More joy of seaside plastic tat at 50p a box for 30 54mm-ish figures at my sister blog Pound Store Plastic Warriors:
I see for my backyard Imagi-Nation games some figures who could be Space Marines, US style paratroopers etc.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog, 30 May 2017.
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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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4 thoughts on “More seaside Pound Store plastic warriors”
They are rather nice looking figures, which I have not seen before. I am sure that they would look even better with a bit of paint applied. I do wonder about these pound store figures as to how long they will last. I recall buying a couple of sets of Japanese and Russian 1/72 scale figures that were downsized from the Airfix 1/32 sets. My plan was to paint them at some point. A few years later I dug them out to discover that most had crumbled to dust!. I look forward to see what you eventually do with these and I will keep an eye open for them in the shops too.
I think this too about plastic figures in general as some of our family Airfix figures and other 60s plastics from my childhood slowly crumble and snap – a problem with the chalk and plasticiser mix becoming brittle. But at 50p a box …
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The durability of plastic seems to vary widely. Strangely, 60s Hong Kong seem to have lasted better than made in England plastics.
By the way, these modern troops seem to be nicely sculpted.
It varies greatly within the Airfix range as to which sets are more brittle – some Crescent plastics always seem quite brittle. Early Spencer Smith horses too. Partly it seems to vary with whether you painted and varnished them or not? There is something about this in Peter Cole’s Suspended Animation history of Britain’s and Herald plastics. I think chalk partly helped with paint adhesion for some firms? Mark, Man of TIN.