A good size match for my 36mm Poundland Warriors?

1920s gilt cavalry, once from the Sanderson family collection – a bit playworn but worth reviving 
Poundland 36mm infantry alongside coronation gilt repainted and 30mm Spencer Smith cavalry (right) 
Two different styles of 30mm-ish coronation cavalry (I do not know the maker) alongside 36mm Poundland plastic infantry. 

Looking through my spares box for some possible cavalry to match my Poundland’s finest “penny dreadful” plastic warriors, I found a variety of figures that are close  to their slightly odd inbetween 36mm size.

The lack of support arms, cavalry and artillery to match my 36mm Poundland infantry has appeared a problem to some of my blog readers in their  comments.

In my spares box I found a coronation type cavalry figure which appears about the right size. For comparison, a painted plastic 30mm and metal 30mm Spencer Smith Miniature  are included.

A different sort of support arms … these fine young women across the ages are a good match in height to our Poundland plastic warrior.

Support Arms

In the absence of any female figure conversions so far, I was lucky to find these fabulous female figures in metal in my spares box. They complement my bulk plastic Penny Dreadful Poundland figure I don’t recall buying these, so probably came in a job lot. Many are still manufactured by Willie figures in 30mm and still available via the Tradition of London online shop. https://www.traditionoflondonshop.com/en/30mm_War_game_Willie/Civilian_Figures_Late_1800

My favourite is the Edwardian or Victorian lady (or Mary Poppins) who could easily be a Governor General’s daughter or a feisty Victorian female explorer? The other figures are much less prim, ranging from proud Brueghel peasant girls through to Eigteenth Century women. Each figure costs more than half to a whole £1 tub of 100 Poundland plastic warriors. Willie figure to  interesting Wild West civilians.

Westair WW1 and WW2 pewter figures bought from a castle heritage gift shop alongside my Poundland figure (central). The end WW1 figure is a bit tall.

Air support from Westair

Some spare Westair figures from heritage gift shops are close enough in height and stature to my Poundland infantryman (centre) to provide character figures such as pilot, commando or marine officer and WW1/2 WREN female figure. Westair figures can be found cheaply unboxed secondhand online or more expensively from their online shop http://www.westair.co.uk


Spencer Smith Miniature 30mm artillery and crew alongside 36mm  Poundland figures with artillery conversion potential.


Spencer Smith Miniatures at 30mm can appear quite slight alongside their slightly larger 36mm Poundland figures. Spencer Smith also stock 30mm Willie Figures designed by Edward Suren.

Spencer Smith 30mm  (left) versus Poundland 36mm.
Another heritage gift shop or job lot find, I’m not sure that this small Westair cannon is really suitable for these wily hill tribesman or natives, converted from Poundland 36mm figures.
Poundland native artillery  alongside a Spencer Smith or Prince August cannon.

So some fantastic character figures to add some leadership or support  to my penny dreadful Poundland warriors. Many people and companies back up their plastic figures with metal character figures, officers and the like.

Westair metal and Poundland plastic figures … great combination!

A few more figure ideas that will complement the cheap plastic bulk figures from Poundland.

In my next blogpost, I will be exploring the whole thorny issue of scale and size, as I am curious about whether these Poundland 36mm figures are close to 1:48 scale, a source of plains, trains and automobiles.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 15 November 2017



Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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