Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, part 1 of work in progress on converting some of the stranger Poundland penny toy soldier figures (£1 for a bag or tub of 100).
Some before and after pictures here at:
These were inspired by the hill tribe warriors pictured in Donald Featherstone’s Solo Wargaming book.
I also want to do another set painted black robes instead of white, more Generican tribesmen or warriors, perfect for my future Bronte fiction-al campaigns.
To oppose the desert or hill tribes, I will need some paint conversions of these handy cheap Poundland / poundstore figures into a set of blue coated or red coated Colonial infantry created from these modern troops. Paint, a scalpel and some Fimo additions such as backpacks should help here.
Multiple conversions from a restricted set of figures is an interesting challenge inspired by a photo of one plastic cavalry figure converted ten different ways (Are these Spencer Smith cavalry?) in a different early Featherstone book, Tackle Model Soldiers This Way (1963). This was his second book, produced just after his first book War Games(1962), also for Stanley Paul. It has a lovely little chapter (almost a summary of War Games) on “Fighting War Games with Model Soldiers” too, to match his short “War Games” chapter in Henry Harris’ How To Go Collecting Model Soldiers (1969).
The full restricted range of these pound store penny figure poses to play around with are shown here:
Lots of penny figure fun in a poundstore near you. All very much work in progress for the coming winter / year …
Checking through it appears that the cavalry are Spencer Smith Napoleonics now available in metal.
Blogposted / Crossposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 16 October 2017.