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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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