Andy Wyeth’s Toy Soldiers

A few weeks ago I received an email from Jenna at artsy.com, curious about why my Man of TIN blog post  had turned up when she was researching web link opportunities for a new exhibition about American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009).

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/hobby-learning-1-andrew-wyeth/

Jenna emailed me with news of the new exhibition:

“I am reaching out to certain website and blog owners that publish content in line with our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone. We hope to continue promoting arts education and accessibility with your help.”

The Seattle Art Museum is scheduled to exhibit Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, which showcases Andrew Wyeth https://www.artsy.net/show/seattle-art-museum-andrew-wyeth-in-retrospect

http://wyeth.site.seattleartmuseum.org

The Artsy Andrew Wyeth page provides visitors with Wyeth’s bio, over 40 of his works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Wyeth exhibition listings. https://www.artsy.net/artist/andrew-wyeth

“I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.”
Andrew Wyeth

This was a good chance to go back to my previous post on Andrew Wyeth, a painter of landscape and portraits, one of my favourite American painters

Since my last Wyeth post, I have noticed much more Wyeth material online and via YouTube.

Andrew Wyeth collected American dimestore and composition figures, shown here in this Youtube video.

New Wyeth material

There is interesting new photos of Andrew or Andy Wyeth by his granddaughter Victoria Browning Wyeth, http://gcma.org/victoria-wyeth-my-andy/

https://www.vogue.com/article/andrew-wyeth-victoria-wyeth-my-andy-exhibition

and several recent print or video interviews with her including about having her portrait  painted by him.

The Brandywine School

Andrew Wyeth painted manly portraits and landscapes. His father was  a historical illustrators,  N.C. Wyeth, who worked with  Howard Pyle and other painters of the Brandywine School and style.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandywine_School

Recognise that name? Brandywine, where the Wyeth family are based, is the site of a famous Battle of Brandywine Creek in the American Revolutionary War on September 11, 1777 in Chadds Ford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Brandywine

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Airfix box art (from Plastic Soldier Review website)

Like many British boys growing up in the 1970s, I  have had a passing interest in the Revolutionary War since having Airfix issued British and American infantry toy figures in 1:72 / 1:76 (OO / HO ‘model railway’) scale with their dramatic cover art, historical illustrations pictures  that hopefully Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth would appreciate.

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Airfix box art (from Plastic Soldier Review website)

These Airfix box covers have some of the appeal of Howard Pyle’s famous Revolutionary War illustration Nation Makers.

https://www.rockwell-center.org/essays-illustration/the-nation-makers/

http://www.brandywine.org/museum/collection/collection-highlights/nation-makers

So whilst I am unlikely to make it to Seattle or Brandywine any time soon to see the Wyeth exhibitions in his Centenary year, at least online I can catch a glimpse.

There you go, mixing Andrew Wyeth with Airfix in one blogpost, something that toy soldier collector Andrew Wyeth would have appreciated.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blogpost, 12 November 2017

 

 

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Pound Store 42mm plastic toy soldiers

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Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, another batch of plastic pound store figures given the Toy Soldier paint treatment:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/pound-store-42mm-infantry-army-red-army-blue/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog 10 November 2017

More Pound Store Desert Warriors

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More on these pound store figure conversions at:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/pound-store-desert-warrior-unit-completed/

Crossposted by Mark Man of TIN blog from my Pound Store Plastic Warrior blog, 6 November 2017.

Poundland Space Marines on Parade

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Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog  another finished conversion project of these Poundland 36mm   “Penny Dreadful” figures. More at:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/poundland-space-marines-platoon-on-parade/

Lots more Pound Store figure projects completed this weekend!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 5 November 2017

Poundland Soldier Tub Artwork

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One of the Poundland Battle Squadron tubs 

Packaging and artwork from all three of my Poundland soldier tubs of joy, shown at my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog :

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/pound-store-plastic-warriors-poundland-artwork/

Posted by Mark, Man of TIN, 1 November 2017

Poundland Mission Accomplished!

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Yesterday’s Poundland Mission accomplished with just days to spare.

or How I turned four old round pound coins no longer accepted on the High Street

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/off-to-poundland-on-a-mission/

into these four buckets of joy.

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Four new tubs of joy  and some examples of my paint and figure conversions of what lies within. 

Four hundred tiny plastic 36mm figures for painting and conversion into lot some of interesting figures. That’s a penny each!

Your Mission, should you choose to accept it …

Poundland’s “spend your old round pound coin” offer finishes on 31st October. 

Lots of ideas for conversions and paint schemes to try out. Watch this space.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 27 October 2017.

Off to Poundland on a Mission

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My next challenge – how to turn four old round pounds into four hundred more  of these figures before Halloween …

Off to Poundland on an important mission today.

A mission  that has been overdue for about two weeks, ever since the now redundant old round poin coins became no longer accepted on the UK High Street on 16 October 2017.  Another minor historic moment.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/poundland-taking-the-old-round-pound-coins-until-31st-october/

Poundland is one of the last shops to take them and only until October 31st. (Good business move, Poundland, and smart PR.)

Four days left to achieve my aim.

If all goes well, I should be able to exchange my last four old round pounds for four tubs of fabulous Poundland tiny toy soldiers. I kept one shiny round pound for the tiny family coin collection.

If the mission goes awry,  it is because I will be have been distracted by cheap plastic Halloween tat, useful conversion items from  the Charlie Dimmock £1 gardening range or Poundland’s  new Luxury OMG £2! range of stuff. 

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Four round pounds will buy me four hundred  “penny dreadfuls” as Ross Macfarlane (Battle Game of the Month blog) suggested in his recent comments that  these figures should be called!

Ross: “These are some of the crudest cheap plastic toy soldiers that I’ve ever seen but you have managed to rescue them and transform them into brave warriors! Well done!”

For the record, I have found far worse figures recently but that is for another blog post.

Just think of all the amazing conversions I can attempt with these four hundred extra figures, which are around 36mm high.

Just think how many hundreds of pounds these would cost if they were some metal 30 to 40mm figures.

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Left to Right – pound store Space Marine, unpainted figure, desert native warrior, desert camouflage WW2 or modern figure (unfinished).

Look through the recent blog entries on my Pound Store Plastic Warriors sister blog on how to easily turn these penny dreadful figures into desert native warriors, Space Marines and  colonial Redcoats.

Lots more conversion ideas to come.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/poundland-space-marine-pilot/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/poundland-desert-warriors-finished/

Arguably, these four hundred tiny plastic  figures will effectively be a free gift, compared to how even more useless these four old coins will be in four days time.

Mission accepted and off we go.

Wish me luck as we wave the old round pound coins goodbye!

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN, on a Mission,   27 October 2017.