The latest Dime Novel Legends Kickstarter is now live, and well on its way to being funded. Their latest offering is “The Cavalry“, featuring more classic Western 1/18 scale action figures. This assortment is geared towards army builders, which will include new figures, gear, and horses. They are looking for a total of $76,000 to fund the campaign, with numerous stretch goals planned. Check out the Kickstarter Page to back the project. You can see some images after the jump.
Like the proverbial bad penny, Chicken Fried Toys is back again, with more spicy authentic Western sauce, as you like it! This time around, we are presenting our first Army-builder centric lineup: The Cavalry!
The history of the US Army Cavalry during the 19th Century is full of great heroism, greater foolishness, and grim tragedy. Used as a tool of the Federal Government during the push to expand Westward they were responsible for protecting settlers as they moved across the plains towards California seeking homesteads. They also had the task of relocating the Indigenous Peoples towards reservation lands as they were forced further and further away from their ancestral homes. Many terrible tragedies occurred during this time, and atrocities were committed to this end. Sadly, this leaves a checkered legacy behind whose repercussions are felt in lives of Indigenous Peoples even to this day.
A positive outcome of this period was the inclusion of free and freed African Americans to the Cavalry ranks, creating such storied units as the Buffalo Soldiers. These men served with pride and distinction in the pursuit of a better life and livelihood for themselves and their families. Their descendants meet in Clubs and Associations even today to celebrate the influence these brave men had during a time when they were at an extreme disadvantage.
The history of the Cavalry today is filled with tales of glory and adventure. While the pageantry and camaraderie are fondly remembered, we want to present these characters with warts and all for you to enjoy, and perhaps even learn a little something more about the period in which they all lived and died as Legends.