Odd Plastic Hong Kong Copies from Ian Dury

I recognised the Atlantic Roman figure No. 5 but the others?

Fellow Peter Laing collector Ian Dury recently sent me some 15mm Peter Laing Victorian Parade range figures (that had come originally from Tony Adams) and added some spare Airfix AWI figures to add troop strength to my ImagiNations armies. Thanks Ian.

Ian also included a couple of Hong Kong figures “that I might find interesting.”

Clearly marked Hong Kong on the base, so pre-1997 handover?

One (no. 4) looks like a scaled down OOHO version of the Greek Trojan Herald figures of the 1960s? They should be able to join my Airfix Roman figures.

The encyclopaedic site of Small Scale World by Hugh Walter mentions and shows these figures 2 to 5 as Giant related Hong Kong figures. Thanks Hugh!

Part of Small Scale World HK Romans long blog entry

http://smallscaleworld.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_10.html

Peter Laing 15mm Victorian Parade series figures alongside the plastic Indian on a pony

I noticed that the Native American Indian warrior on horseback is a close match for Peter Laing’s slender 15mm figures, so he shall no doubt join them in action one day. He should fit in well once the tail is fixed with some simple drilling and a pin link for the tail.

Peter Laing’s horses are quite distinctive or as Phil Barker described them in his 1970s KTG: Know The Game series Wargaming booklet  “Horses sometimes a little strange”. This often helps you pick out Laing figures amongst job lots of old 15mm figures.

The plastic Ancients will join the Airfix and Atlantic figures that have survived from childhood for future repair, painting and gaming.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 25 July 2021

Airfix OOHO British Paras painted at last

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog (sister blog to this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog) –

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/airfix-ooho-british-paratroops-chubsters/

I have finally painted my OOHO Airfix British Paras after forty odd years, these tiny cousins of the much pirated pound store copies of the familiar 1:32 version 2 British Paratroops.

X Files image of those familiar 1:32 Airfix Para clones from my post
https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/25/its-behind-you-mulder-and-scully/

Trivia fact – The scarce Version 1 of the familiar 1:32 Paras from 1969 were large copies of some of these OOHO figures. Now scarce and mostly crumbling, I have about three bashed ones of them left.

More Airfix OOHO images on the original blog post … enjoy!

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/airfix-ooho-british-paratroops-chubsters

Toys for a Pound online pound store Build and Play series WW2 and modern 1:72 tank kits

£1 each – “Assorted – One supplied” – so you don’t get to choose which aircraft or which tank.

These snap together kits sell individually (so you can choose your model) for £5 on the Tank Museum website with some favourable reviews. Webpage for these toys on Toys for A Pound

You can see more of the range of these kits on the Tank Museum web site or this eBay site.

Random assorted modern aircraft kits also available in 1:65 scale. Again you can see the range at tonycottrell2010 eBay site As with most pound store products, once they have sold out …

I haven’t bought or tried these Build and Play kits, they may be good for gaming, steampunking or kit bashing.

However I have bought from Toys for A Pound online store , buying their very cheap modern Plastic Soldiers and Military block figures.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2021/03/20/online-pound-store-plastic-warriors-affordable-joy/

https://toysforapound.com/products/military-characters-4pc-block-figure-set?_pos=2&_sid=bebdad370&_ss=r

And their Special Forces

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/specia-force-more-christmas-toy-soldiers-from-the-online-pound-store/

https://toysforapound.com/products/special-forces-soldiers-mini-army-figures?_pos=1&_sid=9b09b6b90&_ss=r

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 14 July 2021

Popsicle Landing Craft?

Storm those Normandy beaches!

Vintage version 1 1960s OOHO Airfix US Marines recently rebased and painted https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/from-the-halls-of-montezuma-airfix-version-1-us-marines-1963/

Invade that Pacific Atoll with your new Popsicle landing craft!

One of the happy curses of gaming and scrap modelling is the inability to look at what something is supposed to be used for, without rapidly working out how it could be recycled or repurposed for the gaming table.

It’s summer and the DIY lollies or popsicle makers have arrived.

What else could these be?

A shame that Lakeland or Lekue or whoever don’t manufacture more of these popsicle moulds in blue or grey or camouflage. That light green is a little too light and one tone.

A pleasant diversion here in Pound Store Plastic Warriors land from making landing craft out of milk cartons?

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/milk-carton-creation-no-1-cheap-landing-craft/

Enough Vintage Airfix?

To make it properly a Pound Store Plastic Warriors post, I have reshot the landing with Pound Store type play mat backdrop and figures and found cardboard scenery, Atlantic Wall style.

