During a supermarket stroll past the film and DVD tie-in sections, I spotted amongst the superhero, space and fantasy figures this interesting 40mm-ish metal figure of Jacob Kowalski from Fantastic Beasts. Interesting movie, well worth seeing, sequel due soon.
Perfect figure for a civilian, a spiv, a spy or escaped POW?
This Kowalski civilian figure put put me in mind of some of the stylish 1940 photos and game scenarios set up by Allan Tidmarsh on his various blogs.
Kowalski works well with an affordable joblot of painted, based and play-bashed Irregular Miniatures 42mm metal Tommies. I bought these to accompany a future pound store Home Guard / Operation Sealion 1940 invasion game, bulked out by plastic pound store China clone Germans. Attractive Irregular Miniatures German Paratroops but £2 each. http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/42mmRanges/42mmWorldWar2.htm#British
How would he match my 42mm-ish pound store figures?
Although the Jacob Kowalski figure was not in a pound store (cost £1.97), this and the trashed Yesteryear Ford Model T (£4 junk shop / market stall) were offset by finding two pots of lolly sticks for 10p each (garden centre sale). These usually retail in pound and craft stores at £1 to £1.99.
A saving of almost £4 on lolly sticks, which are useful building materials and lolly sticks to attach figures for handling during painting. Two useful plastic storage pots too!
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 2 September 2018.
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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Nice figure Mark; he fits in very well. Is the Model T a Matchbox?
Yes, Matchbox Yesteryear Y4 minus a hood. They do a lorry version, lots cheap bashed and unboxed on ebay etc
Excellent find – you did say in the post, but I missed it first time!