History of tin soldiers
Many years before the present day, when began the production of tin soldiers about the war, knew firsthand. In many countries, children from poor families fate was sealed: generally, to "military age" children did chores and then went to fight. Therefore, children from a young age preparing for war, which helped the small figures cannons, or infantry. Because nobody wants to play the role of cannon fodder, so future warriors entertained the hope that they will become commanders and will manage the troops, just as was ruled by small figures.
Over time, this has ceased to be a "emulator" of military action, and turned into art. Of course, each country had its own uniform. This and many other items such as muskets, cannons and other equipment, has made the history of tin soldiers in each country is unique.
In Soviet times, production of tin soldiers were put on stream. Along with the changing forms, changing machines, and therefore, there was a new tin soldiers. Of course, time to develop clear detail was not – it was schematically the soldiers, but they were "without a face". As a rule, they were completely static, i.e., frozen, or approximately transferred momentum.
Soviet soldiers usually were not painted, since it did not make sense, because they were bought by the dozens, and in the same quantities were buried in the sand or lying on the dump without a head. They lay without a head, not because the children were angry, as you may have guessed, and because they cost cheap, and as a consequence, to save them fastened on a thin neck.
The peak of fashion tin soldiers in Germany came at the end of the Napoleonic wars. At this time all of Europe was swept by a wave of patriotism, and in Berlin and Leipzig opened factories.on the production of tin figures.
From Germany came the name "Nuremberg soldier." This was because Ernst Heinrichsen, who offered to produce tin figures of the same size (for Hiking 32 mm and 44 horse, not including headgear).
Another international standard was invented in France in the forties of the last century. To meet this standard, the figures shall have a height of 50 to 60 mm . Since France is the birthplace of three-dimensional figures (allowing them to contribute), and so, making figures of this size, you can accurately reproduce fine detail of clothing – these requirements are the international standard military-historical miniatures.
In other countries, not so bright moments relating to the history of tin figures. But, nevertheless, virtually every country was a handyman, who became famous throughout the world for its unique collection of pewter figurines.
Soldiers were issued separately or as whole sets, which in most cases became part of the collection since before our time lived in a few instances. Therefore, entire collections, as a rule, I collect the pieces, and they are very rare.