Blue clad marine infantry (Airfix US Infantry copies) and light tank support versus green infantry (ditto) with bizarre rocket and searchlight battery.

Blogposted by Trash Puppy Mark Man of TIN on 11 July 2021

Tankette Tuesday #1

First version Airfix US Marines and this small light US Army tin plate tank
Pound Store Plastic OO HO US Infantry Airfix copies

Tankette Tuesday came about by chance in our comments on Alan (Duchy of Tradgardland) Gruber’s occasional Flat Friday slot (of flat figures).

Everybody loves a Tankette – what’s not to love?

So occasionally on a Tuesday, I shall post the odd picture of real or model, old or new Tankettes.

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Today’s Tankette #1. US Army Tank MS262

Some of you might describe this as a ‘light tank’ when used with OOHO figures rather than a Tankette, depending on the size of figures you use.

It’s all a scale thing anyway, tankettes.

These tiny modern tin clockwork little tanks or tank-ettes came from Jesters.com (originally made by blechfabrik.com) a few months ago:

https://www.jesters.com/us-army-tank-tin-toy-retro-clockwork-vehicle-toy.html

These lightly armoured light tank / tankettes will be appearing on my games table at some point.

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Anything else on Jesters.com, a Kent based company, while we are about it?

Yes! There is a much larger, more expensive 16.5cm length version of a tinplate M4A1 “Sherman” tank. (The accompanying text says this tinplate tank is not a toy). Difficult to get a scale idea of the Sherman without a figure alongside.

https://www.jesters.com/sherman-tank-tin-toy-retro-clockwork-toy-military-vehicle.html

Jesters also stock traditional board games including Asalto or Sepoys and Officers, an old board game with an attractive Brimtoy board with 19th Century prints.

Asalto or “Officers and Sepoys” boardgame, a “Nineteenth Century siege game”.

You can read more about this abstract tactics game and its rules, similar to Fox and Geese, and its strange move of huffing.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asalto

I’m sure if you want to try the game out, using the Asalto rules on Wikipedia, you could rough out your own Asalto game board and suitable figure playing pieces.

So there you are, Tactics and Tankettes, all in one Tuesday post.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, Tuesday 6 July 2021

Vintage Airfix AWI British Grenadiers paint conversions to King’s Guard ImagiNations

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog on 4th / 5th July 2021:

Vintage Airfix AWI British Grenadiers paint conversions to King’s Guard #ImagiNations

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/04/wip-kings-guard-paint-conversions-of-vintage-airfix-awi-british-grenadiersvv/

Spot the odd one out Pound Store figure in these version 1 Airfix US Marines from 1963?

Spot the odd pound store figure out amongst the 1960s OOHO Airfix version 1 US Marines featured on my Man of TIN blog post:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/from-the-halls-of-montezuma-airfix-version-1-us-marines-1963/

It’s a bit like “Where’s Wally?”

Look carefully.

Did you spot him?

Well done!

The only Airfix Version 1 US Marines figure that I didn’t find in my scratch invasion force was the Bazooka man. Standing Bazooka loader yes, Bazooka man no.

Bazooka man as seen here in Plastic Soldier Review Airfix US Marines version 1 review http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=355

***The kneeling loader figure is a damaged US Version 1 Marine, too fragile to repair the rifle, so a few scalpel cuts left him with a Bazooka round instead, kneeling to avoid enemy fire.***

However I knew I had multiple US Infantry Bazooka men from an early 2020 recent pound store purchase.

Just a few dozen Bazooka men, then!

See my July 2020 post here for different ImagiNations ways of painting these Airfix copies
https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2020/07/13/tell-that-to-the-pound-store-plastic-marines/

These pound store figures are either small copies of the Airfix 1/32 US Infantry or those familiar poses which were scaled down by Airfix themselves to make up part of the newer version mid to late 1970s Version 2 US Marines (still available at Airfix.com or stockists)

Airfix Version 2 US Marines https://uk.airfix.com/products/wwii-us-marines-a00716v

And finally, a strange Bazooka name ‘fact’ …

The Bazooka got its name from a strange jazz instrument invented or played by US comedian Bob Burns.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazooka_(instrument)

Robbie Burn’s Bazooka” in The Evening World, New York, September 3, 1919. Wikipedia source

The resemblance of the M1 anti-tank weapon to this odd wind instrument probably led to its Bazooka nickname.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazooka

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 8/9 June 2021

ImagiNations Vintage Airfix figures #1 Black and Gold Washington’s Army Tricorne Troops

Airfix Washington’s Army (S39, first produced 1971) are a versatile set for ImagiNations use. Sadly they are currently unavailable and have not been widely produced since the early 1980s.

