Cath Kidston Guardsmen

imageimageAn unlikely source of gaming inspiration on the high street – not my usual pound stores or hobby stores – but a trip to the usually flowery Cath Kidston shops or online store.

She often has some unusual offerings in her “vintage boy” section from Cowboys to Steam Trains and London Guardsmen.

 

A batch of these A5 notebooks in the Cath Kidston sale last year proved perfect for jotting down blog notes, games design ideas,  recording my Little Close Wars game turns etc.

Her 2016 range guardsmen includes a colourful new A5 redesign of this notebook:

http://www.cathkidston.com/cath-kidston/guards-a5-notebook-1018039

Her guardsmen design (2015) as you can see are a strange and charming toylike mix of Danish and British Guards regiments, from different periods (cross belts, modern rifles) but fun all the same.

As well as handy notebooks, Cath Kidston does pencil cases, stationery and two fabulous guardsmen mugs, both practical, useful and stylish.

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A cup of tea, a perfect complement to your toy soldier section!

Figures in the photographs are original Britain’s guardsmen and my home cast Prince August guards officer saluting, both from my collection.

A batch of Cath Kidston guardsmen design postcards also provided some useful ideas for ‘Card Warriors’ for gaming – watch this space once I’ve finished with my scalpel and glue!

The current Cath Kidston range includes a London design “Guards and Friends” (2016) featuring selection of yeoman wardens, guardsmen and police.

Lovely graphics and design extends across her website:

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The lovely guardsmen design extends across her website for the Queen’s 90th Birthday (and her online sale June 2016) 

 

 

Cath Kidston’s boys range reminds me of past birthday cards for boys which featured cars, motorbikes, steam trains, spitfires, sport and other such ‘boy things’.

More Cath Kidston inspiration from her past cowboy range alongside my colourful collection of vintage lead Cowboys will be featured in a future Man of TIN blogpost.

Posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, June 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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