Poundland Desert Warriors finished

 

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Modern infantry, oddly moulded or sculpted, original penny figures (100 for a pound) ready for conversion …

I am quite pleased with how my Desert Warrior conversions from Poundland penny soldiers (£1 for a tub or bag of 100) are shaping up so far.

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Tissue Paper and PVA added and first layer of white paint. Possible shields.

Several coats of white paint were required on the kitchen roll and PVA glue or the better alternative of tissue paper and PVA.

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Desert Warriors – Painted and based

For a penny each these 36mm plastic figures have lots of conversion potential although I have yet to try splicing one body onto another. It is quite hard plastic compared to Airfix figures.

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Desert warriors on a sandy (cork) background.

I enjoyed adding the brass or copper strips on the long barrels on the rifles or jezails of these hill and desert warriors.

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Desert or mountain rocky sandy base was in fact the base painted with flesh tint artists’ acrylic then quickly dipped in a small box of  red Devon beach sand, collected on a recent seaside trip.

I tried a very very weak or thin umber wash of acrylic to bring out the folds and shadows of the white desert robes, without losing the toy soldier look.

The warriors are not based on any one tribe – they are part Mahdist,  part Desert or Bedouin type ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Arab Warrior and part Pathan North West Frontier hill tribe. They are destined for fighting in the distant deserts of  Farica or Generica.

Donald Featherstone was one inspiration for these figures, shown in my Man of TIN blog:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/desert-warrior-pound-store-plastic-warrior-conversions-inspired-by-featherstone/

My other inspiration for these desert warriors, apart from Featherstone’s tribesmen in Solo Wargaming, was an early 1970s childhood Ladybird book, Soldiers  by John West and illustrated by Frank Humphris.

The page on tribal warriors was pretty useful – I like the surprising 1970s Ladybird equality sentiment about:

Soldiers of other lands 

“Not all soldiers had regimental uniforms.

They were fighting men too.

They were just as brave.”

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A good book to draw inspiration from. 

The long rifles of the oddly moulded or copied original pound store modern troops suggested details or conversion possibilities like a long  Jezail type musket. Their bulky head gear or helmet looked oddly like a turban or the head scarf of a late 19th Century desert or hill  tribesman.

I need to run up two of three dozen more of these conversions for a suitable skirmish encounter. Then I need to make  some suitable red or khaki Colonial infantry as opponents.

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Colonial infantry uniform ideas in Ladybird Soldiers.

I have started work on some trial Colonial infantry figures such as this rough unfinished Redcoat engineer or signaller with a heliograph, crudely converted from a modern machine gunner. Kneeling artillery gunners are another conversion possibility for this figure.  Still some work to do on the heliograph.

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I look forward to trying some other tribesmen variations, more Pathan or more Mahdist, some more colourfully robed Airfix type Bedouin of Desert warriors, even a mysterious tribe of black cloaked Desert Warriors.

All for a penny each …

B.P. S. Blog Post Script 

I shall come back in another blogpost to this handy little 1970s Ladybird book Soldiers and its simple clear view of history and occasional sentiments about the waste of war.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN.

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Desert Warriors Conversions WIP

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Following a couple of posts on these small Poundland figures (100 for £1), I have started some new conversions – very much still Work in Progress  (WIP).

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The aim using tissue paper and PVA glue is to make full length robes and once painted white, you have Generican desert warriors.

These were inspired by the Pathans in Donald Featherstone’s Solo Wargaming. The long jezail type rifles and bulky head gear suggest the weapons and dress of these mountain and desert warriors.

Some of the figures were converted using ordinary kitchen towel, but this is a bit bulky and textured. I will also try ModRoc next time. Once fully dry I will paint skin tones, weapons, shoes etc.

Simple shields from coffee stirrers or bronze coloured drawing pins will add greatly to the dancing figures with arms upraised. A touch of the Mahdist as well …

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 16 October 2017

Poundland taking the old round pound coins until 31st October

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Those last few old round pound coins could each buy you a hundred of Poundland’s finest pound Store plastic warriors – but only for two weeks more! 

