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.

 

Poundstore Palm Trees

Today’s visual inspiration on our Cakes of Death DIY figures and gaming blog theme strand are these Tiger.com high street stores palm trees.

 

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Why pay expensive hobby prices for palm trees, when you can get all these for a pound?

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What to do with a dozen or so pink flamingoes?

How many pink flamingo paint stirrers do you need?

Alternatively decorate a model lawn with them.

Or even better for a gaming blog with DIY figures made from silicon cake mould figures and Polymer Clay Fimo, why not create some handy edible desert islands?

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Or why not create a Donald Featherstone tribute display? Our gaming hero Donald Featherstone (1918 – 2013) shares his name (and a Wikipiedua disambiguation redirect thingy)  with Don Featherstone, U.S. designer of the pink garden flamingo ornament (1936  – 2015).

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Man of TIN’s tribute to both men called Donald Featherstone! 

posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, June 2016.