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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.