Did you ever stage toy soldier battles with your friends on the living room floor when you were a kid? Well, French-Canadian artist Jean-Pierre Séguin would have beat you every time. His latest work is akin to a toy soldier war—for art's sake.

Put simply, SĂ©guin has been painting iconic images from World War II with toy soldiers. No, the toy soldiers aren't doing the painting. Rather, they're glued to a wooden board and hand-painted as pixels that make up a larger image. It's crazy.

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The technique is not unlike that used by Chuck Close to make giant portraits out of tiny pieces of color, except SĂ©guin uses physical objects instead of just paint. It's also worth pointing out that SĂ©guin uses a computer to help him do the pixelation process more quickly.

The effect is pretty awesome in picture form, but just imagine seeing these in a gallery where the toy soldiers are suspended on the wall like an army waiting for battle, then stepping back to see a bigger picture revealed in the fray. If you think that's impressive, you should see what this guy can do with colored beads.

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SĂ©guin's latest work will be on display March 8 through April 19 at the OK Harris Gallery in New York City. [Fubiz]

General Eisenhower, 2012-2013

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BT-13 Valiant, 2013

BT-13 Valiant (detail)

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Volunteer Nurse, 2013

Volunteer Nurse (detail)

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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, 2013

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (detail)

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Homeland, 2012-2013

Homeland (detail)

All images via Jean-Paul SĂ©guin

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