I collected and made toy soldiers when I was a boy, now
many years have passed and in early 1996 my interest was raised again on seeing
a newspaper article of "Boys and Their Toys". This listed different hobbies that
grown men had taken back up many years after childhood and once again, gained
much pleasure from, but this time with the money to support the hobby.
I have now been making and painting metal toy soldiers
since then and wish to show you some of my "craftsmanship", just go to the pages
linked on the left to see examples. I had thought that the eyes were shot and
the hands may have the shakes, and that I couldn't do it, but not yet, as you
Hope you have a look at all of my work, and give some feedback.
Its great to get a message from fellow collectors around the world as there
are only a handful of us here in the South West of Australia and its a long way
from all the Toy Soldier Fairs in the rest of the world.
Published by: John O'Brien
First Published on
18 Oct. 97
Updated: 10th July 2016
Fremantle, Western Australia.
On July 1st 2011, a segment of the Nationwide TV show COLLECTORS
featured me and my toy soldiers,
so if you would like to see it,
HERE is the program.
REVIEWS OF THIS WEBSITE
In April 1998 I was been featured in
' TOY SOLDIER AND MODEL FIGURE' Magazine with an article on this web
page. "Probably one of the best sites around with plenty of pictures
and links" the Editor, Mark Avery.
In October 1998 I was awarded the
Green Tank Award"
from Trollwise - 'ARMY
"Since yours is about the best military miniature websites we've
Johnathan Crawford of Cullen and Coolidge publisher of WORLD TOY SOLDIER
DIRECTORY AND COMPENDIUM said in his E-Newsletter, Issue #2 April
"Australian John O'Brien has been busy painting figures that
he displays at his "On-Line Gallery."
If you haven't yet checked out his web site, I encourage you
to do so as he is "leading the charge" in exhibiting hand painted figures
from his personal collection."
editors have selected this site as "one of the best on the Internet
when reviewed for quality, accuracy of content, presentation and usability."