Gilt Finish Terracotta Warrior

 

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This Terracotta Army  Chinese warrior came from an  unlikely pound store source of a local Spar shop a few years ago, embedded in a block of plaster like those ‘dig your own dino’ gifts.

In these blind bags you had no idea if you were going to get a warrior, a horse or what inside the plaster block.

What I like about this figure, once excavated, is the black undercoat with simple gilt finish. A quick and simple  to try on smaller plastic or pound store figures maybe?

I wrote about quick gilt finishes and pewter effects on homecast figures in a previous blog:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/home-cast-antique-and-gilt-paint-finishes/

The figures are about 50mm high, so almost 1:32 scale and would make an interesting figure for various games.

The figure  would look good painted up as a space emperor – Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon?  They also have a slightly automata robotic look about them. These figures have no weapons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta_Warriors_and_Horses

Similar terracotta army figures can be made in silicon cake moulds using Fimo or other mould materials; look on Etsy or EBay for example at https://www.etsy.com/listing/155432388/terra-cotta-warriors-3d-flexible

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The Terracotta Army Chinese Horse figure also surfaced in my sometimes chaotic collection recently again showing the black and gilt paint finish.

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If you want to build up a Chinese Terracotta Army in tiny plastic  you could of course bulk buy on a retail scale,  minimum order only 10,000 pieces,  here is the current link: https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Terra-cotta-warriors-archaeological-fossils-toys_60399762717.html?spm=a2700.7724857.0.0.wO6hVa

Happy painting! Happy excavating!

Blog posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, July 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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