 

A last minute clear out at home turned up a final few round pound coins which cease being legal tender after today (Sunday 15 October 2017) on the UK High Street.

According to the Poundland website:

“As the deadline looms for Brits to empty their pockets and homes of the much-loved round £1 coins, Poundland has … announced that it will be the first retailer in the country to accept the old coins after they are taken out of circulation on 15 October.”

“With the Royal Mint estimating there is £500m still in circulation, over 850 Poundland stores up and down the country will accept the old pound coins as part of its ‘Legal Tender Extender’ initiative until 31 October 2017 – more than two weeks beyond any other retailer.”

“… Poundland shoppers with old coins stashed in piggy banks or down the side of the sofas will be quids in. In fact, they will be able to conveniently shop and purchase 3,000-plus products at the high street retailer for an extra two-weeks rather than having to join the expected long queues in banks or post offices over coming weeks.”

http://www.poundland.co.uk/press-release/poundland-first-retailer-to-announce-it-will-accept-old-pound-coins-after-deadline/

For gamers and scrap modellers, Poundland offers lots of interesting possibilities such as their £1 garden range (stones, willow sticks etc) but most importantly on their small toy selection in store.

One of the things  that I will save my last few old round pound coins for are the excellent £1 tubs of  100 small plastic soldiers. I should be able to add a few hundred more into the rainy day spares box for future use or conversion.

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Poundland Space Marines on the painting table 

Throughout my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, you will see reference to these figures, most recently used in a Poundland crafting video:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/poundland-plastic-toy-soldier-bowl-by-the-crafty-beggars/

The figures are shown in more details in this blogpost

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/more-pound-store-warriors/

and shown in action as space marine and alien figures with my travelling games kit:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/pound-store-surreal-space-planet-away-team/

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The away team game – played on holiday with Poundland’s  finest …

To me they are the cheapest figures around, almost the new ‘Spencer Smith Miniatures’ or very limited  Airfix figures, but ones with lots of conversion potential. I am working on several conversion projects with these figures such as Tribal Warriors or Pathans that I will soon show on this blog.

The Poundland tubs or bags are also 1/3 to 1/4 of the price of buying these figures online.

Hurry – only two weeks left to spend those last old round pounds!

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, for Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 15 September 2017.

 

 

Battle Ground figures

 

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Dramatic header artwork, reminiscent of all those WW2 story cartoon booklets  …

An online purchase last year from a vintage ex-shop stock supplier, at first I thought these were 54mm pirate copies. In fact they turned out to be OO/HO.

I was not disappointed as this meant I had some OO/HO copies of the larger Airfix Japanese Infantry to play with, pirated and pantographed down in size from 1:32.

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A motley collection of OO/HO copies of 1:32 Airfix copies of Japanese and American Infantry and Matchbox Germans. With extra added flash …

These were pretty ropey, poor quality  copies with extra flash and badly moulded weapons. Perfect for conversion then! Four bags full …

Because of the unusual nature of these Airfix Japanese figures in a small scale,  I think that they are worth trimming free of flash  and painting up as an Imagi-Nations army unit.

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Violently coloured and attractive pirate copies.

Hopefully I will be able to create some interesting new OO/HO figures for the American Civil War or for an Imagi-Nations army, such as I have done with the original 1:32 Airfix Japanese Infantry that I have repainted here.

 

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My Pippin Fort style Imagi-Nations troop paint conversions of 1:32 Japanese Infantry.

These Pippin fort figures were previously shown at my Man of TIN blog in June 2016 (link below here) and would feature well in the employ of any late 18th or 19th Century  Imagi-Nation:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/pound-store-wars/

 

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1:32 Airfix Japanese Infantry officer (copy) repainted and more modern radioman. 

Equally these OO HO Japanese figure copies could be used alongside Airfix Japanese Infantry OO/HO (still in production) to make ACW figures in kepis.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/confused-by-zouaves-some-airfix-acw-paint-conversions/

Another set of figures for winter 2017/ 2018 projects.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog  7 October  2017.