Pound Store Japanese into slouch hat Imaginations figures

The simple addition of a cardboard hat brim (I sometimes use luggage label roundels) changes these Pound Store copies of Airfix and Matchbox Japanese Infantry into different Imaginations figures. I picked these Japanese up in a Pound Store about fifteen years ago.

I was idly experimenting today with the possibility of making some cheap 54mm Boy Scouts Of America figures for my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project, although the rifles were a bit of an obvious limitation.

HO OO Airfix WW1 Americans can make reasonable small versions of Boy Scouts Of America: https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/boy-scouts-from-airfix-ww1-american-infantry/

I like the 1:32 / 54mm and OOHO Japanese Infantry figures as they are quite ‘old school’ uniformed figures – puttees, rifles, haversacks, ammunition pouches, water bottles. Flags, buglers, officers with swords in the OOHO set. They could all easily have come from a century before.

A change of head or hat and you have a new figure. Infantry, militia, bandit, revolutionary, irregular …

As suggested by the paint conversion into a Confederate type grey soldier (right), this is something that I also did with the OOHO Japanese Infantry as a youngster in the late 1970s and 80s when I had almost no Airfix ACW figures.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/confused-by-zouaves-some-airfix-acw-paint-conversions/

Airfix OOHO Japanese Infantry were easy to buy at the time and are still available from Airfix, more than can be said for the scarce Airfix ACW range.

Riflemen, Buglers, Flags, Officers – all suitable for 19th Century Wars?

The Japanese Infantry with soft caps also paint up nicely in glossy red and blue as traditional toy soldiers.

My Pippin Fort inspired ‘Trumpton troops’ quickly painted up for play parades (Airfix Japanese 1:32 54mm plastics) photo/ painted: Man of TIN. 

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/pound-store-wars/

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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