Pound Store 42mm Infantry Army Red Army Blue

 

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Army Red Infantry – riflemen, grenadiers and machine gun troops.

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Army Red Rifleman with white issue helmet
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Army Red Rifle Grenadier
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Army Red Machine Gun Infantry
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Army Red Rifleman and Machine Gun Troops with Black Issue Helmets

These figures came in packs of pound store 50-54mm figures but are slightly smaller, about 42mm.

They are painted in Acrylic Gloss toy soldier style with simple Twopenny or Tupenny Bases to add some weight.

This in itself is close in size to the wonderfully retro Irregular Miniatures Deutschland Homage range designed by Andy Partridge. I shall have to buy a character figure or two to compare them. http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/42mmRanges/42mmDeutscheHomage.htm

Shadow Warriors

These are the finished figures which appeared by accident as Shadow Warriors, shown in a recent blogpost: https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/shadow-warriors-of-the-pound-store/

These 42mm figures were figures from packets of Combat Mission 80 pound store plastic warriors from the seaside stores, although I have had some of these rifleman figures painted up in since about 2006/7. They are often found mixed in with 50 to 54mm pirate or clone copies of WW2 figures.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/combat-mission-80-plastic-pound-store-soldiers-part-1-charge/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/more-combat-mission-80-pound-store-plastic-soldiers-part-2/

They have a lovely Bordurian / Syldavian  feel to them, straight outta Tintin, By the Whiskers of Kurvi-Tasch! https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/tintin-and-imagi-nations-games/

The White Stuff

I noticed on someone’s blog feed recently a useful Youtube video from Tabletop Minions on “How to Photograph Your Minis”

https://youtu.be/oZtE6HWXg0E

a top tip from Uncle Atom of Tabletop Minions https://tabletopminions.org/tmx/

This featured a very useful photography tip about using a sheet of white paper taped to a box to give a smooth curve in a good natural light source. This seemed to work well enough.

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Onward! Army Red led by a pirated copy of an Airfix Japanese Officer. 

I also photographed  the figures en masse against a felt background, seen at the top of this blogpost.

 

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A busy painting table anyway, finishing 42mm figures at the back and undercoating the next bunch of small 36mm Poundland penny dreadfuls.

All these larger ‘Toy Soldier’ figures are raring to go for a 42mm (slightly smaller than normal) version of H.G. Wells’ (slightly) Littler (than normal) Little Wars.

Blogposted by  Mark, Man of TIN, on Pound Store Public Warriors  10 November 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Pound Store Desert Warrior unit completed

 

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Poundland conversion desert warriors on some converted desert Hexes from Heroscape.

Having completed a unit of Space Marines, I have been building up the numbers of my native warriors as another Poundland penny plastic toy soldier figure conversion (or “penny dreadful” original figures as some of you have suggested).

Each plastic 36mm figure costs a penny (tub of 100 for a £1 in Poundland) and is now based on a penny for a bit more weight and stability.

My first trial batch of half a dozen figures worked well enough, so I have now quickly converted another dozen riflemen towards  a small skirmish force of native warriors or hill tribesmen. Another dozen or so more figures to add and we should be almost there.

Any roughness in painting or conversion is almost hidden en masse.

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A very light wash of pale blue was used, hopefully to bring out the whiteness of their robes.

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Another kneeling desert warrior aiming from behind a low wall of rock.

You can read more about how these were all converted or made from Poundland’s finest “penny dreadful” figures using tissue paper and PVA to add robes at: https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/poundland-desert-warriors-finished

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/desert-warrior-pound-store-plastic-warrior-conversions-inspired-by-featherstone/

I am thinking about future native artillery unit conversions so dug out of the spares box an old 30mm artillery piece, probably by Spencer Smith Miniatures or Prince August. The lack of 36mm cavalry is one thing I am working on, with some interesting odd possibilities in my spares box.

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These figures are not specific to any country or historical period. Instead they are  intended to be a wily native opposition to the usual Redcoat or colonial / imperialist troops invading or defending one of my Imagi-Nations countries.

