Frankenstein Girl Scout

Another broken figure, a street find, restored to gaming life – read and see more about a cheap pound store figure dismembered to make a Girl Scout at:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/resurrection-of-the-frankenstein-girl-scout/

Blog posted by Dr.Mark Franken-ManofTIN 23 October 2019, a week too early for Halloween.

BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Project Update #4

https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/tagged/plastic-army-women

New sculpt photos released – Update No. 4 on the Christmas 2020 releases of Plastic Army Women by Jeff Imel at BMC toys can be read here:

https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/tagged/plastic-army-women

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An African-American woman soldier is included as they have made up a significant part of the current female American military.

That’s #FEMBruary 2021 sorted!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN 22 October 2019

Pound Store Plastic Figure Conversions into 54mm Boy and Girl Scouts

Usually I post my Pound Store cheap plastic figure conversions onto this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog here first but have recently set up this Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog especially for this Scouting Games project.

When you need some cheap 54mm plastic Boy and Girl Scouts, what else can you do but convert the cheapest figures you can find? Read and see more at:

Paratroop Officer into Maud The Scoutmistress

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/turning-cheap-pound-store-army-figures-into-boy-scouts-and-girls-scouts/

Crude cheap modern and WW2 figures into 54mm Scout figures

Blog posted / crossposted by Mark Man of TIN (1970s Cub Scout, Bronze Arrow, Retired) 17 October 2019.

Celebrate World Mental Health Day

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Huzzah for the tiny plastic men (and women) who keep us all healthy! 

Celebrate the contribution of our wonderful hobby and hobby community to positive mental health on World Mental Health Day today –

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/celebrate-your-hobbys-contribution-to-world-mental-health-day-10-october-2019/

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Blog crossposted from Man of TIN blog, 10 October 2019 World Mental Health Day.

 

Instant Airfix Featherstone WW2 by the Death Zap! Wargaming Pastor

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Attractively improvised game and games table (I’m sure Little Wars / Floor Games author HG Wells would  approve) with Featherstone rules, scrambled together by the Death Zap!  blogger The Wargaming Pastor: 
https://thedeathzap.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/instant-ww2

These pictures recapture the spirit of the games of my youth.

Enjoy! Blog posted by Mark  Man of TIN, 28 September 2019

Hello and Farewell to the Horses

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British Heart Foundation pound bags of random horses and some new reading

Too likely to rain to do any homecasting in the garden so I headed to the coast. In a nearby seaside town I found no new seaside shop plastic soldiers but two charity shop ‘pound bags’ of random plastic toy horses.

Oddly one of the newish paperbacks that caught my eye today is German author Ulrich Raulff’s history book / memoir ‘Farewell to the Horse’ (2015) about the changing relationship of horses over the last century or so. Translated into English by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp,  it was published in the U.K. by Penguin 2017/18 https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/294/294612/farewell-to-the-horse/9780141983172.html

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Some of the smaller horses – 2nd and 3rd row from top are mostly Airfix OOHO horses
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Bottom right some Airfix OOHO 20-25mm horse, pony and French infantry figures for scale, alongside some Pound Store 32mm-ish figures – a little too big?

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When making my Pound Store conversions, Doug Shand in the comments asked about horses for making these cheap figures into cavalry. I tried casting some Prince August Holger Erikkson forty millimetre scale horses. A bit too big and wide. I scoured the internet for cheap horses but it was difficult to find any I judged from pictures to be the right scale.

I think the larger horses are closer in size to 28 to 30mm figures than my Pound Store 32mm-ish conversions, unless you want big troops or natives on small ponies.

I placed several Spencer Smith metal and plastic horses and infantry on or alongside the horses to see if they were suitable. Some figures like the AWI tricorne officer might work on horseback. However Spencer Smith already do perfectly good cavalry. I have few 28mm figures but put a WW2 Russian female officer from Bad Squiddo on horseback for comparison.

As with all toy horses, many of them have no base and do not stand up on their own. The smaller ones (smaller than most of the Airfix ones) may be slender OO railway modelling horses (and the solitary cow).

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The bizarre non-equine extras – a kneeling cow, a statuesque duck and random prehistoric reptile / fish. Duck cavalry anyone?

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The horse book (being partly based in Germany) should be interesting to read in relation to the email comments that Tony Adams at The Miniature Wood Screw Army has made to me about the Not Quite Mechanised state of the horse drawn German Army of WW2, compared to the more motorised transport of the armies of Britain, France and America. Amptly illustrated here on these online forums:

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=132&t=152124&sid=88c88e726c705a885e3e80b76d8088a9

http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/german-horse-drawn-transport-and-other-nations.6088/

Not a bad haul for a grey mizzly day by the sea. A little money gone to charity, a little less plastic tat gone to landfill. Single use plastic? Not this stuff, as it’s at least second owner.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN on 21 September 2019.

New 54mm Prince August toy soldier moulds planned

 

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Exciting new Prince August 54mm home cast moulds planned 

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog – home casts are not as cheap as Pound Store Plastic Warriors but a good source of heads and arms and these should prove a different  home cast complement to cheap plastic figures?

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/new-prince-august-54mm-homecast-toy-soldiers-planned/