Saturday, July 11, 2009

Present, ARMS!!

Hey All,

Hope you've got better weather than we've got today! Been raining and storming all day on us. But that means I get out of mowing and weed eating for the day!!

Thought I'd give you a look at the new rifle we had sculpted for set #2. This is the 1861 Springfield Rifle. It was the primary weapon of the Civil War, being used by both the North and the South.

One thing we had to do was to make the barrel a bit "thicker" than the original rifle was. This was done for production reasons. Basically, it means that when it comes out of the molds, it is more likely not to break. You'll also notice that it has no ramrod. It has to be sculpted in separately each time, because it's so small and fragile. The rifle strap is also sculpted special for each figure. The strap hangs in different ways, depending on how the figure is posed.

For our first set of Confederates, the rifle we chose was an 1842 Springfield, which was very common during the early years of the war and for Confederate troops. But this 1861 Springfield, (which at this scale will also pass for the 1858 Enfield rifle), was highly sought after in both armies, and will be the standard for many of our Civil War sets.

But we won't stop there. In future American Civil War sets, we have plans for the a Mississippi Rifle, a Sharps rifle, a Henry rifle, maybe a Lorenz, and whatever else we can come up with.

Have a good weekend!


Anonymous said...

It sounds like you are planning to produce future ACW sets after your first two sets are released. Yahoo!!

Beau said...

No doubt, American Civil War will continue to be a mainstay for us. There's just so much to cover, and it's our real passion.

We plan to do other eras as well, to spread the joy, but if everything works out, there's no reason why we won't be able to do a couple different things at the same time.


Anonymous said...

All those ideas sound great! I am excited to see what you do with a sharps and henry. Also anxious to see what you do with different eras. The pictures I've seen are exciting.

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