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

 

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Retro Packaging

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Attractive ‘Retro’ toy soldier packaging for the tiny 36mm pound store plastic warriors packaging.

I found this packaging shown at an online supplier Five Little Diamonds.

https://www.fivelittlediamonds.co.uk/products/box-of-retro-toy-soldiers-60-pieces

If my pound store supplies dry up (always possible), these are around. You can pay from one penny to four pence per these 36mm figures (plus postage) depending on the shop, supplier and packaging.

The Five Little Diamonds website also shows the stylish point of sale box materials.

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Two very Russian looking figures are shown in the box art illustration, alongside a third (possibly German, possibly American?) figure. These Retro Toys figures are packaged or supplied by BeamFeature, a Trade Only UK importer wholesaler supplier / website.

As usual with these sets, “two armies” are really the same figures in two colours, akin to the usual Toy Army Men green and tan, although in this case in the packaging picture green and red.

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Two Armies in one box?

This is a slightly different approach from the Poundland tub or bags of one colour / country, red / green / silver, each colour with a flag, respectively USA and Great Britain and Germany.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/more-pound-store-warriors/

There is nothing specifically WW2 about these figures, they are generic modern possibly American / German figures with a range of light to heavy weapons.

Some of the poses or moulding are a little strange.

As you will have seen in my blog recently, I have been looking at possible paint conversions to other periods.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 26 October 2017.

Shadow Warriors of the Pound Store

 

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A fluky little shadowy tease towards another pound store plastic warriors project nearing Stage 1.

With the dark mornings at the moment these lovely shadows appeared on my painting or work table against some rough grainy drawing paper.

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With switching off one sidelight the shadows changed and darkened. No fussy filtering –  I like the warm brown umber reddish shadows best.

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I’m not sure if this light effect will readily appear very often.

A clue to the identity of these shadowy pound store toy figures lies in a past blogpost.

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/

At the slightly odd size of 42mm high, these Pound Store lovelies have been stuck on my paint table for a while awaiting bases, varnish  and finishing touches. Almost there! I look forward to sharing more pictures of them soon in action  on this blog.

Blog posted on Pound Store Plastic Warriors by Mark, Man of TIN, October 2017.

 

 

 

 

Poundland Space Marine Pilot

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‘Pilot’ Pound Store Space Marine 
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Finished space marine ‘pilot’ figure alongside original penny / pound store 36mm figure.

Having finished my first desert warriors, my next Pound Store figure conversion job is a paint one.

One of my favourite of the Poundland penny plastic warriors (£1 for a bag or tub of 100) is this unusual figure.

Is he supposed to be WW2 US tank crew? Is he supposed to be modern infantry? Hard to tell. The laser type rifle was intriguing though!

Interestingly this figure crops up again in a bigger near 54mm size in another badly moulded set, so I can have space marine forces in two sizes: https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/pound-store-space-marines/

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The poor moulding, copying or sculpting has inadvertently created a figure who looks like he belongs to the future.

I might try a little face wash with darker flesh or weak brown to bring out the ruggedfacial features along with a watery blue wash to bring out the white equipment, hopefully without losing the toy soldier look. Tiny pink dots on the cheeks aid or restore this toy soldier look.

The Romanesque helmet looks a little like the odd space armour in the 1930s black and white Flash Gordon serials repeated on Saturday TV when I was a child. The heavy moustache is a little Freddy Mercury nod towards the equally odd 1980 film of Flash Gordon with its pounding Queen soundtrack. Dan Dare, Buck Rogers  – a quick Pinterest scouting  and YouTube session should provide some design ideas. Orange jumpsuit and silver or  gold?   So very Star Wars rebel pilot …

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Several other figures in the tub have space police or space marine sci-fi  potential such as the centre figure with laser pistol. The distorted left arm looks well placed to hold a riot shield (made of clear plastic or a bronze drawing pin).

