In Memoriam Thor Shiel

A pound Store army men parade for Thor Sheil

Sad news about the passing of the “plastic army man” game and simple sandpit rules champion  Thor Shiel in the USA, passed on by Hugh Walter at the excellent Small Scale World website:

A pretty good obituary by Ed Berg: “If you’re having fun, you’re doing it right”

I have been reading Thor Sheil’s various websites for several years,  inspired by his simple backyard or sandpit rules using whatever you have to hand. He had “no brand name snobbery” as Ed Berg succinctly puts it. I also liked Thor’s simple enthusiasm for enjoying whatever plastic toy soldiers you have.

An interesting obituary tribute by Ed Berg and a glimpse of the man behind these Sandpit Rules


Worth reading and enjoying these many websites  and webpages now as sadly websites like Milihistriot and Thor’s  Army Men Homepage have a tendency to vanish when the author or host passes away.


Thor’s own Toy Soldier Art website picture can be his own victory and passing parade

Here is my pound store plastic victory parade for Thor from this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog:



and a suitable Valhalla?


Reading about his interest in Viking ancestry and culture, as a man called Thor should have, reminded me of one of the Stan Lee RIP fan tributes featured on YouTube (from our last post), so here is the Beecher Arts Valhalla graphic tribute for Stan Lee and superhero Thor that might hopefully apply to Thor Sheil?

RIP Thor Sheil

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, Pound Store Plastic Warrior blog, 21 November 2018.




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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