Camp Fire Girls USA on the Painting Table

Ready for gloss spray varnish, the finishing touch to my Camp Fire Girls USA figures:

It’s been a busy month both at work and preparing a local history talk in the evenings, so these Camp Fire Girls figures got stuck on the painting table in their tissue paper bloomers for a few weeks! Sorry, Girls!

The original STS Shiny Toy Soldiers 42mm Little Britons Range LBB30 Boy Scout figure (a stout little chap!) can be seen on the left.

Finally after more research into uniforms for African American Camp Fire Girls, out came the paint brushes for some prototype figure painting in gloss shiny toy soldier (pink face dot) style.

I have chosen variations on the patriotic ‘Minute Girls‘ WW1 era red, white and blue Camp Fire / YWCA uniform that lasted through to the 1960s.

You can read and see more about all this at my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog post:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/05/30/camp-fire-girls-usa-on-the-painting-table/

Not everything worked, I have learnt a few lessons about history, painting skin tones in gloss toy soldier style (no pink face dot!) and also some further ideas for refining or diversifying my figure conversions for making up the rest of each eight girl team or patrol of African American and a patrol or two of White American / Latin American Mexican patrols.

British Camp Fire Girls (in brown) to follow.

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/05/30/camp-fire-girls-usa-on-the-painting-table/

African American YWCA Girl Reserves (NYPL)

This month I have been reading South Side Girls by Marcia Chatelain and listening to Chicago South Side Girl and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s autobiography Becoming. https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/05/08/radical-brownies-monarchs-and-black-camp-fire-girls-usa/

Blog crossposted from https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com by Mark Man Of TIN, 1970s British Cub Scout (Bronze Arrow, retired) on 31 May 2022

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4 thoughts on “Camp Fire Girls USA on the Painting Table”

  1. They should varnish well and the next handful should improve on these first ones hopefully.
    Tempting to go matt realist with washes and shade, but I think I will stick with shiny toy soldier gloss style.

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