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 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.


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:


April 01-02, 2016


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

For more information visit the convention website:


And now for something completely different…

OK, maybe not completely different, but ch-ch-changes none the less. The first thing you may have noticed is our new Header image and tag line

Table Top Talk
concerning war games and toy soldiers

Our new direction, perhaps not all that new, but a new [primary] focus at the very least will be a return to our roots; war gaming and toy soldiers. It has been far too long since I’ve been able to spend any real time on the hobby aspects of war gaming and soldier collecting. Starting now (OK, well maybe closer to early November) our primary focus here on Table Top Talk will be war games and toy soldiers. Our war games will be rather old school, or at least smaller in format (we still like big games with lots of figures, but finding the time for these becomes harder every day). Our war games are primarily miniatures games, but we also like board games, so we will also report on board war games as well as miniature based war games.

Our first task will be to archive all of our current content, and then trim down to articles that are still relevant. At which point we will begin adding new content and the shaping of Table Top Talk version 3.

You will be seeing changes on the HistoriFigs front in the near future.

classic war game miniatures and more

Look for an all new website with downloadable figure listings and content. Our full figure lists will be available for download. However, we will be trimming down the number of classic figures available for purchase. More on this as we move forward, our goal is to return to a more speedy production process, and we just cannot do that with the extensive number of figures we produce.

We were not gone, but we are back. Look for more updates in the coming days and weeks.

Uniform Information : American Revolution

Looking for something else in my box of ‘printed Scruby things’ I came across a few letters to/from customers. One of the commonly asked for pieces of information concerned uniform color. I came across several pieces of information, some were simple descriptions that Jack would mail back as a reply to these queries and others were found in the pages of Scruby catalogs. Today I’m posting an example of the type of information provided via various Scruby catalogs; concerning the American Revolution.

american-1775-83AMERICAN INFANTRY
American Revolution, 1775-83

CONTINENTALS wore a brown or blue long-tailed coat, with Regimental colors on the cuffs, lapels and turnbacks. These can be Red, White, etc., since each State regiment in t~e Continental Army had its own color. Vest and Pants are either white or a buff color. Gray sox with black leggings and shoes. All belts, and the haversack (on the left hip) are white canvas, and the wooden canteen generally was red with the State name on the side (Example: N.Y . for New York). The tricorne hat is black, and often was edged with white tape.

PENNSYLVANIA RIFLEMEN wore buckskin jackets, buff pants, red knapsack, white belts, black tricorne hat, while sox, leggings and shoes were the same as the Continental. MORGAN’S RIFLES wore a distinctive brim hat, with one side turned up (black), and white buckskin jacket and pants, usually with brown shoes or moccasins. The belts were usually of brown deerskin or leather. The fringes on the buckskin clothing of both Morgan’s and the Pennsylvania Rifle Regiments were often colored red or yellow.

british-1775-83BRITISH SOLDIERS

A British Regiment of this ‘period consisted of 8 companies of enlisted men called the “Battalion” companies, one company of Light Infantry (for skirmishing purposes) and one company of Grenadiers (the elite heavy assault troops). Generally the Grenadiers of various Regiments were brigaded together into one unit, as were the Light Infantry.
The BATTALION SOLDIER always wore the tricorne hat (as illustrated) while the GRENADIER wore a black bearskin with a silver plaque on front. Otherwise they wore the same uniform as the BATTALION soldier. The tricorne was black with white tape around the edge. The coat is brick red, with Regimental colors on the collar, cuffs, lapels and turnbacks. These Regimental colors can be yellow, blue, white,’ etc. depending on the particular regiment. Buttons on the coat are silver or brass. The neck cloth was black, while the vest, pants.and all belts are white. Some troops wore haversacks (on the left hip) and these generally were tan or white canvas. Leggings (which came above the knee) are black with silver buttons down the side. Shoes and cartridge box are black. Knapsacks were generally tan colored leather, with grey blanketroll on top.

Edit/Addition – 3 March 2015:
It didn’t seem fair to tease you with mention of actual letter from customers; as such, presented for your review is an example of the types of letter received by Scruby Miniatures:



More news later this week…