Rod MacArthur’s early Airfix conversions

I have enjoyed looking at the 1960s and 1970s Airfix conversions on this excellent website by Rod MacArthur, a retired professional British Army  engineer officer.

Rod  has been involved since the early days of British wargames in Southampton in the 1960s and  played against Don Featherstone in that amazing attic room, also played against Tony Bath, etc etc.

https://rodwargaming.wordpress.com/about/

Rod has posted photos of  some of his imaginative 1960s Airfix conversions of British troops from the Airfix Guards Colour Party and Airfix Red Indians converted and recast as Zulus (in a latex mould made for him by no less than Donald Featherstone!)

https://rodwargaming.wordpress.com/horse-musket/zulu-war/

His website also shows some nicely converted or repainted Sheriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood figures into some great Agincourt / medieval figures. https://rodwargaming.wordpress.com/ancients/medieval/

Rod MacArthur’s is definitely a website / blog well worth watching.

I found his site interesting as I was thinking about some of the Airfix paint conversions that I blogged about last year in my Retro  “Stuck in the Airfix 1960s” Blogpost –

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/airfix-british-redcoat-infantry-1960/

I am thinking of adding  some more figures to my favourites, my simple Zulu War British Redcoat paint conversions from first version British Infantry Battle Group. I have yet to finish my Airfix Indians repainted as Zulus, “Farsunds of Em …” (well, a few dozen).

 

Army Red, Army Blue, hostile natives, never fails.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 28 August 2017.

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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 ...

3 thoughts on “Rod MacArthur’s early Airfix conversions”

  1. I well remember a whole series of articles about converting Airfix figures in my old Military Modelling and Airfix magazines – but have never seen these wonderful conversions before – many thanks for sharing

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