A few more Toy Soldier orientated gifts this Christmas, all pretty ephemeral.
Attractive sweet packaging tin and a chocolate lolly from Marks and Spencers. Interesting ImagiNations uniform, part circus band, part Danish Hans Christian Anderson and part Napoleonic.
Some of my Christmas gifts arrived wrapped in Toy Soldier wrapping paper. This Christmas there were quite a few Toy Soldier decorations around in the shops, which mostly seemed to be the Nutcracker Russian ballet style soldier figures, big and small (2018).
I kept parts of these sheets for my scrapbook but also kept several other sections in case I want to knock up or rather glue up some cardboard Russian Nutcracker soldier figures.
The Christmas Parade this year is mostly the old Lone Star / Harvey series (the stocky ones with the squareish bases) in various states of original and repaint or their TIMPO recasts in fresh glossy acrylic.
No Scots or Irish pipers this year (save that for Hogmanay!) and this is as many as could fit on our mantelpiece with tinsels and lights mixed in. Plenty of bandsman left in the box for another Christmas parade.
Mixed in you might spot the odd Crescent / Kellogg’s Guards bandsman, a couple of aluminium Wendal Salvation Army bandsmen in peaked caps and even one hollow cast Guards Band figure.
Our parade centrepiece is this three jolly guardsmen Christmas card illustrated by Clare Wilson for the Museums And Galleries collection. Some of my blog readers that I have been in postal contact with about toy soldiers might even have received one of these cards in the post!
I hope you had a happy Toy solder filled Christmas ready for a happy Gaming New Year.
I will post some of my new toy soldier or gaming arrivals over the almost Twelve days of Christmas or “Twixmas” as this next week or so are becoming known.
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Boxing Day Twixmas 2018.
I hope you have enjoyed the last 24 days chaotically themed or eclectic blog posts as the Man of TIN Advent Calendar.
From your likes and comments, it seems that many of you have enjoyed the varied nature of these December posts and thank you for taking the time to leave these comments, I really enjoy reading them.
This is my other Advent Calendar, part of the beautiful traditional Toy Shop Advent Calendar that we have been opening at home this Christmas, designed by talented modern British artist EmilySutton. http://www.emillustrates.com
A book I am looking forward to as a gift at Christmas is TheIllustratedHistoryofHugar published in Hardcover by Smart Media in 2014 by Paul Brookes. Available through Amazon. Perfect for a 54mm old Toy Soldier gamer …
As original 1930s Hugar buildings are so expensive, the now defunct company of GBE Toy Soldiers used to manufacture replicas.