New Year Pound Store Plastic Warriors Irresolutions 2018

Lots on my Pound store plastic warriors painting table for this New Painting Year 2018 including turning WW2 / Modern figures into Little Green Men! Should be fun.

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog

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 ...

8 thoughts on “New Year Pound Store Plastic Warriors Irresolutions 2018”

    1. Hi CT
      Thanks for stopping by the blog and your comments.
      There is some 40/42 mm metal interest in Ross MacFarlane’s Battle Game of the Month and Alan at Tradgardland (both on my blog links). There is a small 40mm presence / thread on the mostly fifty four mm Little Wars Revisited Proboards forum.
      The 40mm homecast area is reasonably well covered with Prince August moulds. I find some PA figures by Holger Eriksonn, such as the Cowboys and Indians, complement my 42mm pound store plastics well enough.
      The 42mm scale is well covered by Irregular Miniatures including their Andy Partridge Deutsche Homage range. Spencer Smith Miniatures do the attractive but costly metal Shiny Toy Soldiers multipart range. So my randomly acquired Pound Store Plastics roughly 42mm figures do for the bulk of my current 42mm figures, a cheaper option than metal and good enough for VSF or ImagiNations infantry needs. Any future cavalry will probably have to be metal and I have yet to worry much about artillery.

      Playing smallscale skirmish mostly solo games, I provide both armies so don’t have to worry about finding opponents in these slightly unusual sizes or scales.

      I haven’t made many whole Fimo figures freehand or using silicon Cake Decoration moulds recently, because the pound store thirty six mm and 42mm figures have kept me busy and given me some cheap basic figures to work on. Fimo has proved useful for conversion bits though like backpacks etc.
      Best wishes for your gaming and painting year. Mark, Man of TIN.


  1. great blog. i have a bigger new year resolution, or possibly revolution… am dropping down a scale. From 54mm to 40mm. The cheaper the better.




  2. Hi. Actually the sts 42mm work out cheaper than irregular these days. Particularly cavalry. I wouldnt mind buying a schildkrot mould but how flat is semi flat?? Am sticking with victorian era for now. Maybe a few ww1. Look forward to your blogs



  3. CT
    I have only picked up second hand 1 set of WW2 British Irregular 42mm artillery figures so far, but will post photos of these soon alongside my 42mm pound store plastics. Thanks for the info about STS costings vs Irregular Miniatures esp re cavalry.
    Semi flat varies a bit. Mark, Man of TIN.


  4. If i ever get used to computers i might be able to contribute to your blog. Perhsps you can advise on schildkrott moulds? How flat are they? I have been messing about with fimo. I wonder if I can send pics. Keep it up. I like the cheap “tat”. Maybe there are some non ww2 somewhere someplace.

    Regards CT


    1. I have no guest bloggers at the moment. Sounds like you could start a WordPress or Blogger blog of your own? It’s free and pretty easy! That way you can much easier post pics, plans and get the comments direct etc.
      I shall lookout my one schildkrot mould and photograph the figures. There may be more on other blogs. Semi flat to Quite 3D from memory. I don’t usually have my casting kit out until the weather warms up.
      Non WW2 cheap plastic soldier tat is quite random in the UK at least – a few cowboys, Indians, knights, nothing else historic. Hence the need for conversions …


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