Last Stand (mostly for the horses!). After that Italieri, HäT, and later many other manufacturers began releasing stuff. I enjoyed trolling the local and not-so-local hobby shops (The Hobby Castle in Cleveland, the Whistle Stop in Cuyahoga Falls, even the Hobby Shoppe in East Liverpool when I commuting once a week to teach a philosophy class down there, as well as Hobbytown USA in Mentor, and Hobbyland in Columbus) looking for anything I could use to scratch-build armies, generally for the DBA rules since 50-70 figures were enough for any given army under those rules. For now I’m just showcasing the armies that are partly or wholly conversion jobs, although since I made these almost all of the subjects are now being made… in fact some sets have come in and out of production!
I had all of these armies posted to my old website which disappeared about 5 years after I changed ISPs. They were scanned on a flat-bed scanner.
- Classical Indians
- Early Bedouins
- Early Hebrews
- Early Lybians
Since then I’ve photographed a few more: