The Military Cast Tour Part 1

Back from our road trip…

Now its time to spill the beans. Our trip to New York, Little Neck, New York (to be more accurate) served two purposes. One being a chance for Alison to catch up with an old friend and the other being to pickup a van load of Toy Soldiers.

By now you are asking: how does this all tie into Military Cast ? Just the short answer for today; Military Cast, was an importer of toy soldiers, military models, and the like. The business was run by Irving Bechky. Alison’s old friend is Allen Bechky, Irving’s youngest son.

Long story short (with more information in future posts); Irving passed away a number of years ago, and his family held onto his personal collection of soldiers as well as all the remaining stock of soldiers. Over the years many of the collection pieces have been sold or given away, but the there were still a number of pieces at the family home in Little Neck. After 60 years, at the same address, the time has come to sell the family home, and as part of the house cleaning and preparations for moving, the soldiers needed to find a new home and that new home is our home.

Over the next few months we will sort and catalog the soldiers, many of which are examples of figures not seen in over 40 years, after which we will make a determination of which pieces will be added to our collection and which will be offered for sale.

Much more information to follow along many more pictures. I’m envisioning a series of un-boxing posts as well as some more background information on Military Cast and the figures they imported.

Since our teaser posts included hints at Kilia and OKI flats we will start today’s photos with a quick shot of a carton containing Kilia and OKI flats, all in original boxes with original packing materials – these are new, old stock packages:

New, old stock Kilia and Oki flats

New, old stock Kilia and Oki flats

Our other teasers concerned SAE and Holger Eriksson figures:

SAE 54mm Soldiers of the World

SAE 54mm Soldiers of the World

SAE, 54mm unpainted

SAE, 54mm unpainted

 

Some JAL 54mm, Napoleon’s Staff:

Napoleon

Napoleon

I’ll close out today’s photos and post with a photo of the first bit of Military Cast history that we saw upon our arrival:

The Military Cast mailbox...

The Military Cast mailbox…

 

Look for more pictures and information in the near future. Next time we will have a few pictures from Little Neck along with some more quick pictures from our initial figure review at the Bechky home.

 

 

Military Cast Tour 2016 powered by: Pearl Jam Radio and The Red Hot Chili Peppers – long drives require driving music…

Flats and More…

The past week and weekend have been a busy time. Lots of school related activities and then alpaca shearing on Sunday. This week is a bit crazy busy too…

So, nothing new just yet.  However a couple more teaser images today:

kilia-oki

SAE

More news after the 23rd (unless I can post from the road late next week). At which time we will be able to share some details, and most likely lots of pictures, on my new hobby related project.

First Post of May…

Just a few quick updates today…

  1. The new HistoriFigs website has gone live
    1. A simplified site with downloadable figure listings
    2. Many changes and improvements already in the works
  2. With the launch of the new Historifigs website, all HistoriFigs News will be presented on the News page of the HistoriFigs website
  3. New projects and ventures are just around the corner!
    Still in the process of finalizing things, but as a teaser, I’ll provide this blast from the past (OK, just an ad from 1963 or so)…military-castMay is busy time. Between all things High School (academic activities, varsity sports and band activities for Liam), the usual springtime farm work, alpaca shearing this weekend, a Half Marathon next weekend; followed by a road trip to New York…In other words, news of war games and toy soldiers might well continue to be a bit thin, but I do promise pictures and a write-up of our quick (fast & furious) trip to New York and much more news once we are back home.

 

Remembering my Dad

Today (27 March) is my Dad’s birthday. He isn’t here to celebrate, but I am and this is my day to remember him.

Dad lost his long fight in December, just after Pearl Harbor Day. He fought long and hard, but in the end cancer took its toll and no matter how much he wanted to fight, his body couldn’t continue the fight. He passed quietly with my Mom and oldest daughter by his side. We all miss him very much.

