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

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/

Poundland Soldier Tub Artwork

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One of the Poundland Battle Squadron tubs 

Packaging and artwork from all three of my Poundland soldier tubs of joy, shown at my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog :

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/pound-store-plastic-warriors-poundland-artwork/

Posted by Mark, Man of TIN, 1 November 2017

Poundland Mission Accomplished!

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Yesterday’s Poundland Mission accomplished with just days to spare.

or How I turned four old round pound coins no longer accepted on the High Street

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/off-to-poundland-on-a-mission/

into these four buckets of joy.

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Four new tubs of joy  and some examples of my paint and figure conversions of what lies within. 

Four hundred tiny plastic 36mm figures for painting and conversion into lot some of interesting figures. That’s a penny each!

Your Mission, should you choose to accept it …

Poundland’s “spend your old round pound coin” offer finishes on 31st October. 

Lots of ideas for conversions and paint schemes to try out. Watch this space.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 27 October 2017.

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.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

More Pound Store Warriors

A walk through Poundland yielded hundreds of versatile warriors  for only £1 a bag.

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Figures are plastic, about an inch high and available in three different colours, silver, red and green. There are 100 figures in each bag.

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Although looking like modern troops, they could be used with painting or simple conversions for many other uses.

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They also look good en masse:

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imageSome have a real 1930s space figure look to them.

 

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Some have very odd weaponry but should convert / paint easily to tribal warriors?

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Others again have a Flash Gordon / Space Marine look to them.

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Again these could be converted through painting to more futuristic or retro steampunk warriors as I did with larger versions (below).

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Posted by Man of TIN, May 2016.