Redcoats in Waiting

My next conversion is to paint up a unit of some “Redcoats” using some more of the Poundland figures.  A batch of 20 riflemen are already undercoated, based on pennies and waiting their turn on the painting table. A very rough conversion of a Poundland’s modern machine gunner to a Redcoat heliograph signaller is partly done (below). Twenty odd tiny  Fimo backpacks will also be required!

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My alternative desert infantry conversion is a simpler paint conversion, a little more ‘modern’ (or at least 20th century) and khaki than the toy soldier style Army Red / Redcoat figures.  I want to create a small skirmish force of these desert khaki infantry as well from the Poundland figures.

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Work in progress on a desert infantry figure using the Poundland penny figures. 

All good fun, it makes a cheap and pleasant change from tracking down vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures.

Blogposted   by Mark, Man of TIN blog and Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, November 2017.

Poundland Space Marines Platoon on Parade

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Poundland Space Marine Away Team ready for action

The last week has been spent working on a variety of Pound Store Plastic Warrior paint projects including my Poundland Space Marines, adding another twenty Space Marine figures and a Command and Comms team.

Apart from the varnish and a mild black wash over the darker faced Space Marines, they are pretty much done and ready for action. All I  need to do is create some opposition troopers.

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Pound Store Command and Comms Team for my Poundland Space Marines.

The Command and Comms Radio team came from a batch of a dozen bags of party bag filler Soldier copies of Matchbox figures that I bought last year or came free with some garage forecourt shop cheap vehicle kits.

These are 30mm-ish copies of Matchbox American infantry that sort of match my 36mm Poundland figures, previously shown on my “Pound Store Transport” blogpost in March: https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/pound-shop-transport-for-pound-store-figures/

The least impressive of the figures is the Poundland penny dreadful figure with the machine pistol / space blaster. I have some ideas on adding a shiny drawing pin riot or deflector shields to space-ify  these up a bit.

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Work in Progress on a Flash Gordon style Roman Gold and Orange Space Troopers to fight (alongside?) the finished light blue Space Marines. 

As possible allies or opposition, I have started work on some Flash Gordon / Star Wars rebel inspired bronze, gold and orange figures. Some Rebellious type troopers and Imperious SturmandDrangTroopers (in black and white) might also follow.

I like the bronze gold steampunk of the laser rifle and space blaster.

For space rules, I can downsize the Close Little Star Wars rules from last year’s Planet Yarden garden game.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/close-little-space-wars/

Several more pound store plastic warriors figure conversions to show this week.

Blogposted by Mark (Man of TIN blog) on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 5 November 2017.

Pound Store Plastic Warriors Poundland artwork

 

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Explosions, walls and sandpit not included, just some useful silver soldiers and a handy German flag! 

 

The excellent Small Scale World blog by Hugh Walter and other plastic figure blogs like Stad’s Stuff are interesting because they feature not only lots of plastic soldiers, clones, pirates and novelties, but also show attractive ephemera such as the artwork and packaging.
In the spirit of this, I have photographed the Battle Squadron labels of these “tub o’soldiers” as my Poundland receipts described them.

 

The Poundland Battle Squadron figures (produced or imported by Funtastic) are shown on a interesting sandtable background with some typical poundstore figure set accessories that are sadly not included in the tub.

These accessories include  battle-torn wooden signs, a tank and / or helicopter, barbed wire and walls, which not being included could be  potentially annoying or confusing to purchasers.

 

Obviously you need to raid your own toybox and sandpit to supply your own plants, sand, accessories and imagination.

Smoke (the fog of war?)  or helicopter downdraught swirls in the background and what look like explosions are suggested – all  very dramatic, if not quite epic!

 

By the look of it, a green enemy soldier is glimpsed bottom left of the Army Silver Grey or Germans to give an idea of how to play – buy more tubs of different coloured figures for the ‘Epic Battles’ promised on the label!

There is a certain bold Heinz Soup-ness to the label design which I like.

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Some of the twelve silver soldier poses inside are shown on the lid. German forces. 

The different nationalities are given different colours – Army Red or American, Army Green or British and Army Silver / Grey or German.

Each label and lid shows the appropriate coloured infantry inside and a different front label with different picture for each coloured army.

 

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This label shows helicopter back up … but no helicopter inside. 

The Army Green or British forces are pictured with a helicopter, the tank and battle-bashed noticeboard not provided – raid the toybox for these.

