More Fun for Less – Party Favor Plastic Cowboys and Indians

A good toy slogan to have “More Fun for Less.” These funexpress.com Made In China Cowboys and Indians have a couple of interesting poses, some of which echo the familiar Airfix and Britain’s Deetail Cowboys and Indians.

They were ordered online from a UK “party favors” shop, an interesting but sometimes expensive place to find plastic figures.

They are marked MARIES 0415 funexpress.com on the base. They were £3.60 including postage, so 36p each.

The plastic figures are slightly larger than the usual 54mm figures but close enough, the last picture gives a size comparison with similar Britain’s 54mm lead hollowcast figures.

Two of the plastic figures alongside a Britain’s hollowcast lead cowboy and repaired Indian.

I look forward at some point to painting these in Gloss toy soldier style.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 20 July 2018.

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Wilko Wild Western Express

Vintage 54mm Pound Store Plastic Cowboys and Indians fight over the cargo and caboose of my new Wilko Western Express train.

A snip of a plastic battery operated railway set at £10. Read more at:

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/the-wild-wilko-western-express/

More Plastic Zoo Staff 2018

 

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Four useful civilian or military 54mm figures, one with each animal and vehicle blister pack – photographer, binoculars baseball cap guy, female scientist or medic and determined looking adventurer figure with jungle hat. 

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Useful figure, handy smaller scale lorry and an African animal to boot. 
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Good looking 1:32 or 54mm figures from the back as well. They could be adventurers, Press or war photographers, officer with binoculars, medics. 
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Determined, distinctive and versatile female medic, vet  or scientist figure. Feisty enough to suit Star Wars games too. 
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Female Space scientist, tropical biologist, dinosaur vet ??

The usual mix of scales of figures and vehicles can be annoying to some but is full of potential across a range of scales.

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Odd mix of scales per set surrounding the 54mm figure 
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36mm pound store figure conversion, HO/OO Railway figure, 30mm Spencer Smith figure for size comparison with the lorries.  
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Useful trucks and useful (detachable?)  wooden crates. 
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The accompanying animals …
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Ark Toys and Ravensden origin. 

These were a useful set of civilian or military safari or zoo figures that I got at a discount, not Pound store materials but certainly useful plastic figures and lorries to accompany some of my Pound Store Plastic  conversions.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN , Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog 29 May 2018.

Pound store paint conversions: American Civil War

 

Glossy toy soldier style American Civil War troops can be painted using cheap pound store plastic figures.

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Right: pirate or pound store Matchbox clone 54mm  Japanese WW2 infantry repainted as American Civil War Confederate Infantry, alongside one of my handmade Polymer clay scruffy standard bearers with a Britain’s Deetail flag.

An overlooked blog post from summer 2017 that I forgot to post – Whoops!

Having spent time in the past converting OO / HO Airfix Japanese Infantry into Union or Confederate troops and zouaves,

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

I wondered how this sort of conversion would work at 1:32 or 54mm scale.

For paint scheme inspiration for the glossy toy soldier style, I looked to my books and my display cupboard.

I like the paint style on this Tradition of London solidcast Union infantry man, handpainted by a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen,  a past Christmas present.

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Tradition of London ACW Union Infantry

Other simple  paint inspiration can be found in these Britains, Tradition and Herald figures.

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These two damaged Britain’s ACW Confederate  “On Guard” figures surrounding the central figure look under their flaking paint like they were once Union figures!

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The Tradition professionally painted Confederate photographed by my rougher enamel glossy painting of Tradition ACW photographer.
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Herald ACW figures, minus much of their paintwork.

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Some of my childhood Herald ACW officers missing their swords.

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One of my favourite Herald figures the ACW Confederate Bugler

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Other ACW figures in my collection came long ago from a quirky collectors shop in Cornwall.

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I love the Tintinesque  Thomson and Thompson moustache on this figure!
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Another childhood branch library favourite …

A bit of plastic and lead American Civil War toy soldier inspiration, equally applicable to Imagi-Nations troops.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, May 2018

Pound store 42mm conversions

Attractive 42mm pound store plastic conversions by  Rob Young on the Eastern Garrison website  https://easterngarrison.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/1897-playing-at-converting-chinese.html

Saluting Donald Featherstone’s Centenary

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A small 54mm plastic parade for Donald Featherstone on his Centenary.

Celebrating Donald Featherstone’s Centenary on 20 March 2018

Donald F. Featherstone (1918 – 2013)

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/featherstone100-donald-featherstone-centenary-20-march-2018/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 20 March 2018.

More Dahomey Amazons

 

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UNESCO series on Women in African History PDF

 

You can download this PDF graphic novel free at the following UNESCO website:

https://en.unesco.org/womeninafrica/sites/womeninafrica/files/pdf/The%20Women%20Soldiers%20of%20Dahomey_Women%20in%20African%20History_Comic%20Strip_0.pd

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An unusual parade …

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An interesting graphic novel about the Women Warriors of Dahomey, produced by UNESCO as part of their Women in Africa project or resources.

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French colonial forces arriving against the Dahomey Amazons

I have previously posted about these female warriors and made the start on some Pound store plastic soldier conversions

 

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/colonial-amazons-women-soldiers-of-dahomey-and-siam

Interesting Dahomey flags https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dahomey_flag_1889.svg

I have temporarily mislaid my pound store conversions of plastic soldiers into Dahomey Amazons but will eventually finish them. I don’t know of any current manufacturers of Dahomey Amazon gaming figures.

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Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN 10 March 2018