Happy New Year 2020 from Man of TIN


Surprise Christmas gift, a Timpo style US lead field telephone man and ‘Tommy’ cover.

“Hello? Hello?”

It’s 1st January 2020 now in the Blog date list and many best wishes to all my fellow bloggers and readers for the coming New Year and a new decade, the Twenty Twenties!

I wonder how different the world and the hobby will be in ten years time at the start of the Twenty Thirties?

Several hours in and not broken any 2020 gaming irresolutions yet:


“Roger, Over and Out!”


Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on 1st January 2020, happy new decade!

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 ...

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2020 from Man of TIN”

  1. Happy New Year and what a splendid Christmas gift, lovely figures. I got a pack of those plastic boxes with wee compartments very reasonably at Aldi yesterday when picking up a few last minute provisions. The Airfix sorting has begun…


    1. Show the world! Show the world! The world needs to be more sorted and see more Vintage Airfix this year!
      Funnily enough I was out yesterday buying storage and sorting boxes (Really Useful boxes) and so many other people in town were buying the same thing (or buying luggage).
      Happy Hogmanay / New Year. How will you be celebrating this?


    1. I have liked this range of lead Timpo GIs since I first saw them in F E Perry’s Second Book of Wargaming in the 1980s. (I only acquired the first book a couple of years ago). Unusual figures, well animated. Gives ma a clue for some GI colour schemes.


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