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War! It is 1906 and Emperor Karl Franz of Austria-Hungary has invaded Russia. The reasons are murky to many and the casus-beli is a lie... the history books will indicate the large, smelly and destructive "toys" of the Emperor as the real reason for war. Having already made Bismarck's Germany a vassal 15 years earlier, so soon after their unification, increased Karl Franz's self confidence. While other's developed steam cars and commerce wagons. Feisty Karl collected toy soldiers and steam-scientists to develop his imaginary war-machines. The earlier steam-machine pistols won the war with united Germany and now he placed his hopes on the gargantuan "Steam-Demons" to take large parts of Russia. The Ukraine area and it's vast farming lands were the immediate goals. Food was needed for the enhanced family births' within the Empire. Karl Franz encouraged large family units. More people meant bigger armies. Toy soldiery, on his shelves, were no longer sufficient. Even today, from the rotting books, that survive...the reason they worked is not fully known. "Steam" of course, was the locomotion...men were inside the large behemouths'/moving structures to operate their movement, they required huge expenditures in time/maintenace to keep them moving; large fleets of horse-driven wagons, kept grease, water and the Greek-Fire cartridges (ammunition) for the steam-cannons mounted on the demon-inspired machines themselves. The Empire that "Feisty Karl", (as he is known today in oral story-history), was short lived. He made a short-death of the Czar's armies and his Empire stretched from Eastern Germany to the Russian Urals, but sickness made Karl's life brief. Untreated syphilis was his end. His coveted Royal Toy Soldier's were distributed amongst his field generals, his heir killed and his "Steam-Demons" taken up by these same formally loyalist generals. The European diaspora that came about later was due to these same convening events as recounted orally, here, 150 years later.
This early "hand-colored etching" shows the Czar's own Cossacks futilely charging the "Steam-Demons" as they spit their "Greek-Fire" cartridges. It is told orally that they were able to topple one on the destructive machines by luring it towards and "onto" a large camouflaged hole. This victory was short-lived as indicated by the historical events following.
Smaller toy soldiers as well as 1/18 large skull robot purchased on ebay used. Photoshop brings it together.
 

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Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the 20th Panzer Division. This platoon command vehicle keeps radio silence, but signals, with a lighter, to the next vehicle closest of the night approach of a Russian movement. A blistering rain of high velocity ammunition will hit the enemy armored vehicles and then they quick start the engines and scurry away. They are in the Sudentenland and bound by oath to protect the borders of Germany, 1945. Simple signals and, then, high tech death.
 

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Packing up for a brief vacation from my driveway last week an odd occurrence transpired...a rip in the space-time continuum formed in my front street. Needless to say I was flabbergasted when evil skeletons and their flying minions came through looking for trouble. I went in and grabbed my rifle when ...low and behold...soldiers from the future, past and distant past came down the street and proceeded to side with the forces of good...right in my front drive!
 

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Hi PCSGUY,
Sorry I missed your post. Yes Sir, I made this picture. This is a 1/43 scale vehicle added to a stock photo of part of Russia. I then added the helmet/skull and boot from other pictures. They are still finding war debris is various states of decay in Russia today. Thanks for the interest. Regards, Russ
 

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Hi PCSGUY,
Sorry I missed your post. Yes Sir, I made this picture. This is a 1/43 scale vehicle added to a stock photo of part of Russia. I then added the helmet/skull and boot from other pictures. They are still finding war debris is various states of decay in Russia today. Thanks for the interest. Regards, Russ
Dang, thought it was 1:18 or 1:16. Looks good regardless.
 
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Italian Army soldiers move (tactical combat) into Commonwealth occupied territory in North Africa., 1942. They wear a mix of continental green and tropical wear which was typical in the North African theater. They are supported by AB41 armored cars. Forces of Valor 1/32 scale Italians and 1/43 scale armored cars manipulated with photoshop.
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