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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Some lovely old figures Mark. Please post the repaired versions!
Thanks Jack MJT, I shall be sure to post the finished figure pictures on here.
54mm? Is that a scale used primarily for toy soldiers? Either way the figures look interesting and I hope you share the finished result
54mm or 1:32 scale is the standard old William Britain’s metal and big Airfix plastic toy soldier size. I shall post finished pics of these bashed metal figures when completed with new Fimo bases and repaired paintwork. This toy soldier size is good for individual figures in Skirmish games, as shown in the original or reprint of Donald Featherstone’s Skirmish Wargaming.
Over the years the most popular scale has changed from 40 mm and 30mm to 15mm (like my Peter Laing figures) and 20mm. There are gaming figures right down to 5mm and 6mm. 28mm is a fairly recent new addition, small enough or big enough for many gaming purposes.
I look forward to the finished work.
Should be fun. With these I should have a mixed War band of 30 to 40 Hollywood Indians for small garden skirmishes soon, just as Autumn sets in. Good planning!