Cakes of Death Guardsman

 

 

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1970s cake decoration plastic Drum Major (photo / figure: Man of TIN)

This 30mm white plastic cake decoration guardsman was around when I was a child, whether  I hope a left over ‘treasure’  from a family birthday cake or maybe just part of a random jumble sale bag.

I can’t recall his origin but this Drum Major  was too big to fit with my other figures, so I kept him aside in my odds box.

The idea of a parade or band of these marching over a cake seemed highly appealing.

I always loved the decorated cakes on display in our local bakery window. Beyond the reach of most ordinary families in the 70s and 80s,  who did you know who had a ‘boughten’ birthday cake from a shop? I recall staring for many years at the same  pale green and white line iced football match cake with players and goals. Clever but by then very very stale!

It was also fascinating to rummage through the boxes and boxes of cake decorations in bakers or stationers, but they were pretty expensive for such cheap and badly painted plastic. Seemingly the boxes always seemed far too full of wedding cake figures or ballerinas, rather than useful, convertible figures for gaming.

Sadly I have yet to find an online museum of vintage cake decorations to find out more about this Guards Drum Major.

Fimo / Polymer Clay and Resin figures online now seem to have replaced these cake decoration selections in shops. Some of these offer creative possibilities!

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The silicon cake decoration moulds around online now prove pretty handy for a range of gaming figures or tokens – from guardsmen to nativity shepherds and cowboys and Indians, lots of polymer clay and gaming play possibilities.   If you like your figures on the cartoon, game token or ‘toy soldier’ side …

Defend the Cake Tin!

Posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, July 2016

 

Changing of the Cake Guard

“It’s all about the base, about the base, no trouble”

If  only all decisions or mistakes about basing or rebasing figures were so edible.

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Cake seems to feature quite heavily on this gaming blog, whether it’s making your own “Cakes of Death” figures from silicon cake decoration moulds to creating palm tree islands from cake and palm tree cocktail sticks.

Previously on Man of (cake)TIN’s blog:

So today’s toy soldier / cake / gaming “mash up” is this natty cardboard cake topper guardsman and matching guardsman cake wrapper combo.

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Sadly  I can’t recall the origins of either of these cakey guards items; if I do recall the manufacturers, I’ll add it to the blog here.

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(With apologies to Meghan Trainor)

Blogposted by Mr MIN, Man of (cake)TIN, July 2016.

 

Bearskin cake warriors

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This is the Internet sourced silicon cake or sugar craft mould for our soldier bear. Several styles are available online from different suppliers.

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The finished bear guardsman or life guard with simple Fimo base added. Figure / Photo: Man of TIN.

More Cakes of Death silicon cake mould and sugar craft inspired gaming ideas.

This figure was made as a birthday gift for a family member who collects bears, having  previously liked some traditional style Toy soldier Prince August figures made for another birthday.

Figures from these commercially produced silicon sugar craft or cake decoration moulds (available from several internet suppliers) are about 65 to 70 cm high / 2 – 3 inches high.

These Fimo bear figures are painted in Revell Gloss Acrylics for that toy soldier look.

All I need now are several dozen of these in contrasting colours and a bear battle may commence for command of the toy box / honey supply, whatever …

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Perfect for parades or unusual gaming scenarios.

Glow in the dark gaming …

One of the first polymer clay / Fimo bear figures I made was using white Fimo – or what I thought was white Fimo from a multicolour gift set. What it turned out to be at nighttime was glow in the dark Fimo.

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Maybe a challenge – glow in the dark figures gaming – or maybe not.

The sound of the ghostly pipes and a glowing figure at night. Should scare the enemy!

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Glowing ghostly Scots piper bear in polymer clay (with the lights off).  Photo / figure: Man of TIN.

Posted by Man of TIN, June 2016.