Dad

Dad wasn’t a war gamer. I don’t think he really understood what it was all about, but that doesn’t matter. He supported our war game figure making business. He helped pack and move molds and masters to our first shop. He was a major force in setting our first casting space in California. When it was time to move, eastward, to Wisconsin he was there to help pack and load the many boxes of molds and figures as well as the casting equipment. Together we drove, 3 days straight, from California to Wisconsin. The day after we arrived he began work on setting up our first casting shop here in Wisconsin. Later he was back to see our new space, he would have helped set that up too, but he was feeling weak, and it was time to head back to California. This is when he found out about his gastric cancer. Dad was never well enough for a return visit, but we talked often about the figure business and when I would visit him, he would help me plan new shop projects and would even ship new molds and figures from his home to mine.

Dad was a mechanic by trade. A tank mechanic when he was in the Army. He hand many stories and told them often. We all miss Dad and his stories and we will always remember him.

Dad

The past months have been busy, many things to take care of. Much time spent remembering Dad. And sometimes, just doing ‘things’ to keep busy. Things that Dad might have done, or been supportive of. We’ve been lax on the business side of life. No excuses, but now you have an insight as to the reasons why. As we move into spring, things are shaping up and casting work shifting back to ‘normal’.

An Update

We’ve had a couple of busy months with family related activities/events, as such I just have not had any time to keep up with HistoriFigs and hobby related activities. Table Top Talk will still be shifting focus to be more hobby related, but since I’ve not had the time to finish my updates for the HistoriFigs site, we will continue (for a short while longer) with HistoriFigs updates here on Table Top Talk

As previously mentioned will be shifting status for a number of our Classic War Game Miniature ranges. We will have two categories for our listings: Active and Inactive. We are still working out all of the details, but in a nutshell; the Active ranges are the figures we can cast fairly quickly. The Inactive ranges are ranges where the molds need much work or the figures just take longer to cast. You will still be able to order form the Inactive ranges, however the turn-around times will be significantly longer (more information when we have our updated Business Policies in place).

Additionally, we will be scaling back on our custom mold making and casting services. How much we will scale back has yet to be determined, but I do expect  that we will be taking on very few (if any) new projects in the first half of 2016.

Other changes for 2016 will include rolling the Resistant Roosters line into the HistoriFigs line (dropping the Resistant Roosters name).

Effective 1 January 2016 our Active, Classic War Game Miniatures ranges will include:

Active Classic War Game Miniatures for 2016:

  • Thirty Years War (N-Gauge)
  • Seven Years War
    • N-Gauge
    • 25mm
  • American Revolution
    • N-Gauge
    • 25mm
    • 30mm
  • Napoleonic
    • N-Gauge
    • 30mm
    • 45mm
  • American Civil War
    • N-Gauge
    • 25mm
    • 30mm
    • 40mm
  • Mexican American War (25mm)
  • African Wars (Colonial)
    • N-Gauge
    • 30mm
  • North Africa 1941-43 (N-Gauge)
  • Fantasy

Effective 1 January 2016 our Inactive, Classic War Game Miniatures ranges will include:

Inctive Classic War Game Miniatures for 2016:

  • African Wars (Colonial)
    • 25mm
  • American Civil War
    • 20mm
  • Ancients
    • n-gauge
    • 20mm
  • Crimean War (25mm)
  • Crusades (20mm)
  • Franco-Prussian War (25mm)
  • Medieval Times
    • 25mm
    • 30mm
  • Modern Times (WWII)
    • 20mm
    • 25mm
    • 30mm
  • Napoleonic
    • 20mm
    • 25mm
  • Thirty Years War (1”)

More updates just as soon as I can get them posted.

And lastly, a plug for the 33rd annual Seven Years War Association Convention:

When:

April 01-02, 2016

Where:

Waterford Estates Lodge
52890 S.R. 933 North
South Bend, Indiana 46637

For more information visit the convention website: http://sywconvention.com