A flag to defend is helpfully included. Defend the flag!

 

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Green toned lid for the British set.

The most puzzling figure colour choice is the Army Red or Americans. Arguably red is part of the American flag, but maybe it is supposed to be a sort of brown camouflage? Tan would have been another suitable plastic soldier standby colour familiar from the Toy Army Men standard contrasting colours of Green and Tan.

I imagine in other parts of the world in their versions of pound or dollar stores they are differently flagged and packaged to suit local conditions. Something to watch out for whilst web-surfing …

 

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This red army of Americans has helicopters shown but not included in this lively label.  

The American or Red Army troops (hang on, isn’t Red normally Russians?) are pictured with hovering helicopter (not included).

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Colour theming on the Army Red army or American troop box. 

The back of the tub label has the excitable  text backed up in Spanish, presumably because they are sold through Poundland stores (known as Dealz)  in Spain where a Pound is really 1.50 Euros. Doesn’t have the same ring somehow, popping out to 1.50 Euroland!

  • Escaudron de batalla 
  • 100 soldados
  • Batallas  epicas 

 

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Four new tubs of joy for my last otherwise  useless four old round pound coins,  thanks to Poundland … and four paint conversion figures in progress. 

 

 

In future blogposts I will feature more of my paint and figure conversions

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/poundland-desert-warriors-finished/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/poundland-space-marine-pilot/

Related blogposts 

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/poundland-mission-accomplished/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN for the Pound Store Plastic Warriors Blog.

 

 

The Washing of The Spears

 

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Not the famous book about the Zulu Wars and a ritual after battle but the next stage of my Poundland Mission accomplished.

Having acquired four new tubs of Poundland’s finest 36mm figures with my last four old round pound coins, like most plastic figures, it pays back in time and paint later  to give them a quick detergent wash and scrub.

This gets rid of any mould releasant grease or spray that may be on these plastic figures, even though they are a harder plastic than the Airfix figures, which also  suggested a quick wash and a gentle scrub /  brush in detergent before painting.

The Drying of the Spears 

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The Drying of The Spears – This ritual always feels something slightly agricultural or cookery based, spreading the washed figures out to dry on a suitable spare towel. They have a satisfying  rattle …

Hence the rituals of Washing of the Spears, and the Drying of the Spears, the next stages in preparing these odd “penny dreadful” figures for conversion into Generican native warriors.

Will they be Zulu-like ? Will they be desert warriors like my last trial set?

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Some of my  Imagi-Native Pound Store Plastic warriors so far …

Hmm …What sort of hostile Imagi-Natives?

North and South Generica have a wide range of habitats and associated hostile tribes, as does North and South Farica, all my own Imagi-Nations. These will add to the young Bronte family’s  North and South Pacific Imagi-Nations of Gondal (N) and Gaaldine (S) along with the West African based kingdoms or colonies of Glasstown and Angria, slowly being explored on my Man of TIN blog.

 

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What sort of hostile native to make, ready to defend their lands or spread their own empire? Ladybird Soldiers book c. 1974/5

Will they be warlike Jumblies with heads of green and hands of blue and a fundamentally flawed navy and amphibious capability? I’m reading a biography of Edward Lear at the moment as a bit of melancholic yet still lighter relief  from the intense dark Victorian Gothic of the Brontes.

Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve …

http://www.nonsenselit.org/Lear/ns/jumblies.html

For they’ve been to the Lakes, and the Torrible Zone,

And the hills of the Chankly Bore”

 

More Washing of The Spears (and Rifles)

There is an interesting series of blog posts at Megablitz and More by veteran blogger Tim Gow on preparing and painting plastic figures.

It is always fascinating to see how different people do similar tasks differently or similarly to your own way of doing things. http://megablitzandmore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/painting-54mm-plastics-duffers-guide.html

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 28 October 2017.

 

Poundland Mission Accomplished

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Poundland Mission accomplished

or How to turn four round pound coins into four tubs of plastic toy soldier joy.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/poundland-mission-accomplished/

Four hundred new 36mm pound store plastic warriors!

Look  at previous blog posts for some of my figure conversion ídeas.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 27 October 2017