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.

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Pound Store Space Marine Pilot

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Poundland Space Marine pilot figure …

Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, another crude plastic 36mm figure reImagi-Nationed. More at:

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

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 24 October 2017.

Poundland Desert Warriors finished!

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Very pleased with how these conversions of plastic pound store figures (36mm) have turned out.  https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/poundland-desert-warriors-finished/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/desert-warrior-pound-store-plastic-warrior-conversions-inspired-by-featherstone/

Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors Blog by Mark, Man of TIN.

Of Winged Hussars and Cappuccinos

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I don’t have Winged Hussars in any scale in my varied ranks of toy soldiers. I do like coffee.

Great snippet of military and social history out of my old press cuttings folders.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN 18 October 2017.

Desert Warrior pound store plastic warrior conversions: Inspired by Featherstone

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Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, part 1 of work in progress on converting some of the stranger Poundland penny toy soldier figures (£1 for a bag or tub of 100).

Some before and after pictures here at:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/desert-warriors-conversions-wip/

These were inspired by the hill tribe  warriors pictured  in Donald Featherstone’s Solo Wargaming book

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Photographs from Donald Featherstone’s Solo Wargaming

I also want to do another set painted black robes instead of white, more Generican tribesmen or warriors, perfect for my future Bronte fiction-al campaigns.

To oppose the desert or hill tribes, I will need some paint conversions of these handy cheap Poundland / poundstore figures into a set of blue coated or red coated Colonial infantry created from these modern troops. Paint, a scalpel and some Fimo additions such as backpacks should help here.

Multiple conversions from a restricted set of figures is an interesting challenge inspired by a photo of one plastic cavalry figure converted ten different ways  (Are these Spencer Smith cavalry?) in a different early Featherstone book, Tackle Model Soldiers This Way (1963).  This was his second book, produced just after his first  book War Games(1962), also for Stanley Paul. It has a lovely little chapter (almost a summary  of War Games) on “Fighting War Games with Model Soldiers” too, to match his short “War Games” chapter  in Henry Harris’ How To Go Collecting Model Soldiers (1969).

 

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Ten conversions from one plastic cavalryman figure in Donald Featherstone’s Tackle Model Soldiers This Way (1963) – some looking very much like Spencer Smith American Civil War cavalry?

The full restricted range of these pound store penny figure poses to play around with are shown here:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/more-pound-store-warriors/

Lots of penny figure fun in a poundstore near you. All very much work in progress for the coming winter / year …

Postscript

Checking through it appears that the cavalry are Spencer Smith Napoleonics now available in metal.

http://www.spencersmithminiatures.co.uk/html/ssm_naps.html

Blogposted / Crossposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 16 October 2017.

Poundland taking the old round pound coins for a few weeks more

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Some of Poundland’s finest small pound Store plastic Warriors, £1 for 100 …

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

Crossposted by Mark, Man of TIN from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 15 September 2017.

Poundland Plastic Toy Soldier Bowl by the Crafty Beggars

Flip through the Poundland Crafty Beggars video to number 3 of 5 where you will find …

Sacriledge! Melting Poundland’s finest pound store plastic warriors in the oven to make a Fathers Day Gift toy soldier bowl.

NOOOO!!!! Don’t do this!

Just give your gaffer, your father or other male relative  the  box or bag of unmelted toy soldiers instead! Paint them up a bit for him. Offer him a game with them. He will be much happier with this.

http://www.poundland.co.uk/great-ideas/toy-soldiers-bowl-by-the-crafty-beggars

 

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My favourite pose of the Poundland penny soldiers £1 a tub or bag 

 

In case you are curious, the figures they are using are Poundland’s finest £1 for 100 soldiers per bag or tub. https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/more-pound-store-warriors/

 

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They also show the ancient warriors set being partly melted down into a bowl (including the waggon and wheels in the set) featured here:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/funtastic-caballeros-or-knights/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog and on also

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com