Gilt Finish Terracotta Warrior



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:

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.

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


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



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:

Happy painting! Happy excavating!

Blog posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, July 2016


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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