I wanted to create a race of opponents for the Space Marines that I had previously made. I also wanted to capture that highly colourful 1950s Space look of Dan Dare or the 1930s Flash Gordon serials that survived into the 1980 Flash Gordon movie. To make these figures different from my blue and silver Space Marines I have painted them orange and gold, the joy of gloss Revell acrylics.
I also added a golden mantle or shoulder armour section using simple card label or hole reinforcers glued on and held in place with clothes pegs whilst they dried. When these ran out, I cut out the patterns in stiff drawing paper.
You can see their opponents the blue Space Marines here
This is an attractive original figure, one of the ones that first attracted me to these penny figures in their £1 Poundland tubs.
The Space Commander figure is one of the most badly moulded and distorted of all the 12 pound store plastic warriors in the Poundland tubs. They make a possible space officer figure with a machine or Space pistol, along with a possible Desert Warrior with robes, shield and sword scabbard.
I look forward to getting these into action soon, using scaled down hex gameboard versions of my Close Little Star Wars rules.
The original pound store plastic 36mm figures are shown alongside the conversions. These kilted colonial figures have been made and painted from modern figures using kilts from PVA glue and tissue paper.
These are inspired by rewatching Carry on Up The Khyber and represent the 3rd (Foot and Mouth) Highland Infantry, those ‘Devils in Skirts’. This isolated guard patrol of three Highlanders form part of the focus or rescue part of my latest Colonial skirmish game.
You can see more of these pound store conversions and of Carry on Up The Khyber film stills that inspired the painting scheme:
I have been chatting on various blog posts including Tradgardmastre and CT about their 40mm to 42mm figures.
One of the challenges is finding plastic Pound Store artillery figures and guns, and even more tricky to find cavalry.
Pound Store 42 mm or 54mm figures tend to be WW2 copies, rather than other historic periods. Conversion of plastic figures is possible for artillery crews but cavalry and guns will probably need to be metal figures.
CT recommended looking at 42mm Irregular Miniatures
Some very attractive WW2 British Home Guard figures to note for future reference.
I am tempted to paint up some 42mm plastic enemy ‘German’ figures to oppose this small British skirmish force, even though this is a return to sludge khaki grey and green. Occasionally 42mm American plastics turn up in seaside / pound store plastics. These would be as good for garden games as tabletop games.
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 19 September 2018.
They are attractive figures, what I call semi-round or semi-flat and slender in stature compared to my 40mm semiround Prince August Holger Eriksonn mould Cowboys and Indians.
Compared to other 40 to 42 mm figures in my collection, they appear slender but the Schildkrot figures are an attractive but historically limited figure range. Fine for Little Wars or Imagi-Nations type troops.
In my next blog post I will show my cheap plastic pound store 42mm figures compared to my few 42mm Irregular Miniatures metal figures.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 19 September 2018.