 

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Troopers: We pledge allegiance to the Pound Store Rebel Empire, one inexpensive galaxy indivisible under one flag etc etc 

Some of the other helmeted figures could pass muster as Star Wars type rebel figures or green faced, caped cloaked aliens.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/more-pound-store-warriors/

Early unpainted pound store space marines in interplanetary action can be seen here on my away team. More on the painting table here too.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/poundland-taking-the-old-round-pound-coins-until-31st-october/

If all other figure conversion Imagi-Nation or inspiration  fails, there is always the current trend for zombies. Flesh, aah, aah! Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum …

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN for my Pound Store Plastic Warrior blog, 24 October 2017.

 

Poundland Desert Warriors finished

 

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Modern infantry, oddly moulded or sculpted, original penny figures (100 for a pound) ready for conversion …

I am quite pleased with how my Desert Warrior conversions from Poundland penny soldiers (£1 for a tub or bag of 100) are shaping up so far.

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Tissue Paper and PVA added and first layer of white paint. Possible shields.

Several coats of white paint were required on the kitchen roll and PVA glue or the better alternative of tissue paper and PVA.

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Desert Warriors – Painted and based

For a penny each these 36mm plastic figures have lots of conversion potential although I have yet to try splicing one body onto another. It is quite hard plastic compared to Airfix figures.

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Desert warriors on a sandy (cork) background.

I enjoyed adding the brass or copper strips on the long barrels on the rifles or jezails of these hill and desert warriors.

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Desert or mountain rocky sandy base was in fact the base painted with flesh tint artists’ acrylic then quickly dipped in a small box of  red Devon beach sand, collected on a recent seaside trip.

I tried a very very weak or thin umber wash of acrylic to bring out the folds and shadows of the white desert robes, without losing the toy soldier look.

The warriors are not based on any one tribe – they are part Mahdist,  part Desert or Bedouin type ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Arab Warrior and part Pathan North West Frontier hill tribe. They are destined for fighting in the distant deserts of  Farica or Generica.

Donald Featherstone was one inspiration for these figures, shown in my Man of TIN blog:

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

My other inspiration for these desert warriors, apart from Featherstone’s tribesmen in Solo Wargaming, was an early 1970s childhood Ladybird book, Soldiers  by John West and illustrated by Frank Humphris.

The page on tribal warriors was pretty useful – I like the surprising 1970s Ladybird equality sentiment about:

Soldiers of other lands 

“Not all soldiers had regimental uniforms.

They were fighting men too.

They were just as brave.”

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A good book to draw inspiration from. 

The long rifles of the oddly moulded or copied original pound store modern troops suggested details or conversion possibilities like a long  Jezail type musket. Their bulky head gear or helmet looked oddly like a turban or the head scarf of a late 19th Century desert or hill  tribesman.

I need to run up two of three dozen more of these conversions for a suitable skirmish encounter. Then I need to make  some suitable red or khaki Colonial infantry as opponents.

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Colonial infantry uniform ideas in Ladybird Soldiers.

I have started work on some trial Colonial infantry figures such as this rough unfinished Redcoat engineer or signaller with a heliograph, crudely converted from a modern machine gunner. Kneeling artillery gunners are another conversion possibility for this figure.  Still some work to do on the heliograph.

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I look forward to trying some other tribesmen variations, more Pathan or more Mahdist, some more colourfully robed Airfix type Bedouin of Desert warriors, even a mysterious tribe of black cloaked Desert Warriors.

All for a penny each …

B.P. S. Blog Post Script 

I shall come back in another blogpost to this handy little 1970s Ladybird book Soldiers and its simple clear view of history and occasional sentiments about the waste of war.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN.

Desert Warriors Conversions WIP

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Following a couple of posts on these small Poundland figures (100 for £1), I have started some new conversions – very much still Work in Progress  (WIP).

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The aim using tissue paper and PVA glue is to make full length robes and once painted white, you have Generican desert warriors.

These were inspired by the Pathans in Donald Featherstone’s Solo Wargaming. The long jezail type rifles and bulky head gear suggest the weapons and dress of these mountain and desert warriors.

Some of the figures were converted using ordinary kitchen towel, but this is a bit bulky and textured. I will also try ModRoc next time. Once fully dry I will paint skin tones, weapons, shoes etc.

Simple shields from coffee stirrers or bronze coloured drawing pins will add greatly to the dancing figures with arms upraised. A touch of the Mahdist as well …

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 16 October 2017