I wanted to keep the bold colour schemes and paint style that I found in an old battered bag of Airfix and assorted figures.

How they arrived:

How these Airfix arrived … paint flaking off flexible parts like legs and weapons

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2021/05/20/imaginations-obes-and-vintage-airfix-scrapings-from-someone-elses-toy-box/

The Accurate Revell AWI British troops were even less finished.

The random flag came with the bag of figures but I’m not sure which of the many colourful groups of figures it belongs to; it matches the uniform colours anyway.

Figures with round MDF bases are recently gifted Duchy of Tradgardland origin troops from Alan Gruber, which I have painted to match the others. Thanks Alan!

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/05/27/turncoats-and-mercenaries

As they arrived from Tradgardland, left hand side.

Their origin is inscribed in fine point indelible CD marker underneath – figure number and origin e.g. D of T. This makes for easy stock-keeping, honours the gift or origin and also helps with personalised wargaming.

Yellow and Black?

Like a swarm of wasps or angry bees? The starting original yellow tunic colour is well matched by the vibrant Lufthansa Gelb (Yellow) 36-310, the silk matt Revell Aquacolor Acrylic that I used.

Who could they be?

1. It also gives me a possible Mittel Mittel European ImagiNation or FMS Forgotten Minor State (Principality, Electorate, Empire or Duchy etc) of Gelberg. Gelberg is named after its yellow-tinged rocks and mountains glimpsed above the forest line (a bit like Golden Cap near Lyme Regis).

The name Gelbania is already taken by another of my (post) Napoleonic era FMS ImagiNations.

2. Alternatively the black, white and gold could be a regiment of Kernewek or Cornish Guards in British or ‘foreign’ service, hence the ‘redcoat’ facings. There are Irish, Scots and Welsh Guards, why no Cornish ones? These are led by one handsome Captain Russ Dolparke.

3. Some other bright (yellow) idea …

Pigtails and Details

As I painted, I noticed more and more fiddly details – straps, the powder horn and its thin straps, the tie back buttons, cockades, the pigtail and ribbon. These are well detailed figures for their time, ones that have aged well too.

Checking through Uniforms of The American War of Independence (Blandford) as suitably Tricorne era, I noticed that the British and American troops did not all have white wigs and pigtails, below the senior officer level.

Some left-over figures, possibly intended to be standard bearers, will serve as gun crew as needed.

The odd figure with a (gunpowder?) barrel is actually an awkward chimera that I made of two damaged figures, part French Artillery legs and Washington’s Army body.

You could spend forever tweaking paint on straps etc. I decided against a dark wash to bring out details, as I wanted to keep close to the simple fresh paint scheme on the figures from the original random bag.

There are some beautifully painted and highlighted examples of Washington’s Army online including on the Paul’s Bods blog site.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 3 June 2021.

Fifth Blogaversary of my Man of TIN blog (and Happy Geek Pride Day 2021)

Pound Store Wars was the first post I wrote on my Man of TIN blog, a theme that would later become this separate Pound Store Plastic Wars blog by September 2016.

Blogaversary reflections over on my sister blog Man of TIN …

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/05/25/may-25th-geek-pride-days-and-my-fifth-man-of-tin-blogaversary-2021/

The fifth Blogaversary for this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog is in September.

Happy Geek Pride Day.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 25 May 2021

ImagiNations OBEs and vintage Airfix scrapings from someone else’s toy box?

Window shopping through the toy soldiers section of Etsy as you do, I spotted a couple of items that reminded me of an unusual hoard find that I hadn’t shared on this or my blogs so far.

Firstly some funky Fifties or Sixties toy soldier fabric on Etsy

then a more recent late 90s Wade’s whimsy of a toy soldier ceramic figure in yellow and blue. A touch of 60s Sergeant Pepper and his Lonely Hearts Club Band?

I’m not buying, I hope they find the right homes. A mere photo reminder is enough for me.

However these two odd Etsy items reminded me of a colourful “dragon’s hoard” of vintage plastic in a ziplock bag turned up for a couple of pounds about five to ten years ago in a local collectibles shop at the seaside.

It is the sort of shop that had (or has) odd opening hours, most often shut when I visited,  one that has been an erratic supply of lead and plastic figures for over twenty years. I hope each time I go that it is still there and that it is sometimes open. I hope it has survived Lockdown.

I have been taking stock of my old childhood Airfix figures recently and the odd small hoard or haul of others’ old Airfix that has come my way from time to time.

