Another Glimpse of Andrew Wyeth’s Toy Soldier Collection

Rereading a short article about American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) on A Short History Blog, I was interested to catch glimpses of Wyeth’s Toy Soldiers in the background on shelves etc, in his preserved studio.

Elsewhere in the background of photographs you can glimpse of field guns, a parade band, a bandstand filled with figures …

http://ashorthistoryblog.com/andys-world-the-life-of-andrew-wyeth/

And a brief description and photo in http://torodedesign.com/wyeth.html

which  mentions

Wyeth was always fascinated by military history. As a child, his collection of toy soldiers fired his imagination, inspiring many of his first drawings. His boyhood sketches of knights and soldiers can be seen at the Christian Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford.
Wyeth’s soldiers still marched in procession along the bookshelves and windowsills in the main room of the studio. “These are the same toy soldiers I played with as a boy,” he proudly told me as we stood admiring them. They were gifts from his father.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 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.