I also had stored away for my Christmas gifts this useful little secondplayset of figures and accessories.
The third set in the trio of loveliness in my local seaside gift shop this summer (just gone) – all would be perfect toys for beach battles or rainy holiday days – were just a bag of 40-54mm mostly Airfix pirate / clone figures. I didn’t buy this figure set, as many of the figures I already had. What unexpected Pound Store plastic restraint!
It was this simply moulded artillery piece that first caught my eye in this set. Worth the £3 the set cost for this artillery alone? Could it be repainted as Victorian? Steampunk? VSF? Space? WW1 or WW2?
I almost bought several sets on the spot for these useful looking guns.
It fits in with my converted digital radio case mate or gun emplacement.
Trying out the different scaled play set elements with different sizes and scales of figures is interesting. What fits and works? What gaming scenario ideas does it suggest?
What could these strange towers be? Guard Posts? Radar towers?
I feel that the playset would have been better scaled with some of these 32mm figures that are / were offered in different bagged sets by the same supplier.
However a strange mismatch of scales is one of the hallmarks of a proper cheap plastic play set.
Several of the elements such as the towers can be bought separately (often in packs of ten!) directly by post from online suppliers in China.
Already the first of the more space marine looking figures are under coated dark blue and tuppenny based, ready for painting into larger versions of their smaller selves. These completed smaller figures can be seen above, painted as 32mm blue Flash Gordon Style ‘space marine’ figure conversions. They have with their Officer or NCO in the beret a certain Star Ship Trooper/ ‘grunt’ look to them already.
Play set therapy session over for now …
Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN on 23 / 24 January 2019.
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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