This mixed bag for a few pounds had a range of vintage Airfix that sold it to me straight away, maybe not for immediate use, but worth buying because  you never know with erratic Airfix (ancient or modern) when you will see the like again.

Airfix Washington’s Army

Some of my surviving childhood painted Airfix Washington’s Army S39

and the Airfix AWI British Infantry both issued in 1971 in time for the bicentenary. They were scarce enough figures during my 70s childhood and remain unissued for years from the 1980s onwards. Oddly they never had an Airfix Playset of their own but Bellona produced a preformed Bunker Hill vacformed base if you could find one.

Some of my own childhood painted surviving Airfix AWI British Grenadiers S40

Coupled with some on these tricorne figures on the sprue in a recent gift from a railway modeller work colleague of a 60s / 70s tin of unwanted Airfix, I should have enough for some future Lace Punk / Lace Wars / Gulliver’s Travels style ImagiNation skirmishes.

http://mcristobylacew-abdul666.blogspot.com

Unpacking these random figures, they were mostly roughly painted and simply card based in units but unflocked.

Clearly they were a cast off part of a gamer’s collection, as they had handwritten Regiment labels on them. Whether they represent real regiments or ImagiNations ones, I find it hard to tell.

January 2021: I have now flocked and individually card based each soldier in each unit but not yet properly repainted them.

I wanted to photograph them as they were, when first seen as a ragtag of units.

I intend keeping the unit colours, just reprinting missing paint and adding flesh tones to faces and hands.

1. Shocking Pink Coated Tricorne Troops

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The versatile tricorne Airfix figures, cut for multiple basing by a previous owner / gamer.

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A shocking pink firing line

I quite like the random brightness of unusual colour, perfect for ImagiNations. I’m not sure if they are intended to be real uniforms. Tricorne and Napoleonics are not really my area.

They obviously meant something to somebody once.

Figures painted by someone else are what Bob Cordery of Wargaming Miscellany blog calls OBEs – politely this means Other Beggars’ Efforts.

As mentioned I intend to keep the colourful unit paint schemes, just tidy the paint work up and finish individual rebasing as you see I have done here.

2. Purple Coated Tricorne Troops

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A more regal, sacred or royalist purple …

These purple clad troops were a random mix of Airfix and other makers. I identified these on the ever useful Plastic Soldier Review website as Accurate / Imex / Revell American War of Independence British Redcoats

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=186

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More of those group 1 Pink clad tricornes … can you ever have enough?

3. Yellow clad tricornes troops,

again the Airfix Washington’s Army figures

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Led by an Airfix Officer, these yellow tricorne troops must also be the Imex / Accurate Revell American War of Independence British tricorne troops.

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4. Green clad Bicorne Troops

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Green coated Esci Set 226 Prussian and Austrian infantry with Bicorne – Napoleonic wars

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5. Blue clad Tricorne Troops – Fusilier Grenadiers

Airfix Washington’s Army figures

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6. More light blue Grenadiers
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Airfix French Napoleonic Imperial Guard in light blue, painted and marked up by the previous commander (gamer / owner) as 2nd Bat(talion?) Gren(adiers?)
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Close Up of the cross on the busby like head gear

7. Grey Clad Tricorne Troops – see also 9?

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8. Fancy Pants King’s Guard

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Airfix AWI British Grenadiers / Infantry – An Airfix ACW officer gets new colours and a fine tall new hat!

9. Light grey Bicorne Troops – should maybe join Group 7?

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ImagiNation guns and horses

Some unusual figures such as Italeri French Line Guard Artillery

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=202

mixed in with some attractive flags and spirited conversions of Airfix cavalry

and that American Civil War officer with new Grenadier hat to match the Airfix British Grenadiers.

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More random Airfix and Esci Cavalry

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Random Esci style Artillery from the Tricorne Bicorne Busby and Shako periods –

Red Coated Italeri / Revell / Zvesda French Horse Line Guard Artillery

and

Hat Napoleonic Bavarian Artillery

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=202

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=146

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and a few smuggler like figures of Tricorne artillery –

Seven Years War Revell Set 02579 Austrian Artillery

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=586

I have some spare Prince August home cast guns somewhere that would suit these well enough.

All these OBE figures – Perfect for ImagiNations!

No 1. A sample of Pink coated Tricorne Troops – Flocked and based on square individual mounting card bases in January 2021

Photographs of original figures set against Heroscape ruins and hexes

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on 19th May 2021 / photographed August 2019 before Flocking and Basing January 2021