This is the Pound Store Police!

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These 54mm / 1:32 policemen were bought via the Internet about five years ago in the absence of civilians for sandpit and floor games.

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They have a crude but strange cartoon quality that I quite like but I know isn’t to everyone’s taste.

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They come quite heavily armed and highly animated.

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Made in China, they have no maker’s mark.

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Strike a Pose! Pistol packing policeman or disco dancing diva?

Already I have started to explore the gloss acrylic toy soldier style  possibilities of these figures.

 

Could they be transformed into American Civil War Blues and Greys?

Could they be peaked cap officer figures in my pound store Close Little Wars?

Could they be revolutionary workers in flat caps?

Could they be Dan Dare inspired Space Force or Space Police, like the 1950s Dan Dare series of lead toy soldiers?

They offer lots of figure “paint conversion” possibilities, just like the recent Wilko police figures.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/more-poundstore-warriors/

Happy Painting and Happy Gaming!

Posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, July 2016

Peter Laing figures in carpet forests

 

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Amongst my Peter Laing scrapbook of magazine articles (this one from  Military Modelling September 1983) is this lovely article by Andy Callan about War Gaming The Maori Wars.

I loved Andy’s use of carpet offcut forest undergrowth for the New Zealand scrub, probably why I kept this article.

Good to see over 30 years later that Andy Callan is still producing simple interesting rules, ranging from Miniature Wargames magazine articles  in the 1980s  through to most recently his one sheet simple rules for Peter Dennis’ new Helion Publishers Wargame the English Civil War paper figures. http://www.helion.co.uk/published-by-helion/battle-for-britain-wargame-the-english-civil-wars-1642-1651.html

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Sadly I never bought any Naval Landing Party figures or tribesmen from Peter Laing, as pictured in the article, I was mostly buying Peter Laing’s English Civil War and Medievals with my schoolboy pocket money in the 1980s. Luckily I have now tracked down some lovely Peter Laing colonials over the last few years.

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Maybe in my am-bush version of Featherstone’s Close Wars rules (two page  appendix to his 1962 book Wargames) there is future space for some carpet forest  terrain on my Heroscape hex bases.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/close-little-wars-featherstones-simplest-rules/

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If you want Andy Callan’s  whole rules, track down a copy of  Military Modelling September 1983 through online magazine auction sites.  All I wanted to do was share the atmospheric Peter Laing figures pictures and the lovely carpet forest.

Even this simple set of Andy Callan rules were a puzzle to me in places then but they really do suit the unusual type of Maori fighting.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/close-little-wars-scenarios-and-inspiration/

For more about the Maori Wars see Ian Knight’s Osprey book. https://ospreypublishing.com/the-new-zealand-wars-1820-72

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Posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, July 1916.