Thursday 12 February 2015

EKO Set 4508 - Swiss Infantry

A group of not Swiss infantry based up for CD.

While I have been busy of late, I have found time too paint up another set of Eko figures (Click Here to see the PSR article). These were sourced through the good offices of Glenn, and I will admit I enjoyed painting them.

In CD terms this would equate to a strong rifle company of four rifle platoons, a HQ section and a patrol/recon element.

The Swiss Army of the 1970s is not a force that I could see myself getting a great deal of gaming use out of, and while painting them up in their intended scheme would have been quite pleasing, I felt that I would bring out the character of the figures more if I opted for a different scheme. With that in mind, I have gone for a scheme that should let me add them into a number of different factions that I use in my moderns games.

The BUA has lots of CD friendly places to put troops in!
I also found time to finish off two buildings that I have been working on for around two years. I figured it was either finish them, or deep six them. Now that the wife has moved up here and the unpacking has started in earnest, I should be able to set up a proper painting desk again, and get a good size table organised.

Building A: The view from above.
 I have a few more little BUAs planned as I hope by making lots of small ones, I can place them down to cover large amounts of a table in urban sprawl.

Building B: Same-Same but different!.

Perhaps I will even manage to finish off some other projects? - One can but dream!


  1. As a boy in the 1970s we had family hols in Switzerland. I bought some books/elastolin figures depicting/about the 1970s Swiss army. I still have them. i had never come across the EKo figures til your post. How often do they appear for sale as I would dearly like to buy some for nostalgia/gaming reasons?

    1. Hi Alan,
      Glenn finding these figures at a bring and buy in Christchurch is unfortunately the only time I have known of Eko figures for sale in NZ.

      I would guess that they should be more common in Europe and if you tap in to the blogsphere by letting folk know that you after some, perhaps you might get some leads on where to track some down?

      Another possibility would be to leave a comment on Hugh Walter's blog:

      As he has the knowing of a great many things to do with plastic, and may be able to tell you what the best way of trying to track them down is.

      Good Luck with your search!

  2. Swiss troops! By jingos Brian, what a bolt out of the blue.

    Those buildings look top notch. Swiss troops invade Libya?

  3. Alan -

    Eko were available in shops and through Walther's Terminal Hobby Shop until quite recently (early 2000's), so they are not rare (or shouldn't be), but they are little bags, and not that popular, so tend to get dispersed or ignored, however most shows have a chap with a few bags.

    My advice for anyone trying to track them down is to ask Andy Harfield ['Harfields'] to look out for them as he buys-in collections. After that, or if you can't wait...eVilbay, there's usually some on there.

    Or...ask on your blog or a forum for a Spanish swap-mate?

    1. Thanks Hugh,
      I was hoping you might comment here and give Alan some advice!