Skeletons, Sir, Farsunds of ‘Em!

Don’t shoot until you see the dark sockets of their eyes!

Crossposted from my other blog, Pound Store Plastic Warriors

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/pound-bag-skeleton-warriors-1-a-bag/

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN, for Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 8 September 2018.

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Spy on the Farm? Pound Store Plastic Warriors 42mm blogposts

 

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A trip to the  wartime  farm … 

Spiv, Spy or the dreaded Man from the Min of Ag? You decide.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/pound-store-42mm-spy/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/pound-store-42mm-farm/

Fantastic Beasts, Irregular Miniatures Tommies, Mini Farm in a Box, pound store plastic warriors and junk shop finds. All roughly 40 to 42mm fun.

Crossposted blog posts from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blogpost by Mark, Man of TIN, 2 September 2018.

Pound Store Plastic Figure Conversions and Comparisons

Some unprepossessing modern pound store plastic ‘penny’ figures (£1 for a tub of 100 or more recently 80 figures from Poundland) have proved great conversion potential for my skirmish games, at the slightly odd size of roughly 36mm.

Over the last few months I have been busy creating small skirmish forces of 25 to 30 figures a side for my portable hex game boards.

Strange modern Rambo-ish machine gunner figures become a set of Desert Warrior Spearman, to join my previous Desert Warrior riflemen shown here:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/pound-store-desert-warrior-unit-completed/

Some work in progress / ‘how to’ photos about these figures are shown here:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/work-in-progress-from-pound-store-plastic-rambos-to-spear-warriors/

It has been interesting comparing how many simple conversions are possible with these same 12 sometimes crudely moulded figures, explored in this blogpost:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/pound-store-plastic-warrior-conversions-and-comparisons/

Some kilted Colonial Highlanders conversions to join my Redcoats, straight out of my favourite Carry On film, Carry On Up The Khyber with Private Jimmy Widdle of the 3rd Foot and Mouth, the ‘Devils in Skirts’ no less!

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/pound-store-plastic-carry-on-up-the-khyber-colonial-highlanders/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/pound-store-plastic-colonial-infantry-on-the-painting-table/

Some figures become Boers, Cowboys or Confederates to complement my 19th Century Colonial conversions. The hats? Label or paper hole reinforcers.

The same figures can be painted and converted into many different figures, like this versatile rifleman. This was another of the figures that attracted me to these pound store figure tubs.

And finally, a host of Little Green Men in orange and gold space suits to take on my silver and blue Space Marines

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/little-green-men-pound-store-plastic-space-warriors/

Coming soon to a hex game board near me …

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN, featuring posts from his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 28 January 2018

42mm plastic and metal figures


 

Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, two posts exploring some 40 to 42mm metal figures to go alongside my cheap seaside plastic tat or poundstore plastic 42mm figures,

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/42mm-irregular-artillery/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/how-do-schildkrot-40mm-figures-nmeasure-up/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 19 January 2018

Tell It to the Unicorns: New Gaming Year Irresolutions 2018

 

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Military Unicorns, sorry Uniforms, of the World. 36mm pound store figure paint conversion https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/military-unicorns-of-the-world-in-colour/

It has been an interesting Gaming Year, has 2017, or maybe rather more of an interesting Painting Year, mainly playing around with Pound Store Plastic Warriors.

All fully in keeping with the Man of TIN blog favourite quote: “The pleasure does not begin and end with the actual playing of the war-game. There are many pleasant hours to be spent in making model soldiers, painting them, constructing terrain, carrying out research into battles, tactics and uniforms …” Donald Featherstone, War Games 1962. Wise words …

What’s on the painting table at the moment to take me into the New Painting Year 2018?

Joining in with the general New Year resolutions and looking back, looking forward spirit of many blogs, here are five things that I might get around to in 2018?

NGY 2018 Irresolution One – Carry on Converting

Several tubs of Poundland’s finest “penny dreadful” plastic figures  should see me through 2018, along with a jumble of pound store 42mm and 54mm figures.

Pound Store Plastic Warriors is my sister blog to this Man of TIN blog. 2017’s pound store “Little Wars on a Budget” has partly been simple paint conversions and latterly scalpel and tissue page conversions into how many interesting skirmish size forces in 36mm can be made over time from Poundland’s current £1 for 100 plastic Funtastic figures. Lots on the painting table at the moment to take me into the New Painting Year 2018.

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Penny Dreadfuls – My 2017 36mm conversions from modern soldiers into native desert warriors on Heroscape Hexes.

