Hello and Farewell to the Horse


Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog – more pictures at:


Boy Scouts, Camping and Quarter Staves again


Quarter Staffs, Boys Life Magazine June 1912 – from Pinterest / Northern Bush website.

Having completed the second part of a local history project talk on how my local area of the southwest U.K. changed during and after WW1, I can return back to my 2019 project putting Scouting Wide Games onto the tabletop and in future on the floor out into the garden.

Talking of garden games,it is well worth checking out the extraordinary blog of Mannie Gentile Toy Soldiers Forever reacreating an American Civil War battle with unpainted plastic figures. Look up the 17 September 2019 blogpost on the Sunken Lane http://toysoldiersforever.blogspot.com

I am lucky to be sharing this Scouting Wide Games ‘journey’ of rule writing and puzzling out game mechanics with Alan Gruber of the Duchy Of Tradgardland blog. After meeting up with him a few weeks ago, he has taken away a set of our draft scratch outline rules to work out some possible rules and workable scenarios. Many of them can be found here:


Scouting Wide Games is non-violent* combat with only the loss of a wool or scarf ‘life’, melee with quarter staves, range weapons like whiting balls or snowballs. It should be “jolly good fun”.

* Elsewhere on other scout games post, Nobby has commented on how deviously painful scout quarter stave fighting could be in the wrong hands.


One possibility, with only eight figures in each Patrol, is to use a Role Play Game approach of a character card for each figure with different scout badges of skills and achievements amongst your Patrol.


Lots of work to do to get this playable …

Pinterest is a great research tool and source of images for gaming projects. As part of the Wide Games project, I have been looking at ‘Early Boy Scout and Girl Scout’ images on cigarette cards.

I came across this Northern Bush web page on camping and scouting reading resources:



Amongst the Northern Bush web material on Pinterest was this great page from Boys Life, an American Boy Scout magazine produced since 1911.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN, 17 September 2019

New Prince August 54mm Homecast Toy Soldiers Planned

Interesting new poses planned

Exciting news from Prince August e-newsletter is the range of new 54mm homecast toy soldiers to add to their existing successful homecast range https://shop.princeaugust.ie/54mm-traditional-toy-soldiers-moulds/

These are still in development and feedback is sought on heads and nations represented. The newsletter comes from info@princeaugust.ie or there is a comment form on their website.

Why not sign up for the newsletter which has details of promotions, discounts, sales and new moulds?

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 14 September 2019.

BMC Plastic Army Women Project Update September 2019

Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog:


Warning: More Vintage Airfix Nostalgia

Having dissected the ‘owl pellet’ of Tony Adams’ 1960s Airfix gaming figures in my recent blog posts, I thought I would share with you some of the Airfix reference materials that I have used alongside online websites like Plastic Soldier Review to date these version 1 figures.

A generous Jiffy bag full of Version 1 early 1960s Airfix figures roughly sorted.

This is not my only vintage hoard or kind gift from older colleagues and acquaintances. 2017 was a lucky year for vintage Airfix:



Before I start chasing older packaging – one attractive and useful book that I mentioned in a previous  post was Jean-Christophe Carbonel’s 2010 book Airfix’s Little Soldiers (translated from French, 2010).

An attractive book to dip into and lose several hours looking at old packaging …

This book alone has saved me a small fortune collecting early Airfix packaging and playsets that I don’t have the storage space or money for.


Arthur Ward, ex Tailgunner columnist of Airfix magazine, has produced several Airfix and kit company history books. These are a good rainy day, loose end sort of book to read with attractive figures pictures to inspire you!


Best of all, I have the odd scrappy Airfix catalogue from my youth like this 1982 one to remind me. Too many of my teenage years, high on paint and kit glue in small unventilated rooms, were spent happily looking at these pages.

These pages recall many happy hours planning how many boxes of figures I would need and how to convert them, then working out if I could afford them. These pages also remind me that being shown in a catalogue didn’t necessarily mean these figures were available in the shop. The usual Airfix feast or famine, boom and bust.

No wonder, almost forty years on from this catalogue, I still have to restrain myself from impulse buying and hoarding Airfix figures whenever I see certain boxes. There should be an AA, an Airfix Anonymous for men of a certain age for such occasions : “My name is Mark Man of TIN and I am a vintage Airfix addict. I am resisting the need for my next Air-Fix (although I did buy the new version WW2 British Infantry a few weeks ago and it felt good.)”

Still a uniform reference guide for me years later, this catalogue is what the different troops of history should look like. As the BBC say for balance, other figure manufacturers are available. (Admit it though, they’re just not the same.)


Useful painting guides when you had lost the box packaging –  1982 Airfix catalogue
A few of the Vintage Airfix original sets and boxes that I have collected over the years: I have more blue box era sets and some of the lovely 1:32 boxes, stashed away, not on display to prevent box fading.

There, a quick bit of weekend Airfix nostalgia, decades in the making!

The gateway to plastic happiness is still available by post erratically stocked in part (and currently in OO scale only) at

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN (and Airfix Kid of Plastic) 7 September 2019.


Dapol Gangs

Interesting use by the WargamingPastor for a Close Wars rules inspired “urban gang” skirmish variation on the Troops vs Natives in cluttered terrain rules, using the attractive 1980s old Airfix Trackside figures. These are still available from Dapol : https://www.dapol.co.uk/shop/model-accessories/self-assembly-oo-kits


It’s been a while since I’ve posted, well not very long in a blogging sense, some go dead for months between posts, but it’s certainly been longer than I would have liked. I’ve been floundering somewhat, butterflying from project to project and not making a huge amount of headway. I’ve been chipping away at the bits I need to get done over the next month for Armies on Parade at my local Games Workshop, I’ve also been painting 1/72 Vietcong for a Vietnam project that took me by surprise. Not to mention the fantasy bashing that’s still going on in the background. Then this happened to me…

Scrounging through boxes and cupboards I found some OO Gauge Dapol Workmen and remembered buying them for some 20th century British street gang skirmishing, all worktools, knives and lobbing bricks instead of guns, guns and more guns like their American counterparts. The figures…

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