WW1 Boy Scout Photographs in my collection #1

Researching early Boy Scouts as part of my Wide Games gaming project, I came across these two original photographs for sale at a very reasonable price.

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They are WW1 era c. 1915, Surrey based, possibly in the Ewell area (from a brief description in a photographic album) and the seller said they illustrate Scout drill and protecting a road (?!?) from a WW1 era album.

They appear to be guarding H S Philpots Tea Rooms (?)

Whilst Scouts did valuable work for the war effort in WW1 and WW2, this young bunch of determined boys with staves might not stop the whole German Army.

Image copyright: Mark  Man of TIN

What I liked about them was the mixture of home made uniforms, floppy brim hats and some of their lively expressions.

Their Scoutmaster and some of the Scouts reappear I think  in other photos in my collection, the Scoutmaster in fetching light or white cape.

These are a few of the photographs of early Scouting in its first decade* that I have collected as uniform research for the Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop project (* Scouting for Boys was first published in sections in 1908). https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 17 February 2020

Busy preparing simple rules sheets for the Scouting Wide Games project demo / play testing games for the 54mm Little Wars Revisited games day Saturday 14 March 2020. Still spaces available for games / participants … http://littlewarsrevisited.boards.net/thread/404/lwr-forum-games-day-2020

H G Wells 54mm Little Wars by Paperboys Peter Dennis now available

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Already ordered my copy!

https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/hg-wells-little-wars-with-54mm-scale-paper-soldiers-by-peter-dennis-introduction-and-playsheet-by-andy-callan.php

More resources at:

https://peterspaperboys.com/collections/little-wars

Marlene Lilli visits the lonely NAK desert troops 1941

Marlene Lilli the famous singing star and “Forces Sweetheart” visits a lonely desert airstrip to cheer the lonely NAK NordAfrika Korps troops.

#FEMbruary 2020 – a chance to celebrate beleivable female gaming miniatures.

Marlene Lilli is a useful little platform figure from the Peco / Merit / Modelscene set 5201 Unpainted Army, Navy and Air Force personnel.
http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/ShowFeature.aspx?id=107
5116 Army Personnel
https://peco-uk.com/collections/4mm-oo/products/army-personnel

Her visit to the troops was inspired by one of the latest song covers by one of my favourite bands Postmodern Jukebox. Previously featured on Man of TIN / Pound Store Plastic Warriors:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/thinking-outside-the-postmodern-paintbox/

This is its first German language cover, the 1980s Nena song 99Luftballons or ’99 Red Balloons’. This is covered in a 1940s / 50s  jazz vibes style in German by singer Aly Ryan.

The 1980s original song was released in both German and English.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 11 FEMbruary 2020. Enjoy!

#FEMbruary 2020 Girl Scout Patrol Challenge

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Four short of a full Daisy  Patrol of eight Girl Scouts  (right)

I can’t believe it’s #FEMbruary again – the annual challenge by Alex @ Lead Balloony blog to paint more female miniatures for your gaming hobby.

https://leadballoony.com/2020/02/03/leadballoonys-3rd-fembruary-challenge/

Marvin reminded me that we are already in FEMbruary with his challenge figures

https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/court-appearances-fembruary-2020

My challenge this year is a limited one as I am preparing Scouting and Snowballing figures and rules for the Little Wars Revisited 54mm Games day at Woking with Alan Gruber (still spaces left to join in).

This year my challenge is  four more Girl Scout figures to convert from 42mm Boy Scout figures to make up a full Daisy Patrol of eight figures.

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com

The figures are Little Britons / STS Shiny Toy Soldiers LBB30 Boy Scout sold through Spencer Smith Miniatures.

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Previously on Man of TIN blog in #FEMbruary

#FEMBruary 2019 Bad Squiddo 28mm Land Girls and Soviet Women – https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/huzzah-for-boycraft-flower-show-craft-success/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/the-unwomanly-face-of-war-book-review/

#FEMbruary 2018 – More Bad Squiddo land girls and other female figures

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/fembruary-2018-progress-so-far/

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN 6 FEMbruary 2020

Christmas Flat Cavalry

A smart blue cavalry officer – Pursued by Indians or leading these native horsemen?

These were surprise gifts at Christmas from the family, found in a local vintage shop.

Flats, homecast in appearance and charmingly painted, playworn and battered.

These roughly 40mm riders ride some odd but spirited horses!

The dark blue painted officer with red striped trousers is an attractive figure. It looks like his hat could be a steel helmet that has been painted grey to look more old fashioned. Attractive uniform for ImagiNations

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 2 February 2020

To the Lighthouse: More Christmas Gaming Crafty Surprises

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These were Christmas gifts, these “Made of Wood” craft products from a local craft store – in the varied shapes of a lighthouse, wooden pine trees and Christmas decoration houses.

The label suggests that they are made from a very fast growing timber called the Paulownia tree, widely farmed and forested in China / East Asia and now across America as the ‘new balsa’ because of its lightness and valued for its attractive grain.

A light green wash or woodstain should bring out best features of these toy like pine trees.

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Airfix OO HO and Peter Laing 15mm WW2 troops for scale comparison.
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Just one of the games scenarios that these wood block gifts suggest … Airfix commando raids

 There are some fantastic wooden buildings in this St Nazaire raid game that give an idea of how to make your own or use wooden buildings like these:

https://gridbasedwargaming.blogspot.com/2020/01/st-nazaire-raid-game-report.html

Some handy crafty pieces and ideas for future games.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 1 February 2020.

Peter Laing Pity Party

“Middle Eastern Swordsmen for Hire … will go anywhere … do anything … any period … please somebody buy us and paint us and base us.” I wonder if that’s what  goes through the lead head thoughts of some of these unloved figures.

These Peter Laings have been sitting online on EBay for so long, that eventually I started to feel sorry for the tiny 15mm chaps.

Every time I went online to look for Peter Laing figures, these unloved and unwanted specimens would turn up.

Peter Laing Ancients seem on the whole less desirable than  his later period figures ranges.

I didn’t have a “mounted Camel spearman”. Everybody needs at least one …

It was said by Phil Barker of the Peter Laing figure range  “Horses sometimes a little strange”  and by another (John G Robertson?) that his armoured  elephants looked like terrible angry mice. Pictured here. However his camels have a certain camelid charm.

EBay retailer figures4sale listed the others  as “M207 Turkish Horse Archer and M410 Hun cavalry” and the rather genetic “Middle eastern swordsmen x 5”. I have yet to check them in the catalogue. Maybe some of the MeWe Peter Laing community will beat me to it

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 25 January 2020

A Peter Laing pity party … tinier than the curious  Puddles Pity Party at the Postmodern Jukebox HQ. Slowed down cabaret American punk – like an armoured camel, just what everyone secretly needs.