More Poundstore Warriors

image.jpgWilko (Wilkinsons) are an interesting if erratic source of cheap plastic gaming figures on the UK high street.  Grab them while you can!image Wilko do small £1 tubes of cowboys, Knights and rescue or emergency services. The sculpts of the Cowboys and Indians are the usual copies / pirates of Timpo and Airfix.

I like the simple graphic outlines of the available figure sets – one for the scrapbook when the tube is no more.

imageThe emergency figures look like they have  other possibilities. They are probably supposed to be modern US or European firefighters. They could be used for a range of Airforce ground crew  … or 1950s aliens or space figures?

 

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More of the firefighters with digging tools could pass as Cornish miners or generic construction workers with ropes and hard hats. Definitely a pasty or two in that crib box they are carrying!

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Mining engineers, pioneers with pick axe and crow bar for blasting out big rocks or constructing fortifications? (from Wilko Firefighters).

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Police figures could be used for armed civilians, revolutionaries …

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Such heavily armed police or security figures could be involved in a bank robbery scenario or a hostage or seige scenario. Lots of gaming and rescue scenarios here! Taking on Wild wild animals or rampaging monsters?

Other police figures in the set are less well armed but useful civilian figures, artillery crew etc;  other police and fire figures are around on eBay, often more heavily armed with more modern weapons.

There are 18 figures in this £1 pound tube, 9 red fire crew and 9 blue police figures.  (prices correct UK May / June  2016). They are usually only available in store, rather than online.

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These could be used for Artillery figures, writing notes or airforce pilots, Dan Dare type space figures?

Not yet got my paintbrushes out yet on any of these but there are some definite civilian, futuristic or gaming figure possibilities.

Posted by Man of TIN, May 2016.

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Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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