More Prince August 54mm home cast sculpts #3


More of the possible Prince August proposed 54mm alternative heads for new 54mm home cast figures – US Infantry pre/ post 1902.

Good to see that people have contributed suggestions back to Prince August including Anthony Jopson and also Ian Dury (hello Ian!) of the Peter Laing Collectors circle (on MeWe) and the Continental Wars Society.


More sculpts can be seen at

Any suggestions for new heads to extend this range? Contact can be made via the Prince August website or contact page.

Portuguese infantry? Ladybird Leaders: Soldiers

Or Preben Kannik, Military Uniforms of the World, eve of WW1 plates


Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN 4 October 2019.

Vintage Airfix Russian infantry and tanks

Classic vintage Airfix figures like these Russian WW2 infantry  have lots of potential for paint conversion.

I painted these original 1960s Airfix figures, a gift from Tony Adams of the Miniature Woodscrew Army, as generic 20th Century rifle troops that could as needed be used as WW2 Russians if needed.

A mix of greys and greens from  the matt ‘khaki grunge’ end of my Revell Acrylic  Aquacolor paints should prove suitable camouflage. 

Peter Laing 15mm WW2 British and German infantry on the  painting table with Airfix OOHO Russians and Guards in ImagiNations white and blue.

This generic colouring of Modern troops can be seen here in this  seventies Ladybird Leader book on Soldiers 

Illustrations by Frank Humphris  in Ladybird Leaders: Soldiers 1975
Airfix Russians – Conversion potential from Preben Kannik
The silver and red banner of Igoslavia.

Reading the Unwomanly Face of War about Soviet women on the Eastern Front  has discouraged me from gaming the enormity of The Eastern Front.

Instead these soldiers belong to My Tintinesque ImagiNations on the Eastern Eurasian border. The Kingdom of IgoYugoslavia split over a disagreement about turntaking into smaller republics including the Republic of  Igoslavia with its silver and red banner. 

Hail Igoslavia!

Here they are pictured alongside some of their Tank support, which some readers might remember as the ready to play polythene Airfix T34 (price 35p Model Sports, 1970s) 



Igoslavia staff officer looking much like an American Civilian War artillery officer.

Blog post created using the clunky new block editor on WordPress, not a pleasant experience, for the Mark Man of TIN 28 September 2091.

New Prince August 54mm Homecast Toy Soldiers Planned

Interesting new poses planned

Exciting news from Prince August e-newsletter is the range of new 54mm homecast toy soldiers to add to their existing successful homecast range

These are still in development and feedback is sought on heads and nations represented. The newsletter comes from or there is a comment form on their website.

Why not sign up for the newsletter which has details of promotions, discounts, sales and new moulds?

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 14 September 2019.

The First Commando Raid of WW2 26 August 1939 – 5 days too early!

Crossposted From Sidetracked, my railway / gaming blog

D-Day Forty Years On 1984 – Part 2


Some further additions to the 1984 press coverage of D-Day posted a few days ago:



Here is how the BBC Radio Times covered the events in D-Day week 1984. Some interesting colour magazine pictures in an otherwise black and white newspaper world.


This  glossy 1984 newspaper souvenir from Portsmouth is proving a bit difficult to photograph so I will try to scan sections of this on a good scanner at some point in the next week or two. Some interesting veterans’ stories inside worth sharing more widely. Lots of the photos in the newspaper are freely available on the IWM website.

Hope these two posts have been of interest. I found this interesting sketch by Rommel when rereading the very varied viewpoints from Allied and German forces and French civilians in Cornelius Ryan’s book The Longest Day (1959), abridged in True Stories of World War Two (Reader’s Digest 1981). It shows how formidable the beach defences could be where Rommel had his way, suitable time, materials and labour.



I have bought or will buy the equivalent newspapers for today and tomorrow for comparison 35 years on. Somewhere (!)  I have other 50th 60th and 70th D-Day Anniversary newspaper cuttings gs, so will scan these in future as I find them again.

Posted by Mark Man of TIN on D-Day75 6th June 2019.


D – Day Forty Years On 1984


The D-Day 75th Anniversary is almost upon us.

At some point, maybe in 1984 or earlier, we must have gone on a family trip to to Portsmouth to see the Operation Overlord tapestry .  I was fascinated with the intricate needlework, using real threads of battledress khaki, gold braid etc. I left with a souvenir guidebook  that I still have today, showing and explaining each panel. My Dad explained that this was a modern Bayeux Tapestry, not 1066 but 1944.


I already knew a bit about D Day. I’d seen The Longest Day many times on television. I had received as a birthday present the 1980/ 81 Reader’s Digest Book of True Stories of World War Two  (abridged) including a section of Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day book. Above all there was Airfix …

This modern cover recreates quite well my Airfix boyhood version of D-Day

To a boy of the Airfix generation, I could as a child recognise the shapes and colours of the uniforms, tanks, ships and planes involved as they formed a large part of my imagination and childhood, just as a birdwatcher recognises different birds by shade, size and colour.


One of the other  souvenirs of the 40th anniversary was this special edition newspaper by the News Portsmouth.

Daily Express 6th or 7th June 1984

As part of the 40th anniversary my Dad collected or bought several different newspapers as he knew I would be interested and it would help my school history studies.

Daily Express 7th June 1984

A former National Serviceman, my Dad worked with many WW2 veterans and sometimes at lunchtime or retirement parties they would  talk to my Dad about their service days.  Dad told me some of the odd story  that they had told him about Operation Torch, Overlord etc. This made the accounts in history books seem much more real.


Looking back at these front pages, apart from everyone looking younger, you realise the Cold War was still in place and Nuclear war a possibility. The presence of President Reagan  and NATO Allied leaders but not Russian or German representatives tells its own story.

President and Nancy  Reagan, Daily Mail, 7 June 1984

The Queen with leaders and royals from Canada, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and President Reagan, Daily Express,  7 June 1984

Daily Express 7 June 1984

Reagan in a bunker in tears and RAF veteran Jimmy Edwards, Daily Express, 7 June 1984

I was more  fascinated at the time by the veteran’s tales than the maps and grand strategy.

Daily Mail 6 or 7 June 1944

Daily Mail, 7 June 1984

Daily Mail, 7 June 1984

A personal story of a veteran and their family, Daily Mail 7 June 1984

Daily Mail, 7 June 1984


Everyone seemed so young in 1984: D-Day casualty’s  child 39 year old Elizabeth Poole who never met her father. One of those personal stories … Daily Express 7 June 1984

I shall post a few more D Day 40 years on 1984 items in the next few days. I hope you find them interesting as we head into the 75th anniversary.

D-Day 6th June 1944 remembered.  

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog, D-Day 75th Anniversary, June 2019.