NGY 2018 Irresolution Two  – More solo short small skirmish games 

Get some small skirmish games in on my portable game boards, either on my larger  192 Hexes of Joy board or my two smaller boards.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/192-hexes-of-joy-a-larger-hex-game-board/

NGY 2018 Irresolution Three – Paint More Peter Laings

Get painting more of the small stashes of vintage 15mm Peter Laing figures that  I have randomly picked up throughout last year, mostly Nineteenth, Colonial  and early Twentieth Century / WW1. This should be great fun, whilst the tribal and Arabian figures will help with the next Irresolution …

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Full Metal Hic Jacet part I – gorgeous 15mm Peter Laing Imperial Romans (painted by Stuart Asquith) and some serious Ancients research  reading.

NGY 2018 Irresolution Four – Full Metal Hic Jacet 

Pardon the Pun but the Romans in Britain or (Asterix the) Gaul have always had a bit of a Vietnam or Colonial feel to me. Eagle of the Ninth. Lost legions of the  Battle of the Teutoberg Forest 9AD.    Trained technically advanced troops  versus masses of  hit and run wily natives,  it’s similar in feel to  Andy Callan’s simple rules ‘take’ on the Maori Wars. When he wrote these rules in 1982/3 he “saw them as a sort of Victorian assymetrical Vietnam equivalent – high tech westerners vs wily bunkered-down natives…”

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/maori-wars-update/

I now have a fair number of Peter Laing 15mm Ancient figures, including some lovely vintage Roman and Pict figures painted by Stuart Asquith! It was good to let Stuart know that they are in good hands and will soon be in action again.  Bought during 2017, these Romans and Picts were embargoed in the present cupboard until Christmas. A Happy Christmas Day at the Man of TIN house. Patience apparently is a virtue …

Some of the other randomly acquired Peter Laing Ancients range of  infantry, cavalry and chariots are named, some unidentified. I’m sure my fellow members of the Peter Laing Google G+ Community (set up this year by fellow Peter Laing enthusiast Ian Dury) will be a great help here with the ID.

Full Metal Hic Jacet may turn into a new sister or side blog or at least a thematic blog Page on this blog. I checked my Latin online and Hic Jacet is appropriately “Here Lies …”, a common epitaph.

Ancients are quite a new or mystery period to me, apart from the familiar Airfix Romans and Ancient Britons. Cavalry or chariots on the battlefield are a bit of an unknown quantity for me too.  Asterix aside, I have started reading up on Ancients, initially Phil Barker’s Airfix Guide to Ancient Wargaming and for simple Ancient rules  Donald Featherstone / Tony Bath’s  Ancient rules in Don’s War Games (1962). These link into my adaptation of Don’s  previous Close Wars skirmish rules.

I also like the Tony Bath Hyboria idea of fictional countries, mentioned in Donald Featherstone’s War Games. This is something that fits well into or prefigures my ongoing Imagi-Nations work based on Angria, Gondal and Glasstown 19th Century Bronte (paracosmic)  family fiction set in the colonies.

For uniforms and troop types, there are various Ladybird books and another colourful childhood library classic (j399 SAX) Blandford’s Warriors and Weapons of Ancient Times by Neils M. Saxtorph and Stig Bramsen.

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36mm Poundland modern soldier figure changed into a little green man or space alien, with a bit of paint and a hole reinforcer, something I want to do in 54mm too!

NGY 2018  Irresolution Five – Return to Planet Back Yarden

More Garden games and Close Little Wars in the summer? When the weather improves by summer (!), I might want a change of scale. I hope to get my  54mm ACW figures (mostly unpainted) or the 2017  Close Little Wars conversions, homecasts and hollowcast repairs of the Remount Department back into action in the garden.

However, since watching  the recent Star Wars movies VII and VII and my favourite of the three, Rogue One, I have also been wanting to paint the 54mm Airfix Space warriors picked up here and there and Pound Store  ‘Space Marines’ that never got painted this year (or 2016).

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/pound-store-space-marines/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/close-little-space-wars/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/more-seaside-pound-store-plastic-warriors/

Probably best to quit at five Painting or Gaming Irresolutions for one year.

It should be fun to look back in a year’s time  to find out what shiny distractions cropped up during the New Gaming and Painting Year of 2018!

I look forward to reading everyone else’s foolishly optimistic Irresolutions and all your New Year of  Gaming and Painting adventures.

Happy New Year!

Blogposted  by Mark, Man of TIN / Pound Store Plastic Warriors blogs, 31st December 2017 / 1st January 2018.

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Pound store colonial infantry on the painting table

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Pound store plastic warriors on my painting table and  conversions in progress, along with some unlikely uniform inspiration, all an ongoing project crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors sister blog:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/pound-store-plastic-colonial-infantry-on-the-painting-table/

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.