Man Craft hero #2 Kirk Crosby

A lovely story on the BBC Crafting website about our second ‘man craft hero’ blog post, Kirk Crosby, DIY toy maker:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3pLmcV24BvznJXwJkx3JpyK/superdad-diy-toymaker-father-who-creates-kingdoms-from-clutter

Hopefully the BBC will feature more hot metal and Fimo “man craft” in the form of home casting one day?

Meanwhile if you are inspired by Kirk Crosby’s use of Playmobil figure forts and houses for his daughter, check out the very unusual Garden wargaming website using Playmobil for big garden of tabletop battles using some cleverly converted Playmobil based but literally reassembled figures.

http://www.gardenwargaming.com/intro/intro.html 

I look forward to sharing on this blogpost some of my rainy day holiday scrap toy making and also my favourite Playmobil toy inspiration figures.

http://gameofmonth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/shave-that-mustache-soldier.html 

 

Not to mention an obscure short-lived British rival from the 1970s …

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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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